NFL Week 14 Picks

Welcome back to football everyone!  I trust Thanksgiving treated you well, and whether you love or hate the holidays another big one is coming up (and is this Author’s favorite one in case you didn’t know).  Without further ado though let’s start on an AFC South Divisional clash.

Texans at Jaguars





Entering the season I thought the Texans were an AFC Super Bowl contender and a team that would easily win the AFC South.  Well 10 straight losses later I am quickly dismissing that premature opinion.  Will the Texans be better next year?  They probably will, but they need to win tonight to make me believe the franchise won’t implode again like this year.  They will win tonight, but you know what they say, it’s a short walk from the penthouse to the outhouse.

My Pick:  Texans

Colts at Texans





The Colts will probably win the South, but I think they will be a notch below the Bengals when the playoff picture is finalized.  I expect this to be a good game, but Indianapolis has way too many injuries, and while they may win the division, how long they last in the playoffs is a whole different story.

My Pick:  Bengals 

Browns at Patriots





I’m still not quite 100% sold on New England as a front-runner contender for the AFC, but I think that they will definitely be a threat come playoff time.  Cleveland beat the Pats in 2010, but I don’t think that’s going to be in the cards this Sunday.

My Pick:  Patriots

Raiders at Jets





As terrible as these teams have looked, I give Rex Ryan and Co. the edge this Sunday.  The Raiders definitely have more questions than the Jets do, and I trust Rex Ryan’s defense a lot more in this matchup.

My Pick:  Jets

Chiefs at Redskins





It’s the Indians against well, the Indians.  The Chiefs are the better team though considering how they were able to keep even with Denver last week (before Eric Decker happened).  Name changes won’t be the Redskins only problem this offseason.

My Pick:  Chiefs

Vikings at Ravens





Minnesota might be able to redeem their season with another upset victory over a wild-card contender.  Baltimore still has the edge though because I still think the Ravens have some 2012 playoff magic left.  How Baltimore fares in the playoffs if they make it there is an entirely different question. 

My Pick:  Ravens

Falcons at Packers





If Aaron Rodgers is to return for the Packers this season it needs to be now.  Unfortunately #12 is doubtful, but considering all the problems Atlanta has, I think Green Bay still wins this contest.  This one won’t be a tie.

My Pick:  Packers

Bills at Buccaneers





Buffalo suffered a tough loss to Atlanta last week, while Tampa Bay lost another to Carolina.  This could go either way, but I’m going to go with the Buccaneers on this one because of their 3-1 surge after an 0-8 start.

My Pick:  Buccaneers

Dolphins at Steelers





Seattleites will hate me for this but I’m picking the home team.  Pittsburgh was able to lead a great comeback against Baltimore, and they almost won that game last week.  Miami played well against the Jets, but I think the stingy Steeler defense will hold Tannehill to some very poor numbers this week.

My Pick:  Steelers

Lions at Eagles





As unpleasant as some teams in the NFL have been this season, I must say that these two have been pleasantly surprising for me as a football fan.  I think both these teams will wind up winning their divisions, but the Eagles win this one considering how Nick Foles hot hand hasn’t faltered since he was named the starter.  Take that Michael Vick!

My Pick:  Eagles

Titans at Broncos





For last six picks we’re going to play a game called “Guess the Upset.  If you guessed this one you just lost the game.

My Pick:  Broncos

Rams at Cardinals





The Cardinals lost to the Eagles and could be ripe for a Rams team that has made some major improvements this past season.  As good as the Rams are, I still think the Cardinals win this one and stay in the playoff picture.

My Pick:  Cardinals

Seahawks at 49ers





San Francisco is favored in this game by 2.5 points, but considering that the Seahawks have won 7 straight games and just shellacked the Saints, you’d be foolish to pick the Niners.  Technically this is an upset in terms of point spread, but it’s not my upset.

My Pick:  Seahawks

Giants at Chargers





Here’s the upset!  The Giants have won 5 of their last 6 games (and they should be 6-6 but Tony Romo ruined those chances).  San Diego was able to beat a talented Chiefs team, but the Giants have way too much momentum to be stopped right now.  San Diego has a choke-artist reputation when it comes to games like this, so you can see why I’m leaning more towards the Giants on this one.

My Pick:  Giants

Panthers at Saints





As morally crippling as that 34-7 loss to the Seahawks was to the Saints, I think they should be able to shake that off.  Carolina has made a vast improvement over the course of the year, but the Saints have not lost at home all year.  Considering the advantage New Orleans has in the Superdome they should win this one.

My Pick:  Saints

Cowboys at Bears





Do you remember that choke artist argument I used earlier in the post.  Well Tony Romo has a reputation for losing these kinds of games, and until he wins them I will continue to be skeptical of his ability as a quarterback.  Bears win, but I could be wrong.

My Pick:  Bears

My Record:  110-81

Stay Classy everyone!







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