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Week 14 NFL picks & predictions

Posted on: December 10, 2009 9:58 am
Edited on: December 10, 2009 10:02 am
 
Here are my NFL picks & predictions for week 14.  Enjoy.  Feel free to chime in with picks of your own: 

Steelers @ Browns-- The Steelers can't lose to the Browns after blowing 4th quarter leads to the Chiefs and Raiders, can they? I doubt it. Look for the losing streak to end here and for the Browns to lose their 11th straight home game. PREDICTION: STEELERS

 

Saints @ Falcons-- Even if the Saints defense struggles again this week, I don't see how they lose to a banged up Falcons team that may or may not have Matt Ryan and Michael Turner back. PREDICTION: SAINTS

 

Lions @ Ravens-- The Lions will be starting Dante Culpepper in this one; a QB who hasn't won a single game for them - ever. Not liking their chances. PREDICTION: RAVENS

 

Packers @ Bears-- The Packers defense is peaking at the right time. The O-line has done a much better job of protecting Aaron Rodgers. Look for Rodgers to have another big game, and for Jay Cutler's struggles to continue. PREDICTION: PACKERS

 

Seahawks @ Texans-- The Texans - for some odd reason - seem to play better when they have nothing to play for. With their playoff hopes dead, look for Andre Johnson & company to have a big day against a struggling Seahawks team. PREDICTION: TEXANS

 

Broncos @ Colts-- The Broncos are coming off two impressive wins to face a Colts team that hasn't lost a regular season game since some time early last year. Two very good defenses face each other here, so expect a close, low scoring game; with possibly a 4th QTR field goal deciding the outcome. I give the Colts the edge because of Peyton Manning playing at home. PREDICTION: COLTS

 

Dolphins @ Jaguars-- The Dolphins wised up and finally started to trust their QB last week when the running game was going nowhere. Chad Henne is the real deal. The Dolphins also have one of the best run defenses in the league, so look for them to shut down Maurice Jones-Drew; forcing David Garrard to try to win the game for them. I'll take Chad Henne over David Garrard. PREDICTION: DOLPHINS

 

Bills @ Chiefs-- The Chiefs looked putrid last week. It got so bad, Matt Cassel was benched. But, the Bills bring a pretty lack-luster offense to Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday. Don't ask me why, but I don't think we'll see the Chiefs come out and play the way they did last week for a 2nd home game in a row. The Chiefs in a close one. PREDICTION: CHIEFS

 

Bengals @ Vikings-- Two very good defenses face off in this one. Shockingly, the Bengals actually have the better running game right now. Adrian Peterson has only averaged 3.0 yards per carry over his past three games.  Both teams will bring a good pass rush. But, I expect Brett Favre will make one too many mistakes in this one, and the Bengals will ride the Cedric Benson train again to control the clock. I'll take the road team in the upset. PREDICTION: BENGALS

 

Panthers @ Patriots-- The Patriots "dynasty" is dead. But, they still have Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Randy Moss. The Panthers have Matt Moore, Steve Smith, and 40-something-year-old Mushin Muhamaad. Call me crazy, but I'll give the home team the edge here. LOL. PREDICTION: PATRIOTS

 

Jets @ Buccaneers-- The Jets are sitting Mark Sanchez in this one. I don't think it makes a difference. Rookie QB Josh Freeman will have to contend with one of the better secondaries in the league. He threw 5 INT's last week. I'm expecting at least 2 in this one. The Jets running game and defense takes care of business. PREDICTION: JETS

 

Rams @ Titans-- Steven Jackson is one of the best football players in the league that no one talks about. Too bad he's on a Rams team that can't score TD's. The Titans can score TD's. Look for them to bounce back in a big way. Titans big at home. PREDICTION: TITANS

 

Redskins @ Raiders-- Out of the 4 games the Raiders have won this year, three of those games were against the Eagles, Bengals, and the Superbowl Champion Steelers. Tom "Balboa" Cable has this team fighting hard, and the QB switch to Bruce Gradkowski appears to be paying off. They face a Redskins team that is competitive, but makes too many mistakes and has not learned to finish games. For the first time all season, I'm picking the Raiders to win. PREDICTION: RAIDERS

 

Chargers @ Cowboys-- The so-called, media-hyped "December swoon" will have nothing to do with this outcome. I don't believe in jinxes and media labels.  The better team will win - period.  The Chargers are red hot, and Philip Rivers is playing like an MVP-worthy QB. The defense hasn't been great. But, this team knows how to win, and will demonstrate it once again in the Cowboys trillion-dollar stadium; underneath the billion-dollar TV screen. Cheap shots by Flozell Adams won't save the Cowboys in this one either.  PREDICTION: CHARGERS

 

Eagles @ Giants-- The Giants seemed to come back to life last week and find their own pulse. Coughlin benched the players that were draggin a$$. The tactic seems to have paid off. Something tells me the good effort we saw last week will continue. The Eagles will underestimate the Giants. Look for the Giants pass-rush to get after McNabb and force him into one too many mistakes. Giants do just enough to win to take it in the upset. PREDICTION: GIANTS

 

 Cardinals @ 49ers-- The 49ers are a team I just can't figure out. They started off the season as a running team that played stingy defense. Now, they are a passing team that can't run the ball and plays average defense. Who are these guys? The Vikings couldn't get after Kurt Warner enough to slow him down, so I don't see how the 49ers do it. Look for the Cardinals success on the road to continue. PREDICTION: CARDINALS

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