NFL Predictions Week 14: Underdogs Sure to Upset on Sunday
Week 14 of the NFL season is upon us, and with several juicy matchups and storylines to explore, nothing is more exciting than watching underdogs triumph on Sunday.
Luckily for us, we have several to keep an eye on, including the explosive RGIII, former rookie of the year, Cam Newton, and of course, the "Red Rocket."
Can't wait, and I'm sure many of you feel the same.
Without further ado, I present four upsets to watch on Sunday.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals
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Andy Dalton and the simmering Cincinnati Bengals will host America's team, the Dallas Cowboys in a pivotal matchup with playoff implications.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, this game will be played in December, and we all know what that means—constant disappointment, underachievement and, more importantly, a lack of focus.
The Cowboys are coming off a win against the slumping Philadelphia Eagles, and barely at that. A 38-33 win, with your opponent starting a rookie quarterback, doesn't count as impressive; but hey, a win is a win.
They'll have to play much better against a very hot Cincinnati team that is coming off four consecutive victories.
This should be a nice matchup, with a strong Cowboys secondary facing off against Andy Dalton and the Bengals' West Coast passing attack. However, as with many matchups in the NFL, the key will be the quarterbacks.
More specifically: Which quarterback can limit turnovers? Tony Romo did an excellent job with ball security last week against the Eagles; however, recent history doesn't favor the quarterback.
Romo has thrown for 15 picks thus far in the season, and at times, has been completely erratic with ball security.
Give me Dalton in a close one.
Bengals 21 Cowboys 17
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns
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At home, the Cleveland Browns should be favored in normal circumstances; however, this Chiefs team is anything but normal.
After rallying together last week in a win against the Carolina Panthers, the team showed more resolve in this matchup than in any point previously in the season.
Tough situations have a way of bringing guys together, and man, did the Chiefs look impressive. They looked like every bit of the team many had predicted to compete for a playoff spot before the season began.
The Chiefs' 2-10 record doesn't speak of the talent this team possesses, especially on the defensive end. However, when you have a murky quarterback situation, it can make somewhat talented teams look awful.
Matt Cassel and/or Brady Quinn are not the answer at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. However, it won't matter who is at quarterback, the Chiefs shouldn't have trouble against the lowly Browns.
Trent Richardson is a stud; however, the Cleveland Browns also struggle with consistency at the quarterback position.
The key will be the Chiefs running attack. If they can get Jamaal Charles going, expect Brady Quinn to have a repeat performance.
Give me the Chiefs.
Chiefs 27 Browns 19
Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
Yes, Cam Newton and the lowly Carolina Panthers will walk away with a win against the vaunted Atlanta Falcons passing attack.
This will be a shootout folks.
Cam Newton should flourish against an Atlanta Falcons secondary that has given up nearly 600 passing yards in the last two games.
Newton totaled over 300 net yards in their last matchup (215 passing; 86 rushing). This was in Atlanta, and with the Falcons playing on the road this Sunday, expect Newton to put up bigger numbers.
These divisional matchups in the NFC South are always close, and expect another one this
Carolina 28 Atlanta 27
Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins
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Some wouldn't call this a clear upset, but this is still a tough matchup for RGIII and the Washington Redskins.
Despite all the injuries, the Baltimore Ravens have flourished in the AFC with a 9-3 overall record. They look to be in clear position for a playoff berth.
However, they'll probably have to sweat it out with a brutal remaining schedule that has the Ravens facing off against four possible playoff opponents (including the Broncos, Giants, Bengals).
Before they even think about the Manning brothers, they'll have to face star rookie Robert Griffin III and the sizzling Washington Redskins.
RGIII will have his moments, but expect Alfred Morris to lead the Redskins to victory on Sunday. The rookie running back has had a phenomenal season, and will look to attack a suspect Ravens defense that ranks 22nd against the run.
Redskins 31 Ravens 24