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NFL Picks, Predictions In opposition to the Unfold Week 14: Rams Take Down Patriots; Steelers Cease Payments; Giants keep scorching

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At week 14 we are officially in the last month of the 2020 NFL season. 75 percent of the results are available, "only" 64 of 256 games are still to be played. There are still plenty of ways to finish strong against the spread using our tips and predictions. But unfortunately, with more chances of getting games right, an equal percentage goes hand in hand with injustice.

After a better, fearless forecast for Week 13, we can build on the necessary positive momentum as we dig deeper into forecasting. As we say goodbye, here's the first of four final full game boards:

MORE: Week 14 NFL Power Rankings | Picks straight up

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NFL pecks at the spread for week 14

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video

The Patriots are at their best when they can win games with Cam Newton and their deep backcourt supported by complementary defense. The Rams can ditch this formula by winning up front and forcing Newton to pass. The Patriots are still the weakest in their run defenses and the Rams have gotten into a groove with their young committee to exonerate Jared Goff.

Selection: Rams win 20-13 and cover the spread.

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

The Steelers have their toughest test yet, trying to stay undefeated in the conference during the regular season. The bills are pumped for a rare Sunday night home game to show how good they are as a new, enduring AFC East power. But they also have a short week of slightly less offensive explosiveness than usual and a limited running game behind them. The Steelers can run successfully to facilitate Ben Roethlisberger's intermediate pass. Josh Allen will make the biggest mistakes when under pressure late.

Selection: Steelers win 27-20 and cover the spread.

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Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The packers don't get enough respect with this number. They roll offensively with Aaron Jones coming back to the party with Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams. The Lions have no answer for either of them, as Green Bay is free to pass and run at will without making a mistake. Detroit is not doing well enough to stay in the game and eventually Matthew Stafford succumbs to bags and freebies.

Selection: Packers win 34-21 and cover the spread.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Bears got their running game going with David Montgomery and wanted to win until Mitchell Trubisky fumbled the Lions game late. Deshaun Watson is still the much better round one quarterback from the 2017 draft, but Trubisky is the one who can count on the quick onslaught against a poor Houston defense and knows his passing defense will be ready to take off from one tough home game against him to recover the lions.

Selection: Bears win 24-20.

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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Vikings will see their race-heavy approach hampered by the rested and powerful running defenses of the Bucs. Dalvin Cook will be included in that capacity, giving Kirk Cousins ​​and his elite recipients plenty of warmth to keep up with Tom Brady and his bevy of guns working on weak secondary and Viking zone defense. Minnesota's recent sluggish start haunted Tampa Bay, which will be more organized after a goodbye.

Selection: Buccaneers win 30-20 and cover the spread.

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Cardinals enter into another tough defensive game in which a team picks up the rush for the inside-outside pass and backs it up with good coverage. Kyler Murray will see some quick wins, but passing play will continue to be limited on the road. The Giants will be able to traditionally run the ball better with the ardent Wayne Gallman and her interim receivers.

Selection: Giants win 23-20 and cover the spread.

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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Chiefs know they missed some great opportunities to make the game against the Broncos tougher than it had to be. Patrick Mahomes will make amends on the field where he won the Super Bowl MVP in February. Tua Tagovailoa can continue to play well and defending the Dolphins will present some challenges, but the Dolphns have gotten away with it on a favorable schedule and are being let down against the realigned champions.

Selection: Chiefs win 27-14 and cover the spread.

Titans (-7.5, 53 o / u) in jaguars

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Titans' defenses have many holes, and when their offense helps by running around big chunks and playing big games to build a big head start, it is designed to be exposed by a balanced, explosive attack. Derrick Henry will be rushing back to high levels and setting up Ryan Tannehill for another great afternoon on the road. Mike Glennon, with the good help of James Robinson, started the Jaguars offensive and they'll be hanging around again to shut it down.

Selection: Titans win 31-24 but cannot cover the spread.

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Cowboys (-3.5, 43.5 o / u) in Bengals

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Andy Dalton gets a game of revenge against his former team, except that he cannot duel with his successor Joe Burrow. This is a big break in the Cowboys defense, as is a weak Bengals offensive line and no running game without Joe Mixon. With Ezekiel Elliott and Dalton's receivers, the cowboys can get their running game rolling again. This is not prime time in Cincinnati, which means Dalton is playing well and winning a game.

Selection: Cowboys win 24-20 and cover the spread.

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Broncos must pick up the pieces from a tough loss to the Chiefs while the Panthers are at home after a farewell. You should have Christian McCaffrey back to take advantage of a poor Denver defense. The Broncos won't run quite as effectively with Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay, and Drew Lock will be uncomfortable on another rough road outing than Teddy Bridgewater.

Selection: Panthers win 23-20 but cannot cover the spread.

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Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS

The Seahawks had a bad game at home against the other New York team. But the glowing giants are a different story from the ice-cold jets. Russell Wilson desperately wants to light up an opponent with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf so that Chris Carson can play closer. Pete Carroll's improving defense doesn't care that Sam Darnold went to USC and continues to clap for the Jets Lame Duck QB.

Selection: Seahawks win 33-15 and cover the spread.

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS

The Colts are always in good shape offensively when they can count on them to get great mileage in the game. The Raiders have become a sieve and will take on the eclectic Indianapolis committee. It's gotten easier to trust Philip Rivers and it's harder to trust Derek Carr, who is facing the tougher all-around defense in this home game too.

Pick: Colts win 27-21 and cover the spread.

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Washington Football Team at 49ers (-4.5, 43.5 o / u)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

Alex Smith and WFT will have good momentum when they go to Arizona to face his first NFL team. The 49ers are recovering from Monday night's game and will have at least some experience in their new digs. Make sure both teams do offensively and San Francisco has more success in the game to help Nick Mullens.

Selection: 49ers win 23-20 but cannot cover the spread.

Saints (-7, 45 o / u) at Eagles

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Saints always look good offensively with Taysom Hill. The Eagles are looking for a similar double-threat spark from Jalen Hurts in a must-win game after the Seahawks and Packers lost hard. Philadelphia's defense can create a couple of issues for the New Orleans offensive as it can contain the barrel. The Eagles can help hurts with a strong short to interlude and planned runs, but it won't be enough.

Selection: The Saints win 26-20 but cannot cover the spread.

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Falken (-2.5, 50 o / u) for chargers

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Hawks will try to keep playing the ball to take the pressure off Matt Ryan, this time with productive results against a shaky charger front. You can also keep Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley together all over the field. Justin Herbert hits a kind of rookie wall with his aggressive downfield pass, while it takes more patience to pass under the pass to beat Atlanta, which usually handles the run well.

Selection: Hawks win 31-27 and cover the spread.

Ravens (-1, 45.5) at Browns

Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Ravens will face a tough Browns Run defense in another short week on the streets that Lamar Jackson can better include. The browns can be roasted on the back end, but Jackson doesn't get help consistently. The Ravens' run defense hasn't been as good lately and their pass rush has been limited, which allows Baker Mayfield to stay hot and comfortable enough at home.

Selection: Browns win 20-17.

Statistics of the week

Week 13 direct: 8-6

Week 13 versus the spread: 6-8

Season straight up: 122-69

Season versus spread: 102-84

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