NFL Week 14 predictions: LeSean McCoy will get revenge; Patriots will snap two-game skid

Here are our NFL Nation reporters' predictions for Week 14:


Buffalo Bills: Bills players say they want to win this game for LeSean McCoy, who might have a few reasons of his own for wanting to beat Chip Kelly. But as Thurman Thomas told McCoy this week, the Bills will need to keep their composure. Even though the Eagles just handed the Patriots a loss, they’re still a vulnerable team with an average quarterback and a defense that has allowed more than 25 points per game. If the Bills don’t hurt themselves, they should win. Bills 28, Eagles 20. -- Mike Rodak

Philadelphia Eagles: Those expecting LeSean McCoy to carry the ball 30 times for 175 yards are forgetting that Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman will dictate that. McCoy has topped 20 carries just once all season. Buffalo will need Tyrod Taylor to throw deep to beat the Eagles. He will. Bills 26, Eagles 21. -- Phil Sheridan


San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers' defense finally put together a solid effort on the road beating Chicago last week and quarterback Blaine Gabbert is now looking to win consecutive games for the first time in his career (he’s 0-6 following a victory). A week ago, this game looked like a dog in the Dawg Pound, but with the Niners feeling good about themselves and Johnny Manziel back at quarterback for Cleveland, at least it will be entertaining, and the Niners will have a two-game winning streak. 49ers 24, Browns 20. -- Gutierrez

Cleveland Browns: This was the game many circled when the season started as a winnable one for the Browns. If they don't win the rest of the season, the Browns are on track to match the worst record in team history. San Francisco has had struggles of its own, and though Johnny Manziel won't provide a huge lift, the Browns defense will find enough to limit the 49ers scoring. Browns 13, 49ers 12. -- Pat McManamon


Detroit Lions: Todd Gurley hasn’t rushed for 100-plus yards since Week 8 and perhaps not coincidentally, the Rams have not won a game since the 27-6 blowout of San Francisco. Gurley has been barely used by St. Louis the past two weeks as well. While the Rams have changed offensive coordinators, Detroit’s run defense has been among the best in the league the past month. So with Detroit able to limit Gurley, it forces Case Keenum to try to beat the Lions. That won’t happen. Lions 20, Rams 13. -- Michael Rothstein

St. Louis Rams: The guess here is that new offensive coordinator Rob Boras gives the Rams at least a little bit of a push in the right direction. The bigger problem for the Rams is that they're banged-up defensively, especially at cornerback. Quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Lions' second-ranked red-zone offense should have enough to outperform the Rams' abysmal offense, regardless of who is coordinating it. Lions 24, Rams 20. -- Nick Wagoner


New Orleans Saints: At some point, I expect the Saints to end their four-game losing streak. They showed their potential in a 41-38 loss to the Panthers last week. But they also showed all of their warts. It’s especially hard to pick the Saints on the road, where they are 1-5 this season with the NFL’s second worst scoring margin (minus-84), according to ESPN Stats & Information research. New Orleans might catch a break with Tampa Bay’s two sensational defensive players, Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David, both nursing injuries. But the Saints aren’t faring any better in the health department, having just lost running back Mark Ingram to a season-ending shoulder injury. Buccaneers 27, Saints 23. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This would appear to be a prime matchup for the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay’s offense is getting healthy and starting to roll and the Saints have the league’s worst defense. New Orleans can still put up points and with Tampa Bay hurting on defense, this could be a high-scoring game. The Bucs need this for the playoffs and will win it late. Tampa Bay 33, New Orleans 30. -- Mike Brown


Tennessee Titans: The Titans cornerbacks are coming off a poor game against the Jaguars and Ryan Fitzpatrick is on fire and has two productive receivers as targets in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Tennessee will have trouble slowing a duo that’s combined for 18 touchdowns. Jets 24, Titans 20. -- Paul Kuharsky

New York Jets: We’re talking about two top-10 defenses, so look for a close and relatively low-scoring game. The difference will be the Jets’ ability to exploit the Titans’ porous secondary. As long they make the Titans one-dimensional and prevent Marcus Mariota from making highlight-film runs, the Jets should be able to avoid what looms as a dangerous trap game. It would be the Jets’ first three-game winning streak since 2011. Jets 23, Titans 17. -- Rich Cimini


Pittsburgh Steelers: Cincy gets humbled facing the league’s hottest offense. The Steelers are done with the injuries and feel primed for a playoff run. Ben Roethlisberger is eager to redeem his three-interception performance from three weeks ago and the Steelers will play with a serious edge after a tension-filled first matchup with the Bengals. The Bengals' front will apply some pressure and the defensive backfield will force the Steelers’ supporting cast receivers -- Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton -- to play elevated roles. They will. Keeping A.J. Green from turning short passes into long gains will be huge for the Steelers’ defense. Steelers 34, Bengals 20. -- Jeremy Fowler

Cincinnati Bengals: Only once since Marvin Lewis took over as head coach in 2003 have the Bengals swept the Steelers in a season. Pittsburgh has done the same thing to the Bengals six times during that span. Of course, the Steelers can’t do that this year, having already lost this season’s first meeting. But it does appear that a Steelers win will happen this week. Why? Because of health. Unlike the previous time these teams played, Pittsburgh has the healthier roster. The Bengals have been without defensive backs Adam Jones and George Iloka in practice this week, raising questions about what the secondary could look like Sunday afternoon. Consistent offensive health has been a big reason why the Steelers are averaging more than 35 points and 525 yards in the four games since these teams last met. Steelers 24, Bengals 21. -- Coley Harvey


Indianapolis Colts: An AFC South title for the third straight season is in the Colts' sights. A victory over Jacksonville will put Indianapolis a step closer to achieving that despite what’s been a disappointing season for them so far. The Colts were limited to only 10 points against Pittsburgh in Week 13, but the Jaguars are the ideal team in which to make a turnaround. The Jaguars are 30th in the NFL in points allowed at 28.4 a game and in first downs allowed at more than 22. Make it 17 straight victories over AFC South foes for Indianapolis. Colts 31, Jaguars 23. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars have the opportunity to take a step forward in the AFC South by beating the Colts. However, they were in that position earlier this season and failed to capitalize when Jason Myers missed two potential game-winning field goal attempts. The Jaguars’ offense put up good numbers that day (431 yards) but managed just 13 points. Things have gotten better since then, however. The Jaguars have scored in the 30s three times since then and are averaging 25.6 points per game in November and December. Quarterback Blake Bortles is coming off a five-TD day and gets his No. 2 receiver (Allen Hurns) back from injury this week. Jaguars 27, Colts 17. -- Mike DiRocco


San Diego Chargers: The Chiefs are 10-point favorites for a reason. Kansas City defeated the Chargers by 30 points on the road at Qualcomm Stadium just three weeks ago. The Chiefs are riding a six-game winning streak. San Diego is beset with injuries and undermanned on the offensive side of the football, going against an aggressive Kansas City defense playing at a high level. This one could get ugly. Chiefs 24, Chargers 10. -- Eric Williams

Kansas City Chiefs: The bad news for the Chargers is not that they had a season-low 201 yards, rushed for just 52 yards, scored just three points and saw Philip Rivers complete just one pass more than 10 yards down the field the last time they played against the Chiefs. It’s that nothing has changed since this happened three weeks ago. Kansas City is still on a roll and San Diego is not. Chiefs 24, Chargers 13. -- Adam Teicher


Washington Redskins: The Redskins are 0-5 on the road, but the Bears are 1-5 at home. Both teams have been hurt by the schedules they’ve played in those respective situations: The Redskins' road opponents have a combined 40-20 record; Chicago’s home opponents are a combined 45-27. Both teams have been resilient as well. The big key will be turnovers: Chicago has forced just four at home; the Redskins have committed 14 on the road. Bears 21, Redskins 20. -- John Keim

Chicago Bears: Both teams are coming off heartbreaking losses, but Chicago had the extra day to prepare. The Bears were humbled by the 49ers last weekend. They will not be overconfident. Even though Sunday means more to Washington in terms of playoff implications, the Bears are desperate to finish the year 9-7. Head coach John Fox has been harping all week on the importance of Chicago winning out. I think the players will get the message. Bears 20, Redskins 18. -- Jeff Dickerson


Atlanta Falcons: It will be nearly impossible for the Falcons to break their five-game losing streak, especially against arguably the league’s best team. Sure, the Falcons won last year in Charlotte 19-17, but a much more mature Cam Newton is guiding the undefeated Panthers right now. The Carolina defense, led by linebacker Luke Kuechly and cornerback Josh Norman, will make it tough for a struggling Falcons offense to score, even with Julio Jones on the field. Jones hasn’t scored a touchdown in four straight games, and the Falcons haven’t had a rushing touchdown since Week 6 at New Orleans (Oct. 15). Panthers 28, Falcons 17. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: The Falcons have only 13 sacks, last in the NFL. Cam Newton is on a roll with 14 touchdown passes and only two interceptions in his past five games. Give him time and he’s dangerous. The Panthers have 35 sacks, tied for third in the NFL. They have sacked Atlanta’s Matt Ryan 17 times the past three times these teams have met. Panthers 24, Falcons 13. -- David Newton


Seattle Seahawks: Since strong safety Kam Chancellor returned to the lineup in Week 3, the Seahawks are allowing 17.73 points per game, the second-best average in the NFL. The defense has struggled against high-powered passing attacks such as the Cardinals and Steelers, but it has feasted on mediocre and below-average units. The banged-up Ravens fall into that category. Look for Russell Wilson to stay hot and the Seahawks to win their fourth straight. Seahawks 30, Ravens 13.-- Sheil Kapadia

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens have managed just 33 points against two of the worst defenses, Cleveland and Miami. Now, Baltimore faces a Seattle defense that ranks third in fewest points allowed this season. A shutout is not out of the question. Seahawks 30, Ravens 10. -- Jamison Hensley


Oakland Raiders: The Raiders played well against the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning in an October home loss. The Raiders, 3-3 on the road and 2-4 at home, will try to beat Brock Osweiler and the Broncos in Denver. The Raiders are 1-5 against teams with winning records this year. The Denver defense was dominant in Oakland in October. Derek Carr was sacked a season-high four times last week and Denver has a league-high 41 sacks. I see the Broncos trying to blitz a lot in this game. Broncos 23, Raiders 16. -- Bill Williamson

Denver Broncos: The Broncos had 17 players -- 32 percent of their 53-player roster -- who were either held out or limited in practice at times this week. And that’s an indication of just how battered the team is at the moment. After this matchup, the Broncos' next two games are against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals, both of whom could have a lot to say about the AFC playoff picture, which places a premium on winning this game. The last time the Broncos faced the Raiders, Denver won the game despite not scoring a touchdown on offense. They’ll need more this time and they’ll need several of their backups to do it. Broncos 23, Raiders 16. -- Jeff Legwold


Dallas Cowboys: When the Cowboys saw Aaron Rodgers in January, he had a hard time moving around because of a sore calf and they still couldn’t get to him in their divisional-round loss. Because of that game, the Cowboys spent the offseason trying to improve the pass rush by adding Greg Hardy in free agency and Randy Gregory in the second round of the draft. In 12 games, the Cowboys have 23 sacks, 23rd in the NFL. Rodgers was sacked only three times in the first three games but has been sacked 26 times in the last nine games behind an offensive line that has been beyond banged up. If the Cowboys are to inch closer to .500 and a possible playoff spot, they need to get after Rodgers. Fourteen of the Cowboys’ 23 sacks have come on the road this season, which is good news. The bad news? The Packers expect starting linemen Bryan Bulaga, T.J. Lang and David Bakhtiari to play. Packers 20, Cowboys 10. -- Todd Archer

Green Bay Packers: The Packers have lost their past two home games after winning 13 in a row at Lambeau (including playoffs), but they haven’t dropped three straight at home since 2006. They’ll need a better start. In their past six games (in which they’re 2-4), they have averaged just 7.7 points in the first half. In their 6-0 start, they averaged 14.2 points in the first half. Luckily, they are playing the Tony Romo-less Cowboys. Packers 24, Cowboys 13. -- Rob Demovsky


New England Patriots: Receivers aren’t getting open consistently enough, the protection has been spotty and now the Patriots are about to hit the road to face J.J. Watt & Co. That doesn’t seem like a good mix, but I’m playing a hunch that the Patriots will find a way, similar to what they did last season after a Week 4 meltdown against Kansas City when they were widely questioned. Patriots 20, Texans 17. -- Mike Reiss

Houston Texans: A loss to the Buffalo Bills halted the Texans’ momentum. And while their pass rush has been strong -- the best in the league recently when applying standard pressure, according to ESPN Stats & Information research -- it was less so against the Bills. The Texans' familiarity with the Patriots will help them keep this close, but they’re up against history. New England hasn’t lost three in a row since 2002 -- and they could be getting Rob Gronkowski back soon. Patriots 24, Texans 21. -- Tania Ganguli


New York Giants: A team that has blown final-minute leads in four games this year can’t be trusted to win any game, anywhere, no matter how much it might look as if it will. The Giants' lack of roster depth is really showing up at a point in the season when injuries are mounting, and it’s possible this is a team that’s out of gas and won’t win again all season. However, I’m going to pick them one more time. The state of the NFC East means the Giants have more to play for than the Dolphins. Tom Coughlin’s a better bet to find a way to get his team prepared and motivated for this game than placeholder Miami coach Dan Campbell. All that, plus a Monday Night Football stage for Odell Beckham Jr., lead me to the Giants in this one. If they lose, I promise I won’t pick them again until 2016. Giants 24, Dolphins 20. -- Dan Graziano

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are ranked 29th in total offense, and that constantly puts a lot of pressure on their defense. Miami’s offense scored just seven points and needed a defensive touchdown last week to beat the Ravens 15-13. The Giants are far from a juggernaut, but quarterback Eli Manning, top receiver Beckham & Co. make just enough plays to pull this one out. Giants 21, Dolphins 17. -- James Walker