NFL Office Pool Picks Week 14
Last was a tough week for NFL office pool picks. There were a lot of things you couldn't see coming. If you had bet that the Bengals, Dolphins and Redskins would all win in the same week, you would have made a whole lot of money - but if you picked those three in your office pool then you really aren't very good at this even if you were right this time around. Last week is in the past, though. Here's how I see this week shaping up with straight up picks for your NFL office pools:
Dallas at Chicago: Both of these teams are broken. And both come in off a full week despite playing on Thursday night. It is really tough to judge which team to trust. Chicago is at home, though, and they didn't lose last week, so they get the nod. Take the Bears.
Carolina at Atlanta: Atlanta is going to have a new coach, but it was the Panthers who jumped the gun and got the firing out of the way first. The Falcons weren't great last week, and the Panthers could have a short-term boost from his change - and they are the better team right now by at least a little, anyway. Take the Panthers.
Baltimore at Buffalo: The Bills have been a great story. Feisty and impressive. Surprisingly so. But the Ravens are the best team in the league right now, and they proved it with their win over San Francisco last week. This is just too much for Buffalo. Take the Ravens.
Cincinnati at Cleveland: The Bengals won a game, which is a freaking miracle. The Browns lost to end any little playoff hope they might have had - which is just pathetic. This is a truly horrible game. The Browns, though, bad, are not in nearly as dark a place right now, though, so they are the pick.
Washington at Green Bay: Washington got Ron Rivera fired last week, but they are not going to keep things rolling against a pretty solid Green Bay team that bounced back last week from a really awful performance the week before. Take the Packers.
Detroit at Minnesota: The Lions are a truly awful team right now, which is a shame given the promise that they showed out of the gate. Minnesota proved that they aren't closers when they dropped the Monday night game, but they at least were good enough to be in a position to win late. That should be enough here in this game. Take the Vikings.
San Francisco at New Orleans: For the second week in a row, the Niners play in the game of the week . They weren't quite good enough last week, but then this opponent isn't quite as good as the last one, either. The Niners would be a whole lot easier to like if they were at home, but I still don't see them dropping two in a row, and the Saints have shown vulnerability. Take the 49ers.
Miami at New York Jets: This is another really horrible game in a season that has been full of them. The Jets managed to lose to the Bengals last week, which should basically be impossible. They are not in a good place. Take the Dolphins.
Indianapolis at Tampa Bay: The Colts have lost two in a row to go from the driver's seat in a playoff race to, very likely, on the outside for good. They are hard to like. So is Tampa Bay in many ways, but they have won two in a row and have some weird momentum. And they are at home. Take the Bucs.
Denver at Houston: Houston has proven that they are very solid by winning two in a row to take the lead in their division. And they have looked good enough that they can stay there. The Broncos won last week, but they are a mess overall, and are outmatched here. Take the Texans.
L.A. Chargers at Jacksonville: With apologies to the Browns, the Chargers are the hardest team to understand this year. It's just so ugly. And it's also ugly in Jacksonville, where they have just benched their supposed franchise QB. If there is one thing that is sort of likeable in this game, it's Gardner Minshew, so Minshew-mania drives our picks. Take the Jaguars.
Tennessee at Oakland: Tennessee has won three in a row and has looked pretty solid of late. Surprisingly so, really. Oakland is remembering that they are Oakland and have fallen back to .500 - which is still a better record than they deserve. Take the Titans.
Kansas City at New England: This is a very interesting game. The Chiefs won big against the Raiders last week, which hardly counts. The Patriots lost their second game last week, and suddenly everyone says Tom Brady is done. He's not. Take the Patriots at home.
Pittsburgh at Arizona: I am still positive about the Cardinals in the longer term, but it is a rough road right now, and they just don't have enough pieces to get it done now. Pittsburgh is a team that just won't die and is back into playoff contention again. They are better than they should be, and they will win here. Take the Steelers.
Seattle at L.A. Rams: Seattle is tough and dangerous. They aren't perfect - they let the Vikings hang around far too long on Monday night. But they have a lot going for them. And while the Rams offense looked like they used to for the first time in a very long time, it was a circumstance of their opponent. They are not good. Take the Seahawks.
New York Giants at Philadelphia: I hate this division. I hate both of these teams. I hate having to make a pick here. The Eagles have lost three straight and are truly awful. But the Giants have lost eight and are much more awful. Take the Eagles.
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