It’s time for my 2013 NFL week 14 predictions and picks. Week 14 kicks off on Thursday with Houston in Jacksonville. Is this a game centered on future draft pick position? It certainly isn’t the best of Thursday night matchups this season. Jacksonville has been awful while Houston continues to slide. I still think the Texans will escape with a win. It’s downright ugly but Houston wins this one 23-17 in a game nobody watches(except for maybe portions of those television markets).
We move to Sunday where Indianapolis travels to Cincinnati. Can the Bengals hold fort against the Colts and Andrew Luck? I really think this game could be one of the better ones of the week. In the end, the Bengals come up with a big stop to defeat Indy 27-24.
Cleveland travels to New England to face the Pats. The Browns aren’t going anywhere anytime soon but my gut says they’ll stick around for at least a half in this one. Ultimately the Patriots win 31-17. Tom Brady fires 3 touchdown passes in the win.
Carolina is in New Orleans to face the Saints. This game has classic written all over it. Unfortunately, I think the Saints will make it a bit of an unexpected game. New Orleans turns on the jets and Drew Brees fires 3 touchdown passes in a 34-16 win.
The New York Jets host Oakland elsewhere. The Jets have been tough at home and I expect that will stay the same during week 14. Jets win 23-13. Oakland has 3 turnovers in the loss.
Philadelphia entertains Detroit in what could be a huge game for both teams down the stretch. My predictions and picks for this week 14 matchup? I’ll take the homestanding Eagles to win a close one 34-31. Matthew Stafford and Nick Foles combine for 7 touchdown passes.
Miami heads to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers. Big Ben and Pittsburgh are playing much better and it will show this week. Roethlisberger fires 2 touchdown passes in a 27-10 victory. The Dolphins are forced into 4 turnovers in a hostile environment.
Tampa Bay hosts Buffalo. The Bucs should be able to put away the Bills in this one but it won’t be until the 4th quarter. Tampa Bay wins 23-16.
Kansas City travels to Washington to play the unpredictable Redskins. I’m going upset here with Washington winning 27-24 in overtime. Robert Griffin leads the charge and helps drive the Redskins for the game tying touchdown.
Baltimore welcomes Minnesota in what could be a horribly ugly offensive game. The Ravens win 16-6. Ray Rice gathers 123 yards and a touchdown in the win. Minnesota throws 4 interceptions.
Tennessee is on the road in Denver to face the Broncos. The Titans are struggling to finish strong while the Broncos are jockeying for playoff position and potential home field advantage. Denver rolls to a 36-13 win. Peyton Manning finds Wes Welker for 2 first half touchdowns.
Arizona hosts St. Louis in other action. The Rams could potentially pull off the upset but won’t. Carson Palmer tosses 3 touchdown passes in a 27-17 victory. Zac Stacy provides 86 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Rams.
The New York Giants travel to San Diego in week 14. My predictions and picks for this one? I think the Giants could potentially pull off an upset. It’ll be close but I think San Diego gets just enough to squeeze out a 22-20 win. They hold off a late Giants rally with an interception in the end zone of Eli Manning.
Seattle is in San Francisco for what could be the game of the week. The 49’ers are awfully tough at home and I get the feeling they will want a little payback. San Francisco wins thanks to a late defensive touchdown. 49’ers win 19-16. Frank Gore contributes 87 yards and a touchdown against a very stingy Seattle defense.
Atlanta visits Green Bay in other action. The Falcons struggles on the road continue with a 33-16 loss. At this point, Atlanta is playing for draft picks. Matt Ryan sits the 2nd half out of pure frustration-or wishes he would have.
The Monday night game could be the most interesting of the week 14 schedule. Dallas visits Chicago for what could be a crucial game for both teams. I’m guessing this one will be close but I expect the Bears to pull ahead when it counts at Soldier Field. Chicago escapes with a hard fought 27-24 victory. Robbie Gould hits the game winning field goal with 6 minutes to go.
That’s it for my 2013 NFL week 14 predictions and picks!