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NFL Week 14 Picks: Bears 101′s Game Predictions

December 9th, 2012 at 11:02 AM
By PJ Foti

'Peyton Manning throwing  a pass -- intensively.' photo (c) 2012, Jeffrey Beall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Last week was a trick one where we here at Bears 101 did great in some upset games, but lost some we felt were no-brainers. In all, we ended up going 10-5 for the week, and doubling up is never a bad thing. We are now 111-65-1 on the year.

We thought it would be time for another rant about the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams not deciding a winner, but St. Louis pulled through in the end, giving us a loss.

This Thursday featured Peyton Manning clinching the division title for the Denver Broncos over the Oakland Raiders.

Week 14 features more games that should be considered trap games, thus making it tougher to predict. We'll try our best. Here's what we think.

There are a few games that have zero playoff implications, so we'll start there to get the boring out of the way early. We like the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets to win their respective games.

The Cincinnati Bengals might be the hottest team in football, and we believe they will defeat the Cowboys, and really hurt their playoff hopes. Cincinnati will remain on the outside looking in because the Indianapolis Colts will beat the Titans, and the Pittsburgh Steelers will come away with a win against San Diego in Ben Roethlisberger's return.

We already mentioned that the Dallas Cowboys would lose, and we feel the Redskins will as well in their matchup vs. the Baltimore Ravens. It should open the door for the New York Giants to extend their division lead when they beat the Saints, knocking them out of playoff contention.

We feel everyone else fighting for a playoff spot in the NFC will win, as we like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to beat the Eagles, the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Cards, the Green Bay Packers to beat the Lions and the Chicago Bears to beat the Vikings, even with all their injuries.

The two teams at the top of the NFC will have differing results today. We see the San Francisco 49ers rebounding against the Dolphins, and in a surprise, we'll take Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers over the Falcons. This time they're at home, and Newton hopefully won't fumble when trying to run down the clock.

People are deeming Monday night's game between the Houston Texans and New England Patriots to be the most important game in Houston's history. We aren't buying the hype as they've played a playoff game before. That automatically trumps that notion. The game is in New England, and we expect Houston to surprise people and come out and win the cold.

That's it for this week. Let's see how we do.

Tags: Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Football, NFL, Peyton Manning

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