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Greg Cote's Week 14 NFL picks

Greg Cote, Miami Herald on

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Our season continues to soar with the happy majesty of Santa's sleigh gliding above rooftops. This is our 28th year of NFL picks and might be our best all-round, but the so far is emphasized. Stretch run ahead. Last week's 11-5 mark straight-up and 10-5-1 against the point spread (Dolphins' 4 -point win pushed for the tie) has our season totals knocking at 70 and 60 percent. Nailed yet another Upset of the Week with Jags handling Colts ("Aawwk!"), scored a mini-upset with Ravens winning in Atlanta, and had a big four 'dogs-with-points in Cardinals, Giants, Bucs and Jets. Pedal to the metal. Checkered flag in view! (Note: Thursday night pick was Titans (-4) over Jaguars, 16-13.)

When; Overall; Vs. spread

Week 13; 11-5, .688; 10-5-1, .667

Season; 131-59-2, .689; 109-76-7, .589

GAME OF THE WEEK

RAMS (11-1) at BEARS (8-4)

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Line: LAR by 3

Cote's pick: CHI 31-27

TV: 8:20 p.m., NBC

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth are fist-bumping and dancing a jig over this Sunday nighter. I mean, wow. A Super Bowl favorite that's 5-1 on the road vs. a 5-1 home team that has something to prove and gets QB Mitchell Trubisky back from injury. Two of the NFL's great defensive forces in Rams' Aaron Donald and Bears' Khalil Mack. A great L.A. offense vs. a Chitown D capable of dominating. Rams, already NFC West champs, can clinch first-round bye with win, but don't count on that here. The expected return of Trubisky from a two-game absence -- on which this pick relies -- adds elements to the Bears offense that will exploit a Rams defense that hasn't been anything special lately. Upset!

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