As if the late-season surge to make the postseason wasn’t exciting enough, the marquee Week 14 battles across the NFL have fans making predictions that this could be the best week of the entire regular season.
While playoff-caliber divisional matchups like New Orleans vs. Carolina and Seattle vs. San Francisco will add fuel to the fire of these fierce rivalries, there are also a few games on the schedule that will result in lopsided finishes.
Here are the predicted winners for every game in Week 14 and a closer look at the meetings that have the potential to be the biggest blowouts.
|Full Week 14 Schedule and Predicted Winners|
|Date||Away Team||Home Team||Predicted Winner|
|Thursday, Dec. 5||Houston Texans||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jaguars|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Indianapolis Colts||Cincinnati Bengals||Colts|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Atlanta Falcons||Green Bay Packers||Packers|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Cleveland Browns||New England Patriots||Patriots|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Oakland Raiders||New York Jets||Raiders|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Detroit Lions||Philadelphia Eagles||Eagles|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Miami Dolphins||Pittsburgh Steelers||Steelers|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Buffalo Bills||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Bills|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Kansas City Chiefs||Washington Redskins||Chiefs|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Minnesota Vikings||Baltimore Ravens||Vikings|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Tennessee Titans||Denver Broncos||Broncos|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||St. Louis Rams||Arizona Cardinals||Cardinals|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||New York Giants||San Diego Chargers||Giants|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Seattle Seahawks||San Francisco 49ers||Seahawks|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Carolina Panthers||New Orleans Saints||Saints|
|Monday, Dec. 9||Dallas Cowboys||Chicago Bears||Bears|
New England Patriots (9-3) vs. Cleveland Browns (4-8)
The New England Patriots have won each of their last two games by the score of 34-31, but a favorable matchup against the Cleveland Browns could be the remedy the team needs to finally beat an opponent in convincing fashion.
With Cleveland losing six of its last seven games and New England winning four of its last five, this could be the perfect storm the Patriots need to pull out a lopsided win.
New England’s offensive unit will be the key to the team’s success in Week 14 and beyond, and that starts with quarterback Tom Brady. He may have struggled to start the season, but the returns of tight end Rob Gronkowski and pass-catching running back Shane Vereen have helped the team average over 35 points per game since Nov. 3.
The Browns still boast one of the top-ranked defenses in the NFL, but with versatile weapons like Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, the Patriots will be able to find the defensive mismatch and utilize the advantage.
If Brady has time in the pocket to go through his progressions, he will pick apart Cleveland’s defense and help the team amass huge numbers.
Predicted Final Score: New England 33, Cleveland 7
Denver Broncos (10-2) vs. Tennessee Titans (5-7)
After an overtime loss to the New England Patriots in Week 12, the Denver Broncos bounced back with a big 35-28 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Denver will be looking to win in a more convincing fashion this week, and the Tennessee Titans will be the latest victim.
The Broncos’ offensive unit is the most dangerous in the NFL. Led by Peyton Manning and the team’s 336.6 passing yards per game, Denver has been able to throw the ball on every defense it has faced this season.
The defense has failed to live up to expectations, though, but a Tennessee offense that only managed to score 14 points on the Oakland Raiders in Week 13 should help the Broncos’ defenders find their rhythm.
Denver has a Thursday Night Football matchup with the San Diego Chargers in Week 15. The short turnaround after Sunday's game should result in the Broncos coaching staff looking to gain a convincing lead early and keep the top players healthy for the run to the Super Bowl.
Tennessee has a tough defensive unit, but Denver possesses too much firepower to be upset.
Predicted Final Score: Denver 33, Tennessee 10
Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) vs. Washington Redskins (3-9)
The Kansas City Chiefs have lost three straight games since the bye in Week 10, but the franchise will stop that skid when it travels to Washington to play what’s left of the lowly Redskins.
A devastating loss to the Chargers was bookended by defeats at the hands of Manning and the Broncos. Once considered the top team in the NFL, there are many now questioning Kansas City’s legitimacy as a Super Bowl contender.
Expectations were low under new head coach Andy Reid, but after starting the season 9-0, the pressure for the team to return to its winning ways against a defense that has allowed at least 24 points in every game since Week 6 is through the roof.
Washington’s defensive inefficiencies should give running back Jamaal Charles the chance he needs to shine. As the primary offensive option in Reid’s pass-happy offense, Charles has quietly amassed 1,463 all-purpose yards and 11 total touchdowns.
While there is no denying how talented Robert Griffin III is, a lack of protection from the offensive line and a dreadful matchup against the ferocious defense of Kansas City will result in a poor statistical day from the entire Redskins team.
Predicted Final Score: Kansas City 30, Washington 12