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Week 14 NFL Picks

We see three upsets during this weekend’s games and we also pick the thriller between Seattle and Philadelphia.

Charlie Bernstein

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Although we called the Jaguars’ upset over the Giants, last week wasn’t up to our standards of excellence as we only finished 10-6. We hope to make amends for this weekend’s NFL games.

Steelers vs. Bengals

This looks like a must-win game for the Steelers, but they will be without Brett Keisel, Marcus Gilbert and probably James Harrison. Although Pittsburgh has the better quarterback, Cincinnati seems to have the better “everything else” and they should win. Bengals 24, Steelers 20.

Rams vs. Redskins

The Rams have been playing solid football and the Redskins….haven’t. St. Louis has found a running back in Tre Mason and Shaun Hill is playing fairly efficient. Since everything points to the Rams, we’ll go the other way. Redskins 20, Rams 17.

Giants vs. Titans

The Giants beat themselves last week against the Jaguars and the Titans can only beat themselves. Tom Coughlin’s team won’t let down again. Giants 27, Titans 17.

Panthers vs. Saints

There’s not a team in the NFL that can’t beat the Panthers right now. New Orleans is coming off a road win in Pittsburgh that will renew their confidence and carry them through this one. Saints 38, Panthers 13.

Jets vs. Vikings

The Jets are just playing out the string and the Vikings have an exciting young roster. This would seem like two teams heading in opposite directions, but Rex Ryan’s guys haven’t given up on him yet. Jets 20, Vikings 19.

Ravens vs. Dolphins

Miami can all but bury the Ravens with a victory, as a win would give them a one-game lead as well as the tie-break advantage. Can you really trust Joe Philbin and Ryan Tannehill in a big spot? Not until they prove they can be trusted. Ravens 24, Dolphins 23.

Colts vs. Browns

The Browns now have a lack of talent and a major distraction with a quarterback controversy. The Colts do a great job of beating all the teams that they should beat. This will be Brian Hoyer’s last game as their starting quarterback. Colts 35, Browns 20.

Buccaneers vs. Lions

The Lions don’t appear to be as good as their record, and neither are the Bucs. Tampa seems to play better football on the road but this seems like a tall task for them. Lions 24, Bucs 19.

Texans vs. Jaguars

The Jaguars may have found the confidence that their young team needed in their record come from behind victory last week. With that said, Houston is simply a better team with an NFL roster and they’ll find a way to win, even if it’s ultimately to their detriment. Texans 28, Jaguars 13.

Bills vs. Broncos

A Kyle Orton vs. Peyton Manning shootout. I think we all know how this is going to play out. Broncos 31, Bills 13.

Chiefs vs. Cardinals

This is a matchup between two teams that nobody really believes in. I’ll take Andy Reid’s magic over Bruce Arians’ smoke and mirrors with a little bit of Alex Smith mixed in. Chiefs 20, Cards 14.

Seahawks vs. Eagles

The Seahawks’ defense is back to their Super Bowl form over the past two weeks. The only problem is that they’ve played very limited offenses and now they’re taking on one of the most explosive offenses in football. The Eagles will expose the Seahawks’ lack of depth on their defensive line. Eagles 27, Seahawks 20.

49ers vs. Raiders

Jim Harbaugh gets to test drive his future stomping grounds in Oakland and he will impress the home crowd. 49ers 20, Raiders 14.

Patriots vs. Chargers

A lot of things point in San Diego’s favor in this matchup, but how often does New England lose two games in a row? Never in December. Patriots 34, Chargers 24.

Falcons vs. Packers

This screams mismatch on paper and on the Lambeau Field grass. Aaron Rodgers will do whatever he wants against a terrible Falcons defense. Packers 52, Falcons 6.

Last week: 10-6

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.

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