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NFL Power Poll and Week 14 Picks

With four games to go, both the Saints and Colts remain undefeated, the Chargers are making their typical late-season push and the Patriots are uncharacteristically tearing at the seams.  How has all that affected the latest power poll?  See for yourself.

1. New Orleans Saints (12-0) Washington had the Saints cooked last Sunday but poor special teams left the door open and Drew Brees pounced.

2. Indianapolis Colts (12-0) History has told us it’s not a good thing when the Colts wrap up home field advantage too early.

3. San Diego Chargers (9-3) If there’s any doubt about San Diego’s finishing abilities, look no further than Phillip Rivers’ unblemished 15-0 record in December.

4. Minnesota Vikings (10-2) A little bit of the old, gun-slinging Brett Favre made an appearance once the Vikings got down to the Cardinals last weekend.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (9-3) With consecutive road games in Minnesota and San Diego looming, it’s looking like the Bengals are going to have to settle for the No. 3 seed in the AFC.

6. Green Bay Packers (8-4) The Packers haven’t missed a beat since giving Tampa Bay its only win of the year a month ago, winning four straight in impressive fashion.

7. Arizona Cardinals (8-4) An epic 99-yard drive by Vince Young is all that has prevented the Cardinals from winning five in a row.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) The Eagles have weathered the injury storm and are back in the driver’s seat for the NFC East thanks to the Cowboys’ continued December woes.

9. Denver Broncos (8-4) The Broncos have bounced back admirably from a midseason swoon and have a wild-card berth in their sights.

10. Dallas Cowboys (8-4) It’s gut-check time for the Cowboys, who have to deal with the Chargers, Saints, Redskins and Eagles in a brutal final stretch.

Week 14 Picks (home teams in CAPS)

Pittsburgh over CLEVELAND
New Orleans over ATLANTA
Green Bay over CHICAGO
Buffalo over KANSAS CITY
MINNESOTA over Cincinnati
NEW ENGLAND over Carolina
NY Jets over TAMPA BAY
BALTIMORE over Detroit
HOUSTON over Seattle
TENNESSEE over St. Louis
OAKLAND over Washington
San Diego over DALLAS
NY GIANTS over Philadelphia
Arizona over SAN FRANCISCO

Last Week: 10-6
Overall: 126-66

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