NFL money line, picks against the spread: Finding the best Week 14 underdog

The underdogs had a big Week 13 in the NFL, with four straight-up winners and several others that had no problem covering the spread. Finding a worthy underdog to win on the money line can be a good way to cash big, so if you want to find your own dog for Week 14, you need to hear what SportsLine expert Micah Roberts has to say.

Roberts ran Station Casinos' sportsbooks for over a dozen years and he's on a strong 8-5 run in the NFL.

As a SportsLine analyst, he's known to spot a bad spread a mile away. Last week he took the Vikings to knock off the Falcons in Atlanta, and that's just what happened in a 14-9 Minnesota triumph. Those who have jumped on board with Roberts have certainly been happy with their bottom line.

Now Roberts has identified two money-line plays that will lead to huge payoffs, and he's sharing them over at SportsLine.

One we'll give away: Philadelphia is a 2.5-point underdog in Los Angeles to take on the Rams in a clash of NFC division leaders.

The Eagles' nine-game win streak was snapped in a 24-10 loss at Seattle in Week 13. Philly's vaunted offense was shut down and its defense struggled to contain Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Both defenses could be up against it Sunday. Philly and L.A. each average 30.1 points, tied for best in the NFL.

Still, the Eagles are 10-2 and in first in the NFC East. They rank third in the NFL in yards gained and yards allowed. And even if tight end Zach Ertz (concussion) sits out, the Eagles still have plenty of weapons like wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and newly acquired running back Jay Ajayi.

The Rams, at 9-3 and first in the NFC West, have an equally explosive offense, but the defense has used a bend-don't-break mentality (sixth in points allowed, 14th in yards) that might not pay off Sunday.

Plus, Los Angeles' lax attitude toward its home football teams has been well-documented. Rams coach Sean McVay said the team might have to prepare to use a silent count because there could be more Eagles fans in attendance than Rams fans.

In addition to his Eagles pick, Roberts is going with a playoff hopeful for his Underdog of the Week, a big dog against an opponent on a roll. But Roberts says it will come away with a statement win and anybody who grabs this team now will set themselves up for a payout that's perfect for spreading some holiday cheer.

Roberts is relying on a critical factor that no one is thinking about that ultimately leads to this upset. He's sharing what it is, and who to back, over at SportsLine.

So what is Micah Roberts' NFL underdog money-line play of the week? Visit SportsLine now to see which favorite is about to fall hard, all from a Vegas legend on an 8-5 run on his NFL picks, and find out.

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