Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NFL - Week Fourteen Preview

It's crunch time around the NFL as teams are playing for the top spots in the post-season.
The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers are already in the playoffs in the NFC while the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans are looking solid to get into the AFC Playoffs.
There are some big games this weekend, including the Sunday Night Football showdown in  Dallas where the Cowboys will play the slumping New York Giants. Dallas is 7-5 and leading the NFC East by one game over the Giants (6-6), losers of four in a row.
The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Houston Texans in a key AFC battle, where the Bengals (7-5) are in contention with the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos for the two "wild card" spots.
The Raiders play at Green Bay, where the Packers continue their quest for a perfect regular season. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, along with Drew Brees (New Orleans)  is on pace to shatter Dan Marino's single season passing yardage record. Marino threw for 5,084 yards in 1984.
Speaking of Brees and the Saints, they travel to Tennessee to face the Titans (7-5) in a big game that could make or break Tennessee's post-season hopes.
 The Denver Broncos, winners of five straight games, host the injury riddled Chicago Bears and their much maligned quarterback Caleb Hanie.
A lot will begin to shake out with this week's action and it will only get more intense as the final games of the regular season take place.
Following is a capsule preview of the Week 14 action, along with the Heftyinfo predictions.

Cleveland (4-8) at Pittsburgh (9-3) - The Thursday Night Football tilt. Yawn ... Steelers roll!

Indianapolis (0-12) at Baltimore (9-3) - Once upon a time, the Colts played in Baltimore. This week, they will wish they didn't. Ravens romp!

Atlanta (7-5) at Carolina (4-8) -  The Falcons have not been real good on the road this season. Upset Alert!

 Houston (9-3) at Cincinnati (7-5) - The Texans (and QB T.J. Yates) are facing a desperate team on the road this week.

 Minnesota (2-10) at Detroit (7-5) - The Lions need this one.

 Tampa Bay (4-8) at Jacksonville (3-9) - Who cares?

 Philadelphia (4-8) at Miami (4-8) - Who would have thought these two teams would have the same record at this point in the season?

 Kansas City (5-7) at NY Jets (7-5) - The final score in this game might be 3-0.

New Orleans (9-3) at Tennessee (7-5) - This will be a good test for the Saints as they continue their march toward the playoffs. The key will be the Saints defense stopping Titans' RB Chris Johnson.

New England (9-3) at Washington (4-8) - If the Patriots lose this game, they have more problems than they might realize.

San Francisco (10-2) at Arizona (5-7) - Jim Harbaugh will have his troops ready to avoid a letdown.

Chicago (7-5) at Denver (7-5) - Bears win this game ... just a hunch.

Oakland (7-5) at Green Bay (12-0) - Can the Raiders stop the Packers' express? NO!

Buffalo (5-7) at San Diego (5-7) - It's December ... here come the Chargers.

NY Giants (6-6) at Dallas (7-5) - For the Giants, it's now or never.

St. Louis (2-10) at Seattle (5-7) - ESPN is reeling with this stinker game on "prime time." Seahawks should easily win this one.

Heftyinfo picks for Week 14  ... (Home teams are listed in BOLD)

Pittsburgh over Cleveland
Baltimore over Indianapolis
Carolina over Atlanta
Cincinnati over Houston
Detroit over Minnesota
Jacksonville over Tampa Bay
Miami over Philadelphia
NY Jets over Kansas City
New Orleans over Tennessee
New England over Washington
San Francisco over Arizona
Chicago over Denver
Green Bay over Oakland
San Diego over Buffalo
Dallas over NY Giants
Seattle over St. Louis

Last Week's Record: 10-6


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