Week 14 early-week PFW staff selections

Posted Dec. 04, 2012 @ 5:01 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff


SAN FRANCISCO -10½ vs. Miami

GREEN BAY -7 vs. Detroit

NEW ENGLAND -4  vs. Houston

N.Y. JETS vs. Jacksonville (38) UNDER

LAST WEEK: 2-1-1 / SEASON: 26-25-1


"PFW" refers to the staff consensus pick. HOME TEAM IN CAPS. Asterisk (*) denotes team will cover pointspread but lose game. Boldface (#) selections indicate best bets.

Thursday night
Denver -10½ vs. OAKLAND (49)

Denver: Hub, Keith(#), Dan A, Dan P(#), Kevin, Arthur, PFW
Oakland: Mike H*, Eric*, Mike W*

Baltimore PK vs. WASHINGTON (47½)
Baltimore: Keith, Mike H, Mike W, Arthur
Washington: Hub, Dan A, Eric, Dan P, Kevin, PFW

CLEVELAND -5½ vs. Kansas City (37)
Cleveland: Hub(#), Keith, Mike H, Eric(#), Kevin(#), Arthur, PFW
Kansas City: Dan A*, Mike W*, Dan P*

PITTSBURGH -5 vs. San Diego
Pittsburgh: Hub, Keith, Mike H(#), Dan A, Eric(#), Mike W, Dan P, Kevin, Arthur, PFW
San Diego: None.

INDIANAPOLIS -5 vs. Tennessee (48½)
Indianapolis: Hub, Keith(#), Mike H, Eric, Mike W, Dan P, Kevin(#), Arthur, PFW
Tennessee: Dan A*

N.Y. Jets -2½ vs. JACKSONVILLE (38)
N.Y. Jets: Keith, Mike H, Dan P, Kevin, Arthur, PFW
Jacksonville: Hub, Dan A, Eric, Mike W

Chicago -3 vs. MINNESOTA (39½)
Chicago: Keith, Dan A, Eric, Dan P, Kevin, Arthur(#), PFW
Minnesota: Hub, Mike H, Mike W(#)

Atlanta -3½ vs. CAROLINA (47)
Atlanta: Hub, Keith, Mike H, Kevin
Carolina: Dan A(#), Eric, Mike W*, Dan P*, Arthur, PFW*

TAMPA BAY -7 vs. Philadelphia (46½)
Tampa Bay: Hub, Keith, Mike H, Eric, Dan P(#), Kevin, Arthur, PFW
Philadelphia: Dan A*, Mike W*

BUFFALO -3 vs. St. Louis (42)
Buffalo: Hub, Dan A, Mike W, Dan P, Kevin, PFW
St. Louis: Keith, Mike H, Eric, Arthur

CINCINNATI -3 vs. Dallas (46)
Cincinnati: Mike H(#), Eric(#), Mike W(#), Dan P, Arthur, PFW
Dallas: Hub, Keith, Dan A, Kevin*

SAN FRANCISCO -10½ vs. Miami (38½)
San Francisco: Hub, Keith, Mike H, Dan A(#), Eric, Dan P(#), Kevin(#), Arthur, PFW(#)
Miami: Mike W*

N.Y. GIANTS -6 vs. New Orleans (52½)
N.Y. Giants: Kevin, Arthur
New Orleans: Hub*, Keith*, Mike H*, Dan A*, Eric*, Mike W*, Dan P*, PFW*

SEATTLE -10½ vs. Arizona (34½) 
Seattle: Mike H
Arizona: Hub*, Keith*, Dan A*, Eric*, Mike W*, Dan P*, Kevin*, Arthur*, PFW*

Sunday night
GREEN BAY -7 vs. Detroit (51)
Green Bay: Hub(#), Keith(#), Eric, Mike W, Dan P, Kevin, Arthur(#), PFW(#)
Detroit: Mike H*, Dan A*

Monday night
NEW ENGLAND -4 vs. Houston (51½)
New England: Hub(#), Keith, Mike H(#), Dan A(#), Eric, Mike W(#), Dan P, Kevin, Arthur(#), PFW(#)
Houston: None.


Last week vs. spread
Hub(7-7-2), Keith(4-10-2), Mike H(7-7-2), Dan A(4-10-2), Eric(8-6-2), Mike W(6-8-2), Dan P(7-7-2), Kevin(8-6-2), Arthur(8-6-2), PFW(6-8-2)

Season to date vs. spread
Hub(85-101-6), Keith(85-101-6), Mike H(92-94-6), Dan A(90-96-6), Eric(92-94-6), Mike W(104-82-6), Dan P(94-92-6), Kevin(108-78-6), Arthur(91-95-6), PFW(94-92-6)

Last week best bets
Hub(1-2), Keith(1-2), Mike H(1-2), Dan A(0-2-1), Eric(1-2), Mike W(2-1), Dan P(1-1-1), Kevin(0-2-1), Arthur(1-1-1), PFW(2-1-1)

Season to date best bets
Hub(18-21), Keith(18-20-1), Mike H(19-19-1), Dan A(11-26-2), Eric(18-21), Mike W(19-17-3), Dan P(18-19-2), Kevin(17-20-2), Arthur(15-23-1), PFW(26-25-1)

Last week straight-up
Hub(11-5), Keith(8-8), Mike H(10-6), Dan A(8-8), Eric(9-7), Mike W(9-7), Dan P(10-6), Kevin(10-6), Arthur(11-5), PFW(9-7)

Season to date straight-up
Hub(123-68-1), Keith(110-81-1), Mike H(125-66-1), Dan A(122-69-1), Eric(118-73-1), Mike W(127-64-1), Dan P(118-73-1), Kevin(131-60-1), Arthur(114-77-1), PFW(116-75-1)



Which of your picks do you feel strongest about and why?

Hub Arkush: If the Texans were healthy on defense I might feel differently, but with their injuries, I expect the Pats to teach them a lesson about the bright lights.

Keith Schleiden: The Colts won by six in overtime in the first meeting of the year. At 8-4, Indy is no fluke. They keep it close, but it says here they’re better by more than five this week.

Mike Holbrook: The Chargers are at a huge disadvantage going against the Steelers’ defense without both starting offensive tackles. More Philip Rivers turnovers, anyone?

Dan Arkush: The Niners have yet to lose two in a row under Jim Harbaugh and figure to be very fied up against a Miami team that has lost Pro Bowl OLT Jake Long.

Eric Edholm: The Cowboys can’t contain the Eagles’ passing game? Well, then, how do they plan to stop the Bengals? Plus, that defensive line could give the Cowboys fits.

Mike Wilkening: I’ll take the Patriots. The Texans’ shaky secondary and the Pats’ knack for finishing strongly make New England the play at this relatively short price.

Dan Parr: The Broncos are rolling, and the Raiders are getting rolled week after week. I don’t think Peyton Manning will have much trouble picking apart that defense.

Kevin Fishbain: It’s a big number, but the 49ers match up favorably against the Dolphins and can’t be happy after a loss to the Rams. S.F. has the potential to blow out Miami.

Arthur Arkush: Who is going to cover Wes Welker in the slot? I don’t like this matchup given Houston’s sudden rash of injuries at corner. Houston finally suffers a letdown.