NFL Game Picks: Week 14
It’s already Week 14 in the NFL, and the playoff teams are starting to separate themselves. Although the playoff teams may be relatively clear, the seeding is far from it.
Week 14 will be a crucial week for many teams looking to keep pace in the conference standings. Here’s a look at how we think Week 14 will shake out.
Philadelphia Eagles (11-1) @ New York Giants (7-4-1) (Sunday @ 1:00 p.m.)
Coming off a dominant 35-10 win against the Titans, AJ Brown and company will hit the road to Metlife Stadium for a division matchup with the Giants.
The NFC East is still in good shape even with the Giants-Commanders tie last weekend, but the combination of a high-powered Philadelphia offense and defense will only help grow its lead in the division, proving to be too much for Daniel Jones and crew.
My Prediction: Eagles 30, Giants 21
Baltimore Ravens (8-4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7) (Sunday @ 1:00 p.m.)
With Lamar Jackson unlikely to play on Sunday, the Ravens will need playmakers to step up in this division showdown.
The Steelers are playing a lot better, winning three of their last four under rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett and the Ravens have shown they are vulnerable in close games.
If the Steelers manage to keep this key division matchup close, I think they’ll get the much-needed win at home.
My Prediction: Steelers 24, Ravens 21
Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) @ Denver Broncos (3-9) (Sunday @ 4:05 p.m.)
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs suffered their third loss to Joe Burrow and the Bengals in 2022 last Sunday, but they don’t have a better shot at redemption than facing the division foe Broncos this Sunday.
Russell Wilson has been a complete disappointment for the Broncos, and in a year where the AFC West was projected to be a competitive division, has not lived up to the expectations whatsoever.
The Chiefs are angry, so I believe their offense will be put on full display and this matchup won’t even be close.
My Prediction: Chiefs 34, Broncos 10
New York Jets (7-5) @ Buffalo Bills (9-3) (Sunday @ 1:00 p.m.)
An AFC East matchup up in Northern New York, the Bills host the Jets in Buffalo looking to start building separation from the Miami Dolphins. The Jets look to sweep the Bills as well.
While the Jets have shown many ways this year they are changing the culture around, they struggled to win the game twice in under two minutes versus Minnesota last week. The Bills are hungry after already losing to New York earlier on, I think this group will rally for Von Miller and get the win..
My Prediction: Bills 27, Jets 23
Cleveland Browns (5-7) @ Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) (Sunday @ 1:00 p.m.)
A big head to head in the Battle of Ohio as both these teams are coming off wins. The Bengals host the Browns in Cincy for a must watch AFC North tilt.
Cincinnati is playing great football which got better in Ja’Marr Chase’s return. This Bengals team is proving that they are a force in the AFC as they keep showing they are the kryptonite to the Kansas City Chiefs. DeShaun Watson did not look good in his return as his defense carried.
My Prediction: Bengals 31, Browns 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) @ San Francisco 49ers (8-4) (Sunday @ 4:25 p.m.)
An interesting matchup to say the least, as both squads would love a win to gain separation as division leaders. Tom Brady grew up a 49ers fan and the Niners have the best defense in football.
With the unfortunate news of Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury, rookie quarterback and Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy will be under center for Kyle Shanahan’s explosive offense. Tom Brady continued to prove last week why you can never count him out after a miraculous comeback win.
My Prediction: 49ers 24, Buccaneers 17
Miami Dolphins (8-4) @ Los Angeles Chargers (6-6) (Sunday @ 8:20 p.m.)
Coast-to-coast Miami against Los Angeles matchup on Sunday Night Football. The Dolphins look to bounce back to keep the dream season going. The Chargers look to stay in the hunt.
Tua Tagovailoa looks to regroup the troops and bounce back to keep a big season rolling for this Miami team. The Chargers just haven’t looked good this year in what was supposed to be a big year for Justin Herbert, as they look to stay on the outskirts of a playoff spot.
My Prediction: Dolphins 30, Chargers 27
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) @ Tennessee Titans (7-5) (Sunday @ 1:00 p.m.)
After an embarrassing Week 13 for both the Jaguars and Titans, both teams will look to bounce back this Sunday afternoon and get back in the win column at Nissan Stadium.
Tennessee’s one dimensional offense led running back Derrick Henry was held to 30 yards versus the Eagles and a nagging injury has limited his reps in this week in practice.
The Jaguars will rely heavily on their defense to shut down Henry as they anticipate how quarterback Trevor Lawrence will look after doding a bullet last week with a gruesome looking knee injury.
My Prediction: Titans 24, Jaguars 21
Las Vegas Raiders (5-7) @ Los Angeles Rams (3-9) (Thursday @ 8:15 p.m)
Sin City meets the City of Angels for this week’s Thursday Night Football Matchup.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, running back Josh Jacobs and wide receiver Devante Adams are coming off of incredible games, combining for 571 total yards of offense and three touchdowns last week in their defeat of Rams’ fellow SoFi Stadium tennant, the Los Angeles Chargers.
Both squads are riddled with injury, but the reigning Super Bowl Champions have not looked like themselves this season, and the Raiders will get the job done this Thursday.
My Prediction: Raiders 28, Rams 17
New England Patriots (6-6) @ Arizona Cardinals (4-8) (Monday @ 8:15 p.m.)
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, playing in State Farm Stadium does not insure a win for the home team.
Though Arizona is coming off a bye week and will be rested, their WR1, DeAndre Hopkins remains doubtful to play in Monday Night’s game and has not practiced this week. His absence will be felt if he does not suit up Monday night.
New England’s quarterback Mac Jones, was very critical of himself following the Patriots’ loss to Buffalo last week, and cannot take the Cardinals lightly despite Arizona’s lacking success if he wants to walk out of Arizona victorious.
My Prediction: Patriots 27, Cardinals 24
Houston Texans (1-10-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (9-3) (Sunday @ 1 p.m.)
The Cowboys are coming off of 35+ point blowout wins in two of the last three weeks, and the Texans have only won one game all year.
Cowboys may struggle early, but this will be no contest.
My Prediction: Cowboys 40, Texans 16
Minnesota Vikings (10-2) @ Detroit Lions (5-7) (Sunday @ 1 p.m.)
While this game may look easy to predict based off the two records, it is anything but. Not only have the Vikings kept it close in just about every win so far, this is a division matchup.
The Lions are hitting their stride as a team, and I think this is the week Jameson Williams finally makes an impact.
My Prediction: Lions 27, Vikings 24
Carolina Panthers (4-8) @ Seattle Seahawks (7-5) (Sunday @ 4:25 p.m.)
Carolina just can’t seem to get it figured out at the quarterback position, releasing Baker Mayfield this week who was then picked up by the Rams.
The Seahawks however, have found at the very least a temporary solution. Geno Smith has exceeded all expectations this season, and will be the reason they win this game.
My Prediction: Seahawks 27, Panthers 17
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