The Titans and Cowboys dominated their opponents on Thanksgiving Day while the Colts won in
Stay away from road teams.
Stay away from divisional matchups.
Never take a divisional team on the road.
On to Week 14:
Raiders @ Chargers – The Chargers are not playing good football right now and do not look like a team that is capable of winning games. I’m avoiding this divisional matchup.
Jaguars @ Bears – The Jaguars are no longer a scary opponent and the Bears are a decent option coming off a loss this week. They’ll be back at home after a three-game road trip (1-2 in that stretch), and I really like them coming back home this weekend.
Vikings @ Lions – It was a 12-10 snoozer last time and while I do not expect this one to be close, it’s still a divisional road game for the Vikes. Avoid it if you can.
Texans @ Packers – The Packers should have won their game last week, but could not finish. They’ll host the Texans, who do not play well away from home, this Sunday. I like the Pack in another Week 14 interleague matchup.
Browns @ Titans – Two words: Too easy. Here’s another two: Ken Dorsey.
Bengals @ Colts – I think the Bengals will score some points this weekend, but I expect the Colts to score a lot more. As long as this team gets Bob Sanders healthy for the playoffs, Peyton Manning’s squad won’t be an easy out.
Falcons @ Saints – Big test for the Falcons on the road in the NFC South – something that is very difficult. The NFC South is 22-2 at home. The next best is the NFC East at 18-7.
Eagles @ Giants – You don’t have the Giants at this point. There are better options this week anyway.
Chiefs @ Broncos – Not buying the Broncos after last week’s game. The Jets were set up for that one after two big road wins. Stay away from the AFC West battle.
Dolphins @ Bills – No home field advantage here = good news for the fish.
Jets @ 49ers – This won’t be as easy of a rebound game for the Jets as some think. The trip to the West Coast won’t be easy and the Jets shouldn’t be taken in survivor pools.
Patriots @ Seahawks – I do believe the Patriots will win, but I hate picking road teams, let alone teams that have to travel to the East or the West.
Rams @ Cardinals – Ok, this has to stop. The Cardinals couldn’t back themselves into clinching a playoff berth last week. They should roll over the Rams this week, who are a completely different team with Steven Jackson in the lineup. Nevertheless, expect the Cardinals to clinch that playoff berth this weekend with a win of their own.
Cowboys @ Steelers – One of the most anticipated games of the year as teams with rich histories collide in a greatest football town.
Redskins @ Ravens – The flexed game should be a physical one with both teams fighting for their playoff lives. A Redskin loss will pretty much eliminate their chances of making the postseason tournament. After a 6-2, start, a 7-6 record would be very disappointing.
Bucs @ Panthers – Biggest Monday Night Football game of the season.
Choices (Titans are obvious if you have them):
Tempting picks that I am avoiding:
1. Broncos – The Chiefs have played hard at times this season and the Broncos are unpredictable.
2. Jets – They need this one and should win, but why touch the East to West game?
The Colts are the No. 1 option this week at home against the Bengals while the Cardinals were the difficult second option. It was not easy to decide on the second-ranked team this week, but I went with the divisional game just because I feel
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Good luck this week!