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NFL Week 14 Opening Odds Analysis

Oddsmakers think highly of Ben Roethlisberger. They opened Cincinnati as a three-point home favorite against Pittsburgh. Figuring home field advantage is worth three points, the oddsmakers consider the Steelers and Bengals even.

Only the 12-0 Carolina Panthers have a better record than Cincinnati. The Bengals are 10-2 and own the best point spread mark at 10-1-1.

Pittsburgh is 7-5. The Steelers went 2-2 during the four games Roethlisberger missed with a knee injury. The Bengals defeated the Steelers, 16-10, when Roethlisberger returned in Week 8. Cincinnati intercepted a rusty Roethlisberger three times.

Chiefs Boast Highest Spread of Week 14

The highest spread for Week 14 is Kansas City minus 10 hosting San Diego. The Chiefs are the hottest team in the AFC winning and covering in their last six games. The teams met three weeks ago and Kansas City buried the Chargers, 33-3, as three-point favorites.

The Chargers are dealing with multiple offensive line injuries, a 30th-ranked rushing attack, a defense that gives up the fourth-most points per game and are trying to end a nine-game non-covering string against AFC West Division foes.

New England is up to 3.5-point road favorites against Houston. The Patriots have lost two in a row. The last time New England dropped three in a row was 2002.

Saints vs Bucs Matchup Has Highest Total

The highest total is 51 in the New Orleans-Tampa Bay game. The last time the Buccaneers had an over/under higher than this was when they played the Saints in New Orleans in 2012. The four-point favored Buccaneers last were chalk against New Orleans in 2008.

The Saints allow the most yards and points per game while also ranking last in run defense and second-to-last in passing yards. The Saints are giving up an average of 429.5 yards per game in two games since Dennis Allen replaced Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator. The Saints permitted 424.7 yards under Ryan.

San Francisco-Cleveland and Detroit-St. Louis have the lowest totals at 41.

The 49ers are averaging fewer than 16 points a game in Blaine Gabbert's four starts. The Browns are expected to start Johnny Manziel. The Lions have picked up their offense, but are facing a respectable defense on the road. The Rams rank last in passing and second-to-last in scoring.

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