NFL Week 14: Which Games Are Actually Worth Watching?
To put things bluntly, Week 14 in the NFL is brimming with horrendous matchups, many of which will end up looking more like LSU vs Auburn than a competitive NFL game.
We already saw a terrible Steelers vs Browns, though the NFL network mercifully saved us all from having to see it on national television. We have Seahawks vs Rams coming up for an awful Monday night game that should be less interesting than a Chris Paul trade rumor. Let's not even talk about Ravens vs Colts, shall we?
Thankfully, the NFL did give us a few diamonds in the rough that is Week 14. Without further ado, here they are.
We'll check back in after the games to update the final score and see if the games really were good.
3. New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans
This game is surprisingly a decent matchup, though it should also be the game where the Tennessee Titans are exposed as frauds by the white-hot New Orleans Saints.
As it stands, the Saints can clinch the playoffs for both the Houston Texans and themselves with a win, as well as keep their momentum going for their eventual clash of beasts against Green Bay.
The Titans need this win to keep themselves in the playoff running. Their defense is going to have to step up, because Chris Johnson can't outrun Drew Brees' arm.
Score Update: 6-3 Saints, halftime
Projected Winner: New Orleans
2. Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals
This game is a phenomenal matchup between two very hungry playoff-contending teams coming off terrible seasons last year.
The Houston Texans have been obliterated by injury and yet still manage to win week after week. Fifth-round rookie T.J Yates has played well enough to keep them in games, and they are hungry for the franchise's first-ever playoff berth, which they'll hope to reach thanks to their No. 1 defense and No. 3 rushing attack.
The Cincinnati Bengals on the other hand, are one of 2011's biggest surprises. After going 4-12, losing an angry Carson Palmer and trading Chad Ochocinco, nobody was expecting big things. Rookie second-round pick Andy Dalton and prized rookie A.J Green have played a phenomenal first year together on their way to a 7-5 record and a chance at the second Wild Card.
We'll see if the Texans can do it again minus Andre Johnson and extend their franchise-record winning streak.
Score Update: 13-3 Cincinnati, Halftime
Projected Winner: Houston
1. New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
The New York Giants are in the midst of another second-half collapse after two straight seasons of the same. Losing four straight games after starting 6-2, this is a hungry team desperate to stay alive.
They face the hated rival Dallas Cowboys, who hold a one-game lead in the divisional race at 7-5.
If the Giants lose, their season is essentially over, while a win ties up the NFC East with three games left to play. Things are going to be interesting out in Dallas on Sunday Night Football.
It should be an emotionally charged game filled with both extreme lows and euphoria for both fans and players. A few fans (like myself) are sure to experience heart attacks.
The implications of this game make it the week's most interesting. A gem in a field of duds.
Enjoy the goofy photo of Eli.
Score update later.
Projected Winner: New York