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Thursday, December 11, 2014

WEEK 14 NFL PICKS RECAP

I didn't have a good feeling for last week's games, and it showed in my performance. There are three weeks left to improve, though.

Last week:       8 - 8         .500
Overall:       131 - 77 - 1  .629

Dallas (8 - 4) 30 @ Chicago (5 - 7) 24: Correct. I predicted this would be a bad matchup for the Bears, and it was. Dallas 41 - 28.

Pittsburgh (7 - 5) 27 @ Cincinnati (8 - 3 - 1) 24: Correct. I also didn't think the Bengals were on the good end of this one, and they weren't.  42 - 21.

St. Louis (5 - 7) 23 @ Washington (3 - 9) 28: No. Jeff Fisher has the Rams playing at a high level and Jay Gruden has the Redskins, well, not so much. St. Louis 24 - 0.

New York Giants (3 - 9) 31 @ Tennessee (2 - 10) 27: Correct. The Titans are just not very good.New York Giants 36 - 7.

Carolina (3 - 8 - 1) 27 @ New Orleans (5 - 7) 35: No. The Saints have now lost four in a row in the Superdome, yet at 5 - 8 are still tied for the division lead. The Panthers, at 4 - 8 -1, are only a half-game out. Unbelievable. Carolina 41 - 10.

New York Jets (2 - 10) 23 @ Minnesota (5 - 7) 20: No. The Jets are not as bad as their 2 - 11 record would indicate. Minnesota 30 - 24 OT

Baltimore (7 - 5) 20 @ Miami (7 - 5) 24: No. When the Ravens show up on defense, they are very hard to beat. They showed up on Sunday. Baltimore 28 - 13.

Indianapolis (8 - 4) 30 @ Cleveland (7 - 5) 28: Correct. A close loss by the Browns put their playofff hopes on  life support. So now they will turn to Johnny Football to try and save the day. Good luck with that. Indianapolis 25 - 24.

Tampa Bay (2 - 10) 17 @ Detroit (8 - 4) 34: Correct. I picked this score on the button. Hey, even a blind squirrel and all that. The Lions were able to stay a game behind the Packers in the division and even with Seattle,  Philadelphia and Dallas in the wild card. Detroit 34 - 17.

Houston (6 - 6) 27 @ Jacksonville (2 -10) 16: Correct. No surprises in this one.  Houston 27 - 13.

Buffalo (7 - 5) 21 @ Denver (9 - 3) 30: Correct. That Bill defense was stout against the Broncos' passing attack, but they need more firepower on offense. Denver 24 - 17.

Kansas City (7 - 5) 23 @ Arizona (9 - 3) 20: No. The Chiefs got a questionable call on their way to the brink of playoff elimination.  Arizona 17 - 14.

Seattle (8 - 4) 26 @ Philadelphia (9 - 3) 27: No. The Seahawks are looking a lot like the team that won it all last season. Pretty impressive shutting down the Eagles in Philly. Seattle 24 - 14.

San Francisco (7 - 5) 27 @ Oakland (1 - 11) 16: No. I only have one word for the 'Niners...ugly. There can be very little doubt that Jim Harbough has worn out his welcome in San Francisco. Oakland 24 -13.

New England (9 - 3) 27 @ San Diego (8 - 4) 28: No. The Pats solidified their place atop the AFC standings with an impressive showing in San Diego. New England 23 - 14.

Atlanta (5 - 7) 20 @ Green Bay (9 - 3) 34: Correct. The Falcons made this one close, but they still fell to 5 - 8 where they retain their division lead. As for the Packers, their defense will need to play better as they head to the playoffs.  Green Bay 43 - 37.