Bing Predicts: NFL Week 14

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New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
> Bing Predicts winner: New Orleans (61%)
> Kickoff time: 8:25 PM EDT (Thursday)
> Game spread: -4
> Matchup history: Falcons lead 51-45-0

Drew Brees and the Saints get the nod in the first of two games in three weeks between these NFC South opponents. The Saints (9-3) are alone atop the division, while the Falcons (7-5) are trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. New Orleans is coming off a 31-21 win over the Panthers. In that game, Saints running back Alvin Kamara put on another show with six carries for 60 yards and five catches for 66 yards. Brees climbed past Peyton Manning to second place in all-time career completions with 6,127. Only Brett Favre has more (6,300).

To have a chance against the Saints — who average 408.6 yards per game, second in the NFL — Atlanta’s offense will need to score more than three field goals, which is what it did in the 14-9 loss to the Vikings. It could be a close contest. The Falcons are 3-3 at home, and prior to their loss to the Vikings, they had won three straight.

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Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
> Bing Predicts winner: Buffalo (55%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: No line
> Matchup history: Bills lead 36-31-1

The Bills (6-6) could be without quarterback Tyrod Taylor who has a patellar tendon contusion suffered in the 23-3 loss to the Patriots on Sunday. Taylor completed just half of his passes for 65 yards and threw one interception before he was injured. Running back LeSean McCoy was the bright spot for the offense with 102 total yards (93 rushing).

Buffalo has lost four of the last five games, but still they are the favorites here, largely because of who they are playing this week. The Colts (3-9), coming off a 30-10 loss to Jacksonville, are dealing with injuries like most teams, but their extent is an issue especially on the offensive line. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett had two interceptions — his only game with more than one interception — and 174 passing yards, his second worst game this season in yardage. Coach Chuck Pagano said after the game he was “obviously disappointed.” He was not alone.

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Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals
> Bing Predicts winner: Cincinnati (67%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Cincinnati -7
> Matchup history: Bengals lead 6-4-0

It’s a short week for the Bengals (5-7) after a tough 23-20 loss to the Steelers on Monday night. The Bengals, who had 13 penalties, led 17-0 early but couldn’t hold on. Still, in a matchup of two of the worst offenses in the NFL, they’re the favorites over the Bears (3-9), who have lost five straight. Cincinnati could be without linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who took a brutal hit to the helmet on Monday night. The Bengals’ defense will also miss safety George Iloka, who was suspended for a helmet-to-helmet hit. The loss to Pittsburgh snapped a two-game win streak for the Bengals. Wide receiver A.J. Green caught a pair of touchdown passes, and running back Giovani Bernard ran for 77 yards. Cincinnati is 31st in the league in yards per game (280.8).

The Bears not only lost to the 49ers on Sunday, but they also had to watch as former Bears kicker Robbie Gould sent five field goals through the uprights to win the game 15-14. Chicago’s rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky continues to struggle, completing just 12 of 15 attempts for 102 yards. The Bears have the lowest yards per game average in the NFL at 275.8. The bad news year for the Bears will likely get worse on Sunday.

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Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns
> Bing Predicts winner: Green Bay (63%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Green Bay -6
> Matchup history: Packers lead 12-7-0

While Aaron Rodgers has started practice following shoulder surgery, he will not play Sunday at Cleveland. Still, Green Bay (6-6) has the edge over the winless Browns (0-12). Quarterback Brett Hundley hasn’t evolved into another version of Rodgers. He completed just 13 of 22 for 84 yards in the 26-20 overtime win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. But the Packers got 113 rushing yards from running back Jamaal Williams (his first game with 100-plus yards this season), and running back Aaron Jones scampered for a 20-yard touchdown in overtime, which proved to be the game winner. The Packers also got a defensive touchdown when defensive end Dean Lowry recovered a fumble and ran it in for the score. Linebacker Clay Matthews had his best game this season with 2.5 sacks. Do not count the Packers out.

The Browns still have a chance to match the 0-16 record of the 2008 Detroit Lions. They’re trying their best. In the past two seasons they are 1-27 under coach Hue Jackson. Quarterback DeShone Kizer isn’t the only issue, but he completed just 46.9% of his passes for 215 yards and finished with one touchdown and one interception in the 19-10 loss to the Chargers on Sunday. Some are saying the Browns are as bad as any team has been in the history of the NFL. No argument there.

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Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
> Bing Predicts winner: Kansas City (55%)
> Kickoff time: 1:00 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Kansas City -4
> Matchup history: Chiefs lead 62-53-2

Even though the Chiefs (6-6) have lost four straight and lost to the Raiders 31-30 in their first meeting on Oct. 29, they are the favorite in this AFC West rematch. The Chiefs have been a conundrum since starting the season 5-0. The offense and defense have alternated at poor performances. Quarterback Alex Smith, who has been hot and cold, threw for 366 yards and four touchdowns, plus ran for 70 yards in the 38-31 loss to the Jets. The defense is a mess, ranked 30th in the NFL allowing 382.2 yards per game. Early in the season, the Chiefs looked like a possible Super Bowl contender, but that now seems like a long time ago.

The Raiders (6-6) have won two straight. Don’t count them out just yet, but they need a win at Kansas City — typically a tough place to play, although the Chiefs have won just three of five at home this season. Running back Marshawn Lynch had his first 100-plus yard game since coming out of retirement in the 24-17 win over the Giants on Sunday. Quarterback Derek Carr, who passed for 287 yards and a touchdown, has gone two straight games without an interception.