NFL Predictions Week 14: Teams That Will Come Away with Statement Wins

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 2:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers signals to the official for a hold during a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on December 2, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Packers defeated the Vikings 23-14.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers will slam their stamp on the NFC North division in Week 14 when they complete the season sweep of the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. 

Aaron Rodgers and the Pack have yet to drop a division game this season and are currently fighting for the top spot with rival Chicago. But the Bears have lost three of their last four games and will play three of their final four games on the road this December.

So, which teams will join the Packers in earning key statement wins in Week 14?

Let's take a look.


Indianapolis Colts

Sure, the Colts already have a win over the 4-8 Tennessee Titans this season. But a sweep of the reeling Titans would run Indy's division record to 3-1, prolong its current winning streak and move it to 9-4 on the year.

After finishing 2-14 a season ago and earning worst of the NFL honors, the Colts can make a mighty statement to the rest of the league this weekend inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

A win in Week 14 would likely move Indy within one win of wrapping up an AFC wild-card berth. And given how terrible the Colts looked less than a year ago, a 9-4 Colts team would have the AFC South-leading Houston Texans and the rest of the league on high alert. 


Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins have been on fire as of late, winning three in a row to propel themselves into the NFC playoff hunt. Still, there are doubts, considering the 'Skins have only beaten NFC East opponents over the last three weeks. 

In Week 14, though, they'll get a shot to beat one of the AFC's best teams in the Baltimore Ravens.

A win over the 9-3 Ravens would move Washington to 7-6 and prove that RG3 and company aren't only a threat to earn an NFC wild-card berth this winter; they are also a threat to challenge New York and Dallas for the division.

While Baltimore is coming off a tough loss at home, Washington's recent success has been well noted. In an evenly matched contest, I like the 'Skins at home in this year's battle of the beltway. 


Houston Texans

Two of the AFC's best teams are set to square off in Foxboro on Monday night, and when the dust settles, expect the Houston Texans to emerge with a statement victory over the defending conference champion New England Patriots.

Houston is 6-0 on the road and 11-1 overall this season coming into Monday's prime-time showdown.

A win on Monday night would let the rest of the conference know who the team to beat is come playoff time, while putting the Texans comfortably in the driver's seat to finish with a first-round bye and home-field advantage, considering they would have tie-breaker wins over the Broncos, Ravens and Patriots. 

Some already believe that Houston is the Super Bowl favorite, but a win in Week 14 would cement that statement.


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