NFL 2014: Week #16-The Furnace’s Five Best Bets


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Chargers +1 over the 49ERS- The Niners have completely given up on head coach Jim Harbaugh and it has shown over the last three weeks, all losses, one of them to the lowly Raiders. Colin Kaepernick has been less than stellar in the last three contests garnering just 121, 174, and 141 passing yards. The Chargers are still fighting for a playoff spot and need this game too much to let S.F. have their way with them. Player to watch: Antonio Gates

Giants +5 1/2 over the RAMS- The Giants have been coming together as a team on the both sides of the ball. Odell Beckham Jr. leads all rookies in receiving yards (972) and touchdown catches (9). Eli Manning, thanks in part to Beckham, has shown signs of the Manning of old. Jason Pierre-Paul has six sacks in the past three games while Johnathan Hankings has collected 3.5. Rams…

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Wednesday Morning QB (NFL Week 15)

The Sport Addiction

Well the honeymoon phase is over in Cleveland after Johnny Manziel got his first start for the Browns in Week 15. There had been plenty of build up after Manziel dropped to 23 in the 2014 draft despite his great playmaking ability in college. He was not considered the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft though. His size scared many and his multiple issues off of the field made a lot of teams pass on him. As he watched the teams go by it seemed as though it would be a repeat of Aaron Rodgers on draft day, a painful measure in watching a player sit in the blue room waiting for his name to be called. That is exactly what happened as Manziel dropped far beyond what many people thought he would. Seeing an opportunity to build quickly the Cleveland Browns traded into the first round for a second…

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Nominees Selected for 2014 Week 15 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week Honors (Gallery)

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2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week Week 15 Beckham Nom Blog

We love NFL rookies at Panini America. We love interacting with them at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere every summer. We love the fact that with their potential and their performances, they drive sales of every NFL product we make every year. But you want to know who loves NFL rookies as much as we do? Pepsi and football collectors.

Indeed, the folks at Pepsi get just as excited we all do about NFL Rookie performances each week during the season. And that’s exactly why once again this season, for the fourth straight year, Panini America and Pepsi have joined forces to help promote Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week voting and Panini America NFL Rookie Cards.

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Brady Beats Dolphins With His Arm, And His Legs

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FOXBOROUGH (CBSMiami/AP) — Tom Brady has beaten the Miami Dolphins just about every way imaginable during his career.

Brady will do almost anything to win a game, even run with the ball.

So the reluctant rusher took off on a 17-yard scramble that set up a key third-quarter touchdown and sparked the New England Patriots to a 41-13 win over the Miami Dolphins and their sixth straight AFC East title Sunday.

“It was in slow motion,” Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell joked, “but it was good.”

Good enough to set up LeGarrette Blount’s 3-yard touchdown run on the next play and begin a streak of four scoring drives on the Patriots’ first four possessions after they led 14-13 at halftime.

“I wasn’t in the best mood at that time” because of New England’s poor first half, Brady said.

The star quarterback and his teammates…

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Which of the three Redskins QB’s has performed the best this year?

Rich Tandler's Real Redskins

Redskins coach Jay Gruden has three quarterbacks to choose from to start his team’s Week 15 game against the Giants, assuming that Colt McCoy is healthy enough to be an option. It appears that Gruden is going to go with McCoy if his sprained neck allows him to do so, with Robert Griffin III being the second option if McCoy can’t go. Gruden said that he took a look at Kirk Cousins this week as well.

It appears that Gruden is making his selection based on who will give the team the best chance to win. But do the numbers support that decision? Might Griffin or Cousins be able to put more points up on the board? After all, the last time we saw McCoy last Sunday against the Rams, the Redskins took just one snap in the red zone and were shut out.

Cousins has played about five and…

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Week 15 NFL Odds: Patriots Hold As Favorites Over Dolphins In Foxboro

[nesn_embed service=springboard src=”″]The New England Patriots are back home for a Week 15 matchup against the Miami Dolphins, with the Pats favored by between 7.5 and nine points at sportsbooks monitored by

The moneyline opened with New England at -380 and Miami at +330. The Dolphins would appear to be getting some money, as it has settled at New England -360 and Miami +300. The total is set at 48 points.

The OddsShark Computer predicts a 36-33 Patriots win, which would result in a Dolphins cover and the OVER. The total has gone OVER in seven of the Patriots’ last 10 games, and the UNDER is 7-1 in the Dolphins’ last eight games, and 8-0 in their last eight divisional road games. The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five between these two teams.

The closest spread for Sunday features Cleveland hosting Cincinnati, with an…

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