Cold Weather Games - NFL Week 14 - Justin Rhoades - Raleigh, NC
Seattle Times

Seattle Times

  Week 14 is upon us and the December games are in full swing. That means teams that can't play defense, run or at least protect the football, and play on the road are done. This is usually when the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson are at their best. They tend to travel well, they protect the football, and are never out of a game. Their defense has bounced back to be a dominant unit once again, holding the high-flying Eagles to only 10 points was quite an accomplishment, especially considering how well Wentz had the offense humming in recent games. 

  I predicted the Seahawks and Steelers in the Super Bowl before this season began and I'm feeling just as confident now. The Seahawks haven't had the best record this season, but if they can sneak into the playoffs, they can play with anybody and will be a tremendously tough out. Their experience will serve them very well going against a lot of first time playoff teams and QBs in the NFC. Goff, Wentz, and Keenum have been sharp, but playing a tough defense in January has a way of humbling young QBs. Particularly in cold, windy, possibly even wet weather. 

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Getty Images/Ringer Illustration

  The AFC is a little different picture this season. There are some upstarts making a run at the playoffs, (Jaguars, Titans, Bills) but the real action is a matter of who wins home field between the Steelers and the Patriots. A couple of AFC perennial contenders ready to do battle, once more in January if it comes to that. I think the Steelers have the fire power to compete with the Patriots regardless of the location. This one should be a battle and we will all win if it turns out that way. Look forward to a close one if they can both hold serve until the AFC Championship in either Foxboro or Pittsburgh. 

  On a happier note and something other than football, the Dolphins helped all their players make sure they were registered to vote. This is an important move and all teams should follow suit, this is one way to put some action behind the words of owners stating they want to help and understand the protests during the National Anthem. I would like to see more action along these lines, maybe even hold voter registration drives in the communities impacted by social injustice and help give the disenfranchised a voice. Now onto the picks!

Week 14 Picks  

Justin (2017 Season)

  • Outright - (108-73)                                             Week 13 - (10-6)
  • Spread -   (79-84-5)                                                            (6-9)
  • Over/Under - (74-93-2)                                                       (6-7)

Thursday, Dec. 7

8:25 p.m. ET

  • New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, Dec. 10

1:00 p.m. ET

Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (No line)

Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals (-6, 38.5) UNDER

Green Bay Packers (-3, 41) at Cleveland Browns OVER

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-4, 48.5) UNDER


Dallas Cowboys (-3.5, 41.5) at New York Giants OVER

Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No line)

Minnesota Vikings (-2.5, 40.5) at Carolina Panthers (O) OVER

San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans (-3, 44.5) UNDER

Seattle Seahawks at Jacksonville Jaguars (-2.5, 40) UNDER

4:00 p.m. ET

New York Jets (-1, 41.5) at Denver Broncos UNDER

Tennessee Titans (-3, 43.5) at Arizona Cardinals UNDER

Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Chargers (-6, 46.5) UNDER

Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams (-2, 48) OVER

8:30 p.m. ET

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5, 44) OVER

Monday, Dec. 11

New England Patriots (-11, 47.5) at Miami Dolphins UNDER

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2017 Season Predictions (UPDATED)

Division Winners/Playoff Teams

AFC Championship - Pittsburgh Steelers(30-27) vs New England Patriots  

AFC East - New England Patriots (12-4)

AFC South - Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5)

AFC North - Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

AFC West - Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)

AFC Wild Card 1 - Tennessee Titans (10-6)

AFC Wild Card 2 - Oakland Raiders (9-7)

NFC Championship - Seattle Seahawks(27-20) vs Philadelphia Eagles

NFC East - Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)

NFC South - New Orleans Saints (12-4)

NFC North - Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

NFC West - Seattle Seahawks (11-5) 

NFC Wild Card 1 -  Los Angeles Rams (10-6)

NFC Wild Card 2 - Chicago Bears (8-8)

Super Bowl LII - February 4th, 2018

Super Bowl 52

Seattle Seahawks(37-34 OT) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers


Justin is the Founder and Editor at Large for Rooted, A Gentlemen's Blog. He grew up in Illinois as a military brat but has made Raleigh his home for the last decade. These experiences influence his views expressed on The Gentlemen's Blog. He enjoys sports, politics, music, entertainment, and humor. For Justin, nothing is off limits. He loves to spend his free time with his wife and his pup, Bruce.