Bing Predicts: NFL Week 14

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Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals
> Bing Predicts winner: Tennessee (61%)
> Kickoff time: 4:05 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Tennessee -2.5
> Matchup history: Cardinals lead 6-4-0

The Titans (8-4), who have won six of their last seven, are sitting pretty atop the AFC South and are favored over the injury-plagued Cardinals (5-7). Quarterback Marcus Mariota hasn’t been playing his best, but he ran for a touchdown and passed for another in Sunday’s 24-13 win over Houston. He’s got help from running backs DeMarco Murray (11 carries, 66 yards) and Derrick Henry ,who had 11 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. The Titans are playing well at the best part of the season, and the sense is that their best football is yet to come.

The Cardinals are depending once again on quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was sacked six times in the 32-16 loss to the Rams. He’s their No. 3 quarterback, forced into duty because of injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. Arizona’s defense has played well at times, with linebacker Chandler Jones having a monster year with 13 sacks. Safety Tyvon Branch and linebacker Karlos Dansby lead with 69 tackles each.

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Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Chargers
> Bing Predicts winner: Los Angeles (66%)
> Kickoff time: 4:05 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Los Angeles -6
> Matchup history: Redskins lead 7-3-0

Look out for the Chargers (6-6), who have won six of their last eight and three straight after Sunday’s 19-10 win over the Browns. After an 0-4 start, they’re tied atop the AFC West with Kansas City and Oakland and are the favorites in Sunday’s matchup. Their defense has not allowed any more than 26 points in any game this year. Quarterback Philip Rivers finished with 344 passing yards against the Browns, including a touchdown pass to wide receiver Keenan Allen, who had 10 catches for 105 yards. It was the third straight game Allen has had more than 100 receiving yards, at least 10 catches, and at least one touchdown. In fact, he’s the first player in NFL history to do so.The trending arrow definitely goes up for the Chargers.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said miscues and mistakes were the reason for the 38-14 loss to the Cowboys in Week 13. Cousins matched his two touchdowns with two interceptions and also lost a fumble. With 3,289 passing yards, he ranks fifth in the NFL — but he can’t do it alone. The Redskins (5-7), who have lost three of their last four, are trending in the opposite direction of the Chargers.

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Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams
> Bing Predicts winner: Los Angeles (51%)
> Kickoff time: 4:25 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Pick ’em
> Matchup history: Eagles lead 20-19-1

This one looks like one of the best matchups of Week 14 with a slight edge going to the Rams (9-3). Running back Todd Gurley sparks the offense. He had 19 carries for 74 yards and six catches for 84 yards in the Rams’ 32-16 win over the Cardinals. Quarterback Jared Goff completed 67.7% of his passes for 220 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Special teams came up with a blocked extra point and blocked field goal. It was an all-around effort.

The Eagles (10-2) are coming off a 24-10 loss at Seattle. Quarterback Carson Wentz leads the NFL with 29 touchdowns. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor had a big game against the Seahawks, with seven catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. The defense holds teams to an average of 293.2 yards per game, third best in the NFL. This should be a game decided in the fourth quarter.

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Seattle Seahawks at Jacksonville Jaguars
> Bing Predicts winner: Jacksonville (55%)
> Kickoff time: 4:25 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Jacksonville -3.5
> Matchup history: Seahawks lead 5-2-0

The Jaguars (8-4) are slightly favored in part because they’re at home. They’re in the thick of the playoff picture after a 30-10 win over the Colts on Sunday. The defense is ranked tops in the NFL, allowing just 282.5 yards per game. Quarterback Blake Bortles powers Jacksonville’s offense with help from rookie running back Leonard Fournette and wide receiver Marqise Lee, who had a season-high 86 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Colts.

The Seahawks (8-4), also very much in the playoff hunt, are coming off an impressive 24-10 win over the Eagles, snapping Philadelphia’s nine-game win streak. Quarterback Russell Wilson made it happen, going 20 of 31 for 227 yards and three touchdown passes. Wilson has rushed or passed for 29 of the Seahawks’ 30 touchdowns this season. Think about it, that’s an amazing stat. The defense is banged up, but Wilson is finding a way to get points on the board.

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Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
> Bing Predicts winner: Pittsburgh (66%)
> Kickoff time: 8:30 PM EDT (Sunday)
> Game spread: Pittsburgh -7
> Matchup history: Steelers lead 26-21-0

Pittsburgh (10-2) came back on Monday night to win 23-20 in a violent game against AFC North rival Cincinnati. The Steelers have the edge over the Ravens even though they will be without linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was seriously injured after a collision with Bengals receiver Josh Malone. No one is talking about whether he’ll return this season. The hope is he will walk again. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been suspended one game for his illegal block on Vontaze Burfict and then for standing over him and taunting. Wide receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL in catches (88), receiving yards (1,296), and touchdowns (nine), while his teammate Le’Veon Bell leads the league in rushing yards with 1,057. They’ll be a handful for the Ravens’ defense — or any defense for that matter.

The Ravens (7-5) have found more of a rhythm on offense after a sluggish start (3-4) to the season. Quarterback Joe Flacco threw for a season-high 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Sunday’s 44-20 win over Detroit, the third straight victory for the Ravens. The Steelers manhandled the Ravens in Week 4 with a 26-9 win, but both teams are different now. Baltimore’s defense has been its strength and is third in the NFL in points allowed per game (17.2). But Brown, Bell, and Ben Roethlisberger will provide a huge test.

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New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
> Bing Predicts winner: New England (80%)
> Kickoff time: 8:30 PM EDT (Monday)
> Game spread: New England -11
> Matchup history: Dolphins lead 53-51-0

No surprise here that the Patriots (10-2) are favored — after all, they’ve won eight straight. When the two AFC East teams met two weeks ago, New England coasted to a 35-17 win. In that game, quarterback Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, two of them were to tight end Rob Gronkowski, who will be suspended for this game for an illegal hit on Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White on Sunday. Brady remains atop the NFL charts with 3,632 passing yards, and he is tied for second with 26 touchdowns. He’s only thrown four interceptions this season. Surprisingly, Brady is 7-8 in his career at Miami.

The Dolphins (5-7) snapped a five game losing streak with a 35-9 win over Denver on Sunday. Running back Kenyan Drake had a career-high 120 rushing yards. Wide receiver Kenny Stills caught five passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes and two picks.