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NFL week 14 - At last, the end is near

December 11, 2007|By ROBERT KELLER / Pulse Correspondent

The fight to get into the playoffs continued this week with some decisive victories and a few squeakers.

The best game this week was between Dallas and Detroit. Dallas needed a win to clinch their division, but Detroit wasn't going to just hand it to them on a platter. The Lions put up a very strong fight, leading with less than a minute on the clock. But the Cowboys scored with 18 seconds left and won, 28-27.

I went 3-1 with my picks this week, my only loss being the Pittsburgh's collapse at New England. The Steelers lost, 34-13. I am 27-25 overall with my picks. I correctly picked the Washington Redskins over the Chicago Bears as they won, 24-16, the New York Giants over the Philadelphia Eagles as they won, 16-13, and the Indianapolis Colts over the Baltimore Ravens as the Colts defeated the Ravens, 44-20.

This week, I predict the winless Miami Dolphins will fall to Baltimore, the Jacksonville Jaguars will win on the road against Pittsburgh, Cincinnati will obliterate San Francisco, and Detroit will lose to the San Diego Chargers.

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Miami has no team, while Baltimore has found a spark of life in quarterback Troy Smith. Smith led the Ravens to a touchdown in his NFL debut during the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh is inconsistent and won't get much farther, possibly even losing the division to the Cleveland Browns.

The 49ers' loss is an easy pick. San Diego has put LaDainian Tomlinson to work again, and the Lions have reverted back to their annual losing form.

The Ravens have disappointed me this season. The only quarterback Baltimore has left to turn to is Smith. Veteran Steve McNair is out with a torn rotator cuff and Kyle Boller has shown he still has much to learn.

Smith, on the other hand, came out in the final few minutes against Indianapolis and showed that he could be effective in the NFL. He managed to rush for a touchdown when no one was open and his passes were mostly precise. A little more training and he could be on the way to a starting job in Baltimore.

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