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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 14 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | December 10-13

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, December 10

Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals (-8, 46 1/2) 8:25 pm - Big game for both teams, though especially the visiting Vikings, who were slammed, 38-7, by Seattle last week and appear to be stumbling as the race to the playoffs gets serious in the final weeks.

The Cardinals had an easy time at St. Louis last week, pounding the Rams, 27-3. They can lock up at least a tie for the division with a win and, at 10-2, have the second-best record in the conference.

Arizona looks like a lock for the playoffs, but the Vikings really need a win and should make this a close call.

Prediction: Cardinals 27 Vikings 23

Sunday, December 13

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers (-8 1/2, 46 1/2) 1:00 pm - Carolina, the only undefeated team in the league, looks to run their record to 13-0. The Panthers ran their regular season streak to 16-0, dating back to December 7 of last year.

This is the first meeting of these division rivals this season, with a rematch slated for December 27th. The last time they met, the Panthers came away with a 34-3 victory, in Atlanta.

At home, following a huge win at New Orleans, the Panthers should absolutely rip the flailing Falcons.

Prediction: Panthers 31 Falcons 7

Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears (-3 1/2, 44) 1:00 pm - The Bears haven't been mathematically eliminated yet, but the Redskins pose a serious challenge to their post-season hopes.

Washington has been up and down all season, and, even though both teams are 5-7, the Redskins are eyeing first place in the NFC East, surely motivation enough for a road win, something that has evaded the 'Skins. They're 0-5 away from home.

This is pretty much an even game, statistically, so the points may come in handy for pickers.

Prediction: Redskins 24 Bears 22

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (-2 1/2, 49 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Steelers can close the gap in the AFC North with a win over first-place Cincinnati, though, on the other hand, the Bengals could wrap up the division with a victory.

Pittsburgh's offense has been nothing short of impossible to stop, but the Bengals, allowing a league-low, 16.3 points per game, are one team that could slow down the Roethlisberger express.

Pittsburgh's defense continues to improve as well, allowing an even 20 points per outing, tied with KC for 7th-best in the league. The Bengals took a 16-10 decision earlier this season in Pittsburgh, so home field becomes a huge obstacle for the Steelers.

Prediction: Bengals 24 Steelers 18

San Francisco 49ers at Cleveland Browns (-1, 41) 1:00 pm - Throw-away game of the week, with more to come. Cleveland is 2-10 and will give Johnny Football the start this week, while the 49ers won their first road game of the season, 26-20, in overtime at Chicago last week.

Asking the 49ers for a second straight road win is a tall order and one which is unlikely to be filled.

Prediction: Browns 20 49ers 7

Indianapolis Colts (even, 46) at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 pm - The charm that came with Colts' QB Matt Hasselbeck has suddenly vanished, probably a direct result of the 45-10 thrashing the Steelers put on them last week. Now on the road for the second straight week, they are rated even against a divisional foe they slaughtered last year, 44-17, and 23-3.

The Colts managed a 16-13 win over the Jags earlier this season, so the rematch, without the services of Andrew Luck, is likely to be another struggle.

The 4-8 Jaguars can really pour on the points, though they're often on the short end of the score. Indy may have trouble scoring as long as Hasselbeck remains in the lineup, if only because his reaction times are slower and his passes generally not very zippy.

Prediction: Jaguars 31 Colts 23

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San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-11 1/2, 45) 1:00 pm - Chargers have nothing to gain with a win except division pride. They've lost seven of their last eight, the only win their first road triumph of the season two weeks ago in Jacksonville (31-25).

That's not saying much, and the Chiefs already have proven they own the Chargers, whipping them, 33-3, three weeks ago. A repeat performance by the surfing Kansas City squad is expected.

Prediction: Chiefs 31 Chargers 13

Tennessee Titans at New York Jets (-7 1/2, 43) 1:00 pm - The Jets need to keep winning if they expect to make the playoffs, as they are currently tied with the Steelers and Chiefs at 7-5, with Houston and Buffalo hot on their heels, both of them at 6-6.

3-9 Tennessee is having a good season for a rebuilding year and they'll likely be better next season. The Jets have put the hammer down on many teams this season. Five of their wins have been by 13 points or more, so expect a big defensive effort from a team that has the horses to put the stopper on just about anyone.

Prediction: Jets 28 Titans 10

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Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles (even, 47) 1:00 pm - Thinking playoffs, the Bills and Eagles were both victorious last week, though Philly's win at New England was somewhat awe-inspiring.

The Eagles picked off Tom Brady repeatedly and made plays on special teams for the 35-28 win, but are still a 5-7 team overall, despite being tied with the Giants and Redskins for first place in the NFC East.

The 6-6 Bills need to keep winning or their playoff hopes go out the window, as 9-7 may be enough for an AFC wild card, but possibly not. The Eagles have a virtual defense, which won't work in this real game.

Prediction: Bills 34 Eagles 23

Detroit Lions at St. Louis Rams (even, 40 1/2) 1:00 pm - Match-up of a pair of 4-8 teams means only the totally loyal will care.

The Rams have lost five straight after being mentioned as a potential playoff team, but the offense has apparently called it a day, scoring just 10 points in back-to-back losses to Cincinnati and Arizona.

Detroit has recovered from a 1-7 start and saw their three-game win streak snapped last week in a last-play loss to the Packers. The Lions are just 1-4 on the road, but they are playing better than the Rams.

Prediction: Lions 30 Rams 20

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3 1/2, 50 1/2) 1:00 pm - New Orleans almost pulled off the upset of Carolina last week, losing, 41-38, their fourth consecutive loss.

Nobody could have seen that at this point in the season the Bucs would be contending for a playoff spot, at 6-6, while the Saints struggle at 4-8, but that is the reality. Drew Brees looked like his old self against the Panthers last week, but the Buccaneers already beat them, 26-19, earlier in the season, and should have sufficient motivation to complete the season sweep.

Prediction: Buccaneers 29 Saints 24

Seattle Seahawks (-13, 40 1/2) at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 pm - Winners of three straight, Seattle is steamrolling toward a playoff spot, probably a wild card, but, at just 7-5, they need a few more wins, as 9-6 looks like a reasonable number (after 8-5 Minnesota, only the Bucs and Falcons are close, at 6-6).

Despite suffering through a horrid season - currently at 4-8 - the Ravens will start Matt Schaub at QB for the third straight game. He's 1-1, coming off a 33-27 win at Cleveland and a 15-13 loss at Miami. Back home, where the Ravens are 2-3, they stand a reasonable chance against the heavily-favored Seahawks, a team notable for hard-hitting defense. Baltimore is unlikely to take a back seat in the roughness department. They should bow up and take the Seahawks on with gusto.

Prediction: Ravens 20 Seahawks 17

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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