It’s already Week 14 of the 2012 NFL regular season, and the time to pick the winners and losers for this Sunday is upon us.
This week, it’s not going to be a very pleasant time for road teams.
With a plethora of teams traveling across country or just extensive distances to play teams that are flat-out better than they are, certain road teams will be blown out in Week 14.
All of the following organizations will travel on Sunday, but the loss they will suffer at the hands of their opponents will make the trip home almost unbearable.
Miami at San Francisco
While there is little doubt that the Miami Dolphins have one of the best run-stopping defenses in the NFL—allowing just 97.7 yard per game—they have not faced a run-first offense as potent as the San Francisco 49ers (162.1 yards on the ground per game).
Add in the dual-threat ability of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and the only advantage the Dolphins usually posses over their opponents is now non-existent.
Powered by their own incredible defense—second against the pass and third against the run— the 49ers will ruin the Dolphins' cross-country trip by destroying them in spectacular fashion.
Prediction: San Francisco 34, Miami 17
Arizona at Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks are 5-0 on the season at CenturyLink Field, and the team’s dominance in their own building will continue against the abysmal Arizona Cardinals.
Unless Russell Wilson and the Seahawks completely underestimate their opponent, this will be a big win for Seattle.
Arizona has lost eight straight games after winning the first four to start the season, and a trip to the northwest to square off with a divisional rival is not the ideal way to get back on track.
While the Cardinals did steal a 20-16 win over the Seahawks earlier in the season, both teams are much different now, and that doesn’t bode well for Arizona.
Prediction: Seattle 23, Arizona 6
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spent the start of the season rounding into one of the most underestimated teams in the league, the wheels were completely falling off the cart for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Philadelphia has suffered eight straight losses and has been playing awful without its top stars on the offensive side of the ball, QB Michael Vick and RB LeSean McCoy. Not to mention the porous play of a once-vaunted defensive unit.
With Tampa Bay’s defense stepping up against the run (first in the league allowing just 82.3 yards per game), the Eagles will be forced to lean on the rookie arm of Nick Foles to lead the team to victory.
That simply won’t happen; even against the league’s worst secondary.
Prediction: Tampa Bay 45, Philadelphia 27
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