NFL Picks: Broncos and Chiefs finally face off this weekPublished 11:07am Thursday, November 14, 2013
Indianapolis at Tennessee
The Colts don’t have the same offense without Reggie Wayne and this is pretty close to a must-win for the Titans.
TITANS 17, COLTS 13
Green Bay at N.Y. Giants
I thought the Packer defense would step up and hold the fort while Aaron Rodgers was out, but instead they’ve played two of their worst games of the season in back-to-back weeks. Now the Packers are reduced to playing Scott Tolzien at quarterback, a guy who never impressed me when he was playing at Wisconsin.
GIANTS 31, PACKERS 14
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo
The Jets have gone back to the ground and pound on offense and as long as they continue to play solid on defense, that will get them in the playoffs.
JETS 17, BILLS 10
Baltimore at Chicago
This is a pretty big game for both teams. Baltimore is starting to slip out of the playoff picture and the Bears could do the same if they’re not careful. I think the Ravens still have some fight in them, especially after surviving a late letdown against the Bengals last week.
RAVENS 24, BEARS 21
Cleveland at Cincinnati
I think the Browns have a great shot of pulling off the upset and putting themselves in the chase for the division, but I can’t bring myself to pick the Brown in an important game. I just can’t do it.
BENGALS 20, BROWNS 19
Washington at Philadelphia
The Eagles are a classic example of why shouldn’t judge a team after a few weeks. Somehow Nick Foles has thrown 16 TDs and 0 interceptions this season and the Eagles are now thinking about taking the mediocre NFC East from the mediocre Cowboys.
EAGLES 31, REDSKINS 30
Detroit at Pittsburgh
I don’t trust the Lions on the road, especially when it’s a game they’re ‘supposed’ to win.
STEELERS 23, LIONS 20
Atlanta at Tampa Bay
These teams have just three wins between them, but I’ve got to go with Matt Ryan over Mike Glennon.
FALCONS 14, BUCS 6
Arizona at Jacksonville
The Jaguars got their one win of the season and now they will go back to being a headache for their fans on a weekly basis.
CARDINALS 26, JAGUARS 13
Oakland at Houston
Not a lot of intrigue to this one.
RAIDERS 27, TEXANS 24
San Diego at Miami
I don’t think the playoffs are in the future for either of those squads, but they both looked like playoff teams at times during the year.
CHARGERS 27, DOLPHINS 14
San Francisco at New Orleans
The 49ers don’t have a lot of tough games left on their schedule, but if they want a chance at one of the top two seeds, they’d better take care of business in this one. I think the Saints’ offense is too good, and SF’s offense isn’t good enough.
SAINTS 27, 49ERS 20
Minnesota at Seattle
Another shot against the Vikings: Percy Harvin is expected back this week just in time to rub it in his old team’s face.
SEAHAWKS 28, VIKINGS 13
Kansas City at Denver
This is probably the most anticipated game of the season so far. The Chiefs are finally playing a solid team and the Broncos are finally facing an elite defense. The fact that the Chiefs haven’t allowed more than 17 points in a game after nine contests is amazing to me.
You’d think that they would give up 20 by accident at some point.
KC has won because it takes care of the ball and it’s hard to score on them. It’s that simple. However, unless they knock Peyton Manning out of the game, I don’t think that will be enough for them to get past the Broncos.
Denver is going to score more than 17 points on Sunday. There’s not a question to it. Can KC keep pace when it’s not ahead for most of the contest?
I don’t think so. But I can’t wait to find out.
BRONCOS 27, CHIEFS 21
New England at Carolina
Finally a good Monday night game! I watched a little bit of the Panthers win over San Francisco and their defense was absolutely phenomenal. They were getting pass pressure on every play and weren’t allowing any big plays.
I think they could give Tom Brady and company fits.
Carolina is also coming off what is most likely its biggest win since 2008, which was the last time it made the playoffs.
A win on Monday, would probably be even bigger.
PANTHERS 16, PATRIOTS 13
Last week: 4-8