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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) flexes following a first down against the Detroit Lions during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints face the Titans in one of Sunday's key NFL matchups. John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE (John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE/John David Mercer)
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) flexes following a first down against the Detroit Lions during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints face the Titans in one of Sunday's key NFL matchups. John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE (John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE/John David Mercer)

Predictions

Week 14 NFL Picks against the spread Add to ...

SUNDAY

Indianapolis Colts (0-12) at Baltimore Ravens (9-3)

INDIANAPOLIS plus 17

The Colts need horseshoes in a slightly more private place than on the sides of their helmets to have a hope in this one.

The pick COLTS

New Orleans Saints (9-3) at Tennessee Titans (7-5)

NEW ORLEANS minus 4

With 100-plus-yard games his previous two times out, can Titans tailback Chris Johnson make it three in a row?

The pick SAINTS

New England Patriots (9-3) at Washington Redskins (4-8)

NEW ENGLAND minus 9

Given the closed-door rollicking Patriots coach Bill Belichick likely gave his team for its late-game sloppiness against the Colts last week, one might almost feel sorry for the Redskins.

The pick PATRIOTS

Kansas City Chiefs (5-7) at New York Jets (7-5)

KANSAS CITY plus 11

It took a last-minute Brett Favre touchdown pass for the Jets to eke out a win in the previous game between these teams, and given the way New York’s offence operates three years later, more of the same could be in the offing.

The pick CHIEFS

Atlanta Falcons (7-5) at Carolina Panthers (4-8)

ATLANTA minus 3

Carolina lost another two starters from its sub-par defensive unit to injury this week. It could be a shootout.

The pick FALCONS

Philadelphia Eagles (4-8) at Miami Dolphins (4-8)

PHILADELPHIA plus 3

Philly quarterback Michael Vick and receiver Jeremy Maclin return from injury, and while there is no saving their season, they can save some face.

The pick EAGLES

Houston Texans (9-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-5)

HOUSTON plus 3

If the playoffs were to begin in Week 14, these teams would be first-round opponents. Houston looks to have found a game-manager in rookie QB T.J. Yates, which should be the edge in this defensive clash.

The pick TEXANS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9)

TAMPA Bay minus 2

The once-formidable Jags defence has been decimated by injuries the past two weeks. Perfect time for the Bucs to halt a stunning six-game losing skid.

The pick BUCCANEERS

Minnesota Vikings (2-10) at Detroit Lions (7-5)

MINNESOTA plus 10

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and quarterback Christian Ponder are both questionable. The Lions need this one to get back into the NFC playoff picture.

The pick LIONS

Buffalo Bills (5-7) at San Diego Chargers (5-7)

BUFFALO plus 7

The Bills are 1-5 on the road (not including Toronto), have lost five in a row and now travel across the continent to face a desperate, yet still potent, San Diego crew.

The pick CHARGERS

San Francisco 49ers (10-2) at Arizona Cardinals (5-7)

SAN FRANCISCO minus 4

With the NFC West title in the bag, the only challenge for rookie coach Jim Harbaugh will be ensuring his 49ers team gets up for this contest.

The pick 49ERS

Chicago Bears (7-5) at Denver Broncos (7-5)

CHICAGO plus 4

Already hailed as having the best stiff arm since Walter Payton, Denver QB Tim Tebow gets his first chance to stick it to the fast-fading Bears, Sweetness-style.

The pick BRONCOS

Oakland Raiders (7-5) at Green Bay Packers (12-0)

OAKLAND plus 12

After beating Detroit and Chicago already this season, the Raiders will be looking to make it an NFC North hat trick. Sounds good … on paper.

The pick PACKERS

New York Giants (6-6) at Dallas Cowboys (7-5)

NEW YORK plus 3

“The playoffs start now,” Giants offensive guard Chris Snee said this week. When your team hasn’t been there since the 2008 season – and with this year’s hopes fading fast – starting the playoffs early is certainly a novel way of ensuring you make them.

The pick GIANTS

MONDAY

St. Louis Rams (2-10) at Seattle Seahawks (5-7)

EVEN

Rams may be forced to start third-string QB Tom Brandstater … who has yet to play in the NFL … on the road … in always crazy CenturyLink Field … on Monday Night Football

The pick SEAHAWKS

Last week 10-6

Season 93-89-10

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