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Stampede Blue’s NFL Week 14 staff picks

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It’s a traditional Thursday Night Football staple, as the 4-8 Jacksonville Jaguars take on the 6-6 Tennessee Titans, both coming off of wins in Week 13.

Sunday’s early slate has five divisional matchups and, starting with the two top teams in the AFC South standings. The Colts and Texans square off for the first time since the emotional, overtime victory for Houston in Indianapolis. The Colts were riding hot until the Jaguars took advantage of an over-aggressive style, and they’ll now have to find their rhythm if they wish to stay in the playoff hunt.

Jets and Bills will play December football in Buffalo, NY, as Josh Allen looks to continue his string of impressive play against Jamal Adams and the Jets’ defense. New England will hit up Miami for what should be a coast of a win, and the Giants will play in Washington against a Redskins’ team led by the great Mark Sanchez.

Lamar Jackson takes his dual-threat ability to the shaky Kansas City defense, while the Chiefs’ offense will look to spread out and vertically attack the aggressive, smash-mouth Ravens’ defense. After a series of disappointing loses, the Panthers will looks to get back on track in Cleveland, and the Saints will aim to split the season series with Tampa Bay after losing their season opener to the Bucs.

Two years after battling it out in the NFC championship game, Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers take the field in a game of two teams outside the playoff hunt. With Mike McCarthy out the building and several members of his staff following, interim head coach Joe Philbin will try to rekindle the better moments of Aaron Rodgers prime and throw all over the injury-plagued Falcons.

The Bengals travel to LA to take on the Chargers in a 4 p.m. game that no one should be intrigued with, while Broncos will look to stomp Nick Mullens in San Fransisco. Pittsburgh will try to lay the hammer down on Jon Gruden and the disappointing Raiders, and the Lions and Cardinals play in Arizona in a matchup of two teams with a combined record of 7-17.

Things heat up in primetime, as the top two teams of the NFC East square off in Dallas. The Cowboys take a one-game lead into Week 14, while the Eagles will look to build off their two-game winning streak.

Sunday Night Football features possible the best offense in the league — the Los Angeles Rams — against the league’s best defense — the Chicago Bears. Head coach Matt Nagy feels comfortable in Mitchell Trubisky’s return under center, after backup Chase Daniels played a terrible game of football in the Bears’ Week 13 overtime loss to the Giants.

It all ends on Monday night, when the Vikings (6-5-1) try and pick up a win in Seattle against the 7-5 Seahawks. After starting the year slow, Russell Wilson has picked up three straight for the NFC West team with playoff aspirations.

Brett Mock: 111-65 / Chris Shepherd: 110-66 / Andrew Aziz: 108-68 / Stephen Reed: 106-70 / Jared Malott: 104-72 / Elliot Denton: 102-74 / Chris Blystone: 90-71 / Zachary Hicks: 76-69 / Blake Pace: 66-33 / Ana Krasuski 23-21

Thursday 8:20 pm ET

Jaguars @ Titans (7) | Contrarians: Jared Malott, Zachary Hicks

Sunday 1:00 pm ET

Panthers @ Browns (6) | Contrarians: Brett Mock, Andrew Aziz, Malott, Blake Pace

Ravens @ Chiefs

Colts (7) @ Texans | Contrarians: Mock, Pace, Ana Krasuski

Patriots @ Dolphins

Giants (7) @ Redskins | Contrarians: Blystone, Hicks, Krasuski

Saints @ Buccaneers

Falcons @ Packers (7) | Contrarians: Shepherd, Blystone, Stephen Reed

Jets @ Bills (9) | Contrarians: Aziz

Sunday 4:05 pm ET

Bengals @ Chargers

Broncos (8) @ 49ers | Contrarians: Blystone, Reed

Sunday 4:25 pm ET

Eagles @ Cowboys

Steelers @ Raiders

Lions (8) @ Cardinals | Contrarians: Shepherd, Pace

Sunday 8:20 pm ET

Rams @ Bears

Monday 8:15 pm ET

Vikings @ Seahawks (6) | Contrarians: Mock, Hicks, Krasuski, Reed

What are your picks for Week 14?