Pickin’ With Pano: NFL Week 14

Welcome back! For those of you who thought Pano might be hiding after the embarrassing loss by the Saints on Monday, you are incorrect. The Thursday Night Matchup between Houston and Jacksonville proved to be too much a battle of ineptitude to expect anyone would seek action on it. Fear not, David has added a fourth game to this Sunday’s lineup. That should be good news to you, as last Sunday he went undefeated at 3-0. I suspect after looking at these breakdowns you too will find reason to see his Sunday streak continue. There are some great games in Week 14, and hopefully the following will make them even more enjoyable for you to watch. Best of luck, and don’t forget to come back Monday for the breakdown of the Cowboys and Bears on MNF.

Week 13 Record: 3-2
Season To Date: 8-6

By David Panosian

Chiefs Redskins
Kansas City Chiefs (-3) at Washington Redskins, 1:00pm CBS: 
The Kansas City Chiefs, losers of three in a row after winning their first nine, travel to our Nation’s Capital to take on the reeling Washington Redskins. As I noted last week, it seems to me as if the Redskins have mailed it in for 2013, and I simply do not see the Chiefs losing a 4th game in a row. These are the types of teams the Chiefs feasted on in winning their first nine, and it just has the feel of a game the Chiefs win by at least 10. Kansas City is just simply a better team. I like the Chiefs to employ a conservative game plan, utilizing Jamaal Charles (who I expect to be a top 3 RB play for all you fantasy players). I also expect the Chiefs defense to give Robert Griffin III fits. Griffin is undoubtedly a special talent, but I think it is clear he is not fully back from his knee injury. The Chiefs defense should take full advantage (they are also a great fantasy defense to utilize in week 14). As you can tell, I feel good laying the points here.
Lions Eagles
Detroit Lions (+2.5) at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00pm FOX: 
The Detroit Lions head to the City of Brotherly Love to face off with the Eagles. Philadelphia, fresh off of a huge win versus the Cardinals last Sunday, face another stern test in their quest to win the NFC East. They will be tested by an aerial assault featuring Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, and Nate Burleson. Burleson was shut out last week, but I have a hunch he plays a pivotal role in this one. He was fresh off an injury and coming off of a short week, so I believe the Lions purposefully did not feature him to give him a full 10 days for this one. The Eagles have had issues in the secondary all year, and I like the Lions to be able to exploit this weakness. The Lions defense is no great shakes themselves, but I expect them to be able to slow down LeSean McCoy a little, and perform well enough to win here. The game should be close, decided by 7 points or less, but this has the feel of a game the Lions can win. Take the points.
Seahawks Niners
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49’ers (-2.5), 4:25pm FOX: 
The Seattle Seahawks travel to San Francisco to take on the 49’ers in a showdown featuring two NFC West heavyweights. The Seahawks are fresh off of a Monday Night thrashing of the Saints; they also utterly dominated the 49’ers in Week 2, in Seattle, on Sunday Night Football. I have a hunch this one ends up differently, though. Please allow me to share why. First off, Seattle is coming off of a short week. Second, the game is in San Francisco. Third, San Francisco is fully cognizant of the fact they got whipped earlier this year, and want to show Seattle they are much better than they were that night. Lastly, San Francisco simply needs this game much more than Seattle. Look for Colin Kaepernick to take advantage of the fact Seattle does not have a full complement in their secondary. I also like Frank Gore to have a strong game, as Seattle can be run against when on the road. I like this to be fairly close, decided by 4-7 points, but I don’t see the 49’ers losing. Lay the points.
Panthers Saints SNF
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-3), 8:30pm NBC #SNF: 
The Carolina Panthers head to New Orleans to face a Saints team coming off of a very embarrassing loss on Monday Night Football in Seattle. I expect the Saints to be angry, and to be looking to make a serious statement on Sunday Night. This should be a good one, and I can definitely see why NBC wanted to flex this game into prime time. The Panthers have one of the top defenses in the NFL, but can we expect the Saints to be slowed down for the second week in a row? At home, I do not think so. Also keep in mind the Saints absolutely thrashed the Cowboys on Sunday Night earlier this season. Darren Sproles looked healthy on Monday Night, and is another weapon that Drew Brees can utilize. Giving up just 3 points, I can only think the Saints are a pretty safe bet to cover the line. Lay the points.
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