NFL Week 14 Picks: Super Bowl Contenders on Massive Upset Alert
Week 14 is a make-or-break week in the NFL with some of the team's top-notch teams, like the Green Bay Packers, on major upset alert.
With just four games left in the season, it is important for those teams contending for a Super Bowl appearance to try and earn a bye week or home field advantage throughout the playoffs. This makes these last four games all the more important.
Aaron Rodgers will try to lead his Green Bay Packers over the Oakland Raiders, who are arguably the best team left on the schedule for the 12-0 Packers.
Here are the three Super Bowl contenders on massive upset alert in Week 14 of the NFL season.
Green Bay Packers (12-0) vs. Oakland Raiders (7-5)
If there's one game left on the schedule that could end the Packers hopes of going 16-0, it is their Week 14 game at home against the Raiders.
The silver and black come into this game off a blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins, yet that is anything but indicative of what this team is capable of bringing to the table.
The Raiders have a tremendous run game behind Michael Bush and Darren McFadden, as they are the No.4 rushing attack in football averaging 140.6 yards per game.
Stopping the run is the one area where the Packers defense struggles mightily. The team is No. 29 against the run, as they give up nearly 97 yards per game.
Not to mention, these Raiders are 4-2 on the road.
Expect a tough, hard-fought game in the matchup between these two teams. The Raiders will be no walk in the park for these Packers based on how they match up.
New England Patriots (9-3) @ Washington Redskins (4-8)
More so because of the lack of effort from the Patriots side than the ability of the Redskins to pull out a win, this game might be one the Patriots should be worried about.
Last week, the Patriots gave up a double-digit lead to the Indianapolis Colts to end up winning just 31-24. The Colts scored 21 unanswered points to close out the game.
Considering the Patriots are now on the road and go up against a higher-quality team in the Redskins. Playing poorly enough to give up 21 points to close out a football game against the Colts, this same sort of play against the Redskins could be more costly.
Baltimore Ravens (9-3) vs. Indianapolis Colts (0-12)
The Indianapolis Colts have been, in simplest of terms, pathetic this season.
The Ravens meanwhile are atop the AFC and looking to compete for the top spot in the playoffs in these final four games.
So why are they on upset alert?
The Colts come into this contest on a roll, having scored 21 straight to close out the loss to the Patriots. Not to mention this is a team plenty more capable than the record shows, featuring top-notch pass rushers in Freeney and Mathis as well as Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne catching passes on offense.
Will the Ravens lose? Not necessarily.
Are they on upset alert? No doubt about it.
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