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NFL Picks for Week 14

Welcome to my picks for week fourteen. I went 10-6 last week for the second week in a row, which is fine, but I would love a 13 or 14 pick week as we head into the final four weeks. Starting out 0-1 thanks to the Steelers losing doesn’t help, though.

Last week: 10-6
Season: 124-68 (.646)

All game times are Eastern.

New Orleans at Atlanta 1:00 PM
Too many injuries to roll with the Falcons. To beat the Saints you’re going to need to put up 30 or more and they can’t do that with Chris Redman at QB. The Saints continue their incredible run. Saints 34-14

Green Bay at Chicago 1:00 PM
This is a tough game for Green Bay because it’s a divisional road game against a team coming off a win. The Pack were my Super Bowl pick, though, so I’m not going to turn on them while they’re on a 5 game win streak. Notice how I mention that almost every week now, but when they struggled I never did? I’m shameless like that. Anyway, I think the difference will be the Packers defense, which has sprung to life and proven that they can keep the team in games. That’s all that awesome Aaron Rodgers-led offense needs. Packers 21-13

Denver at Indianapolis 1:00 PM
I like Indy too much to pick against them right now at home. Especially with Kyle Orton on the road. Yeah, he’s been better, but am I going to pick him to beat an undefeated Peyton Manning team? No thanks. I’ll also state here that if Indy sits starters while they are undefeated then they will probably regret it in January. I’m just saying. Colts 27-13

Buffalo at Kansas City 1:00 PM
I pick the Bills. It’s probably foolish on my part because KC’s actually good at home with some of the best fans in the league. Not like the game really matters aside from sorting out draft position. Bills 17-16

Cincinnati at Minnesota 1:00 PM
The Vikings looked like shit last week. The Cards beat them in every way possible. The Bengals have their division pretty much locked up although they’re fighting with the Chargers for the 2 seed and the playoff bye, so they definitely care about winning this one. The thing is, they don’t have the offense to really expose the Vikings weak secondary. They really only have WR in Chad Johnson and we know you can’t run on the Vikes, so how are they going to beat them? Their best chance is to slow down the Vikes offense. I think that’s hard for a non-conference team to do because the Vikes can beat you in a lot of ways. I think Minny gets the job done. Vikings 24-10

Carolina at New England 1:00 PM
Matt Moore on the road? No thanks. I think the Pats are due to absolutely destroy somebody and make everybody realize they are still dangerous at least as an offensive unit. The Panthers should be able to run, though. I see a lot of points here. Patriots 37-20

NY Jets at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM
This won’t be pretty to watch. I’m not picking the Bucs although they are competitive sometimes at home. It’s not like the Jets can kill them with their offense. Jets 21-17

Miami at Jacksonville 1:00 PM
Gotta love Jacksonville, eh? They’re 7-5 right now, the 5th seed in the AFC and they can’t even sell out a game against a rival Florida team. Move that team to a city that will actually go to meaningful games since JVille doesn’t seem to care. I’m going with the Dolphins because I think they’re coming off a high in beating the Pats and they will carry that momentum into this game.

Detroit at Baltimore 1:00 PM
Hey Baltimore, draft a big play WR. You need it. Somebody to stretch the field and run some reverses. Aside from Ray Rice it’s a very methodical offense. Go find a playmaker. The Lions show spunk, but this isn’t a favorable matchup for them. Ravens 24-10

Seattle at Houston 1:00 PM
Seattle at home? Competent. Seattle on the road? Trash. Of course, I have a strong dislike for Houston and their roller coaster like play. I guess I’ll go with the Texans although I have little confidence in this one. They’re way too erratic. Texans 23-20

St. Louis at Tennessee 4:05 PM
The Titans are coming off a tough loss, which they should be able to bounce back from. As for my Rams? I’d rather they bench Kyle Boller to see what rookie Keith Null can do because it’s already proven that Boller is useless. I have one name for the future: Ndamukong Suh. Look him up. Defensive tackle from Nebraska. Need a run stuffer. Please. Plus, I want to cheer for a guy named Ndamukong for the next decade. Titans 27-10

Washington at Oakland 4:05 PM
Bad teams, bad game. Bad all around. Hey, at least the Raiders have a QB that can actually complete a pass over 5 yards now. That’s something. Four weeks till Zorn gets fired. How fast after the year will it be? I got the over/under on one hour after the last game. Raiders 20-17

San Diego at Dallas 4:15 PM
We all know about Dallas’ tendency to collapse in December while we also know that the Chargers have been hot in December the last couple of years. All this means go against logic and pick the Cowboys, right? No, I don’t want to. Chargers are playing too well. Remember what I said, though. Going against logic this season has been gold. I might regret it. Chargers 24-20

Philadelphia at NY Giants 8:20 PM
Ah, the Giants. My enemies in the prediction game all season. I believe in them and they lose. I go against them and they win. Who knows what Giants team will show up week to week? I’m going with Philly because I think they’re the better team with a more consistent offense. It’ll probably be a turnover game too, so with Eli Manning in a cold weather game that makes me like the Eagles just a bit more. Eagles 20-17

Arizona at San Francisco 8:30 PM (Mon)
The Cards are a good road team. They should be fine here even though it’s the biggest game of the Niners season. I think the Cards defense has stepped it up a notch that makes it hard for me to believe a pedestrian offense like the Niners is going to be able to do much against them. Plus, Warner’s looking really sharp and he should be able to lead them to the win here as they try to fine tune their machine heading into the playoffs. Cardinals 24-13

JC’s Money Picks
Every week I’ll pick four games against the spread or using the over/under. I was 1-3 last week. That sucks. I really want to get back to that .600 win percentage mark in these last four weeks of the regular season, so hopefully I can go on a bit of a run. These odds come from pinnaclesports.com as always.

Season: 31-24-1 (.554)

Chargers +3 over COWBOYS
Cardinals -3½ over 49ERS
TITANS -13 over Rams
VIKINGS -6½ over Bengals

Thanks for reading.

Enjoy the games.

John Canton

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  1. JG
    December 11, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    I agree with all your picks, but one. I think the NY Giants beat the Eagles to set up a 3-way tie atop the NFC East. It’s a great storyline and storylines usually prevail in sports.

  2. Biggs
    December 12, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    You gotta pick my chiefs against another team besides Oakland! Home with Buffalo….Come’On Man!

    • December 12, 2009 at 8:45 PM

      Ha Biggs. Not picking the Chiefs is probably a good thing for your team. I like to pick the upsets, man!

  3. Aaron
    December 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Good week of picks.. Arizona’s 7 turnovers snuck up on a lot of people, but the obvious selection after last week was ‘Zona big over the Niners..

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