Week 14 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Hanson)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 14 NFL picks against the spread:

Green Bay Packers +3 over Seattle Seahawks (3 Units)

It would be an understatement to call the Packers season up to this point a disappointment. With a 6-6 record going into Week 14, the Packers would be on the outside looking in if the playoffs were to begin now.

Of course, they don't (begin now).

Green Bay will host the Seahawks this weekend and then play their division foes over the final three games. If they take care of business, there is a good chance they will make the playoffs.

Over the past few weeks, Aaron Rodgers has played better -- 291.0 YPG, eight TDs and no INTs in past three games -- and Jordy Nelson has a minimum of 91 yards in five of his past six games. In addition, Jordy has scored a touchdown in five of those six games. With Earl Thomas out and a group of talented pass-catchers at Rodgers' disposal, I think they pull off the upset at Lambeau (or at least keep it within a field goal).

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Carolina Panthers Pick'em over San Diego Chargers (2 Units)

What a year as it has been for the Panthers and what a start to last week's game! After benching the reigning MVP to start last week's game due to a dress code violation, Derek Anderson threw an interception. It didn't get much better from there as the Panthers were blown out 40-6.

The Panthers have allowed 75 points in their past two games to the Raiders (35) and Seahawks (40) and Luke Kuechly (concussion) will miss a third consecutive game. Essentially playing only for pride at this point in the season, Cam Newton and the Panthers could bounce back as Philip Rivers and the Chargers make the cross-country flight for a 1 p.m. game.

New England Patriots -6.5 over Baltimore Ravens (3 Units)

Without Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the season, Tom Brady may not carve up opposing secondaries on a weekly basis. And the Ravens have one of the best defenses in the league. That said, I trust him (without Gronk) much more than I trust Joe Flacco (with all of his weapons).

Historically, Flacco has played well against the Patriots and he's coming off his best game of the season, but the offense has otherwise struggled all year. Baltimore ranks 24th in the NFL in yards per offensive play (5.138) just ahead of the Browns (5.136).

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