Mike Ivcic’s Week 14 NFL Preview and Free Picks

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By Mike Ivcic, UltimateCapper Contributing Writer


Atlanta Falcons @ Green Bay Packers
Sun, 1pm, FOX
Line: Packers by 3.5
To show you how rough it’s been for Atlanta, their franchise QB is healthy and they’re still more than a standard 3-point road dog to a team starting a QB that’s been with five different teams in the last two years. Ouch.
Pick: Green Bay 34, Atlanta 27

Buffalo Bills @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sun, 1pm, CBS
Line: Buccaneers by 2.5
The fighting Greg Schiano’s are back from the dead!
Pick: Tampa Bay 20, Buffalo 16

Cleveland Browns @ New England Patriots
Sun, 1pm, CBS
Line: Patriots by 11.5
I took the Pats with a rather high number last week and they didn’t cover. This line is higher – and I’m taking them again.
Pick: New England 34, Cleveland 17

Detroit Lions @ Philadelphia Eagles
Sun, 1pm, FOX
Line: Eagles by 2.5
The last time we expected a shootout (Philly-Dallas) we had a 17-3 dud. Thanks to a forecast of snow and sleet, I’m expecting more of the same this time, so I’m buying Philly’s defense for this one.
Pick: Philadelphia 17, Detroit 13

Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals
Sun, 1pm, CBS
Line: Bengals by 6
The Bengals are undefeated at home, the Colts haven’t beaten a non-AFC South team since Reggie Wayne got hurt. Give me Cincy and the points.
Pick: Cincinnati 28, Indianapolis 20


Kansas City Chiefs @ Washington Redskins
Sun, 1pm, CBS
Line: Chiefs by 3.5
Not just one Native American tribal nickname, but two! I wonder if anyone in D.C. will boycott. I would, but that’s just because I wouldn’t want to actually have to watch the Redskins.
Pick: Kansas City 24, Washington 16

Minnesota Vikings @ Baltimore Ravens
Sun, 1pm, FOX
Line: Ravens by 7
If the Ravens plan on remaining a playoff team, they should do what Chicago couldn’t do last week – beat a QB-less Vikings team just playing out the string. I think they do, but not by a lot.
Pick: Baltimore 20, Minnesota 17

Oakland Raiders @ New York Jets
Sun, 1pm, CBS
Line: Jets by 2.5
I refuse to pick the Jets again this year any game that Geno Smith starts. It’s not his fault the offense is bad, but he’s certainly helping to make it look a whole lot worse.
Pick: Oakland 21, New York 9

Tennessee Titans @ Denver Broncos
Sun, 4:05pm, CBS
Line: Broncos by 12
Is this even a question?
Pick: Denver 41, Tennessee 23

New York Giants @ San Diego Chargers
Sun, 4:25pm, FOX
Line: Chargers by 3
This is the season for San Diego – they still have Denver and Kansas City left and don’t own many, if any, tiebreakers, so a loss here is basically the nail in the coffin for the Chargers. I’d say the same for the Giants, but really their coffin was nailed shut the first six weeks, they’ve just been banging really loudly to get out ever since.
Pick: San Diego 30, New York 21


St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
Sun, 4:25pm, FOX
Line: Cardinals by 6.5
I think Arizona bounces back and eliminates the Rams from playoff contention, but St. Louis has been frisky on the road this year, so 6.5 is a little too high for my blood.
Pick: Arizona 27, St. Louis 24

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49’ers
Sun, 4:25pm, FOX
Line: 49’ers by 3
This game means a whole lot more to San Fran, plus even though Seattle has all but clinched a Super Bowl berth now that the NFC will run through CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks have a lot less pressure on them to win this game.
Pick: San Francisco 28, Seattle 24

Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints
Sun, 8:30pm, NBC
Line: Saints by 3.5
The Saints don’t lose at home in primetime. Carolina will win in two weeks – not this Sunday.
Pick: New Orleans 31, Carolina 21

Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears
Mon, 8:30pm, ESPN
Line: Bears by 1
I don’t like Josh McCown, even if it means I’m now wagering on Tony Romo on the road in primetime outside. Actually, now that I read that sentence again…
Pick: Chicago 27, Dallas 24

Straight-Up: 120-72-1
Against Spread: 89-98-6


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