NFL Week 14: Picks and predictions

Jan 17, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers in a NFC Divisional round playoff game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers in a NFC Divisional round playoff game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

New York Jets at San Francisco 49ers (-2.5)

I would rather square off with a real-life version of Hannibal Lecter than watch this game.

Pick: San Francisco 20, New York 19, Combined Dignity, 0

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-2.5)

Nobody is giving the Buccaneers (7-5) the proper respect. This team is growing up right in front of our eyes. The Saints (5-7) are headed for another long winter thanks to a brutal defense.

Pick: Tampa Bay 31, New Orleans 23

Atlanta Falcons (-6) at Los Angeles Rams

It’s hard to see Jared Goff outplaying Matt Ryan in this game. The Falcons (7-5) need to win. the Rams (4-8) need to fire their head coach. Oh, wait…

Pick: Atlanta 32, Los Angeles 17

Seattle Seahawks (-2.5) at Green Bay Packers

This could be a great game. The Seahawks (8-3-1) are terrific but now without Earl Thomas. The Packers (6-6) have to run the table to make the playoffs. Who steps up?

Pick: Seattle 21, Green Bay 20

Dallas Cowboys (-3) at New York Giants

Another great matchup. The Cowboys (11-1) are playing incredible football. The Giants (8-4) are always dangerous at home and Odell Beckham Jr. could go off.

Pick: Dallas 24, New York 20

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots (-7)

The Patriots (10-2) are at home, with the better team and better quarterback. Still, this won’t be easy. The Ravens (7-5) are playing for their lives.

Pick: New England 23, Baltimore 17

Last Week: 12-3
Record: 119-73