Playbook picks: Pats just too good for Bears

It’s an annual rite of passage for NFL prognosticators. A surprise team exceeds expectations and forces the experts to rethink their original forecasts.

Two such teams this year are the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams. Each faces an elite opponent in Week 14, and at least for this week, consider the “Playbook” analysts nonbelievers.

Solomon Wilcots, Mike Mayock and Brian Billick all picked the Patriots to win at Chicago, and likewise went with the Saints to beat the visiting Rams.

For their part, Wilcots and Mayock aren’t dismissing all upstarts: They predict the Chiefs will knock off the Chargers. Billick, however, is sticking with the proven club in San Diego.

Without further ado, take a look at all of their Week 14 picks:

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Packers at Lions
Wilcots: Packers
Mayock: Packers
Billick: Packers 

Falcons at Panthers
Wilcots: Falcons
Mayock: Falcons
Billick: Falcons

Buccaneers at Redskins
Wilcots: Buccaneers
Mayock: Redskins
Billick: Buccaneers

Rams at Saints
Wilcots: Saints
Mayock: Saints
Billick: Saints

Giants at Vikings
Wilcots: Vikings
Mayock: Giants
Billick: Giants

Eagles at Cowboys
Wilcots: Cowboys
Mayock: Eagles
Billick: Eagles

Patriots at Bears
Wilcots: Patriots
Mayock: Patriots
Billick: Patriots

Seahawks at 49ers
Wilcots: Seahawks
Mayock: Seahawks
Billick: Seahawks

Broncos at Cardinals
Wilcots: Broncos
Mayock: Broncos
Billick: Broncos

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Colts at Titans
Sterling Sharpe: Colts
Mayock: Colts
Brian Baldinger: Colts 

Bengals at Steelers
Wilcots: Steelers
Mayock: Steelers
Baldinger: Steelers

Raiders at Jaguars
Wilcots: Jaguars
Mayock: Jaguars
Billick: Jaguars

Ravens at Texans
Wilcots: Ravens
Mayock: Ravens
Billick: Ravens

Dolphins at Jets
Wilcots: Jets
Mayock: Jets
Billick: Jets

Chiefs at Chargers
Wilcots: Chiefs
Mayock: Chiefs
Billick: Chargers

Browns at Bills
Wilcots: Browns
Mayock: Browns
Billick: Browns

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