As we head into Week 14 of the 2013 NFL season, it becomes easier to speculate what teams are capable of in all phases of the game. There are certain teams that are on fire right now, as a playoff appearance seems imminent. Others are fighting for position to get to the postseason, and the rest are just looking to keep things respectable.
There are a few matchups this week that feature dominant teams pitted against struggling teams. These games have a tendency to get out of hand quickly.
Let's take a look at the three most lopsided matchups and their projected outcomes in Week 14.
Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots
This matchup simply isn't friendly for the Browns. Cleveland has been struggling mightily of late—especially on the offensive side of the ball. With a carousel of quarterbacks at the helm, the Browns remain very inconsistent. That has reflected on their 28th-overall league ranking with an average of just 19.3 points scored per game.
Conversely, the Patriots offense has begun to click in recent weeks. With Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen now healthy, this team looks as dangerous as ever. New England is now sixth in the league with an average of 26.8 points per game. The Browns do have a solid defense, but New England simply has too many weapons for them to deal with.
Making matters even worse for the Browns is the fact that they have to play in Foxborough.
Prediction: Patriots 34, Browns 13
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Washington Redskins
The Chiefs have really turned things around this season thanks to new head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith. This is a very balanced team on both sides of the ball, as Kansas City ranks ninth in the league in average points scored and fourth in average points against. This team has a solid core and is built to gain big wins.
The Redskins just haven't been the same since quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a knee injury in the playoffs last season. Washington has only been able to produce 22.4 points per game this season, mostly due to very slow starts by Griffin. The defense is not helping matters either, as they are ranked 31st in the league, giving up an average of 30.2 points per game.
All of the pieces are in place for a blowout here.
Prediction: Chiefs 31, Redskins 16
Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos
A few weeks ago, this would not seem like such a lopsided matchup. Tennessee was playing well and entrenched in the hunt for a playoff berth. However, after losing to a struggling Colts team twice in the last three weeks, things have changed. The once-stout Titans defense has been unable to contain opposing offenses late in the year. That does not bode well when looking at Peyton Manning up next on the schedule.
Denver's offense has clicked all season long. They are averaging a whopping 38.7 points per game—that's 11.5 more points than the second-ranked Detroit Lions. There is no stopping this offense, as they are versatile and extremely difficult to contain. Denver should be able to jump out front early, which will force the Titans to become one-dimensional and predictable.
The Broncos should roll easily in this one.
Prediction: Broncos 41, Titans 22
Here's a look at predictions for the remaining Week 14 matchups:
|Week 14 Predictions|
|Buffalo Bills||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Bills|
|Minnesota Vikings||Baltimore Ravens||Ravens|
|Cleveland Browns||New England Patriots||Patriots|
|Indianapolis Colts||Cincinnati Bengals||Bengals|
|Detroit Lions||Philadelphia Eagles||Eagles|
|Atlanta Falcons||Green Bay Packers||Falcons|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Washington Redskins||Chiefs|
|Miami Dolphins||Pittsburgh Steelers||Steelers|
|Oakland Raiders||New York Jets||Raiders|
|Tennessee Titans||Denver Broncos||Broncos|
|New York Giants||San Diego Chargers||Chargers|
|Seattle Seahawks||San Francisco 49ers||Seahawks|
|St. Louis Rams||Arizona Cardinals||Cardinals|
|Carolina Panthers||New Orleans Saints||Panthers|
|Dallas Cowboys||Chicago Bears||Cowboys|
|Sean O'Donnell's Predictions|