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Week 14 Pro Football Predictions

Posted on: December 7th, 2017 by Rob Popeleski No Comments

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Baltimore @ Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is coming off a physical win on Monday night against Cincinnati in a game in which they lost starting linebacker Ryan Shazier. This week is another matchup with another hated divisional rival. Baltimore has won three in a row behind a defense that has caused 11 turnovers in their last three games. Expect another physical game with the edge to the home team. Pittsburgh won earlier in the season at Baltimore as Le’Veon Bell had 186 total yards and 2 touchdowns. Pittsburgh 27-20

 New Orleans @ Atlanta

Atlanta won both meetings with New Orleans last year. This is a must win for Atlanta in order to stay in the playoff race. Mark Ingram is questionable as is cornerback Marshon Lattimore for New Orleans. The absence of Lattimore would be a big boost for Julio Jones and the Atlanta offense. Take the desperate team at home. Atlanta 28-24

Indianapolis @ Buffalo

Indianapolis is 1-5 on the road this year. Tyrod Taylor is questionable to play with a knee injury. Buffalo is still in the playoff race at 6-6. If Taylor plays I like Buffalo. Buffalo 23-16

Dallas @ NYG

With the firing of the unpopular Ben Mcadoo and with the return of Eli Manning under center, I expect a fired up New York team against their divisional rival Dallas. Dallas found their running game last week and face the leagues worst rushing defense in New York this week. Dallas is still in the hunt for a playoff spot but I think New York plays a good game this week. Dallas has lost their last two games at Met Life stadium. NYG 24-20

Minnesota @ Carolina

Minnesota has won 8 straight games and are allowing just 17 points per game which is 2nd best in the league. Both teams have top ten rushing offenses and both defenses are in the top five against the run. Minnesota beat Carolina 22-10 last year in Carolina. The Carolina offense has been held to under 300 yards in their last two games. Minnesota 20-19

Chicago @ Cincinnati

Chicago has lost five in a row and their offense has really struggled the last two weeks. They had just 147 total yards last week and just 140 in week 12. The one area that Cincinnati has actually done well this year has been on defense. They’re allowing under 20 points per game. Cincinnati 24-10

Green Bay @ Cleveland

Green Bay is still in the hunt for a playoff spot so this is a must win. Aaron Rodgers could return next week. Josh Gordon returned with 85 yards receiving last week for Cleveland and could do well again against a weak Green Bay pass defense. Green Bay 23-19

Detroit @ Tampa Bay

Matthew Stafford is questionable to play due to the hand injury he suffered last week. Even if he plays I think it affects him this week. Detroit is another team that needs a win to stay in playoff contention after two straight losses. Tampa Bay 24-21

Oakland @ Kansas City

After losing 6 out of their last 7 games, Kansas City is falling apart after a 5-0 start. Their defense has been really bad, allowing 488 yards to the NYJ last week. They will be without top corner in Marcus Peters after he was suspended by the team after throwing a penalty flag in the stands last week in New York. Kansas City lost to Oakland in October 31-30 on a last second touchdown but have beaten Oakland in their five previous meetings. Kansas City 31-27

San Francisco @ Houston

Jimmy Garoppolo had an impressive first start for San Francisco as he threw for 293 yards against Chicago last week. Houston has struggled on defense this year but should win this game on the ground with Lamar Miller. Houston 20-17

Tennessee @ Arizona

Tennessee may be tied for first at 8-4 but they are the only team with a winning record that has allowed more points than they’ve scored. Despite the 3-3 record, Arizona has played well at home with a win over Jacksonville and a close loss to Seattle. Arizona 23-20

NYJ @ Denver

Denver has lost 8 in a row and scored just 9 points against Miami last week. They are ranked 27th in points scored this year. New York has been a surprise team and have been competitive in every game since week 2. Josh McCown has back to back 300 yard passing games. NYJ 24-21

Washington @ LAC

San Diego is in a tie for first after winning their third straight last week. Philip Rivers has 778 yards passing in his last two games. The Los Angeles defense has been just as impressive as Rivers, they are ranked 4th in fewest points allowed and 4th in sacks. LAC 23-17

Philadelphia @ LAR

Both teams are tied for 1st in points scored with 30 a game and both quarterbacks are having breakout seasons. The Philadelphia defense has been tough against the run this year so Goff may have to win this through the air. Philadelphia should have success against Los Angeles on the ground and keep their high powered offense off the field. Should be one of the better games of the day. Philadelphia 31-27

Seattle @ Jacksonville

The number 1 defense in Jacksonville meets the number 7 defense in Seattle. Seattle is coming off a win over Philadelphia in which they held them to just 10 points. Jacksonville is the only team not to have allowed 200 points yet this season. I don’t fully trust Jacksonville and Blake Bortles against an experienced Russell Wilson and Seattle team. Seattle 23-17

New England @ Miami

New England will be without Rob Gronkowski but it shouldn’t matter this week. New England has won 5 out of their last 6 meetings with Miami and have scored 30 or more points in 6 out of their last 7 games with them. This is not a good Miami despite their win over Denver last week. New England 31-17

Record: Last week 10-6, Season 122-68

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