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NFL Week 14 begins tonight with Jags and Titans

By Barry Wilner

AP Pro Football Writer

Jacksonville won the AFC South and Tennessee earned a wild-card playoff berth out of the division last season.

Now, they get the prime-time spotlight on Thursday even though both are also-rans.

Oh, the Titans (6-6) still are in the playoff chase. But it’s difficult to take serious a team that needs a late rally to beat the Jets.

What’s happened to the Jaguars (4-8) is stunning. One quarter away from winning the AFC in January, they snapped a seven-game slide last Sunday by shutting down Andrew Luck and the Colts 6-0.

The Jags will have running back Leonard Fournette, who was suspended for the Indy game. Tennessee has been vulnerable to the run.

TITANS, 16-9

No. 14 Denver (minus 5 1-2) at No. 32 San Francisco

Broncos believing they have playoff shot. Can’t stumble here.

BEST BET: BRONCOS, 27-17

No. 25 Detroit (minus 2) at No. 29 Arizona

Not feeling any good vibes for Lions, especially when favored on road.

UPSET SPECIAL: CARDINALS, 19-16

No. 15 Indianapolis (plus 4 1-2) at No. 5 Houston

Texans can clinch AFC South if Titans lose and they win.

TEXANS, 27-24

No. 11 Minnesota (plus 2 1-2) at No. 9 Seattle, Monday night

Winner here has straight road to NFC wild-card spot.

SEAHAWKS, 26-21

No. 27 Cincinnati (plus 14) at No. 6 Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers figure they can win AFC West. Guess what: they still might.

CHARGERS, 33-13

No. 12 Baltimore (plus 6 1-2) at No. 3 Kansas City

Ravens could give Chargers’ hopes a boost. But …

CHIEFS, 31-27

No. 2 New Orleans (minus 8) at No. 20 Tampa Bay

Time to secure NFC South for Saints, and avenge opening defeat.

SAINTS, 41-23

No. 1 Los Angeles Rams (minus 3) at No. 7 Chicago

Toughest remaining test for Rams, who should handle it.

RAMS, 27-20

No. 4 New England (minus 8) at No. 18 Miami

Patriots still eyeing top seed in AFC.

PATRIOTS, 34-24

No. 13 Philadelphia (plus 4) at No. 10 Dallas

Cowboys can pretty much waltz away with NFC East with win. Start the music.

COWBOYS, 23-20

No. 8 Pittsburgh (minus 11) at No. 31 Oakland

Oh, for the days of John Madden vs. Chuck Noll.

STEELERS, 36-30

No. 23 (tie) New York Giants (minus 4) at No. 19 Washington

Oh, for the days of Bill Parcells vs. Joe Gibbs.

GIANTS, 16-13

No. 16 (tie) Carolina (minus 1 1-2) at No. 22 Cleveland

Panthers have lost their mojo. This loss will shatter playoff chances.

BROWNS, 22-20

No. 23 (tie) Atlanta (plus 5 1-2) at No. 21 Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers’ first start without Mike McCarthy as coach.

PACKERS, 33-31

No. 30 New York Jets (plus 3 1-2) at No. 28 Buffalo

Countdown is on for Todd Bowles as next coach fired.

BILLS, 20-9

Last Week: Against spread (8-8). Straight up (9-7)

Season Totals: Against spread (95-85-7). Straight up: (127-63-2)

Best Bet: 4-9 against spread, 9-4 straight up

Upset special: 8-5 against spread, 7-5-1 straight up

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