Results can be difficult to predict in the NFL, but there are a few matchups in Week 14 in which playing the game will only be a formality.
The phrase, “That’s why they play the games,” is used after every upset, but there will be no friend or family member smugly making that remark after the lopsided contests that will take place this week.
While upsets are a regular occurrence in the NFL, and there likely will be a few in the coming days. But certain lucky fanbases can rest easy this week, as their teams will cruise to victory.
Here are the teams that are locks to win this week.
Denver Broncos over Oakland Raiders
The last time these two teams met, the Broncos demolished the Raiders 37-6. Oakland was outscored 27-0 in the second half and it was a disappointing day for those wearing silver and black.
There has not been much reason for Raider Nation to get excited since then, and their beloved team is in the midst of a five-game losing streak.
The Broncos, in contrast, have been rolling lately and have not lost in nearly two months. Even though Denver will be on the road, they are riding the momentum of a seven-game winning streak.
Current trends will continue, as the Broncos will one another game while the Raiders woes will not end.
Green Bay Packers over Detroit Lions
The Lions are another team on a lengthy losing streak and have not won in their last four attempts. Three of their losses were by four points or fewer, but the team’s confidence is certainly bruised at this point.
Now, the team has to go on the road, where it has a 2-4 record this season.
To make matters worse, the Packers are 5-1 at Lambeau Field this year, and the team will be looking to bury its NFC North rival and stay in position to win the division.
Green Bay was not all that impressive the last time these two teams met, but Aaron Rodgers was still able to pull out a victory. Late-game heroics will not be needed in this time around, and the reigning MVP will put this game away early.
Indianapolis Colts over Tennessee Titans
The Colts have emerged as this season’s biggest surprise and as a legitimate playoff team. The Titans have ultimately been disappointing.
Tennessee has lost four of its last five games while Andrew Luck will be bursting with confidence after throwing a game-winning touchdown pass as time expired against the Lions last week.
This matchup went into overtime the last time these two teams met, but the Colts have grown significantly since then.
The Titans will have a much tougher time with Indianapolis in this game, and Luck will lead another Colts victory.
Seattle Seahawks over Arizona Cardinals
There is no team in the NFL playing worse football than the Cardinals right now. The team is tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the longest losing streak and has not won any of their last eight games.
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Arizona set a new low last week when it managed to score just six points and gain 137 yards in a 7-6 loss to the Jets. The Ryan Lindley experiment is clearly failing, and there will be no improvements for the Cardinals this week.
Seattle’s Russell Wilson has gotten better every week and his game-winning touchdown pass in overtime against the Chicago Bears proved how effective he can be.
The Seahawks now have their sights set on the playoffs, and a victory over the lowly Cardinals will put them one step closer.