Scout.com Week 14 NFL Picks
QB Matt Hasselbeck (D. Vishwanat/Getty)
QB Matt Hasselbeck (D. Vishwanat/Getty)
Lead NFL Analyst, Scout.com
Posted Dec 6, 2007


Former pro scout Tom Marino takes a look at the lineup of NFL games for Week 14 and makes his picks.

Chicago at Washington: Too many distractions and a short preparation week are the main reason the Redskins, losers of four straight will come up short versus a disappointing Bears squad. Pick: Chicago

St. Louis at Cincinnati: Carson Palmer is coming off one of the worst performances of his career, but the Rams defense doesn't apply near the quarterback pressure or shuts down the run like last week's opponent (Steelers).  Pick: Cincinnati

Dallas at Detroit:  Even on their home turf, this one could possibly get out of hand quickly. Defensively, the Lions don't have any of the necessary answers for the Cowboys' high-powered offense. Pick: Dallas

Oakland at Green Bay: The Packers will make a very business-like return to their winning ways against a Raiders club that is coming off a pair of victories over two underachieving division rivals. Pick: Green Bay

Miami at Buffalo:  The Bills, although still very much a long shot, are alive in the AFC playoff picture. Even in better times, the Dolphins have always had a history of performing poorly in the harsh winter weather.  Pick: Buffalo

Tampa Bay at Houston:  The Bucs' victory last week versus the Saints was huge and likely secured an NFC South title. A win over the fading Texans will serve notice to the rest of the NFC that they are a club to be reckoned with.  Pick: Tampa Bay

San Diego at Tennessee:  Just keep feeding LT the football and good things will happen. Look for the defense that had eight sacks last week versus the Chiefs to apply a lot of pressure on Vince Young.  Pick: San Diego

Carolina at Jacksonville: This one is my absolute lock of the week. The Jaguars are not about to let AFC rivals Buffalo, Tennessee and Cleveland back-door them at this stage of the season.  Pick: Jacksonville


LB Eli Manning on the run.
Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

NY Giants at Philadelphia:  Upset special. The Eagles are still smarting from their Week 4 loss to the G-men and are poised to pull off an upset victory. Eli again has that deer-in-the-headlights look in his eyes.  Pick: Philadelphia

Arizona at Seattle:  Look for the Seahawks' big-game experience, home field advantage, the right arm of Matt Hasselbeck and a defense led by an outstanding Leer corp. to be the difference in this key division matchup.  Pick: Seattle

Minnesota at San Francisco:  This is not nearly the same Vikings squad that began the 2007 season. With Adrian Peterson returning and the development of QB Tarvaris Jackson and WR Sidney Rice, the future may well be at hand.  Pick: Minnesota

Pittsburgh at New England: Super upset special. The Patriots have not played well the past two weeks and the Steelers (two-touchdown underdogs) match up very well on both sides of the ball against a Patriot club coming off a short week. Pick: Pittsburgh

Cleveland at NY Jets:  This one should be a high-scoring affair, but in the end I believe the Browns have too many offensive weapons for a struggling Jets squad coming off a victory over the lowly Dolphins.  Pick: Cleveland

Kansas City at Denver: Even the great fans in Denver might decide to stay at home and watch the Steelers-Pats contest. Denver should win on the strength of their home field advantage and potentially explosive quarterback.  Pick: Denver

Indianapolis at Baltimore: The Ravens still have a formidable defense that can rise to the occasion, but their offense is far too inconsistent, and the short week will be the difference in this low-scoring contest.  Pick: Indianapolis

New Orleans at Atlanta: Do you think the NFL schedule-makers would like to have this one back? And, oh yeah, in the game look for the Saints to keep their faint playoff hopes alive with a victory on the road.  Pick: New Orleans



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