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Super Computer Week 14 Contest Picks

It was a rough midseason for the OddsShark Super Computer, but a couple of back-to-back 3-2 weeks have the number crunchers feeling better about their machine. In a week filled with huge chalk or virtually none, the computer brings you its five top picks with the hopes of climbing up the Team OddsShark standings.

If you want some more brash, guttural opinions on this weeks action, make sure to check out Kelly Stewart of KellyinVegas and Dan Katz from BarStool Sports as they give you their top picks.

Bengals (-2.5) Hosting Rival Steelers

Since dropping two in a row, the Cincinnati Bengals have come out with a vengeance. The Bengals have outscored opponents 68-10 in the past two weeks, though they played the Rams and Browns, so it's worth taking that with a grain of salt. Since Andy Dalton had his only multi-interception game in Week 8 against the Steelers, he has thrown 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

This game may be the opposite of the traditional AFC North fare, as these two teams have been all about the offense as of late. Cincy is fourth in points per game with the Steelers coming in ranked sixth.

On home field, in an increasingly tough AFC playoff picture, the Bengals need a win here to solidify their spot in the postseason.

Seahawks (-6.5) Visiting the Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are in for a rude awakening this Sunday when they host the Seattle Seahawks. The injury riddled Ravens haven’t played a playoff calibre team in well over a month. The best team they’ve played during that stretch is the Dolphins, who they lost to. Baltimore has been an awful bet at home this season, going 0-4-1 ATS.

The surging Seattle Seahawks have averaged 32.3 points per game over their last three games while allowing just 16.6 points. After being last season’s top second half team, that trend could be carrying over to this season as Seattle has won five out of their last six games.

And, oh yeah, Matt Schaub expects to start Sunday for the Ravens. That might be all the reason you need to take Seattle at -6.5.

Buccaneers (-4) Hosting the Saints

In years past it would have been crazy to think about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers being favored by more than a field goal against the New Orleans Saints, but in 2015 it’s a great example of the different directions these teams are heading in.

New Orleans has been extremely streaky this year and are currently riding a four-game skid ahead of the Week 14 clash. The Saints have also been particularly bad on the road, posting a 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS record away from Louisiana. 

Rookie signal caller Jameis Winston has turned around this Tampa franchise sooner than many expected and is rightfully the favorite to become the offensive rookie of the year. The Saints’ porous defense ranks last in the league in total yards and points allowed, meaning “Famous Jameis” should carve up the unit like a Thanksgiving turkey.

Eagles (+1) Hosting the Bills

The Eagles are coming off their biggest win of the season with a 35-28 victory over the Patriots. Philadelphia’s defense is the key to victories with their offense proving to be inconsistent as the Eagles have 17 sacks and 10 interceptions in their five wins this season.

Philly will need to stop the run first and foremost against the Bills as Buffalo’s offense is fourth in rushing but just 29th in passing. Assuming the Eagles can get a lead early, that will put the game in Tyrod Taylor’s hands, which the Bills would rather not do as he has only averaged 20.8 throws in wins this year.

Cowboys (+7) Visiting Lambeau Field

The Green Bay Packers offense simply is not what is used to be. The Pack are averaging just 229.8 passing yards per game and have only averaged 20.8 points per game in their last six contests.

The Cowboys have done a good job this season remaining close in games with five of their eight losses this season coming by seven or fewer points. Dallas has also done remarkably well against the pass, holding opponents to 222 yards and one passing touchdown per game this season.

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