And so we’ve arrived at the final quarter of the 2019 NFL season. We have five 10-2 teams at the top and a few contenders sitting close by. So who breaks through? Let’s dive into some Week 14 picks:
Last week: 3-1
Season: 12-9 (57.1%)
Carolina at Atlanta (-4)
Will Atlanta actually drop three straight home games within the division? Will the Panthers show any kind of real fight in game one post-Ron Rivera? I’m going with a likely “no” on both counts. Pick: Falcons.
Cincinnati at Cleveland (-7)
The Browns as a seven-point favorite? I’m not sure about that. The Bengals should be playing free and easy after getting their first win last week and I expect that they will keep this one close in the battle of Ohio. Pick: Bengals.
Indianapolis at Tampa Bay (-3)
Tampa Bay has been a solid road team this year and needs a signature home win, and maybe this is the right spot for Bruce Arians against his old club. The Colts this year have lost at home to Miami and Oakland, the only road wins for those teams, and seem about ready for someone to put them out of their misery. Pick: Buccaneers.
Miami at New York Jets (-5)
No matter what, this one should be close. The Dolphins earned win No. 1 against the Jets a few weeks ago and Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing well. No Le’Veon Bell also makes life a little more complicated for Gang Green’s offense. Pick: Dolphins.
San Francisco at New Orleans (-1)
The 49ers showed the world something last week, even in a loss. I like them to bounce back here even against a great Saints team. New Orleans will need to run the ball and I don’t think they’ll do it as well as the Niners. Also, watch out for the Saints perhaps giving up yet another onside kick. Pick: 49ers.
Washington at Green Bay (-13)
Make no mistake, I expect the Packers to keep rolling. But the Skins are playing free and loose now and might just cause enough havoc up front and run the ball well enough to keep it close. Pick: Redskins.
Seattle at Los Angeles Rams (-1)
The Seahawks have been flawless on the road, the only team left that can say that. But this game may well depend on what happens earlier on with San Francisco. The Rams will have urgency no matter what with their playoff hopes on the line. The Rams played well in Seattle in Week 5, losing only on a late missed field goal. Seattle keeps winning one-score games, going 9-1 in such contests. But something tells me the Rams won’t want to be embarrassed on prime-time television the way they were a few weeks ago against Baltimore. Pick: Rams.