Week 14 kicks off tonight in Oakland, as the Raiders host Peyton Manning and the red hot Broncos. It has been another bad season in Oakland, so a win tonight would be huge for their fans and their franchise overall. I don't see it happening though. There are other great games this week too, including the battle of the beltway, with the Washington Redskins hosting the Baltimore Ravens. Living in this area, it is nice to see both teams playing at a high level this year, kind of like the Orioles and Nationals did in baseball. Let's get to the picks!
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
The Broncos are just too much for the Raiders. They compete in some pretty close games with each other, so it still could be a good game between the (9-3) and (3-9) teams, but I will take Denver.
San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben should be back. The Steelers could finish (11-5).
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
I think the Colts will lock up the #5 seed sooner than people think. What an impressive season for Indy.
New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars
Mark Sanchez will continue to start for the Jets, so expect the unexpected. The Jets could win by 40, or lose by 40.
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
The Bears had a big loss to the Seahawks last week, so expect them to bounce back in Minnesota. A loss and all of a sudden the Bears playoff chances start to shift.
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
The Falcons are going to be the #1 seed in the NFC. Still, I expect Cam Newton to get pretty excited for a touchdown. Heck, even a first down.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
How did the Eagles get so bad, so fast? It really is surprising.
St. Louis Rams at Buffalo Bills
This is a tough pick. Both teams lost to the Jets, so you really can't tell how good either team is. I will take the home team Bills.
Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals
I think this counts as an upset. I think Dallas will be able to make some big plays and pull off the win in Cincinnati.
GAME OF THE WEEK:
Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins
Big game for the Redskins. I think RGIII will be around for a very long time and the Skins will be competing for the next decade+. Joe Flacco and the Ravens have not been as good as their record says, so I give a slight edge to DC.
Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns
The Browns are going for their 3rd straight victory. I told you they were good!
Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers will bounce back this week against the Dolphins. Jim Harbaugh will make sure of it.
New Orleans Saints at New York Giants
I feel bad for the Saints. Tough schedule, no coach, it is not easy to be Drew Brees in 2012. Well, on the football field, that is.
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is for real. Arizona has lost 8 straight. Poor Cardinals fans.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Green Bay should be able to win this game, but it will be close. The Lions have been making it a weekly routine to lose close games.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Houston Texans at New England Patriots
Houston can officially be considered the best team in the AFC with a win, but I just do not see it happening. Big statement game for both teams.