NFL Week 14 picks: Green Bay over Oakland, and more


The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 10-6 (.625); season 124-68 (.646). Using the point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 6-10 (.375); season 88-92-12 (.490).

New Orleans at Tennessee — Chris Johnson has come alive over the past four games, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. But will that be enough to keep New Orleans’ high-flying offense off the field? Saints 27, Titans 20

Indianapolis at Baltimore — This one is a little scary for the Ravens, because they haven’t always been at their most focused when facing bad teams. The Colts, though, are completely out of gas. Ravens 35, Colts 10


Kansas City at New York Jets — Both the Chiefs and Jets will be leaning heavily on their defense down the stretch. Mark Sanchez has been up and down, but he gets the nod over Tyler Palko. Jets 20, Chiefs 13

Minnesota at Detroit — The Lions overcame a 20-0 halftime deficit to win in overtime at Minnesota this season. Although Detroit is struggling now, the Vikings have been devastated by injuries. Lions 27, Vikings 15

Houston at Cincinnati — The Bengals have lost three of four and desperately need to win to stay in the playoff race. Their sixth-ranked run defense will be tested in a big way against Arian Foster. Texans 22, Bengals 21

Tampa Bay at Jacksonville — These teams have lost a combined nine of their last 10 games. The Jaguars get a slight edge because of Tampa Bay’s uncertainty at quarterback. Ugly game. Jaguars 21, Buccaneers 18

Atlanta at Carolina — The first time these teams met, the Falcons picked off three Cam Newton th passes in a 31-17 victory. This time, the rookie will give Atlanta more problems and exact revenge. Panthers 28, Falcons 24

Philadelphia at Miami — Michael Vick is returning for the Eagles, which should help, but that won’t make enough of a difference against the Dolphins, one of the league’s most dangerous teams. Dolphins 31, Eagles 30


New England at Washington — The Redskins have to reshuffle their offensive line once again, and that’s bad news against a Patriots team that surely will put a lot of points on the scoreboard. Patriots 35, Redskins 20

San Francisco at Arizona — Even though San Francisco has won the division, there’s no indication the 49ers will take their foot off the gas. 49ers 24, Cardinals 17

Chicago at Denver — With Caleb Hanie at quarterback and Matt Forte out, the Bears are asking a lot of their defense. The Broncos have done a good job of protecting the ball, and they’ll pull away late. Broncos 22, Bears 17

Buffalo at San Diego — It’s too little, too late for San Diego, but the team woke up on Monday night. As long as they can avoid those crippling red-zone turnovers, the Chargers should win handily. Chargers 30, Bills 17

Oakland at Green Bay — The Raiders certainly pose a threat, especially if receiver Denarius Moore plays and Green Bay’s Charles Woodson doesn’t, but the Packers still get the edge at Lambeau. Packers 35, Raiders 28

New York Giants at Dallas — Even though they’ve lost four in a row, the Giants somehow have momentum. They took Green Bay down to the wire. The Cowboys will win, but it’s close. Cowboys 28, Giants 27


St. Louis at Seattle — The Seahawks have beaten the Rams six consecutive times in Seattle, winning those games by an average of 17.6 points. With the way their running game is going, why expect something different? Seahawks 31, Rams 17