SB Nation Denver is continuing to gather NFL Week 14 picks from around the web for Sunday's matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Denver Broncos. Tim Tebow and the Broncos are looking to keep it rolling at home this week, while Caleb Hanie and the Bears are hoping to stop the bleeding and regroup to stay in the NFC Wildcard race. Vinnie Iyer of AOL Sporting News has released his picks for this week, and here is what he has to say about the game:
This was supposed to be a showcase for Jay Cutler against his former team. Instead, it becomes the hard-luck Bears as the next team in line to lose to Tim Tebow. You can bet Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs will be ready to chase down Tebow as a runner, so it's important that Tebow takes some high-percentage shots in the middle of the field. Chicago has had trouble covering the tight end, and Tebow's two talented second-year wide receivers, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, have good size...
...Still, this is the kind of game Tebow loves: physical, gritty and close. Stop if you've heard this before: He'll do something to set up a game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter.
Broncos 16, Bears 13.
As for the rest of the AFC West, here is how Iyer sees the action developing:
- The Green Bay Packers will rout the Oakland Raiders, 48-18.
- The Kansas City Chiefs will lose on the road against Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets, 20-10.
- Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers will upend the struggling Buffalo Bills 31-17 in Iyer's Lock of the Week.
Iyer is 127-65 for the year-to-date, and went 9-7 straight up in Week 13.
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