SB Nation New York's Jared Smith makes his Week 14 NFL picks and predictions.
For the second straight week last week I ended with a .500 record (8-8). Not good, not bad just enough to keep the wife from killing me.
However, every week I am looking at my previous picks and cringing - a point here and there and I am in business. Below is my Week 14 NFL picks. Enjoy!
(All point spreads provided by Oddshark.com and Bovada.)
Point spread: Broncos 10 1/2-point favorite.
Pick: Broncos 30, Raiders 10
Prediction: Peyton Manning against this Raiders team will be fun to watch. It will be like 2009 all over again!
Point spread: Bills 3-point favorite.
Pick: Bills 21, Rams 20
Prediction: Buffalo will more than likely gag this one away, but I am holding out hope the Rams' emotional victory over the 49ers and a trip to the East Coast will be the difference.
Point spread: Bengals 3-point favorite.
Pick: Bengals 24, Cowboys 17
Prediction: Some how last week, Dallas let a team without its starting quarterback, running back, wide receiver and a brand-new offensive line lose by less than a touchdown. Can't see them winning this one on the road.
Point spread: Browns 6 1/2-point favorite.
Pick: Browns 24, Chiefs 17
Prediction: Kansas City's feel good win of the year was good for just one. Cleveland covers the spread at home.
Point spread: Colts 6-point favorite.
Pick: Colts 28, Titans 20
Prediction: Indianapolis moves one win closer to making the AFC playoffs. Who would have thought that?
Point spread: Bears 3-point favorite.
Pick: Bears 31, Vikings 13
Prediction: Chicago earns a bounce-back victory against a struggling Vikings team.
Point spread: Steelers 7-point favorite.
Pick: Chargers 20, Steelers 17
Prediction: The upset pick of the week.
Point spread: Buccaneers 7 1/2-point favorite.
Pick: Buccaneers 24, Eagles 10
Prediction: The Eagles were listed as the worst team in the NFL by SB Nation's Power Rankings. THE WORST TEAM! Crazy. Tampa moves closer to a playoff berth with a home win.
Point spread: Redskins 3-point favorite.
Pick: Ravens 17, Redskins 13
Prediction: Baltimore is physical and will go after RGIII hard. For that reason, I like the Ravens to win outright on the road.
Point spread: Falcons 3 1/2-point favorite.
Pick: Falcons 31, Panthers 17
Prediction: Atlanta keeps winning and keeps getting crushed. I don't know why this keeps happening.
Point spread: Jets 3-point favorite.
Pick: Jaguars 17, Jets 10
Prediction: If healthy, Tim Tebow will see action this Sunday and Mark Sanchez will need to search for a new place to throw footballs.
Point spread: 49ers 10-point favorite.
Pick: 49ers 24, Dolphins 17
Prediction: Miami should stick around in this one, but it will not win outright.
Point spread: Giants 5-point favorite.
Pick: Giants 37, Saints 34
Prediction: This will be a barn-burner, but a defensive play will be the key to a victory.
Point spread: Seahawks 10-point favorite.
Pick: Seahawks 24, Cardinals 3
Prediction: I feel so bad for Larry Fitzgerald.
Point spread: Packers 7-point favorite.
Pick: Packers 30, Lions 20
Prediction: A victory helps Green Bay move into the talks of legit Super Bowl contenders.
Point spread: Patriots 4-point favorite.
Pick: Texans 28, Patriots 27
Prediction: The team with the better defense usually win these kind of match-ups.
Last week's record: 8-8-0. Season record: 82-88-5.