The NFL continues its sprint toward the postseason, as only four weeks remain in the regular season. More than 20 teams are still alive in the playoff race, but the dreams of many franchises will be crushed this week if they suffer key losses.
After an 11-5 Week 13, I now sit at 120-72 in my picks for the year.
Jets 19, Chiefs 9: New York is still alive in the postseason race after two huge wins over weak opponents. Kansas City's season has been an injury-ridden affair, and has been a huge disappointment after a postseason berth last year. This game between two struggling offenses will be a defensive struggle. Eventually, Darrelle Revis and company will be too much for Tyler Palko and the Chiefs offense to handle, as the Jets cruise to a third straight win.
Saints 34, Titans 17: Tennessee is playing pretty good football right now, but will be outclassed by the Saints on Sunday. New Orleans is clicking on all cylinders, and the offense continues to be one of the most explosive in the league. The Saints will rack up the points early, forcing the Titans to air it out. This will give an opportunistic New Orleans secondary the chance to make some big plays and send the team to it's 10th win of the season.
Giants 24, Cowboys 21: The NFC East is up for grabs and will likely be decided by the two head-to-head battles between the Giants and Cowboys in the last four weeks. Dallas was cruising before a meltdown against Arizona, while New York is the loser of four straight. The difference in the game will be Big Blue's ferocious pass rush, as they will put constant pressure on Tony Romo and force him into key mistakes.
Texans 17, Bengals 13: This game will have major playoff implications, as both the Texans the Bengals are in the race for a postseason spot. Despite the loss of star quarterback Matt Schaub, Houston is still one of the hottest teams in the league. The Texans defense has been one of the most surprising in the NFL, as it continues to perform at an elite level. The Bengals have shown the ability to compete with some of the AFC's finest teams, but they are still too inexperienced to shut down a scorching Arian Foster and a dynamic Texans running game.
Broncos 13, Bears 10: Tebow Time is in full session. The Broncos are winners of five straight and continue to march towards the AFC West crown. Denver has shown rapid improvement on the defensive side of the ball in recent weeks, as it has managed to hold slim leads in crunch time. The Bears were cruising before suffering key injuries to elite offensive weapons Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. The loss of its starting quarterback and running back has Chicago searching for offensive playmakers. The Monsters of Midway will shut down Tim Tebow and company for the majority of the game, but a lack of big plays on offense will doom Chicago in the Mile High, as Caleb Hanie throws a key interception that costs the Bears a win.
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