Week 14 NFL picks straight up: Eagles edge Cowboys; Packers rebound | NFL


You’d like extra from a December slate of NFL video games, however in Week 14, simply three video games pit groups with profitable data towards one another. Two are prime-time video games, fortunately, and considered one of them is pretty much as good a matchup as anybody may want for, on Sunday night time, with the Rams in Chicago.

But a kind of different video games, with out two profitable groups, will likely be as gripping as any the league can serve up: the Eagles in Dallas, with first place on the road, playoff competition within the steadiness, and the declare of Lazarus Workforce of the Yr at stake. Defending-champion Philadelphia has seemed useless at instances; so have the once-listless Cowboys. Now, they each have as a lot momentum as any crew within the NFL.

As for these different scant few video games between profitable groups, keep watch over an early recreation that may have repercussions past the 2: Baltimore at Kansas Metropolis.

Week 14 NFL picks towards the unfold

Week 14 NFL picks, predictions

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Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) at Tennessee Titans (6-6)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m., Fox/NFLN/Amazon Prime

Their assembly in Jacksonville in Week Three was the Jaguars’ first lack of the yr after a 2-Zero begin; it preceded the rout of the Patriots, and in hindsight, it didn’t set off the alarms it in all probability ought to have. But it surely was the sport that Marcus Mariota got here again in and led the Titans to win regardless of barely having feeling in his throwing hand. Final week, the Titans boosted their playoff hopes with a Mariota-led rally over the Jets. The Jaguars bought a reprieve with a surprising shutout of the Colts. Don’t anticipate the Jaguars’ euphoria to final lengthy.

Prediction: Titans, 17-13

Baltimore Ravens (7-5) at Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (10-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Chiefs despatched up pink flags galore of their win in Oakland, with the protection giving up 33 to the Raiders. Their new Kareem Hunt-less offense isn’t dealing with the Raiders protection this week, both. The Ravens smothered Matt Ryan and the Falcons in Atlanta final week and are able to doing harm each week towards anyone (even when they don’t all the time pull it off). Nonetheless, the Ravens’ secondary is on excessive alert. The Lamar Jackson-or-Joe Flacco quandary stretches right into a fourth week.

Prediction: Chiefs, 30-24

Indianapolis Colts (6-6) at Houston Texans (9-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

Division-wise, that is an elimination recreation for Indianapolis. The Colts crew that clearly was kidnapped and held hostage someplace within the Florida swamps throughout the Jaguars recreation is prone to reappear this week. Logic tells us the Texans protection can do the identical factor to Andrew Luck and the remaining that the Jaguars’ did, however don’t essentially depend on that offense taking part in that badly once more. Deshaun Watson has quietly achieved virtually nothing mistaken throughout the nine-game profitable streak.

Prediction: Texans, 27-25

Atlanta Falcons (4-8) at Inexperienced Bay Packers (4-7-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

Welcome again to the head-coaching ranks, Joe Philbin! (Pause to permit Dolphins followers to cease groaning.) The loser of this can take the lead within the race for the NFC’s largest letdown this season. Put together for a shootout … significantly, even with the apparent offense points in Inexperienced Bay and the no-show by the Falcons towards the Ravens final week. Neither protection will be counted on to gradual the opposite crew down. No less than the Falcons have a crushing wave of accidents accountable.

Prediction: Packers, 27-17

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New York Giants (4-8) at Washington Redskins (6-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

It is Eli and the Sanchize for the crown as King of New York! Pardon … we erroneously seemed on the schedule from 2009. What we’ve bought is the 2018 variations of Eli Manning and (presumably) Mark Sanchez. Relying on this and the later Eagles-Cowboys recreation, a Giants crew that began 1-7 could possibly be two video games out of first place within the NFC East with three video games to play. Exterior of its quarterback drama, front-office drama and trolling-police-blotter drama, Washington’s protection has imploded: 430 yards a recreation over their final 5, greater than 400 in 4 of them.

Prediction: Giants, 27-26

New York Jets (3-9) at Buffalo Payments (4-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The 2 top-10 draft picks, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen, are anticipated to face one another, which they didn’t in final month’s recreation on the Meadowlands, now notorious because the Matt Barkley recreation (41-10 over Josh McCown’s Jets). It’s exhausting to keep in mind that the Jets had been as soon as 3-3, as exhausting as it’s to recall that the Payments blew out the Vikings in Minnesota. Shopping for in on the Payments could be untimely, so don’t make an excessive amount of of how this season sequence winds up.

Prediction: Payments, 20-16

New Orleans Saints (10-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

Wanting again, the Bucs inflicting Fitzmagic on this Saints crew on opening day within the Superdome is likely one of the most jarring outcomes of this season. And it hasn’t been held on the Saints as a purpose the trail to the Tremendous Bowl may not run by way of New Orleans. There’s loads of motivation for the Saints to wish to burn the Bucs to ashes: vengeance, bounce-back from final week’s Cowboys loss, a must preserve tempo with the Rams.

Prediction: Saints, 38-17

New England Patriots (9-3) at Miami Dolphins (6-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Patriots are simply 7-Four on this sequence the Ryan Tannehill period, regardless that Tannehill didn’t play all of them; Jay Cutler was in cost when the Dolphins gained final December in Miami. Three of these Dolphins wins have been in December or January; all 4 had been within the now-Exhausting Rock Stadium. Does that make any sense? Probably not, exterior of the entire throw-the-records-out rivalry issue. Anyway, this recreation is in south Florida, the Patriots took till the center of the third quarter to shake off the Vikings final week, the Dolphins survived the Payments’ last surge, and … hey, why not?

Prediction: Dolphins, 28-25

Carolina Panthers (6-6) at Cleveland Browns (4-7-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

The Browns haven’t been fairly as chatty as they had been in earlier weeks because the Texans introduced them again to earth. None of their former coaches/scapegoats are in Carolina, however the Panthers are nosediving. They’ve extra to fret about from Cam Newton needing to get replaced on the ultimate Hail Mary final week (due to apparent lingering shoulder issues) than even his 4 interceptions. Extra troubling than that needs to be a protection that has struggled to cease groups when they should.

Prediction: Panthers, 26-21

Denver Broncos (6-6) at San Francisco 49ers (2-10)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., CBS

The Broncos not solely are in no place to look previous anyone, they will’t ever let up on the pedal with the weekly shut video games they play. Vance Joseph hasn’t become Vince Lombardi, however over the previous month (three straight wins) he’s eased off the recent seat. The proverbial “winnable” video games are awaiting them of their late playoff push: subsequent week are the Browns at dwelling, then they go to Oakland.

Prediction: Broncos, 30-17

Cincinnati Bengals (5-7) at Los Angeles Chargers (9-3)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., CBS

The Chargers likewise can’t look previous the Bengals … eh, they in all probability can, truly. A.J. Inexperienced going onto injured reserve wipes the Bengals out. The Chargers are nonetheless in place to push for the AFC West title and a playoff bye. The comeback in Pittsburgh will likely be exhausting to duplicate, however they shouldn’t need to this week.

Prediction: Chargers, 31-10

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Philadelphia Eagles (6-6) at Dallas Cowboys (7-5)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Fox

As soon as once more: Are the Eagles for actual? Studying the Monday night time win over Washington is hard, however it might’t damage to have gotten Golden Tate going for the primary time because the commerce. The Cowboys began their spurt by profitable in Philadelphia on Sunday night time three weeks in the past. Ezekiel Elliott’s 187 mixed yards had been the catalyst. The Eagles permitting historical Adrian Peterson to tear by way of them for 90 yards nearly untouched isn’t a superb signal. A greater signal for them was Carson Wentz getting higher because the Monday night time recreation went on.

Prediction: Eagles, 20-19

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4-1) at Oakland Raiders (2-10)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Fox

The Steelers couldn’t have give you two extra aggravating methods to lose video games than they’ve the final two weeks, towards the Broncos and Chargers. Ought to they fear about beating the Raiders? Most likely not, besides that the Raiders piled up factors on the Chiefs, and the Steelers’ protection is equally susceptible. They nonetheless have the sting within the AFC North on the Ravens, and the schedule is closely of their favor this week. They’d higher take benefit.

Prediction: Steelers, 35-26

Detroit Lions (4-8) at Arizona Cardinals (3-9)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Fox

Two groups which have reached the “consider for subsequent season” stage. The Cardinals, oddly, are extra intriguing to look at, at the least after they have the ball and Josh Rosen, David Johnson and the ageless Larry Fitzgerald is on the sector. They discovered a method in Inexperienced Bay final week. The Lions are what they’re, and Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia are going to get on a regular basis they wish to put their imaginative and prescient into place.

Prediction: Cardinals, 27-14

Los Angeles Rams (11-1) at Chicago Bears (8-4)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Whether or not Mitchell Trubisky is again this week remained up within the air early within the week. That’s no small factor; regardless that the Bears managed pretty properly all issues thought-about with out him final week towards the Giants, Trubisky must be there for the Bears to be entire. The Rams are dealing with nearly each check they’ve been thrown, with the apparent exception of the Saints. Aaron Donald’s whole domination of the Lions final week thrust him into the MVP dialog.

Prediction: Rams, 33-24

Minnesota Vikings (6-5-1) at Seattle Seahawks (7-5)

Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN

It’s that point of yr to throw out extra Coach of the Yr candidates than anybody ought to fairly contemplate … however contemplate Pete Carroll anyway, with how the Seahawks overhauled nearly all the pieces but are proper within the combine and are getting higher because the season wears on. That protection, gutted within the offseason and with out Earl Thomas since September, ought to get Mychal Kendricks again from suspension. They have already got Bobby Wagner, having one other All-Professional season. The Vikings offense had higher come again from wherever they appear to go each different week.

Prediction: Seahawks, 31-19

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