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NFL Week 14: Tampa Bay Times staff picks

By Michael Sherman
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) celebrates after sacking New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) during the second half of an NFL game between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Week 14 of the NFL season starts with the surprise team of this year's NFC South "it" team against last years when the New Orleans Saints play at Atlanta Thursday night.

Here's the Tampa Bay Times' staff picks for that game and the rest of Week 14, which includes the Bucs' 1 p.m. game Sunday at home against Detroit.

GameErnest Hooper, @hoop4youThomas Bassinger, @tometricsGreg Auman, @gregaumanTom Jones, @tomwjonesMartin Fennelly, @mjfennellyRick Stroud, @NFLStroud
Vs. spread (last week)9-79-710-69-75-1110-6
Vs. spread (overall)101-9198-9496-9696-9689-10385-107
Straight up (last week)9-712-411-510-68-811-5
Straight up (overall)124-68104-86128-64122-70120-72119-73
Upset of the week5-84-96-75-84-96-7
Lock of the week10-312-18-56-78-58-5
Detroit at Tampa Bay (N/A)DET 22-21TB 24-16TB 31-27TB 23-16DET 31-23 (L)TB 24-21
N. Orleans (-1.5) at AtlantaATL 33-21NO 33-31NO 38-35ATL 30-27ATL 27-24NO 27-23
Oakland at Kansas City (-4.5)KC 24-20KC 24-17KC 21-14KC 27-20OAK 24-23KC 30-27
Indianapolis at Buffalo (N/A)BUF 12-7BUF 14-6BUF 24-14BUF 31-17BUF 23-19BUF 23-20
Minnesota (-2.5) at CarolinaCAR 22-20 (U)CAR 28-24 (U)CAR 27-21MIN 23-20CAR 24-21 (U)MIN 24-19
Chicago at Cincinnati (-6.5)CIN 24-22CIN 26-22CIN 27-24CHI 20-17 (U)CHI 20-19CIN 20-17
Green Bay (-3.5) at ClevelandGB 13-7CLE 29-27GB 31-21GB 21-10GB 24-16GB 17-14
San Fran. at Houston (-3.5)HOU 21-17HOU 17-13HOU 27-20SF 33-23HOU 20-19SF 27-21 (U)
Seattle at Jacksonville (-2.5)SEA 14-10JAX 31-17SEA 27-24 (U)JAX 20-14JAX 26-17JAX 21-17
Tennessee (-3.5) at ArizonaTEN 30-20TEN 30-27TEN 35-27TENN 24-13TEN 23-21TEN 24-21
N.Y. Jets (-1.5) at DenverNYJ 13-12DEN 14-10DEN 24-21DEN 26-14DEN 24-20NYJ 17-14
Wash. at L.A.Chargers (-6.5)LAC 20-16LAC 40-22LAC 35-24LAC 28-21LAC 38-20LAC 30-24
Philadelphia at L.A. Rams (-2.5)LAR 27-21PHI 21-20LAR 31-30LAR 31-28LAR 24-20LAR 21-20
Dallas (-4.5) at N.Y. GiantsDAL 21-20DAL 31-28DAL 35-31DAL 24-20DAL 19-17DAL 24-20
Baltimore at Pittsburgh (-5.5)PIT 27-23PIT 26-23PIT 21-17BALT 21-20PIT 23-20PITT 20-17
N. England (-11.5) at MiamiNE 31-21 (L)NE 35-23 (L)NE 38-21 (L)NE 40-21 (L)NE 30-24NE 34-20 (L)

(U) Upset of the week

(L) Lock of the week