Saturday, December 12, 2009

Week 14 game predictions

I went a pretty pedestrian 10-6 in my picks last week, and I'm off to an 0-1 start this week. Then again, who knew Cleveland could beat anyone, let alone the defending Super Bowl champs?

Last week's record: 10-6
Season record: 131-61 (68.2%)

Saints over Falcons — I'd probably go with a full Atlanta team at home, especially with the Saints coming off a big scare against the Redskins last week, but the Falcons are just too banged up to compete with the Saints right now.

Packers over Bears — There's really no telling in a rivalry such as this, but you have to go with the Packers at home given how poorly Chicago has played lately.

Colts over Broncos — Denver exploded against the lowly Chiefs in Week 13, but I still have to go with Peyton Manning in the Colts.

Chiefs over Bills — This pretty bad game is tough to predict, but I'm going to pick the Chiefs at home with a big day from Jamaal Charles.

Vikings over Bengals — Minnesota is coming off a surprising and big loss to the Cardinals, but I think they'll rebound against a Cincinnati team with a banged up secondary and backfield.

Patriots over Panthers — New England seems to be imploding after a tough loss to Miami and some off-the-field problems involving key players, but I think Tom Brady will rally his team to a victory against the Matt Moore-led Panthers.

Jets over Buccaneers — Kellen Clemens will be filling in for an injured Mark Sanchez, but no matter who starts at quarterback for the Jets, they are still playing much better as a team than the Bucs right now.

Dolphins over Jaguars — I feel like the Dolphins always lose the games they should win and I consider this one of them, but I'm still taking Miami against a Jaguars squad missing some key personnel on both sides of the ball.

Ravens over Lions — Baltimore got handled on the road in Green Bay last week, but I don't see any way they lose at home to the lowly Lions.

Texans over Seahawks — Seattle is no real threat on offense, which is why I think they'll have a hard time keeping up with a Houston offense that can put up points in a hurry.

Titans over Rams — St. Louis is a mess right now and may end up playing a rookie sixth-rounder at quarterback in Keith Null if things are looking bad. The Titans should run all over them on the way to victory.

Raiders over Redskins — Bruce Gradkowski is keeping Oakland in games by playing sound football, and I think the Redskins fall flat after a deflating collapse against the undefeated Saints last week.

Cowboys over Chargers — A very hard game to pick, so I'm simply going to go with the home team. It's a complete toss-up though.

Giants over Eagles — Another impossible rivalry game to predict, I'm going with the Giants at home coming off a good win over Dallas in Week 13.

Cardinals over 49ers — Arizona surprised everyone by torching the Vikings in Week 13, so I like them to continue that against a decent but less-talented Niners squad.