NFL Picks and Predictions: Week 14

Wesley Hitt

Your APC editors weigh in on this Sunday's games.

Sure, we're a little slow on the draw this week, but people have crazy stuff going on this time of year. I guess you'll just have to trust me that Devin and I did pick the Broncos to win in advance, rather than just going on the basis of hindsight.

Game Evan Devin Kevin
DEN vs. OAK DEN DEN DEN
STL vs. BUF BUF STL BUF
ATL vs. CAR CAR ATL CAR
DAL vs. CIN CIN CIN DAL
KC vs. CLE CLE CLE CLE
TEN vs. IND IND IND IND
NYJ vs. JAX NYJ NYJ NYJ
CHI vs. MIN CHI CHI CHI
SD vs. PIT PIT PIT PIT
PHI vs. TB TB TB TB
BAL vs. WAS BAL WAS BAL
MIA vs. SF SF SF SF
NO vs. NYG NYG NYG NYG
ARI vs. SEA SEA SEA SEA
DET vs. GB GB GB GB
HOU vs. NE HOU NE NE

Broncos vs. Raiders:

The Broncos are preparing for a Super Bowl run and the Raiders are talking to Jon Gruden to coach their team for next year for some reason. Yeah, this game is going to be a real nail biter. (Devin)

Rams vs. Bills:

This will probably end up one of those games that looks like a stinker from a far and then turns into a rather watchable game. The Rams capitalize on their moment from beating SF last week, but expect the Bills to give them a fight. (Devin)

Falcons vs. Panthers:

Devin might not pick Carolina, but I'll go for it. Atanta's defense looked great on Thursday, but the team as a whole is far from consistent. I bet that Julio Jones continues his inconsistent play by vanishing this week and the Panthers find a way to pull out a late win with some heroics from Steve Smith. (Evan)

Cowboys vs. Bengals:

If the Bengals win this week can we finally stick a fork in the Cowboys and have the national media turn its attention to a different overhyped and dysfunctional team from the NFC East? (Devin)

Chiefs vs. Browns:

The hangover after last week's emotional win for Kansas City will be too much to bear. Also, the Browns defense has been playing great lately against the run (averaging 66 yards per game against over their past three). Since Brady Quinn is still throwing the ball for the Chiefs, I don't see them scoring more than 14 points. (Evan)

Titans vs. Colts:

The Colts have caught lightening in a bottle and hope to turn that into a playoff spot. The Titans on the other hand are trying to figure out who should stay and who should go. (Devin)

Jets vs. Jaguars:

Sanchez or McElroy? It doesn't matter because whichever one starts will have an NFL-caliber running back behind him. Chad Henne doesn't, with MJD and Reshad Jennings both out. (Evan)

Bears vs. Vikings:

Originally I picked the Vikings to win because I don't believe in the Bears without Brian Urlacher. Then I remembered that Christian Ponder is still the QB of the Vikings and the Vikings' secondary has no answer for Brandon Marhsall. (Devin)

Chargers vs. Steelers:

Roethlisberger is back, and the Chargers remain a train wreck. But they're not one of those fun, destructive ones that you enjoy watching (like the Eagles), they're the slow-moving, uninteresting kind of train wreck that makes you say "I'll go over here and watch the paint dry instead." (Evan)

Eagles vs. Buccaneers:

Speak of the devil. LOL Philly. This should be a highly entertaining game if you like yards and points, but the Eagles won't win. (Evan)

Ravens vs. Redskins:

This may be pure unadulterated hope, but the Skins win because the Ravens are beaten up on defense, are struggling to find an offensive identity, and are just a much different team on the road. (Devin)

Dolphins vs. 49ers:

I have a hunch this game will be closer than it should be, if only because of the Dolphins' pass rush. That being said, San Francisco's defense should shut down Miami with little trouble and hold on for a win. (Evan)

Saints vs. Giants:

The Giants are mystifying, and I would love for them to miss the playoffs if only because I don't want to see their defense again. That said, they match up well with the Saints, who can't run the ball to save their lives. Also, Eli might throw for 500 yards this week. (Evan)

Cardinals vs. Seahawks:

For those of you not on the Russell Wilson bandwagon until the 4th quarter last Sunday...I told you so. (Evan)

Lions vs. Packers:

Both teams have been chewed up with injuries, but the Lions have lost most of their receiving unit since the last time the two teams have met. Mix that with the building frustration as the Lions feel 2012 slip through their fingers and the Packers should be able to pull this one out. (Devin)

Texans vs. Patriots:

This one will be telling for the AFC. Can the Texans keep up with the multi-pronged NE attack? My Magic 8 Ball says no and the Patriots move to victory as a result. (Devin)

Enjoy the games, everyone!

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