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WEEK
14
 
PETE PRISCO
Senior NFL Columnist
Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and can be seen throughout the week on CBS Sports' NFL shows. When he's not watching game tape you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
MATCHUP SCORE ANALYSIS
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
 
Tennessee
Titans
17
The Jaguars showed some life last week in shutting out Andrew Luck and the Colts. But they've never played well in Tennessee. Can that change here? It can, but their offense is too limited. Look for the Titans to win a close, tough game.
Result: Tennessee Titans 30, Jacksonville Jaguars 9
Jacksonville
Jaguars
14
 
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018
 
Buffalo
Bills
23
This will be a game matching rookie passers Josh Allen and Sam Darnold, who is back for the Jets after missing time because of injury. Allen has played well lately and the Bills have the better defense. Look for Buffalo to win this home game as Sean McDermott's team continues to play hard.
Result: Buffalo Bills 23, NY Jets 27
New York
Jets
13
 
 
Cleveland
Browns
31
The Panthers have lost four straight games and the defense has been bad, which led to the firing of two coaches on that side of the ball this week. The Browns were awful last week as well, but back home I think Baker Mayfield will have a good day against the Panthers defense. Look for Cam Newton to play well also, but the Browns will win it late.
Result: Cleveland Browns 26, Carolina Panthers 20
Carolina
Panthers
28
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
35
This should be a shootout, even if it doesn't mean anything for these two disappointing teams. Look for Aaron Rodgers, fresh off the firing of coach Mike McCarthy, to have a big game here against an Atlanta defense that isn't very good. But Matt Ryan will also play well. Look for a lot of points and a close game.
Result: Green Bay Packers 34, Atlanta Falcons 20
Atlanta
Falcons
30
 
 
Houston
Texans
30
The Texans have ripped off 10 straight victories, with the first of those coming against the Colts in Week 4. The Colts were shut out in Jacksonville last week, which was a shock the way Andrew Luck has been playing. He gets back on track here, but I think Deshaun Watson will have an even better game. Texans win it.
Result: Houston Texans 21, Indianapolis Colts 24
Indianapolis
Colts
23
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
27
This is a classic battle of Baltimore's aggressive defense against the potent offense of the Chiefs. Baltimore loves to blitz, which they will do against Patrick Mahomes. I think that will disrupt him some, but not enough. The Chiefs will win it, but the Ravens will hang around with Lamar Jackson at quarterback.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 27, Baltimore Ravens 24
Baltimore
Ravens
21
 
 
New England
Patriots
27
Tom Brady is 7-9 against the Dolphins in Miami, which means Miami has a chance. Their season is on the line here. A win could put them into the playoffs. But the Patriots are the better team. Brady will win this with a late drive for a touchdown.
Result: New England Patriots 33, Miami Dolphins 34
Miami
Dolphins
23
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
34
This should be a fun shootout. The Bucs beat the Saints in New Orleans in Week 1, but that was a long time ago with two different types of teams. Even so, the Saints are playing consecutive road games, which is tough. Tampa Bay's offense will keep them in it, but the Saints will win in the fourth quarter.
Result: New Orleans Saints 28, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
31
 
 
New York
Giants
21
The Redskins are down to Mark Sanchez at quarterback. That's not a good thing. The Giants have won three of four and have played some of their best football the past month. They will continue surging as the Redskins struggle mightily on offense.
Result: NY Giants 40, Washington Redskins 16
Washington
Redskins
14
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
37
The Bengals have taken a free-fall since the middle part of the season and now will be without Andy Dalton and A.J. Green the rest of the way. The Chargers are playing well, and Philip Rivers is in the MVP hunt. He will make another strong case here. Blowout city.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 26, Cincinnati Bengals 21
Cincinnati
Bengals
18
 
 
Denver
Broncos
26
The 49ers have issues in a lot of spots, including playing a backup quarterback. The Broncos have won three straight behind the defense and the running of Phillip Lindsay. They will make it four straight with another big game from their rookie runner.
Result: Denver Broncos 14, San Francisco 49ers 20
San Francisco
49ers
16
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
21
These two teams are playing out the string, but Arizona showed something last week winning at Green Bay. The defense impressed. I think it shows up again here against a Lions offense that is limited. The Cardinals will take it in an upset.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 3, Detroit Lions 17
Detroit
Lions
20
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
23
This game will likely decide the NFC East. The Eagles looked good beating up the Redskins Monday night, but this is on the road against a better team. The Dallas defense has been special lately and I think that plays out here. The Cowboys will limit the Eagles passing game and win a big game.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 29, Philadelphia Eagles 23
Philadelphia
Eagles
17
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
33
The Steelers are coming off a tough home loss and will play here without lead runner James Conner, who is out with a leg injury. It won't matter. The Steelers offense will roll through the air against a Raiders defense that is limited. Steelers win easily.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Oakland Raiders 24
Oakland
Raiders
17
 
 
Los Angeles
Rams
27
The Rams are playing consecutive road games and now their high-flying offense has to face a good Bears defense. I think the Bears will first try to take away Todd Gurley, which will force Jared Goff to have a big day. He will. The Rams will win a tough road game.
Result: Los Angeles Rams 6, Chicago Bears 15
Chicago
Bears
21
 
Monday, Dec. 10, 2018
 
Seattle
Seahawks
21
This is big game in terms of playoffs possibilities in the NFC. Both teams need it. The Vikings are playing consecutive road games, which is tough. But it's even tougher at Seattle. Kirk Cousins has struggled in prime-time games, and I think that plays out here. Seahawks take it.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 21, Minnesota Vikings 7
Minnesota
Vikings
16