Week 14 picks

Chicago Tribune - - CHICAGO SPORTS - By Sam Farmer Los An­ge­les Times

BEARS (3-9) AT BENGALS (5-7) Noon Sun­day, FOX-32 Bengals by 6 1⁄2 (O/U 38 1⁄2 )

The Bengals have more tal­ent than the Bears, and the Bears aren’t go­ing to run all over the Bengals. That said, the Bengals have to bounce back af­ter a dispir­it­ing loss at home to the Steel­ers. Bengals 27, Bears 20

COLTS (3-9) AT BILLS (6-6) Noon Sun­day Off (Off )

LeSean McCoy has been run­ning the ball well lately, and the Bills might be get­ting Kelvin Ben­jamin back. If Ty­rod Tay­lor is ready to go, go with the home team. But if it’s Nathan Peter­man … Bills 21, Colts 17

COWBOYS (6-6) AT GI­ANTS (2-10) Noon Sun­day Cowboys by 3 1⁄2 (O/U 41 1⁄2)

Who knows how the Gi­ants are go­ing to per­form af­ter all this up­heaval. Al­fred Mor­ris is run­ning the ball pretty well for the Cowboys, and that takes the heat off Dak Prescott. Cowboys 24, Gi­ants 20

LI­ONS (6-6) AT BUC­CA­NEERS (4-8) Noon Sun­day Off (Off )

Matthew Stafford has played through injuries be­fore, and he still di­rects an of­fense with some ex­plo­sive­ness. The Buc­ca­neers have all sorts of is­sues, es­pe­cially on de­fense. Li­ons 27, Buc­ca­neers 23

RAIDERS (6-6) AT CHIEFS (6-6) Noon Sun­day Chiefs by 4 (O/U 49)

The Chiefs are in a tail­spin, and it’s odd to think of them los­ing con­sec­u­tive home games, es­pe­cially with the way the sea­son started. They are ca­pa­ble of hold­ing serve in this one. Chiefs 23, Raiders 21

49ERS (2-10) AT TEXANS (4-8) Noon Sun­day Texans by 3 (O/U 45)

The Texans can stop the run, and that puts ev­ery­thing on Jimmy Garop­polo. He’s ca­pa­ble of di­rect­ing the 49ers, but he doesn’t have any tar­gets. Hard to bank on Tom Sav­age, but … Texans 23, 49ers 17

PACK­ERS (6-6) AT BROWNS (0-12) Noon Sun­day Pack­ers by 3 1⁄2 (O/U 40)

The Browns are try­ing to hang tough, and Josh Gor­don looked re­ally good last week. But Brett Hund­ley is do­ing a good job keep­ing the quar­ter­back job warm for Aaron Rodgers. Pack­ers 27, Browns 21

VIK­INGS (10-2) AT PAN­THERS (8-4) Noon Sun­day Vik­ings by 2 1⁄2 (O/U 40 1⁄2)

Tough stretch for the Vik­ings, who had to play in At­lanta last Sun­day. Case Keenum has been mak­ing plays, and that Vik­ings de­fense is le­git. Cam New­ton is too in­con­sis­tent. Vik­ings 28, Pan­thers 21

REDSKINS (5-7) AT CHARG­ERS (6-6) 3:05 p.m. Sun­day, CBS-2 Charg­ers by 6 (O/U 46)

The Charg­ers have gath­ered mo­men­tum, and their pass rush­ers can take ad­van­tage of that patch­work of­fen­sive line. Philip Rivers should pick up an­other win on this pe­cu­liar home field. Charg­ers 31, Redskins 20

JETS (5-7) AT BRON­COS (3-9) 3:05 p.m. Sun­day Jets by 1 (O/U 41 1⁄2)

The Bron­cos are reel­ing, and they can’t even fall back on their de­fense any­more. The Jets are bet­ter than a lot of peo­ple think, and showed last week they can put some points on the board. Jets 27, Bron­cos 17

TI­TANS (8-4) AT CAR­DI­NALS (5-7) 3:05 p.m. Sun­day Ti­tans by 3 (O/U 43 1 ⁄ ) 2

The Car­di­nals are hob­bled, but if they can put the same team they put on the field against the Jaguars, they can com­pete. Don’t rule out Blaine Gab­bert hav­ing a big game in this one. Car­di­nals 24, Ti­tans 23

EA­GLES (10-2) AT RAMS (9-3) 3:25 p.m. Sun­day, FOX-32 Rams by 2 (O/U 48)

It doesn’t help the Rams that the Ea­gles lost in Seat­tle. The Ea­gles are bound to re­group. Jared Goff has strug­gled against re­ally good de­fenses, and the Ea­gles can bring the heat up front. Ea­gles 27, Rams 23

SEAHAWKS (8-4) AT JAGUARS (8-4) 3:25 p.m. Sun­day Jaguars by 2 1⁄2 (O/U 40)

The Seahawks could have a let­down af­ter play­ing big at home against the Ea­gles. Now they have to travel all the way across the coun­try, and the Jaguars are ready for a slugfest. Jaguars 23, Seahawks 20

RAVENS (7-5) AT STEEL­ERS (10-2) 7:30 p.m. Sun­day, NBC-5 Steel­ers by 5 (O/U 44)

Yet again, the Steel­ers are in prime time, and they know how to win those games. They’re di­min­ished by injuries and a sus­pen­sion. Los­ing cor­ner­back Jimmy Smith hurts the Ravens. Steel­ers 24, Ravens 20

PA­TRI­OTS (10-2) AT DOL­PHINS (5-7) 7:30 p.m. Mon­day, ESPN Pa­tri­ots by 11 (O/U 47 1⁄2)

The Pa­tri­ots are play­ing bet­ter on de­fense, and ev­ery­one knows what their of­fense can do. The Dol­phins are up and down, but they gave up 35 to the Pa­tri­ots two weeks ago. Pa­tri­ots 34, Dol­phins 20

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