Friday, December 7, 2012

NFL - Week Fourteen Preview

With the 2012 NFL season coming down to the final four games, there aren't too many key matchups this weekend. (Shame on the schedule makers)

Four teams have clinched playoff spots already ... In the AFC, the New England Patriots, Houston Texans and Denver Broncos are in while the Atlanta Falcons are the lone NFC team with it's post-season ticket punched.
Teams vying for the remaining spots will need to win to keep pace of course, and it should be interesting to see how the spoilers will do to keep things interesting.

Here's a breakdown (capsule form) for the weekend's action around the NFL.

Chicago (8-4) at Minnesota (6-6) - Bears up in Minnesota without linebacker Brian Urlacher. Wait, that's where he was injured last season.

St. Louis (5-6-1) at Buffalo (5-7) - Two teams with a wish and a prayer for the post-season.

Dallas (6-6) at Cincinnati (7-5) - This could be the "Game of the Week" between two teams in contention for "wild card" playoff spots.

Kansas City (2-10) at Cleveland (4-8) - Who cares?

Tennessee (4-8) at Indianapolis (8-4) - One of the season's bigger disappointments travels to face the NFL's biggest surprise in this one.

Baltimore (9-3) at Washington (6-6) - The Ravens travel 40 miles to face the Redskins in what should be a good game.

New York Jets (5-7) at Jacksonville (2-10) - Can the Jags ground the Jets?

Miami (5-7) at San Francisco (8-3-1) - Will the real 49ers team please stand up?

Philadelphia (3-9) at Tampa Bay (6-6) - A decade ago, these two teams faced each other in the NFC title game ... that was then, this is now!

Atlanta (11-1) at Carolina (3-9) - Panthers looking to make it two wins in three weeks ... not against the Falcons they won't.

San Diego (4-8) at Pittsburgh (7-5) - The countdown is on to show Chargers' Head Coach Norv Turner the door. Not to mention the Steelers will have Big Ben back at QB this week ... Steelers roll!

New Orleans (5-7) at New York Giants (7-5) - This one should be a shootout.

Arizona (4-8) at Seattle (7-5) - The Cardinals travel up to face the Seahawks while trying to snap an eight game losing streak.

Detroit (4-8) at Green Bay (8-4) - The Packers are on in "prime time" for the second time in three weeks. This time they WILL NOT be embarrassed they way they were two weeks ago.

Houston (11-1) at New England (9-3) - The Patriots at home ... on Monday Night Football ... against the AFC leading Houston Texans? Wow! There is ONE great matchup this week after all. (Take the Patriots)

Here are the Heftyinfo picks for this week . . .        (Home teams are listed in BOLD)

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

Last Week's Record:  9-7

SEASON RECORD:  117-74-1

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