Site Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks for Week 14

We’re down to the nitty gritty of the NFL season, and with it there are some huge games for week 14. With that said, here are our picks for week 14 of the 2009 NFL season:

New Orleans at Atlanta – The Falcons are fighting for their playoff lives, and they need to find a way to stop Drew Brees and the undefeated Saints. It’s not going to be easy, and without Matt Ryan, they have to play almost a perfect game. Won’t happen. New Orleans 24 Atlanta 13

Denver at Indianapolis – The other NFL unbeaten is at home for a Denver team that needs to keep winning to keep at least a wild card shot in their sights. They have a Colts team that seems to find a way to win even when they don’t play their best. This week the Broncos will be lassoed, as the Colts will stay perfect. Indianapolis 31 Denver 21

Seattle at Houston – The Texans are a mess. They lost to the Jags on the road last week, and are now 5-7, basically done as far as hopes of the playoffs. They go up against a Seahawks team that should have Matt Hasseleback back. This should be an entertaining game between two 5-7 teams going nowhere fast. Look for the Texans to win at home. Houston 27 Seattle 23

Carolina at New England – There seems to be a lot of unrest in New England with losing two in a row, and this week they have to find a way to put that all behind them to take on a scrappy Panthers team that is looking at the offseason already. New England usually plays well when things are bad off the field, and that should be the case here. New England 20 Carolina 10

Buffalo at Kansas City – A game between two teams with just pride on the line. The last time they played the Bills put up a bunch of points, and it was also at Arrowhead. Look for Buffalo to once again be able to move the ball on the Chiefs, and for KC to start playing like they are getting ready more for 2010 than 2009. Buffalo 29 Kansas City 13

Detroit at Baltimore – The Lions stayed with the Bengals for a bit last week on the road, but at the end of the day were unable to finish. The Ravens lost a sloppy game in which they turned the ball over way to much in Green Bay in trying to stay in the AFC playoff race. The Lions cure all ails, and that should be the case this week. Baltimore 23 Green Bay 14

Cincinnati at Minnesota
– The Vikings looked like a different team last week in their loss to the Cardinals, and they need to get back to the basics this week, which means running Adrian Peterson and making few mistakes on defense. The Bengals are well in control in the AFC North, but will find it tough to head into hostile Minnesota and win here. Minnesota 21 Cincinnati 10

New York Jets at Tampa Bay – Another game where one team has little to play for, while the Jets need to probably win out to keep hope alive in the AFC playoff race. Tampa Bay has been more competitive as of late, stopping the Packers at home earlier this year for their only win. Look for the Jets to pound with the run game all day, and pound out a close win. New York 17 Tampa Bay 10

Miami at Jacksonville – A huge game in the AFC playoff race. The Fins are coming off the high of a win over the Pats last week, while J-Ville has quietly been staying in the race with big home wins the past few weeks. Jacksonville has a tendency to be overlooked, and while they have a good offense, it’s their defense that has won their games as of late. It’ll happen again here. Jacksonville 23 Miami 13

Green Bay at Chicago – The Bears finally got a win last week as they beat the Rams at home, but overall they still have underachieved this year, and now they play a Packers team that at 8-4 is thinking playoffs. Look for Green Bay to put a hurt on Jay Cutler, as they are the better team and will move to 9-4 here. Green Bay 24 Chicago 13

St.Louis at Tennessee – Tennessee’s hopes of running the table with a crazy 10-game win streak went down last week as they lost to the undefeated Colts. Now they get back on track vs. a Rams team that is not very good, and has won just once this year. Tennessee may or may not have QB Vince Young, but it won’t matter in the least. Tennessee 31 St.Louis 10

Washington at Oakland – Does anyone care? The Raiders won a huge road game last week vs. Pittsburgh, while the Skins should have beaten the Saints, but choked. As for this epic, let’s see if the Raiders can carry over their win at Heinz Field. Oakland 17 Washington 14

San Diego at Dallas – A great game between two teams that want to keep winning badly. I love Dallas at home here. The Chargers have won 7 straight, but they will find it tough to win on the road vs. a Dallas team that needs to get on track after their 7-point setback in New York last week. Dallas 31 San Diego 24

Philadelphia at New York Giants – A great NFC East game to close out Sunday football. The Eagles took care of business against the Falcons last week, while the G-Men had a big home win over the Cowboys. On paper the Eagles seem to have the edge, and even here on the road I think they will find a way to win this one. Philadelphia 23 New York Giants 20

Arizona at San Francisco – The Cardinals flexed their muscles last week when they took apart the one-loss Vikings. They usually handle the 49ers, and despite losing in the opener this year at home to San Fran, they are playing better ball now, and will win this game again with a steady diet of offense. Arizona 29 San Francisco 13

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