I had an abysmal week 13 only going 2-3 and falling another game behind my friend and opponent Josh Brewer. With the abundance of great match-ups and meaningful games this weekend we have decided to do four additional games outside of Baltimore and GB games instead of the usual three. Let’s get to the week 14 picks!
1. Dallas at Cincinnati:
- Cincinnati has played some impressive football after a slow start to the season. Andy Dalton has gotten his act together and has Cincy on the verge of sneaking into the playoffs. They need a bit of help in the division but are definitely playing good football at the right time. Dallas isn’t out of the picture yet at 6-6. A Cowboy win and a Giants loss will make the last few weeks very interesting. They need to take care of business outside of the conference this Sunday to keep the heat on. However Cincy gets it done at home.
- Bengals- 26-24
2. Chicago at Minnesota:
- Chicago’s defense is getting banged up with the losses of Brian Urlacher and Charles “Peanut” Tillman. However Jay Cutler gets a few weapons back this week in Alshon Jeffery and Devin Hester. He will need them to make up for the losses on defense. Minnesota wasted a 210 yard day on the ground from Adrian Peterson last week to the Packers. Christian Ponder is floundering down the stretch and can’t seem to hit an open receiver. No Percy Harvin= no win for the Vikings.
- Bears- 27-17
3. Baltimore at Washington:
- I was shocked to see the Ravens gave up 27 points to a Charlie Batch led team last Sunday. The loss of Terrell Suggs to another injury leaves a lot of questions on this defense again. The Ravens need to get Ray Rice another 20+ touches. Hell the guy picked up a 4th and 29 on a check-down! RG3 has to be licking his chops after seeing what Batch did last week. Washington can see the light of a possible wild card spot. However it gets a bit darker for them.
- Ravens- 24-23
4. New Orleans at NY Giants:
- New Orleans are close to getting the door shut in their face but a win over the Giants will keep the NFC Wild Card chase interesting. Drew Brees threw five picks against Atlanta so any chance of a division run is gone. New Orleans needs to regroup and play smart football to go anywhere. The Giants are having their usual identity crisis with a demolishing of the Packers and a loss to the Redskins on MNF. If the Giants want to win the division a victory over the Saints will go a long way.
- Giants- 34-31
5. Detroit Lions at Green Bay:
- The Pack got a key win last week over the Vikings to go 3-0 in the division and a Bears loss put them back on top of the division. The Pack’s running game showed signs of life last week and if it does indeed snow like a mother tomorrow that running game will be instrumental for any run this team makes. The Lions are out of contention but would love to play spoiler to a team who has bullied them at Lambeau since 1991. I still worry about Calvin Johnson even though he does not have a legit threat across from him. However the losses at Lambeau continue for the Lions.
- Packers- 27-23
6. Houston at New England:
- This could be the game of the season and a win will put the Texans in a very comfortable spot for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Houston hasn’t been the same on defense since Brian Cushing got hurt and are still without 2011 second round pick Brooks Reed. New England still doesn’t have Rob Gronkowski and didn’t look like the offensive juggernaut of the past few seasons without him. However the game is in New England and I don’t see Tom Brady having back to back bland games.
- New England- 31-27