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AP staff Thursday Night Football preview, predictions and discussion for Week 14

The Chiefs play the Bills on Sunday — but the action opens with the Patriots and the Steelers on TNF.

NFL: AFC Championship-Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Week 14 of the NFL season kicks off with the (2-10) New England Patriots visiting the (7-5) Pittsburgh Steelers on “Thursday Night Football.”

The Patriots began the season with a two-game losing streak, graduated to a three-game losing streak and are now working a five-game losing streak. But the problem hasn’t been the defense. In the last four games, New England has allowed just 46 points.

The Steelers have a pretty good defense, too. It’s allowed just 19.1 points per game this season, which is the league’s sixth-best mark. Pittsburgh is coming off a 16-10 road win against the Cincinnati Bengals and a 24-10 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Steelers are favored by six points.

Here are our picks for Thursday night’s game. Be sure to cast your vote, too — and discuss the game in the comments!


Arrowhead Pride readers pick

READER RECORD: 126-66-1

Poll

Which team wins Patriots (2-10) at Steelers (7-5)?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Patriots
    (16 votes)
  • 80%
    Steelers
    (65 votes)
81 votes total Vote Now

Reader Record by Week

Predictions W-L-T
Week 1 picks 10-6-0
Week 2 picks 12-4-0
Week 3 picks 10-6-0
Week 4 picks 11-5-0
Week 5 picks 8-6-0
Week 6 picks 10-5-0
Week 7 picks 5-8-0
Week 8 picks 11-5-0
Week 9 picks 11-3-0
Week 10 picks 9-5-0
Week 11 picks 8-6-0
Week 12 picks 11-4-1
Week 13 picks 10-3-0
Total 126-66-1

AP Staff Record

TW LW Staffer W L T Pct
1 1 Ron Kopp Jr. 127 64 0 0.6649
2 3 Pete Sweeney 98 52 0 0.6533
3 2 John Dixon 125 68 0 0.6477
4 5 Stephen Serda 123 69 0 0.6406
5 4 Rocky Magaña 122 69 0 0.6387
6 7 Jared Sapp 123 70 0 0.6373
7 6 Matt Stagner 120 72 0 0.6250
8 9 Nate Christensen 117 76 0 0.6062
9 8 Kramer Sansone 116 77 0 0.6010
10 10 Ashley Justice 114 79 0 0.5907
11 11 Dakota Watson 110 82 0 0.5729
12 12 Maurice Elston 51 41 0 0.5543

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