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I went 7-9 last week. That puts me at 114-78 for the season, which is an overall winning percentage of approximately 59%. (For a comparison, check out the “experts” over at ESPN.)

The following are my picks for the NFL’s Week Fourteen:

Thursday, Dec. 7

Cleveland 4-8 at Pittsburgh 5-7 – 8:00 p.m.

Both teams won last week. The Steelers are 4-2 at home; the Browns are 2-3 on the road. For the season, the Steelers have scored 58 more points than the Browns and have given up nine fewer.

RJ’s Pick – Pittsburgh by 6

Sunday, Dec. 10

Atlanta 6-6 at Tampa Bay 3-9 – 1:00 p.m.

The Falcons finally snapped their losing streak last week by beating the Redskins in Washington. They are the perfect .500 team: 6-6 overall, 3-3 on the road, 4-4 against the NFC, and 2-2 against their own division. Tampa Bay is 3-3 at home, but is 0-5 against divisional opponents, so this week is their last chance to score a win against an NFC South rival.

RJ’s Pick – Tampa Bay by 2

Baltimore 9-3 at Kansas City 7-5 – 1:00 p.m.

Both teams lost last week. The Chiefs are 5-1 at home this season, but are 0-4 against AFC teams not in their division. The Ravens are 4-2 on the road and have given up the fewest points in the AFC.

RJ’s Pick – Baltimore by 3

Indianapolis 10-2 at Jacksonville 7-5 – 1:00 p.m.

The Colts beat the Jaguars 21-14 back in Week 3. Jacksonville has the third best defense (based upon points allowed) in the AFC, and they are 5-1 at home. The Colts have the second highest-scoring offense in the AFC, and are 4-2 on the road. This should be a great matchup.

RJ’s Pick – Jacksonville by 1

Minnesota 5-7 at Detroit 2-10 – 1:00 p.m.

Although essentially eliminated from any chance of making the playoffs, the Lions are still in the hunt for the coveted #2 slot in the NFC North.

RJ’s Pick – Detroit by 19

New England 9-3 at Miami 5-7 – 1:00 p.m.

The Dolphins had their winning streak snapped last week, and they are now officially out of playoff contention. The Patriots have won three in a row and are 5-0 on the road.

RJ’s Pick – New England by 8

N.Y. Giants 6-6 at Carolina 6-6 – 1:00 p.m.

The Giants have now lost four in a row, and have fallen two games out of first place in the NFC East. Carolina has lost two straight, and is also two games out of first in their division, the NFC South. This is a huge game for both teams. I think you have to give the advantage to the home team in a situation like this.

RJ’s Pick – Carolina by 4

Oakland 2-10 at Cincinnati 7-5 – 1:00 p.m.

The Raiders have lost five in a row, the longest current losing streak in the NFL. They have scored the fewest points of any AFC team, and are 0-6 on the road. The Bengals have won three in a row.

RJ’s Pick – Cincinnati by 10

Philadelphia 6-6 at Washington 4-8 – 1:00 p.m.

The Eagles managed a come-from-behind win last week against Carolina. That means they are still in the playoff hunt, but three of their last four games are on the road, where they are only 2-3 so far this season. Washington is 3-3 at home. They have lost three of their last four, including a 27-3 drubbing at the hands of the Eagles back in Week 10.

RJ’s Pick – Philadelphia by 3

Tennessee 5-7 at Houston 4-8 – 1:00 p.m.

Tennessee has won three in a row, but they are only 2-4 on the road. Houston pulled out a rare road win last week against the hapless Raiders. The Texans are 2-3 at home, where they will play three of their final four games this season. Can Vince Young win his fourth game in a row, playing in his old home town?

RJ’s Pick – Tennessee by 2

Green Bay 4-8 at San Francisco 5-7 – 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco has lost two in a row after having climbed their way up to .500 and semi-respectability. For the season, they have given up 110 more points than they’ve scored. The Packers have lost three straight and have given up more points than any other team in the NFL. I expect a ton of scoring in this one.

RJ’s Pick – San Francisco by 5

Seattle 8-4 at Arizona 3-9 – 4:05 p.m.

The Seahawks are winners of two straight and four of five, and hold a three-game lead in the NFC West with only four games left to be played. Arizona is pretty awful, but I have a feeling Matt Leinart will pull out a win somehow.

RJ’s Pick – Arizona by 1

Buffalo 5-7 at N.Y. Jets 7-5 – 4:15 p.m.

The Jets have won two in a row, and the Bills are only 2-4 on the road this season.

RJ’s Pick – Jets by 6

Denver 7-5 at San Diego 10-2 – 4:15 p.m.

The Chargers have won six straight, the longest current winning streak in the NFL. They also have the highest-scoring offense in the NFL. They are undefeated at home, where they play three of their final four games of the regular season. Denver has lost three in a row, but they are 4-2 on the road this season. Call me crazy, but I’m predicting an upset.

RJ’s Pick – Denver by 4

New Orleans 8-4 at Dallas 8-4 – 8:15 p.m.

This is my pick for “Game of the Week.” Dallas has won four in a row, and has the highest-scoring offense in the NFC. They also get to play three of their last four regular season games at home, where they are 4-1 so far. The Saints are winners of two straight, and is 7-1 against NFC opponents this year. They are also a respectable 4-2 on the road, but I gotta go with the home team here.

RJ’s Pick – Dallas by 5

Monday, Dec. 11

Chicago 10-2 at St. Louis 5-7 – 8:30 p.m.

This looks to be another Monday Night Football blowout.

RJ’s Pick – Chicago by 16

Weekly Results

Week One 10-6
Week Two 12-4
Week Three 6-8
Week Four 9-5
Week Five 10-4
Week Six 10-3
Week Seven 7-6
Week Eight 8-6
Week Nine 8-6
Week Ten 8-8
Week Eleven 7-9
Week Twelve 12-4
Week Thirteen 7-9

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  • http://www.gwbush.blogspot.com RJ

    Week 14 NFL Picks are up!

  • http://www.xanga.com/thetheory The Theory

    Cleveland 4-8 at Pittsburgh 5-7… Pittsburgh. Unless Pitts’ improbable win last time put a fire under Cleveland’s bush. But even so… Pittsburgh.

    Sunday, Dec. 10

    Atlanta 6-6 at Tampa Bay 3-9… Atlanta must be feeling after their win last week… though to be honest, you’re in dire straights if you’re feeling pretty good about beating Washington. However, I think that Atlanta should be Tampa Bay pretty handily, too.

    Baltimore 9-3 at Kansas City 7-5… Baltimore.

    Indianapolis 10-2 at Jacksonville 7-5… A good matchup. Indy had a horrible loss last week. But I think they rebound here on the road.

    Minnesota 5-7 at Detroit 2-10… Minnesota

    New England 9-3 at Miami 5-7… New England.

    N.Y. Giants 6-6 at Carolina 6-6… The Giants just have not played well at all. Carolina.

    Oakland 2-10 at Cincinnati 7-5… Cincinnati.

    Philadelphia 6-6 at Washington 4-8… I was happy to see the Eagles win on Monday. I doubt if they can keep that same momentum the rest of the year, but I see them taking care of Washington.

    Tennessee 5-7 at Houston 4-8… Tennessee. Vince Young has seemed invincible lately.

    Green Bay 4-8 at San Francisco 5-7… This is the kind of game San Francisco needs to win. However, if they suffer from some mental flubs they could very well lose it. If I hadn’t picked SanFran last week (and got burned) I would go whole heartedly into picking them. This time it is more of a trepiditiously tread. I guess San Francisco.

    Seattle 8-4 at Arizona 3-9… Seattle.

    Buffalo 5-7 at N.Y. Jets 7-5… NYJ

    Denver 7-5 at San Diego 10-2… I don’t think Denver has a chance at winning this game. San Diego has just been too dominant.

    New Orleans 8-4 at Dallas 8-4… Drew Brees is my pick for MVP. Dallas is my pick for this game.

    Chicago 10-2 at St. Louis 5-7… Chicago.

  • DOM

    Pittsburgh by 8

    Tampa coming off BB road games… Atlanta plays dallas next week.. Tampa by 2

    Baltimore by 1

    Jets by 2

    Indy by 4

    Detroit by 5

    Pats by 9

    Dallas by 10

    N.Y.G by 5

    Cincy by 13

    Philly by 3

    Tenn by 5

    SF by 2

    Sea by 4

    SD by 2

    Chicago by 6

  • colton

    Thursday
    Cleveland 4-8 at Pittsburgh 5-7
    My Pick: Pittsburgh

    Sunday
    Atlanta 6-6 at Tampa Bay 3-9
    My Pick: Atlanta

    Baltimore 9-3 at Kansas City 7-5
    My Pick: Baltimore

    Indianapolis 10-2 at Jacksonville 7-5
    My Pick: Indianapolis

    Minnesota 5-7 at Detroit 2-10
    My Pick: Detroit

    New England 9-3 at Miami 5-7
    My Pick: New Emgland

    N.Y. Giants 6-6 at Carolina 6-6
    My Pick: Carolina

    Oakland 2-10 at Cincinnati 7-5
    My Pick: Cincinnati

    Philadelphia 6-6 at Washington 4-8
    My Pick: Philidelphia

    Tennessee 5-7 at Houston 4-8
    My Pick: Tennessee

    Green Bay 4-8 at San Francisco 5-7
    My Pick: San Francisco

    Seattle 8-4 at Arizona 3-9
    My Pick: Upset Game: Arizona

    Buffalo 5-7 at N.Y. Jets 7-5
    My Pick: N.Y. Jets

    Denver 7-5 at San Diego 10-2
    My Pick: San Diego

    New Orleans 8-4 at Dallas 8-4
    My Pick: Dallas

    Monday Night Footbal
    Chicago 10-2 at St. Louis 5-7
    My Pick: Chicago 31-14

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Final Score:

    Steelers 27, Browns 7 – RJ 1-0

    How about that Willie Parker?

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Anyone up for picking the other 15 games?

    Suss? MCH? Jet?

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    Um, Steelers by 20. Willie Parker will run for at least 200 in this one.

  • MCH

    RJ, you’re working your way closer to the bottom. Hoge is now within one win.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Great picks, guys… :-/

  • http://www.gwbush.blogspot.com RJ

    Through most of 3 quarters, the Lions have a total of -3 yards rushing… :-/

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    The Lions are 2-10 with Kitna as their quarterback. I’m saying, the Lions are 2-10 with Kitna as their quarterback.

  • http://www.gwbush.blogspot.com RJ

    Final Score:

    Vikings 30, Lions 20 – RJ 1-1

    Bengals 27, Raiders 10 – 2-1

    Philly 21, Redskins 19 – RJ 3-1

    Falcons 17, TB 6 – RJ 3-2

    Baltimore 20, KC 10 – RJ 4-2

  • http://www.gwbush.blogspot.com RJ

    Final Score:

    Dolphins 21, NE 0 – RJ 4-3

    Jags 44, Colts 17 – RJ 5-3

    Tennessee 26, Houston 20 (OT) – 6-3

  • http://www.gwbush.blogspot.com RJ

    Final Score:

    Giants 27, Carolina 13 – RJ 6-4

  • http://www.gwbush.blogspot.com RJ

    ESPN’s NFL “experts” –

    Theismann 8-2
    Salisbury 4-6
    Hoge 6-4
    Jaworski 5-5
    Schlereth 7-3
    Allen 6-4
    Mortensen 6-4
    Golic 7-3
    Accuscore 7-3

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    Dallas wins by 8. There. One pick.

  • http://www.gwbush.blogspot.com RJ

    Final Scores:

    GB 30, SF 19 – RJ 6-5

    Arizona 27, Seattle 21 – RJ 7-5

  • http://www.gwbush.blogspot.com RJ

    Final Scores:

    SD 48, Denver 20 (!) – RJ 7-6

    Buffalo 31, Jets 13 – RJ 7-7

  • http://www.gwbush.blogspot.com RJ

    ESPN’s NFL “experts” –

    Theismann 9-5
    Salisbury 6-8
    Hoge 7-7
    Jaworski 6-8
    Schlereth 8-6
    Allen 8-6
    Mortensen 8-6
    Golic 8-6
    Accuscore 8-6

    I’m one game up on 2, tied with 1, one game down to 5, and two games down to 1. Not good.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Final Score:

    NO 42, Dallas 17 – RJ 7-8

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    ESPN’s NFL “experts” –

    Theismann 10-5
    Salisbury 6-9
    Hoge 7-8
    Jaworski 6-9
    Schlereth 8-7
    Allen 9-6
    Mortensen 8-7
    Golic 9-6
    Accuscore 8-7

    I’m fuckin’ horrible.

  • http://www.xanga.com/thetheory The Theory

    I started off the day really good… but those later games were murder.

    I’m 8-7 now… so all hinges on Chicago tonight.

  • zingzing

    rj: “I’m fuckin’ horrible.”

    but if you ever start betting against detroit, you’d be a lot better.

    especially against minnesota… i mean, jeez, that game was done by the middle of the second. -3 rushing yards. woof. gotta hurt.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Final Score:

    Bears 42, Rams 27 – RJ 8-8

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    ESPN’s NFL “experts” –

    Theismann 10-5
    Salisbury 7-9
    Hoge 8-8
    Jaworski 7-9
    Schlereth 9-7
    Allen 10-6
    Mortensen 9-7
    Golic 10-6
    Accuscore 9-7

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Just in case my “Week 15 NFL Picks” don’t get published in time:

    Thursday, Dec. 14

    San Francisco (5-8) at Seattle (8-5) @ 8:00 p.m.

    Seattle sits atop the NFC West pretty much by default. The other three teams in the division (San Francisco, Arizona, and St. Louis) have a combined 14-25 record. The Seahawks would be a second-place team in six of the seven other divisions, and only tied for first place in the other one. However, in the pathetic NFC West they hold an almost-insurmountable three-game lead over the second place 49ers and Rams. They would have clinched the division already, but they managed to lose to hapless Arizona last week.

    San Francisco has lost three straight after they had started to turn some heads as a 5-5 team back in late November. The 49ers won the first matchup between these two rivals back in Week 11, but that was at home where they tend to play much better (they are 4-3 at Candlestick Park, but only 1-5 on the road). This one will be played at Qwest Field, where the Seahawks are 5-1 this season.

    RJ’s Pick – SEATTLE BY 6

  • http://www.gwbush.blogspot.com REGGIE

    Week 15 NFL Picks are up here!