Mild weather conditions greet the Sunday Week 14 schedule in the National Football League. The only break in these conditions is possible rain on the west coast where the Oakland Raiders host the Tennessee Titans. It has been raining all week in the Bay Area and the Raiders field sits below sea level, so expect conditions there to be sluggish.
Could the Buffalo Bills come out of this week with the inside track on the top seed in the NFL playoffs? Buffalo has been like a submarine this season, no one sees them coming and they just keep piling up wins.
Today, they host the Baltimore Ravens, and with a victory would catch the AFC North Division leaders in the win/loss column and have an edge over Baltimore with the straight up win. The Bills would still need to leapfrog their division leader, the New England Patriots, who come into action today one game up on the Bills but with a tough home contest against the Kansas City Chiefs.
So, if the Chiefs and Bills win today, the Bills would be ahead of Kansas City in the win/loss column and tied with the Ravens and Patriots … with an edge over Baltimore based on their straight-up win.
That just couldn’t happen … could it?
While the Patriots, Chiefs and Ravens all have a public perception of being superior to the Bills, Buffalo could upend the entire AFC with an upset victory today. The public doesn’t think they are going to get it, and have made the Ravens (-6½) their most bet game of the week. The next two most popular public plays are the Titans (-3) over the Raiders and Atlanta Falcons (-3) over the Carolina Panthers.
Carolina will be under the direction of an interim head coach, Perry Fewell, who steps in after the Panthers began the week by firing Ron Rivera. Fewell is a 22-year veteran coach in the NFL and served seven games as an interim head coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2009 after their midseason firing of Dick Jauron. In those seven games, Fewell led the Bills to three wins and four losses.
Before being named interim head coach for Carolina this week, Fewell was in his third season as the Panthers defensive backfield coach.
His first assignment in his new position will be a revenge game against the Atlanta Falcons on the road. The Falcons downed the Panthers in Carolina three weeks ago, 29-3. When the public backs an elite team, such as the New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots or a few others, they can win that bet based on talent alone. But when the public gravitates to a team that is average or below, they most often land on a loser.
That appears to be the case today with their selection of the Falcons as their third most bet team of the week.
As for Qoxhi Picks, our choices 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 selection will be added to the list of recommendations at 9:45 a.m. Pacific Time.