Tuesday Morning Philosophy: The Big Questions Facing Each Team in Week 14
With each new week in the NFL comes a new pressing issue for each team.
Whether it is what a team needs to do to make a playoff run or simply what a team needs to do to win next week, every Tuesday morning I dive into the issues to shed some light on the direction that each team is heading as the season moves forward.
So let's take a look at the issues that affect each NFL team this week.
New England Patriots: Can a suddenly short-handed Patriots team generate points against the tough Houston defense?
Miami Dolphins: Can the Dolphins keep their slim playoff hopes alive in a tough matchup in San Francisco?
New York Jets: How little faith does Rex Ryan have in Tebow that Greg McElroy is the clear choice over him?
Buffalo Bills: If Buffalo ran the table and made the playoffs, would anyone in the city of Buffalo notice?
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Baltimore Ravens: Flacco's horrid play on the road is starting to bleed over into home games. Can he right the ship in time for the playoffs?
Pittsburgh Steelers: Has Charlie Batch ever had a bigger win in his 73-year career?
Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals have now won four games in a row. Can they keep pace with the Steelers until their showdown in Week 16?
Cleveland Browns: At 4-3 in their last seven games, the Browns seem to have something going. Have they turned a corner?
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Houston Texans: With the division clinched and sitting in first in the AFC, can the Texans keep their edge until the playoffs?
Indianapolis Colts: The Colts play the Titans before playing two of their last four games against Houston. Can the Colts avoid overlooking Tennessee at home?
Tennessee Titans: With the playoffs out of reach, can Jake Locker get some rhythm going on offense over the last few games?
Jacksonville Jaguars: With the possibility of Maurice Jones Drew playing this week, can the running game take some of the pressure off of Chad Henne to carry the offense?
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Denver Broncos: After getting off to a slow start, the Broncos have won seven in a row. Can they make a run at a first round bye?
San Diego Chargers: The Chargers have now lost seven of their last eight games. Will a cross country trip help change up their fortunes?
Kansas City Chiefs: It's impossible to imagine what Romeo Crennel has been through in the last four days. It's easy to see why players love him; is there a better human being in the NFL?
Oakland Raiders: Are there any Al-Davis-era-players safe under the new regime?
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New York Giants: The game of "which Giants team will show up this week" continues. Can they figure it out before starting their tough final four games?
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys have not beaten a team with a winning record since Week 3. Can they end that streak this week?
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles are going to see what they have in Nick Foles the last four weeks. Will they see a win?
Washington Redskins: The Redskins have now won three games in a row. Can they clear a big hurdle to the playoffs this week against Baltimore?
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Chicago Bears: The Bears have lost three of four games. Are they capable of beating playoff-caliber teams?
Green Bay Packers: The Packers have now won six out of their last seven games. With players getting healthy, are the Packers poised for a playoff run?
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings now have their backs against the wall at 6-6. Can they avenge their loss to the Bears from two weeks ago?
Detroit Lions: Calvin Johnson is on pace to break Rice's yardage mark. Can he keep it up over the last four games?
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Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons are the first team in the NFC to clinch a playoff spot. Can they keep the pedal down and continue to win playoff games?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa Bay's defense has not held a team under 24 points in five games. Can they end that streak this week against the Eagles?
New Orleans Saints: The Saints play their third division-leading opponent in a row this week. Will Drew Brees be able to clean up his game after a five-interception performance and lead them to victory?
Carolina Panthers: After losing to Kansas City this week, is there anywhere to go but up for the Panthers?
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San Francisco 49ers: Can Colin Kaepernick recover from his first career loss and hang on to the starting job?
Seattle Seahawks: Seattle finally managed to pick up a road victory last week. Was that win the momentum the Seahawks needed to make a run into the playoffs?
Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have now lost eight in a row. Can Ryan Lindley put some offense together to keep his team in the game?
St. Louis Rams: St. Louis isn't ready to give up on its playoff hopes just yet. Can they run the table and sneak in?