In a Week 14 full of intriguing divisional battles and potential playoff previews, the excitement surrounding Sunday’s slate of NFL action has every fan picking winners as the games draw near.
Here are the predicted outcomes for every Week 14 game and a closer look at some of the most intriguing matchups.
|Date||Away Team||Home Team||Predicted Winner|
|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|
Seattle Seahawks (11-1) at San Francisco 49ers (8-4)
The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are bitter rivals in the NFC West. With playoff implications, momentum and bragging rights on the line Sunday, there is no doubt that this will be an intense matchup.
Seattle is coming off a huge victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football and has won seven-games in a row. San Francisco always plays the Seahawks tough, but the 49ers will not be able to match their rival’s power on both sides of the ball.
New Orleans is regarded as one of the most dominant offenses in the league—much better than San Francisco’s 31st-ranked pass attack—and Seattle was able to hold the Saints to just 188 total yards. If Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers think they will outperform Drew Brees, the franchise has another thing coming.
San Francisco hasn’t been playing well enough recently to upset the Seahawks, amassing under 20 points per game over the last four weeks. Seattle’s offensive unit won’t score at will on a gaudy 49ers defense, but the rushing attack led by Marshawn Lynch will control the clock and score enough to get the hard-fought victory.
Predicted Final Score: Seattle 27, San Francisco 17
Carolina Panthers (9-3) at New Orleans Saints (9-3)
As great as the battle between Seattle and San Francisco will be Sunday, the NFC South meeting between the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints is setting up to be a fight for divisional supremacy.
Carolina has played much better than expected this season, but New Orleans will bring the franchise back down to earth by earning its toughest victory of the year. The Saints are coming off a blowout loss to the Seahawks and are looking to make it clear that the franchise is still a viable Super Bowl contender.
The Panthers claim to fame this season has been the tremendous play of the top-10 defense. Carolina hasn’t played an offense like Drew Brees and New Orleans, though. With the league's third-ranked pass attack, averaging 302.8 yards per game, the Saints will bounce back in Week 14.
Despite New Orleans being on a short week, the home-field advantage will give the Saints the edge in this matchup. Sunday will be the first of two meetings over the next three weeks between these two teams, so fans can expect this rivalry to continue heating up.
Predicted Final Score: New Orleans 24, Carolina 20
Detroit Lions (7-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-5)
The Philadelphia Eagles will square off against the Detroit Lions in a battle of teams fighting to make a statement to the rest of the NFL that they are true contenders for a postseason berth.
After winning four straight games, the Eagles have momentum on their side and will continue to prove skeptics wrong by beating Detroit on Sunday. Philadelphia squeezed out a 24-21 victory over the tough Arizona Cardinals last week and look to carry that momentum into the matchup against the Lions.
There is no doubt that Detroit’s offense, led by wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush, will put up considerable points on the Eagles’ beatable secondary, but Philadelphia also boasts one of the most dangerous offensive units in the league.
Not only are the Eagles playing in front of the raucous home crowd, but the team is also riding the wave of momentum starting quarterback Nick Foles has created. His 1,791 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and zero interceptions this season will continue to put his team in a position to win.
Detroit will keep the score close, but LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia offense will have success with several big plays that keep the Lions on their heels all day.
Predicted Final Score: Philadelphia 30, Detroit 27
*Stats via NFL.com.