Greg Cote's Week 14 NFL picks

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@Bengals (5-7, -6) over Bears (3-9), 21-14: Two struggling offenses, although Andy Dalton is playing better lately. Chitown has lost five straight, is 1-4 away from home, and is mentally heading to the first tee.

@Giants (2-10, +4) over Cowboys (6-6), 24-20: Upset! "Aawwk!" Dallas is injury-wracked, and Biggies will be fired up at home now that interim coach Steve Spagnuolo corrected Ben McAdoo's colossal mistake and reinstated Eli Manning as starter.

@Chiefs (6-6, -4) over Raiders (6-6), 27-20: Huge AFC West game for playoff jockeying. Like KC in a venue pick especially with WR Amari Cooper (ankle) iffy for OAK. Raiders won 31-30 in Week 7 as time expired. Payback.

@Buccaneers (4-8, off board) over Lions (6-6), 23-17: Was off board because Lions QB Matthew Stafford had his throwing hand stepped on last week and is questionable, with green Jake Rudock in wings. That's enough to chance Bucs at home.

@Panthers (8-4, +21/2) over Vikings (10-2), 21-20: Another upset ("Aawwk!") in another GOTW-worthy matchup. Like strong home 'dog vs. a Vikes squad that is overdue a stumble after eight straight wins.

@Texans (4-8, -3) over 49ers (2-10), 24-16: Upside of Jimmy Garoppolo vs. awfulness of Tom Savage gives Niners big upset shot. Still, when the better all-round team also is home team, don't over-think it.

@Broncos (3-9, +1) over Jets (5-7), 19-17: Mini-upset. (Mini-"Aawwk!"). Yes, Denver has lost eight straight. Yes, Dolfans saw exactly how bad Trevor Siemian can be. But I'm hunching a home bounceback vs. NYJ team that is 1-4 on road.

Titans (8-4, -3) over @Cardinals (5-7), 23-16: Went back and forth like eyes at a tennis match on this one. But Cardbirds are injury-wracked, and Titans' ground game will own clock.


@Chargers (6-6, -6) over Redskins (5-7), 31-20: Red-hot Philip Rivers has led Bolts neatly back from 0-4 start. Washington is 2-0 out west with impressive wins over Rams and Seahawks, but third time's not the charm.

Seahawks (8-4, +21/2) over @Jaguars (8-4), 20-19: More Game of the Week heft here, and yet another upset. ("Aawwk!"). Jax has supplanted Seattle as NFL's best defense, but 'Hawks still bring it. And I trust Russell Wilson more than Blake Bortles by about a mile.

@Steelers (10-2, -5) over Ravens (7-5), 24-20: Great rivalry and two hot teams gift Sunday night stage. In Big Ben I trust, but also like Crows getting five. Joe Flacco is 4-3 his past seven trips to Pitt, and homies are missing two key cogs in Juju Smith-Schuster and Ryan Shazier.

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