NFL 2018 Season - Week 14
 

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Quarterback Shuffle
by Dennis Ranahan

Winter weather conditions will affect a few games today with the most dramatic in Green Bay where the Packers host the Arizona Cardinals. Forecast calls for snow at Lambeau Field, with stormy weather and thunderstorms expected in New Jersey, where the New York Giants host the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium, and in Foxboro, where the New England Patriots entertain the Minnesota Vikings.

In Florida, thunderstorms and rain are in the forecast for Tampa where the Buccaneers will host the Carolina Panthers.

A couple NFL teams are opening a new can of quarterbacks today. The Jacksonville Jaguars have abandoned the play of Blake Bortles in favor of three-year veteran Cody Kessler, who will be making his ninth career start. Kessler, out of the University of Southern California, was a third round selection in the 2016 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. In his rookie season, he made eight starts for the Browns, losing all eight.

The Cincinnati Bengals also have a new starting quarterback today after veteran Andy Dalton was injured in last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns and is out for the year. In his place, the Bengals will start Jeff Driskel, also a 2016 draft choice. He will be making his first NFL start today against the Denver Broncos.

The Jaguars appear to be a team with little to lose in trying a new quarterback. Their incumbent signal caller, Bortles, has made 72 consecutive regular season starts for Jacksonville, but his development has been jagged at best. He did quarterback the team to the AFC Championship Game last year, but most experts would agree that the Jaguars success was much more pinned to their stout defense than the work of Bortles.

The Jaguars also released their offensive coordinator this week, Nathaniel Hackett, and in his place quarterback coach Scott Milanovich will be calling plays for Kessler today.

The Los Angeles Rams have an opportunity to move back into the top spot in the race for home field advantage in the playoffs today. They have only one loss this season and while that came against the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton’s team dropped their second game of the year Thursday night to the Cowboys in Dallas.

The Rams are in Detroit today to meet the Lions.

The public thinks the Rams are going to get it done, and win by double-digits at Ford Field. The Rams (-10) is the public’s top pick today, followed by the Indianapolis Colts (-4) over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans (-5) over the Cleveland Browns.

As for our money rated Week 13 selections, they are now posted on this site and if a Bullet Play develops in the final hour leading up to the day’s first kickoff, that game will be added to the list of recommendations at 9:45 a.m. Pacific Time.