NFL Week 14 Game Previews and Predictions

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NFL Week 14 Game Previews and Predictions


NFL Week 14 Game Previews and Predictions

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New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills

The Jets and Bills face each other for a second time this season, the first one ended with a Jets 20-17 victory. The Bills will need their offensive line to give Josh Allen time, as they allowed the Jets to get five sacks and eight hits the last time out. It wasn’t always pretty against the New England Patriots, but Allen was only sacked twice. A lot of that has to do with the diversified run game the Bills are starting to implement to take pressure off Allen, as James Cook led the backfield with 64 yards on 14 carries and Devin Singletary was next with 51 yards on 13 carries. The run defense has been reliable for the Jets, but they allowed Dalvin Cook to run for 86 yards last week. That will be essential for the Bills in this one to dominate the time of possession, and with Tre’Davious White back in the secondary it will provide a boost they didn’t have last time. That boost from Tre’Davious White will slow down the Jets passing attack with Mike White and lead to a Bills win. — Marissa Myers


Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals

These two teams met about five weeks ago, back on Monday Night Football for a Halloween matchup. The Browns had a dominating victory, further proving they’ve got a mental advantage in this divisional rivalry. However, this game is in the jungle, and Cincinnati has picked up lots of momentum, fresh off victories against some of the best in the AFC. Plus, Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson looked extremely rusty in his debut last Sunday. I’m not anticipating an A+ performance from the Bengals, but I don’t think that will be necessary to win this game. I like Cincy to make this a series split. — Aidan Maher


Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans

The Titans and Jaguars matchup for their first of two matchups over the next month. Tennessee has lost two straight, and Derrick Henry’s production has been on the downslope for this past month, but I think that changes this Sunday. He’s known for dominating against divisional opponents, particularly ones with weaker run defenses. Jacksonville hasn’t been awful against the run, but they’re also not good enough to stop Derrick Henry. Titans get back in the win column at home. — Aidan Maher


Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants

The league-leading Eagles head to New York for their matchup with the Giants. New York has somewhat fizzled out of late after a really hot start to the season. If they want a shot at the postseason, this is a massive game. Saquon Barkley is going to need to find holes in the Eagles defense and have a big game if they are going to take down the mightly Eagles. As for Philadelphia, they just need to play their game. They have been dominating the league all season long and another few wins, they will wrap up the NFC for the season. The Giants will fight due to this being a divisional game but I like the Eagles to come away with the win here. — Matt Levine


Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions 

The Lions are really roaring right now, winning four out of their last five games and the only loss being a close one to the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving. The Lions offense should be feeling extremely confident after their latest showing against the Jacksonville Jaguars that saw Jared Goff throw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, while D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams each had a touchdown on the ground. If there is one team though that has continuously been hot though, it is the Vikings. They only have two losses on the season, and their defense has had a “bend don’t break” attitude, allowing a red zone score percentage of only 25% over the last three weeks. While the Lions held Justin Jefferson to 14 yards in the first matchup, the Vikings acquired T.J. Hockenson from the Lions, and he now has the chance to face his former team. Hockenson will continue to open up the Vikings’ offense as they bring a halt to the Lions winning momentum. — Marissa Myers


Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Anyone that knows about this matchup knows these two teams very much dislike each other. It doesn’t matter what the records are or who is wearing the jersey. It’s an intense rivalry that goes back years and is one of the best in the NFL. Lamar Jackson is unlikely to play for the Ravens so Tyler Huntley will get the start. He looked decent during times last season for Baltimore and will need to play well if the Ravens want to keep their postseason hopes alive. As for the Steelers, they have played better of late. Going back home to face a divisional opponent may be the jump they need to salvage this season. While Baltimore has the better record, I like the home team in this game. — Matt Levine


Carolina Panthers @ Seattle Seahawks

Many will take Seattle here, but there’s a route to victory for Carolina, and it’s going to require lots of the run game. Seattle has really struggled against the run this year, and I have little faith in Sam Darnold to lead the charge of a successful offense through the air. Running the ball will lead to more offensive efficiency, while also giving Geno Smith and company less opportunities for explosive plays through the air. With that being said, the Seahawks are clearly the better team here, they’re going to score points, and I’m skeptical as to whether or not Carolina can keep up. Could be closer than many anticipate, but the ‘Hawks still fly to victory. — Aidan Maher


Houston Texans @ Dallas Cowboys

It’s the battle of Texas as the Houston Texans take on the Dallas Cowboys. Except it may not exactly be much of a battle. The Texans were officially knocked out of playoff contention last week with their loss to the Cleveland Browns. On the other hand, the Cowboys dominated the Indianapolis Colts as they scored 54 points in their victory. Davis Mills is back under center for the Texans, but he is behind an offensive line that has already allowed 33 sacks. They now have to face a defense with Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Dorance Armstrong Jr. that help make up the unit that leads the NFL with 48 sacks. Dak Prescott has the Cowboys’ offense functioning at a high level as since he returned in Week Seven from injury they rank first in touchdown drive percentage with 42.4% and first in points per game with 37.2. Their running back duo of Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott also now face one of the worst run defenses. This will be a Cowboys’ victory as they dominate the lines of scrimmage. — Marissa Myers


Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos 

One of these offenses is among the best in the league, the other is still struggling to get things going. The defense for the Broncos has been able to keep them in games, but the lack of offensive production from Russell Wilson and company has led to the defensive efforts not being enough. The defense will now get a Chiefs offense coming off a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and will be looking to get back to their standards. Patrick Mahomes leads this Chiefs’ offense that is scoring a league-high 29.2 points per game, and he has never lost to the Broncos. With how frequently the Chiefs score compared to the Broncos, who are scoring a league-low 13.8 points per game, Kansas City will get back in the win column here. — Marissa Myers


Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ San Francisco 49ers

Tom Brady returns to his home state of California to face the San Francisco 49ers, led by Brock Purdy. From the last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to leading the 49ers efficiently to a victory over the Miami Dolphins, it was a great first game. It also helps when the 49ers have the best defense, allowing only 15.8 points per game and 283.9 yards per game, both the least amount allowed in the NFL. Up until the game winning drive for the Buccaneers to pull off a comeback against the New Orleans Saints, it wasn’t exactly going great for their offense. Tom Brady finished completing 36-of-54 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Their run game led by Leonard Fournette again was almost nonexistent as Fournette finished with 49 yards on 10 carries. The 49ers defense will be relied on once again, and it will slow down this Buccaneers’ offense that still has its areas of weakness. — Marissa Myers


Miami Dolphins @ Los Angeles Chargers

Despite last week’s loss, it’s not panic time for Miami. That’s Tua Tagovailoa’s first loss of the year, they were decimated at offensive tackle, and the 49ers are a great team. However, there’s cause for concern in Los Angeles. Yes, the Chargers have been decimated by injury, but many of those were season-enders that they need to overcome if this team wants to make a playoff push. Last week’s loss to the Raiders was a letdown, and their next two matchups with Miami and Tennessee aren’t games I have a ton of faith in them winning. Miami’s offense should get back to humming on a consistent basis against this weak Chargers defense, and for as great as Justin Herbert is, he won’t have enough help to keep up. — Aidan Maher


New England Patriots @ Arizona Cardinals

The 6-6 New England Patriots head to Arizona for a battle with the Cardinals on Monday Night Football. This is as close to a must win for the Patriots as any since they are fighting for their playoff lives. Going up against the Cardinals, they will need to zero in on DeAndre Hopkins in this matchup. He is a gamechanger so the Patriots secondary will need to make sure they know where he is at all times. As for Arizona, it has been a lost season but they can still salvage it. If they can get some momentum going into the end of the season, maybe it gets them going next year. I think the Cardinals find a way to pull out the win here. Give me Arizona by a field goal. — Matt Levine



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