NFL Week 14 open thread

We’re entering the final quarter of the season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers got there a little earlier than the rest of the league, winning 14-3 over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.  However, Pittsburgh may have lost more than they won; QB Ben Roethlisberger sustained a high ankle sprain and limped through the rest of the game.  He has ten days to get ready for the toughest game left on the Steelers schedule, next week’s matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.  Pittsburgh fans had better hope that the leg heals quickly, but in the meantime, maybe the Steelers might want to talk with Donovan McNab.

Last week I went 6-0, my second perfecto in a row, and I’m now at 54-25.  Let’s see if I can make the hat trick:

  • Vikings at Lions — I think the Lions are close to melting down through a lack of discipline, and the Vikings play better than their 2-10 record would indicate.  Will the Vikings pull an upset?  Not a chance.  Lions 33-17.
  • Saints at Titans — Drew Brees would be the MVP choice if Aaron Rodgers wasn’t going undefeated in Green Bay.  Tennessee is tough, but I think the Saints squeeze by them, 27-23.
  • Bears at Broncos — Chicago won’t have Jay Cutler, and Denver has Tim Tebow and the home-field advantage.  Tebow will face a really tough defense, but without Cutler or Matt Forte, forget about it.  Denver 17-10 over Chicago.
  • Raiders at Packers — The Raiders have tailed off as of late, and Green Bay is playing at home.  This one won’t even be close.  Packers 35-14.
  • Giants at Cowboys — This should be a really fun game.  Dallas has only lost once at home, but they keep making mistakes that they can’t afford against Eli Manning and the Giants, who nearly beat the Packers last week.  I’m going to pick the Giants for a road win, probably late in the game, 27-24.
  • Rams at Seahawks — Not exactly a thrilling Monday night game, eh?  The Seahawks have been improving in the second half and should make short work of the Rams, 31-17.