NFL Week 14 Game Picks: Is it time for the Saints to tank?

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Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is pursued by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Hau

New Orleans Saints (4-8) at Tampa Bay Buccanneers (6-6)

For the first time in ages, the Saints are playing Tampa and are listed as an underdog. Tampa has struggled at home, but that was good enough to beat the Falcons last week. A lot in this game depends on the Saints injuries; Can Tim Hightower or C.J. Spiller step up for Mark Ingram? How is Delvin Breaux recovering from his pulled hamstring? Will Damian Swann be good to go? If the latter questions have to be answered with “no”, we can watch Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson burn Bandon Browner on several occasions.

Buffalo Bills (6-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)

Chip Kelly can not shake anything, according to LeSean ‘Shady’ McCoy. What Chip Kelly can do is ruining a roster by trading tailor-made star running backs for IR-mainstay linebackers. Nonetheless, this should be an hard-fought game as both teams are within striking distance of the playoffs.

Tennessee Titans (3-9) at New York Jets (7-5)

Two of the best defensive lines in football face off against each other here. Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams, and Jurrell Casey play for those teams, making it a tough sledding for running backs. The Jets will try their best to hold onto their wildcard spot and the Titans will seek to ride the wave after defeating the Jags at home behind a great performance by Marcus Mariota.

Dec 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) throws in the first quarter of their game against San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt

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Washington Redskins (5-7) at Chicago Bears (5-7)

Robbie Gould blew it last week against the 49ers, and the Bears are hoping he can bounce back against the Redskins. Here are two teams with limited talent on their respective rosters but both coaches understand to make the most of it. This game should be close, low scoring and the outcome is anyone’s guess.

Seattle  Seahawks (7-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-8)

There are several reasons why this game got flexed out of Sunday night, but the Seahawks are not one of them. The defending NFC Champions seems to be on fire, at least on offense, and the Ravens have been in a downward slope ever since October. Expect a blowout.

Next: Early Kicks, Part Deux

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