Week 14 of the NFL season is upon us and it is time to present the weekly series dedicated to early picks for each NFL game in the coming week. These picks are straight up and not against the spread. Here you get who the home team and away teams are as well as the chosen winner. In honor of the holiday season, you are getting the straight picks this week and I am forgoing the write-ups.
You will also get a weekly Lock of the Week. Each week I will pick one game that I feel cannot lose. With that will be supporting data to back up that stance. Obviously each week anything can happen in the NFL but there is always a game that sets itself apart from the others.
There is one left standing as the only unbeaten, can the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton keep it that way one more week against Matt Ryan in a divisional battle? Can Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and crew close the gap on Andy Dalton and the rest of the impressive Bengals? Can anyone try and take control of the horrific NFC East? Without any further trepidation enjoy the 2015-2016 NFL Week 14 Picks and Predictions, Lock of The Week.
Lock of the Week
Green Bay Packers over Dallas Cowboys
Ironically, the Dallas Cowboys have a better road record (3-3) than home record (1-5) but that is not really a representation of the team. This Cowboys team is just not good whether they won a horrific game last week against the Redskins or not.
Matt Cassel is doing his best but has proven that he cannot replace Tony Romo. With Cassel at the helm, the Cowboys have lost the ability to truly utilize weapons like Dez Bryant. While Darren McFadden has been able to stay healthy and effective, it is not enough for the Cowboys.
Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have been through some rough spots lately going 2-3 over their last five. They are coming off a somewhat shocking victory last week pulling victory from the jaws of defeat in Detroit against a hot Lions team. Now they get to go home, take a few extra days since last week was a Thursday game and prepare for a Cowboys squad on a short week coming off a Monday Night Football game. Talk about an NFL scheduling screw-up.
You are hard pressed to understand what is going on with the running back situation in Green Bay but they still have Rodgers, who just finds a way despite his uncharacteristic season. I have no doubt that the extra couple of days will pay dividends. For all their woes, the Packers are still 8-4 and leading the NFC Central despite the loss of Nelson and the inability of receivers to just hold onto the ball.
The reality here is that there is no comparison at QB, and the Cowboys are learning how vital Romo is to that team’s success. That feeling will only be enhanced this week when the Cowboys head to Green Bay for a good ole fashioned butt whipping.
2015 Lock of the Week Record: 12-1-0
|8:25||Minnesota Vikings||Arizona Cardinals||Cardinals|
|1:00||Atlanta Falcons||Carolina Panthers||Panthers|
|1:00||Washington Redskins||Chicago Bears||Bears|
|1:00||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cincinnati Bengals||Bengals|
|1:00||San Francisco 49ers||Cleveland Browns||Browns|
|1:00||Indianapolis Colts||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jaguars|
|1:00||Tennessee Titans||New York Jets||Jets|
|1:00||Buffalo Bills||Philadelphia Eagles||Bills|
|1:00||Detroit Lions||St Louis Rams||Lions|
|1:00||New Orleans Saints||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Bucs|
|1:00||Seattle Seahawks||Batlimore Ravens||Seahawks|
|1:00||San Diego Chargers||Kansas City Chiefs||Chiefs|
|4:05||Oakland Raiders||Denver Broncos||Raiders|
|4:25||Dallas Cowboys||Green Bay Packers||Packers|
|8:30||New England Patriots||Houston Texans||Patriots|
|8:30||New York Giants||Miami Dolphins||Giants|
Do you think the upsets will pan out? Weigh in with your thoughts and let’s talk about it. So what did you think of the 2015-2016 NFL Week 14 Picks and Predictions, Lock of The Week? Do you agree? Disagree? Let’s hear your thoughts.