NFL Week 14 Picks: Quick Predictions for the Week's Marquee Matchups

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IDecember 6, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Martellus Bennett #80 of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled by Kenny Phillips #21 of the New York Giants on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Let's run down some quick predictions for the biggest games on the NFL's Week 14 schedule:

New Orleans Saints (9-3) at Tennessee Titans (7-5)

There's two things the Titans have going for them on Sunday.

No. 1, the Saints aren't playing in the comfortable confines of the Superdome, where they've been unstoppable on offense. That gives the Titans defense a puncher's chance.

No. 2, the Titans are starting to see the old Chris Johnson. After rushing for 190 yards against the Bucs, Johnson followed up with 153 and two scores against the Bills. If he can get going again, the Titans can pull off this upset and keep the heat on the Texans in the AFC South.


Houston Texans (9-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-5)

Who needs a quarterback when you can play defense like the Texans? They've harassed opposing quarterbacks in 2011, and rookie Andy Dalton should be next. And it's not that I think Dalton can't handle this moment, especially at home, but the Texans pass defense has been so good this season that I can't see the Bengals scoring a bunch of points throwing the football.


Chicago Bears (7-5) at Denver Broncos (7-5)

This is such an important game for both teams. The Bears are coming off their worst offensive showing of the season against the Chiefs, and they'll be without Matt Forte. Going to Denver and getting a win against one of the hottest team's in the NFL would be a huge moral boost.

Here's the thing: It won't happen. The Broncos should get Von Miller back on defense too. Broncos roll to their seventh win in eight games.


Oakland Raiders (7-5) at Green Bay Packers (12-0)

The Raiders have the players to make this a game, especially running the football, but how do you pick the Raiders after what they showed last week in Miami? It's not any easier going into Lambeau Field.

Carson Palmer really needs a few of his top receivers to be healthy because Oakland needs to score a boatload of points to win this game. Packers should get to 13-0. 


New York Giants (6-6) at Dallas Cowboys (7-5)

This will be far-and-away the most anticipated game of the weekend. If the Cowboys can hold off the Giants in North Texas, the NFC East is all but theirs. But if the Giants can somehow go on the road and snap their four-game losing streak, things are going to get really interesting down the stretch in this division.

I think, in the end, the Giants take their loss to the undefeated Packers last week and build on it against Dallas. I like New York in a close one.