NFL Picks Week 14: Analyzing Expert Predictions from Around the Web

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IDecember 6, 2012

NFL Picks Week 14: Analyzing Expert Predictions from Around the Web

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    The NFL is a league of parity, so even the experts look like they don't know what they're talking about half the time. Underdogs win every single week, and it's difficult to predict what's going to happen on any given Sunday. 

    With that in mind, we'll take a look at what five NFL experts have to say about all 16 games in Week 14. After presenting their picks, I'll give you my own, along with a brief explanation for my reasoning. 

    This is a perfect opportunity for you to chime in with your own take. Please let us know in the comments section below which teams you're picking to win in Week 14.  

    Now, on to the experts' picks. 


    List of experts: Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey, ESPN's Chris Mortensen, CBS Sports' Pete Prisco,'s Gregg Rosenthal and's Peter King.

Broncos at Raiders

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    Schottey: Broncos

    Mortensen: Broncos

    Prisco: Broncos

    Rosenthal: Broncos

    King: Broncos

    Me: Broncos


    Nobody in their right mind could envision the Oakland Raiders pulling off the upset against the Denver Broncos after watching these two teams play in 2012. 

Rams at Bills

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    Schottey: Rams

    Mortensen: Rams

    Prisco: Bills

    Rosenthal: Bills

    King: Rams

    Me: Rams


    I don't trust the Buffalo Bills to play well from week to week. The offense is capable of putting up points in bunches, but their defense hasn't put two good weeks together since the start of training camp. 

    The St. Louis Rams have been playing with fire since their bye week, and I expect their defense to dominate the game. 

Cowboys at Bengals

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    Schottey: Bengals

    Mortensen: Bengals

    Prisco: Bengals

    Rosenthal: Bengals

    King: Bengals

    Me: Bengals


    Given the struggles of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line, it's tough to envision this unit keeping Geno Atkins, Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap from getting to Tony Romo early and often. 

    And if BenJarvus Green-Ellis continues running wild, the Bengals could win this one with ease. 

Chiefs at Browns

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    Schottey: Browns

    Mortensen: Browns

    Prisco: Browns

    Rosenthal: Browns

    King: Browns

    Me: Browns


    As much as we'd all love to see the Kansas City Chiefs win again after the franchise suffered the tragedy of last weekend, it's tough to imagine this team being able to win on the road against a much-improved Cleveland Browns team that's won two games in a row. 

Titans at Colts

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    Schottey: Colts

    Mortensen: Colts

    Prisco: Colts

    Rosenthal: Colts

    King: Colts

    Me: Colts


    At this point, how can you bet against the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck?

    The Colts have been winning games in every way conceivable, and the Titans haven't been playing well all season long. 

Bears at Vikings

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    Schottey: Bears

    Mortensen: Vikings

    Prisco: Vikings

    Rosenthal: Bears

    King: Bears

    Me: Bears


    Mortensen and Prisco think the banged-up defense of the Chicago Bears is ripe for Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings to exploit. 

    I'm of a different mind, and I'm expecting the Bears to bounce back in a big way after getting beaten by the pesky Seattle Seahawks last week. 

Eagles at Buccaneers

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    Schottey: Buccaneers

    Mortensen: Buccaneers

    Prisco: Buccaneers 

    Rosenthal: Buccaneers

    King: Buccaneers

    Me: Buccaneers


    The Philadelphia Eagles have lost eight straight games. Nick Foles isn't the cure to what ails this team, and Bryce Brown is in for a shock against the No. 1 rushing defense in the NFL this week. 

    Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shouldn't have any trouble putting up points this week, and they'll roll at home. 

Ravens at Redskins

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    Schottey: Ravens

    Mortensen: Redskins

    Prisco: Redskins

    Rosenthal: Redskins

    King: Redskins

    Me: Redskins


    No offense to Michael Schottey, but I just don't trust Joe Flacco to perform on the road. Furthermore, the Baltimore Ravens once-dominant defense doesn't scare anyone anymore, and Robert Griffin, Alfred Morris and the Washington Redskins offense should be able to carve out chunks of yards at home. 

Falcons at Panthers

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    Schottey: Falcons

    Mortensen: Falcons

    Prisco: Falcons

    Rosenthal: Falcons

    King: Falcons

    Me: Falcons


    Mike Nolan's defense should be licking its chops for a chance to victimize Cam Newton. 

    The Falcons won't lose this game. 

Jets at Jaguars

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    Schottey: Jaguars

    Mortensen: Jaguars

    Prisco: Jaguars

    Rosenthal: Jets

    King: Jets

    Me: Jaguars


    Peter King thinks the New York Jets will win because they still feel like they're in the playoff race.

    After Chad Henne and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the tar out of the Jets this week, this team won't harbor such delusions anymore. 

Chargers at Steelers

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    Schottey: Steelers

    Mortensen: Steelers

    Prisco: Steelers

    Rosenthal: Steelers 

    King: Steelers

    Me: Steelers


    Honestly, who believes Philip Rivers will do anything other than throw a multitude of interceptions against the Pittsburgh Steelers' vaunted defense?

    That, plus Ben Roethlisberger's return to the starting lineup (h/t should assure the Steelers a much-needed victory to keep them in the hunt for a playoff spot in the AFC. 

Dolphins at 49ers

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    Schottey: 49ers

    Mortensen: 49ers

    Prisco: 49ers

    Rosenthal: 49ers

    King: 49ers

    Me: 49ers


    The 49ers were embarrassed last week in St. Louis, and they'll take out their frustrations on the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. 

    Jim Harbaugh hasn't lost two games in a row since joining the 49ers in 2011, and despite a couple of major faux pas last week, this coaching staff will have something special brewed up for the Dolphins.

Cardinals at Seahawks

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    Schottey: Seahawks

    Mortensen: Seahawks

    Prisco: Seahawks

    Rosenthal: Seahawks

    King: Seahawks

    Me: Seahawks


    Ryan Lindley, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb—it doesn't matter who lines up behind center for the Arizona Cardinals these days; the offense is abominable. 

    The Seattle Seahawks should run away with this one in the first half. 

Saints at Giants

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    Schottey: Giants

    Mortensen: Giants

    Prisco: Giants

    Rosenthal: Giants

    King: Giants

    Me: Giants


    With their backs up against the wall (just the way they like it), the New York Giants are in perfect position to force themselves into playing up to their potential. 

    As good as Drew Brees and his offense is, the New Orleans Saints defense won't be able to stop Eli Manning enough times to ensure victory. 

Lions at Packers

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    Schottey: Packers

    Mortensen: Packers

    Prisco: Packers

    Rosenthal: Packers

    King: Packers

    Me: Packers


    The Detroit Lions keep finding ways to lose games in 2012, while the Green Bay Packers continue to overcome their deficiencies and have been finding ways to win. 

    Plus, the Packers are in the playoff hunt, and the Lions have been out of it for weeks. The Packers won't lose this game at home. 

Texans at Patriots

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    Schottey: Patriots

    Mortensen: Texans

    Prisco: Patriots

    Rosenthal: Patriots

    King: Patriots

    Me: Patriots


    The Houston Texans have secondary issues, and Tom Brady will find ways to exploit their weakness. Brady's offense in 2012 is as balanced as I've ever seen, and the Texans don't have enough impact players across the board on defense to stop it. 


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