Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

NFL FORECAST [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

NFL FORECAST [Derived Headline]

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Denver Broncos (10-3) at Steelers (8-5): 4:25 p.m. ... The Broncos lead the NFL in total defense, pass defense and points allowed. The Steelers have scored 30-plus points in five consecutive games. The Broncos haven't scored more than 17 in three of their past four. Prediction: Steelers, 24-14

Chicago Bears (5-8) at Minnesota Vikings (8-5): 1 p.m. ... The Vikings have lost their grasp in the NFC North with back-to-back losses, but injuries on defense have been a big contributor. They need a win to keep their division and wild-card hopes strongly alive. Prediction: Vikings, 27-17

Atlanta Falcons (6-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (5-8): 1 p.m. ... What has happened to the Falcons? And how in the world did the Jaguars ever score 51 points? The Falcons have lost six in a row. The Jaguars are just a game from first place, if you can believe that. Prediction: Jaguars, 27-26

Houston Texans (6-7) at Indianapolis Colts (6-7): 1 p.m. ... In their past two games, the Colts have allowed 45 points to the Steelers and 51 to the Jaguars. That should be encouraging for the Texans, who managed just two field goals in their loss to the Patriots. Prediction: Colts, 19-17

Carolina Panthers (13-0) at New York Giants (6-7): 1 p.m. ... With a first-round bye clinched, should the Panthers start resting players or keep going for a perfect season? They will need all their regulars against Eli Manning and Odell Beckham. The Upset Special. Prediction: Giants, 23-21

Tennessee Titans (3-10) at New England Patriots (11-2): 1 p.m. ... The Titans have been leaky with their defense the past couple games, allowing 72 points. That is not a good sign headed to New England, where Tom Brady is starting to get his receiving weapons back. Prediction: Patriots, 34-9

Buffalo Bills (6-7) at Washington Redskins (6-7): 1 p.m. ... The Redskins finally won a road game last week, but they haven't had a problem winning at home, where they are 5-2. The Bills have taken themselves out of playoff contention with three consecutive defeats. Prediction: Redskins, 27-21

Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-9): 1 p.m. . …

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