NFL Week Fourteen Picks

Posted: December 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Last Week: 7-7-2
2012 Season: 83-74-6

Denver Broncos (9-3) AT Oakland Raiders (3-9)

The Spread: Denver by 10
The Pick: Denver
The Score: Denver, 27-13
The Rationale: I posted this pick on Facebook due to lack of time for posting earlier in the week. Luckily, I was right and the Raiders do indeed stink.

Philadelphia Eagles (3-9) AT Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)

The Spread: Tampa Bay by 7.5
The Pick: Philadelphia
The Score: Tampa Bay, 31-27
The Rationale: The Eagles have been able to keep the games close since Nick Foles entered the lineup. They should be able to again, even if they won’t win the game.

St. Louis Rams (5-6-1) AT Buffalo Bills (5-7)

The Spread: Buffalo by 3
The Pick: Buffalo
The Score: Buffalo, 28-14
The Rationale: On a neutral field, I would pick St. Louis. But, in the cold elements of Buffalo, the dome-friendly Rams are not going to be feeling the X-mas spirit.

Dallas Cowboys (6-6) AT Cincinnati Bengals (7-5)

The Spread: Cincinnati by 3
The Pick: Dallas
The Score: Dallas, 30-20
The Rationale: The Cowboys can tie for first with a win and a Giants loss. Their inconsistency aside, Dallas plays a lot better on the road.

Kansas City Chiefs (2-10) AT Cleveland Browns (4-8)

The Spread: Cleveland by 6.5
The Pick: Kansas City
The Score: Kansas City, 17-14
The Rationale: We saw Brady Quinn win last week against Carolina. He’ll get another shoddy opponent Sunday. K.C. takes themselves out of #1 pick territory with their second straight triumph.

Tennessee Titans (4-8) AT Indianapolis Colts (8-4)

The Spread: Indianapolis by 5.5
The Pick: Tennessee
The Score: Tennessee, 20-17
The Rationale: The Titans are due for an upset. Meanwhile, the Colts are coming off an emotional comeback victory. Letdown time.

Chicago Bears (8-4) AT Minnesota Vikings (6-6)

The Spread: Chicago by 3
The Pick: Chicago
The Score: Chicago, 27-10
The Rationale: Minnesota is in a free fall. AP is a monster, but Christian Ponder has been a disappointment.

San Diego Chargers (4-8) AT Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5)

The Spread: Pittsburgh by 7.5
The Pick: San Diego
The Score: Pittsburgh, 20-13
The Rationale: That half-point tacked onto the seven that San Diego is already giving tempts me towards them just enough.

Baltimore Ravens (9-3) AT Washington Redskins (6-6)

The Spread: Washington by 2.5
The Pick: Baltimore
The Score: Baltimore, 24-21
The Rationale: Baltimore has injuries and their division all but locked up. However, this remains a bit of a rivalry matchup from the team’s proximity to one-another.

Atlanta Falcons (11-1) AT Carolina Panthers (3-9)

The Spread: Atlanta by 3.5
The Pick: Atlanta
The Score: Atlanta, 43-17
The Rationale: The Falcons will come out firing, get ahead early, and cruise to victory.

New York Jets (5-7) AT Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10)

The Spread: New York by 3
The Pick: Jacksonville
The Score: Jacksonville, 9-6
The Rationale: Two of the worst offenses in football toil with each other as Chad Henne and Mark Sanchez face-off. The Jaguars have their best chance at a third victory.

Miami Dolphins (5-7) AT San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1)

The Spread: San Francisco by 10
The Pick: San Francisco
The Score: San Francisco, 23-3
The Rationale: Rookie QB vs. the best defense in football? Not a recipe for success if you’re the Dolphins.

New Orleans Saints (5-7) AT New York Giants (7-5)

The Spread: New York by 5
The Pick: New Orleans
The Score: New Orleans, 34-31
The Rationale: The Giants have been playing down to their competition. The door is wide open in the NFC East for someone to burst through.

Arizona Cardinals (4-8) AT Seattle Seahawks (7-5)

The Spread: Seattle by 10
The Pick: Seattle
The Score: Seattle, 21-7
The Rationale: The Cardinals are going back to John Skelton. But, they’ll keep up their consistent losing.

Detroit Lions (4-8) AT Green Bay Packers (8-4)

The Spread: Green Bay by 7
The Pick: Green Bay
The Score: Green Bay, 27-14
The Rationale: The Lions don’t have much to play for anymore. Trips to Lambeau in December for non-playoff teams don’t usually end well.

Houston Texans (11-1) AT New England Patriots (9-3)

The Spread: New England by 3.5
The Pick: New England
The Score: New England, 33-23
The Rationale: The last time Houston played a contender in primetime, they were thrashed thoroughly by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. I’ll go with Tom Brady at home.

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