Thirteen of the fourteen National Football League games today will be played outdoors, but for a mid-December weekend, the league has again avoided any serious weather conditions. The coldest site for the day is Green Bay, where the Packers host the Atlanta Falcons with temperatures into the 20’s. Cold weather will also persist in Cleveland, Buffalo, Chicago, Washington and Kansas City, all sites that will have temperatures in the 30’s but without the threat of rain or snow.
The only precipitation forecasted for the Week 14 schedule is in Tampa, where the Buccaneers host the New Orleans Saints.
The Houston Texans look to extend the league’s longest winning streak today when they host the Indianapolis Colts. After losing their first three games of the season, Bill O’Brien’s Texans have run off nine straight wins. They come into action today with a three game lead over the Colts in the AFC South Division and a won/loss record equal to the New England Patriots and one back of the Kansas City Chiefs in search of an opening postseason bye and home field advantage in the playoffs.
The Colts were shutout last week in Jacksonville, ending their five game winning streak. The loss, grounded Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, who has been enjoying one of his career best seasons. Today, the Colts will need both their offense and defense if they are to end the Texans winning run on their home field.
We think the Colts will get it done in this game, and they are one of our money rated selections now posted on this site. That list of games also includes our second Premium Top Pick of the Year, our 7-rated money game.