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NFL Week 14 Late Game Picks: Oakland Takes Pittsburgh to Overtime; Big Showdown in Chicago

It’s now or never for a few teams this week.

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NFL Week 14 Late Game Picks: Oakland Takes Pittsburgh to Overtime; Big Showdown in Chicago

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Alrighty, let’s just get right to it. Here are the late Sunday games and Monday Night game!:

Last Week Record: 7-9

Season Record: 79-50

Bengals at Chargers

The Bengals are so bad defensively that I would not be surprised if the Chargers hit 40 points this game; even without Melvin Gordon. If you have Philip Rivers on your fantasy team, fire him up for this one. It could get ugly. Chargers win 43-18.

Broncos at 49ers

With the exception of the Houston Texans and their current 9-game win streak, the Broncos could be the hottest team in the AFC right now.

Ok, I’m going to give you guys two players – Player A and Player B, and see if you can guess who is who:

Player A: 954 total rushing yds / 4.9 yds per carry / 79.5 rushing yds per game / 8 TDs / 0 fumbles

Player B: 937 total rushing yds / 6.1 yds per carry / 78.1 rushing yds per game / 8 TDs / 0 fumbles

Can you guess who they are?

Player A is Saquon Barkley and Player B is Philip Lindsay

Woah. Now, Barkley certainly produces more on the receiving end, but you could certainly argue that Philip Lindsay has run the ball just as effectively as Saquon Barkley this year.

Both players are rookies, and we all expected Barkley to be an immediate impact player. But Lindsay has come out of nowhere. We did not expect this.

Lindsay has found the end zone five times in the past three games, and I expect him to find it again at least once this week.

The Broncos have something to play for here. The Niners don’t. At 6-6 the Broncos could make a serious push for the playoffs, and if I’m any other AFC team, I would not want to run into them in the playoffs right now. And to think I once thought they were the most disappointing team! I expect Denver to stay hot this week. Broncos win 29-17.

Eagles at Cowboys

This is a HUGE NFC game. This could actually end up being the game of the week here. I have been loving the Cowboys defense lately but I need to see more on offense. Ok, I am not actually loving it, because I hate the Cowboys, but you get the picture.

As good as the Cowboys’ defense has been, however, I think Carson Wentz is playing his best football right now, and that might be the difference-maker.

The last time these two met this season, the Cowboys got the best of the Eagles, but I think Philly will take the split here. Give me Philly to win and make the NFC East really interesting. If the Eagles win, they will be tied at the top of the division with Dallas at 7-6. Welcome to the NFC East…where the Cowboys can stun the New Orleans Saints one week, and totally flop against their divisional rival the next. Eagles win 27-17.

Steelers at Raiders

The Steelers have been hurting lately; literally and figuratively.

Pittsburgh has dropped their previous two games, including a colossal meltdown against the Chargers last Sunday night. Although, I still believe the Chargers got super lucky and received a little help from their friends in black and white. But I won’t even get into that right now. I may never finish writing this if I did.

The Steelers will be without James Conner in this one due to a leg injury he endured last week against the Chargers. However, Adam Schefter says that Conner could be back sooner than we all anticipated, and just in time for the Patriots game:

Earlier in the year, I would look at this game on the schedule and undoubtedly say that this is a win for the Steelers. But then I see last week that they almost beat the 10-2 Kansas City Chiefs, so not so fast.

Could this be a trap for the Steelers?

This game could be the ultimate trap game for the Steelers. It’s against a weaker opponent,on the road, without your star running back, and against a team that has absolutely nothing to lose. As a Steelers fan, I am supremely nervous for this game and I should have no business being at that level. But, I am, and I can tell you if Pittsburgh were to lose this game, you can bet that they will not make the playoffs. I mean you can’t lose to the Oakland Raiders and then expect to beat the Patriots and Saints back-to-back. Not to mention, the Ravens are closing in fast on the Steelers in the division.

Jaylen Samuels will be the go-to running back in place of Conner and, honestly, I feel pretty good about it. I watched Samuels in college at NC State, and I really like how he plays. When the Steelers drafted him this year, I was actually pretty excited. I liked the pick.

The Rise of Samuels

I think Samuels will actually have a nice game, and that might be the difference-maker quite frankly. The Raiders will play the Steelers very tough. As a matter of fact, it will be tough enough to force the Steelers into overtime.

In the end, however, I think the Steelers may just have too much firepower on offense for this Raiders defense. Oakland will not be able to sustain it in the end, and I could see a broken coverage that allows JuJu Smith-Schuster to score the game-winning TD.

There will be yelling…maybe a pillow or two will be thrown…but I will nervously look for Pittsburgh to survive a mega scare here, and I can only hope, as my blood pressure shoots through the roof, that this will act as a wake-up call before going up against New England next week. Steelers win in overtime 36-30.

Lions at Cardinals

Both of these teams have been pretty terrible this year, but Arizona did some good things on defense last week against the Packers. The Lions have been terrible on the road, and if the Cardinals come out and play like they did last week, I think they can take this one. Give me the Cards in a close one. Cardinals win 26-23.

Rams at Bears (Sunday Night @ 8:20PM ET)

Mitch Trubisky will be back for this game, but he has a tough task ahead for him.

Despite getting the win, the Rams looked a little sluggish against the Lions last week. They cannot afford to be sluggish against this Bears defense.

If Trubisky has a big night, I think the Bears will take it, but being his first game back there might be a little rust he has to shake off, and while I am not sold on the Rams’ secondary, I am sold on their defensive line.

This will be a close one, but I think Goff will do just enough through the air to nip the Bears. If the Eagles-Cowboys game doesn’t do it, this game might actually end up being the game of the week. Rams win a tight one 28-27.

Vikings at Seahawks (Monday Night @ 8:15PM ET)

I think the Vikings have been disappointing this year.

Here’s the reality about the Vikings: They haven’t beaten anyone good this year.

Just look at their wins: 49ers, Eagles, Cardinals, Jets, Lions, Packers

Now look at their losses: Bills (ouch), Rams, Saints, Bears, Patriots

And of course, there’s the tie they had with the Packers in Week 2.

The bottom line is that the Vikings don’t really have impressive wins this year, and when they face good competition, they can’t seem to pull out a win. Maybe the Eagles win has some quality to it, but it was also back when the Eagles were banged up and at their worst of the Super Bowl hangover.

This week, the Vikings are playing good competition again this week. I think Seattle will try and keep Minnesota out of the playoff picture and will succeed in taking them down at home. A Minnesota team who I thought could go to a Super Bowl is slowly fading from the playoff picture. Seahawks win 29-26.

Enjoy the games!

Matt lives in Newnan, Georgia but was born and raised in Upstate New York. He is a fan of the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Boston Celtics. At the collegiate level, he is a Notre Dame and Syracuse fan (yeah he can root for both, and what?!) He must, however, find a soccer team to root for. So him out there. All suggestions are welcome. You can catch Matt on the Turf mostly covering NFL, NBA, MLB, College Football and Basketball, and Horse Racing (that is not a typo, he practically grew up on a racetrack). It's nothing's strictly sports.

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