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Dec. 6, 2014

NFL Week 14 Predictions

by Robert Pfefferle, Online Sports Editor, Agam Mittal, Technical Staff, Samuel Popper, Sports Editor and Sasha Tidwell, Staff writer
After a wild week 13, Sam's lead has dropped to just one game. Let's see which one of our experts will take advantage and grab the lead after this week.

Standings:

1. Sam: 123-69
2. Bobby: 122-70
3. Sasha: 119-73
4. Agam: 113-79

Cowboys at Bears
Sam: Cowboys
Bobby: Bears
Sasha: Cowboys
Agam: Cowboys

Sam says: The Bears team is dreadful this season. They've lost all their fire on defense, and should have no answer for the Cowboysí ground and pound game.
Bobby says: Jay Cutler hasn't been very good this season, but I think he steps up and wins a shootout against Romo.
Sasha says: The Bears are pathetic right now. They donít stand a chance against DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys this week.
Agam says: The Bears are an embarrassment and HC Marc Trestman needs to go. The Cowboys should run all over them.

Steelers at Bengals
Sam: Bengals
Bobby: Steelers
Sasha: Steelers
Agam: Bengals

Sam says: At home, with their tough defense, the Bengals rarely lose. The Steelers have nobody to stop the Bengals on the perimeter.
Bobby says: Look for the Steelers to hand it off to Le'Veon Bell. The Bengals defense has done a great job shutting down WRs this season.
Sasha says: This division rivalry will favor the team with the most experienced quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger.
Agam says: The Bengals are almost unbeatable at home, and the Steelers have been playing poorly of late. I can see the Bengals winning this one in a possible shootout.

Rams at Redskins
Sam: Rams
Bobby: Rams
Sasha: Redskins
Agam: Redskins

Sam says: The Rams are the only team in football to beat the Broncos and Seahawks. They can step up for big games and their running game looks very sharp. I like them to beat the Redskins, who have all types of turmoil.
Bobby says: Colt McCoy has the potential to have a good game, thereís no doubt about it. But with DeSean Jackson out, and a miserable defense, the Rams could be looking at another 52-0 win.
Sasha says: Right now Colt McCoy seems to be the only bright spot in this miserable Redskins season. I see him having another good game at home this week against the Rams.
Agam says: Both of these teams are hard to watch, but Colt McCoy looks decent and I think the Redskins offense outscores a bad Rams offense.

Giants at Titans
Sam: Giants
Bobby: Giants
Sasha: Titans
Agam: Giants

Sam says: Tom Coughlin will not allow his team to lose this game. Heís still a good enough coach to be successful.
Bobby says: It seems like Odell Beckham can do anything, including lead his team to a win in Tennessee.
Sasha says: The Giants will be without Rashad Jennings this week and they are facing a team with a few weapons in Delanie Walker, Bishop Sankey, and Zach Mettenberger.
Agam says: The Giants lost to the Jaguars last week but I canít see them losing again against this Titans team that canít stop anyone. Even if Jennings doesn't play, I can see Odell Beckham having a great game.

Panthers at Saints
Sam: Saints
Bobby: Saints
Sasha: Saints
Agam: Saints

Sam says: The Saints just seem to be finding their stride. More receivers are stepping up for the Saints including Kenny Stills, they should pass the ball well today.
Bobby says: Cam Newton has not looked good all year, struggling to consistently complete with receivers down the field. Saints roll.
Sasha says: The Panthers are struggling in every phase of the game. Brees and the Saints will pull this one out at home.
Agam says: I want to pick the Panthers here, but they lost 28-10 at home when these teams last played. I think they get steamrolled by the Saints at the Superdome.

Jets at Vikings
Sam: Jets
Bobby: Vikings
Sasha: Vikings
Agam: Vikings

Sam says: I like the Jets in an upset this week. Their running game was superb last week and I expect them to continue that.
Bobby says: This Vikings team is turning out to be a pretty good one. After winning last week, thereís no doubt they should be able to take down the Jets.
Sasha says: Nothing is going right for the Jets this season and the Vikings will take advantage of this and take them down at home.
Agam says: The Jets ran the ball an absurd number of times last week and still lost. I think they will pass it a little more, which should bode well for the Vikings, as Geno Smith is the Jetsí starting quarterback.

Ravens at Dolphins
Sam: Dolphins
Bobby: Ravens
Sasha: Dolphins
Agam: Dolphins

Sam says: The Dolphins are a legit team. They rush the QB very well and can score offensively, expect QB Ryan Tannehill to have a great game.
Bobby says: I liked the Dolphins earlier in the year, but not any more. Ryan Tannehill struggled last week against the Jetsí defense, thereís no way he can get by Baltimore.
Sasha says: Joe Flacco will have little time in the pocket and like most QBs will struggle with heavy pressure. Look for a low scoring game where Miami comes out on top.
Agam says: The Baltimore secondary is essentially built of players off the street, and Tannehill should have a great game to beat their AFC opponents in sunny South Florida.

Colts at Browns
Sam: Colts
Bobby: Colts
Sasha: Colts
Agam: Colts

Sam says: The Browns QB situation is starting to become shady again. I like the Colts and their high powered offense to win this one at home.
Bobby says: No matter who the Browns turn to at quarterback, they wonít matchup against Andrew Luck. Luck dominated the Redskins last week and will continue that momentum in this game.
Sasha says: The Browns were on a good roll for awhile but havenít looked good of late. The Colts on the other hand have looked fantastic and Andrew Luck is on a roll. Colts take this one in Cleveland.
Agam says: The Browns have lost 2 of their last 3 and they are struggling. Meanwhile, Andrew Luck continues to play lights out. If they are down big, we could see a bit of Johnny Football in Cleveland.

Buccaneers at Lions
Sam: Lions
Bobby: Lions
Sasha: Lions
Agam: Lions
Sam says: The Lions should boast their number one ranked defense against the Bucs poor offense.
Bobby says: Ndamukong Suh is going to stomp all over the Buccaneers offensive line.
Sasha says: The Lions top ranked defense and powerful offense behind Johnson and Stafford will take down this weak Buccaneers squad with ease.
Agam says: The Lions D-Line is playing very well, and Megatron showed on Thanksgiving that he is still unstoppable. With Reggie Bush back, the Lions are finally healthy and poised to make a run.

Texans at Jaguars
Sam: Texans
Bobby: Texans
Sasha: Texans
Agam: Texans

Sam says: Surprisingly, the playoffs are in reach for Houston. Arian Foster leads their powerful zone running scheme. The Texans will power the Jags in between the tackles and stay in playoff contention.
Bobby says: Who knows what side JJ Watt will be on when he scores in this game. He has three offensive touchdowns, and two defensive touchdowns.
Sasha says: Houston is poised to blowout the Jags in week 14.
Agam says: Ryan Fitzpatrick wonít throw six touchdowns again, but with Arian Foster, J.J. Watt, and DeAndre Hopkins, this team is full of stars. If the Titans can put it all together, they should be able to demolish the Jaguars. I predict Watt to score another TD.

Bills at Broncos
Sam: Broncos
Bobby: Broncos
Sasha: Broncos
Agam: Broncos

Sam says: If the Bills pressure Peyton Manning, the game will be close. However, I still like the Broncos.
Bobby says: The Bills just donít stand a chance.
Sasha says: There is just no way this weak Bills squad will come into Denver and take down Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Agam says: The Bills have a great pass rush and they played very well last week against the Browns. Unfortunately, this week they will be facing the Broncos and Peyton Manning.

Chiefs at Cardinals
Sam: Cardinals
Bobby: Cardinals
Sasha: Cardinals
Agam: Chiefs

Sam says: The gigantic advantage the Cardinals DBs have over the Chiefs WRs is enough to win this game. Theyíll be able to eliminate the Chiefs passing game.
Bobby says: This game could fall either way. Itís hard to know what Chiefs team will show up, but nonetheless, look for Arizona to get back on track in this game. Theyíre still one of the best teams in the NFL.
Sasha says: The Cardinals look to improve to 7-0 at home against a Chiefs team that has lost their last two games. One of their losses coming against one of the weakest teams in football in the Raiders.
Agam says: Drew Stanton has really struggled, and now the Cardinals are without RB Andre Ellington as well. The Chiefs dink-and-dunk passing game, combined with a heavy dose of Jamaal Charles, should be able to take care of business against the Cardinalsí non-existent offense.

Seahawks at Eagles
Sam: Seahawks
Bobby: Seahawks
Sasha: Seahawks
Agam: Seahawks

Sam says: The Eagles just havenít seen a defense as fast and physical as that of the defending champs.
Bobby says: Both teams are red hot right now, but that doesn't matter.
Sasha says: One of the best matchups all season. The Eagles offense is good but the Seahawks defense is better.
Agam says: Seattle is back to playing championship-level football, and Richard Sherman was an absolute beast on Thanksgiving. The Legion of Boom will feast on Mark Sanchez.

49ers at Raiders
Sam: 49ers
Bobby: 49ers
Sasha: 49ers
Agam: 49ers

Sam says: The Raiders are in line for the number one overall pick in Aprilís draft.
Bobby says: The Battle of the Bay! Hopefully the 49ers go easy on Oakland.
Sasha says: This should be an easy win. Even for a troubled team like the 49ers.
Agam says: The Raiders are trying to get the first pick of the draft and hopefully draft future star WR Amari Cooper. If all goes well for them, they lose this game.

Patriots at Chargers
Sam: Chargers
Bobby: Patriots
Sasha: Patriots
Agam: Patriots

Sam says: Iíll take the upset in this one. In this game, I see the Chargers running the ball effectively and opening up the passing game. Their defense is quietly very underrated.
Bobby says: This will be an old-fashioned quarterback shootout. But Brady will emerge victorious. Even though San Diego is at home, the Patriots defense can shut down the Chargers offense.
Sasha says: After a close loss at Green Bay, the Patriots should take advantage of the Chargers to get another win.
Agam says: The Chargers are coming off an impressive game in Baltimore, but the Patriots will look to avenge a tough loss to the Packers last week.

Falcons at Packers
Sam: Packers
Bobby: Packers
Sasha: Packers
Agam: Packers

Sam says: Aaron Rodgers is just too good.
Bobby says: The Packers just beat the Patriots, and theyíre going to keep their momentum all the way into the Super Bowl.
Sasha says: The Falcons are a mess, and the Packers will easily take advantage of that.
Agam says: The Packers have found their run game, Aaron Rodgers is unstoppable, and he hasn't thrown a pick at home in over two years. The Falcons, an indoor dome team, will struggle in frigid Green Bay.




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