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.