NFL TV Schedule 2013: Week 14 Coverage Listings for Every Game

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after throwing for a touchdown against the New England Patriots during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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It's getting cold outside, which means the NFL season is heating up in a major way as Week 14 approaches. As is the case every year, the level of competition rises significantly in conjunction with days growing shorter and nights colder and longer. 

Getting things kicked off in Week 14, Thursday night's matchup pitting the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars could be tough to stomach. Two bad teams playing one another on a short week of rest could result in a comedy of errors.

Thankfully, there are some fantastic matchups brewing for Sunday's and Monday's action. Here's a look at the entire television schedule for Week 14:

NFL Week 14: TV Schedule
THU, DEC 5TIME (ET)TVLOCATION
Houston at Jacksonville8:25 p.m.NFLEverBank Field
SUN, DEC 8TIME (ET)TVLOCATION
Indianapolis at Cincinnati1 p.m.CBSPaul Brown Stadium
Atlanta at Green Bay1 p.m.FoxLambeau Field
Cleveland at New England1 p.m.CBSGillette Stadium
Oakland at NY Jets1 p.m.CBSMetLife Stadium
Detroit at Philadelphia1 p.m.FoxLincoln Financial Field
Miami at Pittsburgh1 p.m.CBSHeinz Field
Buffalo at Tampa Bay1 p.m.CBSRaymond James Stadium
Kansas City at Washington1 p.m.CBSFedEx Field
Minnesota at Baltimore1 p.m.FoxM&T Bank Stadium
Tennessee at Denver4:05 p.m.CBSSports Authority Field at Mile High
St. Louis at Arizona4:25 p.m.FoxU of Phoenix Stadium
NY Giants at San Diego4:25 p.m.FoxQualcomm Stadium
Seattle at San Francisco4:25 p.m.FoxCandlestick Park
Carolina at New Orleans8:30 p.m.NBCMercedes-Benz Superdome
MON, DEC 9TIME (ET)TVLOCATION
Dallas at Chicago8:30 p.m.ESPNSoldier Field
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Some of these games could be playoff previews, and there are more than a few with notable playoff implications. With that in mind, here's a closer look at a few of the biggest upcoming games.

 

Indianapolis at Cincinnati

The Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals will both likely make it into the playoffs as division winners, and Sunday's game could well be a playoff preview. 

However, the two teams appear to be headed in different directions as the postseason looms. 

Cincinnati has won six of its last eight games and two in a row heading into Week 14. Both losses were brutal overtime affairs in which the Bengals had a chance to win. 

Conversely, Indianapolis is limping into the playoffs, winning two of four in November. Two of their last five wins have come against Tennessee, which recently lost to Jacksonville. 

The Bengals come into the game with the No. 8 rank on defense against the run and pass. Led by Vontaze Burfict and Carlos Dunlap, the front seven attacks the line of scrimmage relentlessly, leading to 36 sacks. 

Andrew Luck hasn't been getting great protection of late, absorbing 10 sacks in his last four starts. He'll be under constant pressure in Cincinnati, which will likely result in a turnover or two.

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 24:  Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Colts 40-11.  (
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The second-year quarterback hasn't been the same since losing Reggie Wayne to a season-ending ACL injury. Darrius Heyward-Bey hasn't been able to replicate Wayne's production, as Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders so eloquently states:

The biggest wild card for the Bengals in this game is quarterback Andy Dalton, who has been wildly inconsistent this year. He's thrown three-plus touchdowns four times this year, which is the same amount of times he's tossed two or more interceptions. 

Indy's defense recently gave up 78 points to the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams, however, and the Bengals will be able to move the ball at will at home against a struggling opponent searching for answers. 

Projected Score: Bengals win 31-24

 

Detroit at Philadelphia

Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) receives congratulations from wide receiver Ryan Broyles (84) and running back Joique Bell (35) after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford F
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While the Colts and Bengals are treating fans to a potential AFC playoff preview, the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles will be doing the same over on the NFC side.

Detroit currently leads the NFC North by one game over the Chicago Bears with a record of 7-5, while Philadelphia enters the game nipping at the heels of the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East lead (thanks to a loss to Dallas in Week 7) with the same record.   

Halfway through the season, the Eagles appeared to be destined for a top-10 pick in the 2014 NFL draft with a record of 3-5. However, defensive coordinator Billy Davis has his guys playing much better in the second half (17 points allowed per game in the last six) and Nick Foles has rescued the team's offense in stunning fashion.    

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 01:  Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals on December 1, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The second-year quarterback out of Arizona has emerged as one of the league's top signal-callers, passing for 1,791 yards with 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

He'll need to be sharp again this weekend to keep up with the high-powered Lions, though. 

Detroit dropped 40 points on Green Bay on Thanksgiving Day, featuring a potent rushing attack and a dominating defensive effort up front. 

And as good as Philly's defense has played of late, the team's pass defense is still the league's worst, allowing 296.8 yards per game. The last elite receiver it faced—Dez Bryant—went off for eight catches and 110 yards. 

Calvin Johnson will have a field day against Philadelphia's porous secondary, and the Lions will take down the Eagles in Philly.

Projected Score: Lions win 38-35

 

Carolina at New Orleans

Sean Payton has a tall task ahead of him to get his team ready for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night after the Seattle Seahawks wiped the floor with the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football in Week 13.

Seattle dominated every aspect of the game, winning 34-7, and the loss dropped New Orleans into a tie with the Panthers for the NFC South lead with a record of 9-3. The winner of this upcoming game will be in the driver's seat to win the division with three games remaining.

The Saints haven't lost at home yet this year, but that streak is in jeopardy of being snapped. Carolina comes into the game with a franchise-record eight-game winning streak, and may be the second-best team in the NFC behind Seattle:

Cam Newton has emerged as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league the past few years, and this season he's also emerged as a true leader for the Panthers. Displaying more poise and focus than he did in his first two seasons, Newton is maturing before our eyes.

He's also putting up impressive numbers, accounting for 25 total touchdowns this year.

Carolina's top-ranked scoring defense (13.1 points allowed per game) will give Drew Brees fits, much like what we saw in Seattle when the Seahawks harassed the All-Pro quarterback into—by far—his worst performance of the year. 

The Panthers will continue asserting themselves as an NFC powerhouse with a stunning road victory over their NFC South rivals. 

Projected Score: Panthers win 24-21

 

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