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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 14 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | December 9-12

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, December 9

Indianapolis Colts (-3 1/2, 45) at Tennessee Titans 8:20 pm - Hard to believe that the 6-6 Colts are favored on the road for this contest (they lead the series 18-12 SU) after having lost three straight games. Indy's problems stem from injuries to Dallas Clark, Anthony Gonzalez, and now even Reggie Wayne is listed as questionable.

For the Titans, who are still in the hunt at 5-7, the return of Kerry Collins solves their most pressing issue at QB. Also possibly returning is receiver Kenny Britt, and let's not forget that Tennessee still has Randy Moss out there on the wings from time to time. Indy's defense has struggled more this season than usual, though that has not been a problem for Tennessee, ranked 8th in points allowed, at 19.2 per game. Though pass defense is not their strong suit, the Titans won't have to stop the run, because the Colts don't do that very often.

Prediction: Titans 23 Colts 21

Sunday, December 12

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills (-1, 39 1/2) 1:00 pm - This game has become somewhat of a tradition, the battle of Lake Erie, so to speak, though the Browns own three consecutive wins over the Bills, one in each of the last three seasons.

To say the teams are evenly matched would be putting too fine a point on this game. Both are already mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, though the Browns have shown they may have a future with the current coaching -GM regime in place at 5-7. Buffalo was flummoxed in Minnesota last week, so they'll probably feel better about being outdoors again and in front of their rabid, nut-case fans who will brave freezing temperatures this weekend.

The Bills are still aiming for respectability, and Cleveland is a team they can beat.

Prediction: Bills 30 Browns 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-2, 41) at Washington Redskins 1:00 pm - Even though the 7-5 Buccaneers have lost two straight and are third in their division, they are far from being out of the playoff race, though the battle seems to be uphill from here. This is a must win for the Bucs, and they could not have picked a better opponent, as the Redskins, after a nice start to the season, are fairly banged up and have lost four of their last five.

The Bucs won't be taking any prisoners here, and from the looks of what the Giants did to Washington last week, the season's about over in DC.

Prediction: Buccaneers 28 Redskins 10

Atlanta Falcons (-7 1/2, 42 1/2) at Carolina Panthers 1:00 pm - Too easy. The Panthers are still the worst team in the league, and they haven't even played Atlanta yet, which may be the best. While the big line at home is usually a signal to take the underdog, this situation screams blowout.

Prediction: Falcons 34 Panthers 6

Oakland Raiders at Jacksonville Jaguars (-4 1/2, 43) 1:00 pm - One of the more intriguing match-ups of the week right here, as the Jags suddenly find themselves all alone atop the shattered AFC South and the Raiders continue to fight on, last week blowing out the Chargers, 28-13, to get back to 6-6 and two games behind the runaway Chiefs.

Jacksonville's path is pretty clear if they win here, because they play at Indianapolis next then home vs. Washington and at Houston to close out the regular season. They have to guard against looking ahead, but they've been pretty well-focused the past five games, losing just once, 24-20 at the Giants.

This is probably going to result in a long day for the training staff, as both teams are nothing but brute force and the hitting will be for keeps. Home field is a big edge for the Jaguars, who are 4-2 defending their turf, while the Raiders are just 2-4 on the road, young and vulnerable.

Prediction: Jaguars 24 Raiders 17

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Green Bay Packers (-7, 46) at Detroit Lions 1:00 pm - Detroit is the most confounding team in the league, bar none, due primarily to their ability to score from anywhere on the field at any time. That may not be such a big edge against the Packers, however, who are the league's best in points allowed, giving up an average of just 15.2 per game.

The first meeting between these two NFC North foes resulted in a 28-26 Packer win at Green Bay, making those seven points appear just tantalizng enough to consider, especially in this divisional clash. If the Packers win and don't cover, it would not be a surprise, but Green bay is still chasing the Bears and they need the win badly. Playing indoors will only make Aaron Rodgers more accurate, if that's even possible.

Prediction: Packers 31 Lions 23


SEE UPDATED PICK FOR MONDAY, DEC. 13 NY Giants (-2 1/2, 43) at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 pm - The Giants do a nice job of beating up on lesser opponents, but they've struggled against better teams, especially on the road, where they are an unconvincing 2-3, with losses to Indianapolis and Philadelphia in the mix.

Brett Favre has spoken, saying he's not sure whether or not he'll start on Sunday (big surprise there), but he's a pretty banged up Viking, but really, shouldn't interim head coach Leslie Frazier take charge of the situation and sit the old guy down. After all, Tarvaris Jackson is going to be the starter next season, and he's arguably a better fit for this team at this time. Jackson had a nice game in the Viking win over the Bills last week and deserves better than to be at the tail end of a bad soap opera. Favre may start, but Jackson should finish, and the Vikings, 4-2 at home, should win their third straight.

Prediction: Vikings 28 Giants 24

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-8 1/2, 39 1/2) 1:00 pm - Home again, coming off a huge win at Baltimore, the Steelers just keep rolling along toward another trip to the playoffs. It would be nice to believe that the Bengals would put up a fight here, though having lost nine straight, that seems wishful thinking.

If Pittsburgh gets off to an early lead, they will gamble more on defense and force some turnovers, making life even more miserable for the circus clowns that used to be known as the Cincinnati receivers and QB Carson Palmer.

Prediction: Steelers 38 Bengals 20

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