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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 14 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | December 4-7

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, December 4

Dallas Cowboys (-3 1/2, 50 1/2) at Chicago Bears 8:25 pm - Dallas really needs to get back on track after its 33-10 home loss to Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day. The Cowboys have lost three of their last five and find themselves in a scramble for the two NFC wild cards with Seattle, San Francisco and Detroit.

While the Cowboys may have issues, the Bears are a 5-7 team on its way to a long vacation. Bears haven't done well against teams with winning records, as evidenced by their last four losses being a cumulative 167-68 beat-down.

Prediction: Cowboys 28 Bears 16


Sunday, December 7

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (-3 1/2, 47) 1:00 pm - Showdown in the AFC North, but the Steelers, even with a win, can only get closer to the Bengals and hope for the future.

Pittsburgh was ambushed by New Orleans last week, 35-32, while the Bengals slipped by Tampa Bay, 14-13. Impressed with the way Cincinnati has been playing lately - 5-1 - they have the opportunity to put away the Steelers with a timely victory. They close out the season at Pittsburgh, so a Cincy win would eliminate late-season drama.

Prediction: Bengals 30 Steelers 24


New York Giants at Tennessee Titans (even, 45 1/2) 1:00 pm - Worhtless game. Take the homers.

Prediction: Titans 23 Giants 21


St. Louis Rams (-2 1/2, 44) at Washington Redskins 1:00 pm - After the Rams put a licking on the Raiders to the tune of 52-0, on can only be impressed with the resolve of these players, who have done well to get to 5-7. A few more wins and the Rams could be looking at a .500 season, and this game should provide a stepping stone to that end.

3-9 Redskins have lost four straight, including their 49-27 embarrassment against the Colts last week. Two teams heading in opposite directions.

Prediction: Rams 38 Redskins 13


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Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-9 1/2, 49) 1:00 pm - Saints are riding a three-game home losing streak but still have a tie with Atlanta for first place in the NFC South, the NFL's weakest division.

A win against the Panthers would be a nice change to their recent pattern. The win at Pittsburgh last week showed the Saints still have some football left in them. The Panthers? Not so much.

Prediction: Saints 34 Panthers 10


New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings (-4 1/2, 40 1/2) 1:00 pm - There aren't any teams which can challenge the Jets for overall mediocrity (except for maybe Tennessee, Jacksonville and Oakland), as the Metros are 28th on defense and 30th on offense.

Minnesota is actually 3-2 since their 17-16 loss at Buffalo, and are playing well with rookie Teddy Bridgewater at QB.

Fire Rex Ryan. He's overdue.

Prediction: Vikings 26 Jets 14


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Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (-3, 44) 1:00 pm - The Ravens got caught out by Phillip Rivers and the Chargers in a last-second, 34-33, loss and had better not let emotions take control as the Dolphins have been on a roll and can get ahead of Baltimore in the wild card standings with a win.

Baltimore has had its share of ups and downs, but should come of big on the road. They've only lost two in a row once this season and are unlikely to do it again.

Prediction: Ravens 34 Dolphins 30


Indianapolis Colts (-3, 50) at Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm - After losing to Buffalo, 26-10, last week, the Browns find themselves in a very togh spot, with the Colts looking to possibly lock up at least a tie for the AFC South with a win and a Houston loss.

The good news for Cleveland fans is that the game is at home, where the Browns are a respectable 4-2 and the Colts are - at 8-4 - only one game better than Cleveland.

The Colts have the highest-scoring offense in the league (31.8 ppg), but are not so hot on defense, though its doubtful the Brons can take advantage.

Prediction: Colts 31 Browns 21


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions (-9 1/2, 41 1/2) 1:00 pm - Forget that the Bucs played the Bengals to a near-standstill in their 14-13 loss last week. Detroit is a different team altogether, with many more weapons and a better defense (best in the league, as a matter of fact, 173 ppg).

No contest.

Prediction: Lions 34 Buccaneers 9


Houston Texans (-4, 42) at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 pm - Houston needs a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive and the Jaguars should provide easy pickings.

The Texans already lost to Indy, 33-28, in Week 6, but play at Indy next week and have Baltimore and Jacksonville at home to close out the regular season, so they can write their own script and end up 10-6 if they run the table.

Prediction: Texans 41 Jaguars 20

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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