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Week 12 Predictions of the 2014 NFL Season
You win some you lose some. Some situations could have gone one way or this way that will lead to disappointment to a team but the key is for them to have resilience. The Saints are still not out of it, neither are the Eagles, though New Orleans has lost two straight home games so it might be difficult. The Chiefs are the hotter team in the AFC West and the meeting with Denver in a couple of weeks could very well decide it. The AFC North is up in the air and Green Bay has a chance to win the NFC North. Should be a fun stretch. Good luck to your team this week.
Bye: Panthers, Steelers
Chiefs @ Raiders: Oakland is still climbing that proverbial hill for their first win and it is unknown when they might get it. They have shown effort and have played pretty decent to not have a win so far but they have to execute offensively. There shouldn't be any consecutive possessions where they give up a turnover or have to punt. Much like last week when the Raiders played the Chargers, this game against Kansas City will be a closer game than what some imagined. However, the Chiefs have won five games in a row since their bye week and are playing like one of the hottest teams right now.
Browns @ Falcons: I believe it was yesterday where I saw that Browns receiver Josh Gordon was to be reinstated and that he will be back with the team. His name hasn't been mentioned for a long while that I forgot that he was still with the team. Guess we'll have to find out how much of an impact he will have in his first game with the team (Think we all assume it will be this one). I think the loser of this game will have a pretty steep hill to climb to get back into the playoff race as both teams have a pretty tough schedule. Cleveland gives up 142.1 rushing yards per game which is third highest in the league and just last week they just gave up 213 rushing yards to Houston. Atlanta is not much of a running team and their defense as a whole isn't that great but just because they are at home, I am giving them the upper hand.
Titans @ Eagles: The Titans offensively had a decent game on Monday night and had a chance to win. Defensively, they are horrible at defending the run and struggle at defending the pass at times. Not a bad game for Philadelphia, offensively, to bounce back to. The defense does have to make some stops though to get some confidence as they prepare for the Thanksgiving game against Dallas. It's going to be a surprisingly tight game, however.
Lions @ Patriots: Looking at offense, Detroit and Indianapolis are pretty similar. Their ground game isn't great but the passing attack makes up for it. The 334 or so yards that the Colts average per game through the air, the Patriots held them to 303. Not bad considering that it was an away game for New England. However, defensively the Lions are much better than the Colts. They give up the fewest rushing yards per game (68.8) and they rank in the top five in passing yards allowed (221.5). In the three games that they lost, Detroit gave up more passing yards than what they allow (they did give up 335 in a win against New Orleans, however, but that game could have been a loss also). It's hard to count out Tom Brady when they have been playing as well as they have.
Packers @ Vikings: Maybe the bye week was the worst thing that could happen to Minnesota. They were, at least I think, starting to get into a rhythm. They allowed 468 total yards to Chicago last week which was their worst by far this season. It couldn't get any worse...well with Green Bay visiting, it could be just as bad.
Jaguars @ Colts: The loss of Ahmad Bradshaw for the season will be a problem offensively for Indianapolis. He was having a good year with them running the ball but more so catching passes out of the backfield. Maybe the Jaguars might have found something within during the bye week, possibly even another way to pay for items. Trident anyone? Anyway, the Colts will have another game at home and should get back to who they were before that big loss last week.
Bengals @ Texans: In Andy Dalton's career against Houston, he is 0-3 (0-2 in playoffs). I'm sure we all remember when Dalton threw the pick-6 at J.J. Watt in the playoffs for that 2011 season when both were rookies at the time. Well, the Bengals come back to Reliant Stadium where their playoff woes recently began.
Jets @ Bills: We don't know if this game will be played as originally planned due to the snowstorm that hit the Buffalo area a couple of days ago. Maybe we will get another Tuesday night game like a few years ago. I also saw on Twitter this morning that the game might relocate to either Toronto or Detroit. So we'll see. Going to last Thursday, some pretty questionable calls that went in Miami's favor. So, I think that will give them some extra motivation as they face New York (where ever that may be).
Buccaneers @ Bears: Lovie Smith and quarterback Josh McCown will enter familiar territory as they meet up against their former team at Soldier Field. I wonder if either of them feels some sort of contentment that Chicago is, to put it lightly, "underachieving" despite the fact Tampa Bay just won their second game last week. To put it out there, the Buccaneers are two games out of the NFC South (I might be wrong about that). But, I think that Lovie and McCown won't want anything more than to stick it to their former employer. Here here for revenge games.
Cardinals @ Seahawks: This time last year, Seattle was headed to their bye week with only one loss. Arizona on the other side was preparing for a game against Indianapolis while already having four losses. And now we are here where a one-loss Cardinals team will visit the four-loss Seahawks. Crazy, huh? For the remaining 6 games on the schedule, Seattle will face five divisional opponents while Arizona has four. Tough sledding for both sides as we will get to see how the NFC West shapes up by season's end. Detroit has a fairly potent offense so when Arizona held them to only six points and 164 passing yards (I picked that the Lions would win that game by the way), that is very good. They shouldn't have a problem against Seattle who's passing game hasn't been spectacular all season.
Rams @ Chargers: That seven point win for San Diego last week should be concerning. They only had one touchdown the entire game only because they had recovered a fumble at the opponents 22 yard line on their first drive. The rest of the Chargers' offensive drives were mostly punts with a smidge of field goal attempts (2 of 3 were made). I don't think they can do much worse but they will be playing a much more physical St. Louis defense who held a Peyton Manning-lead offense to seven points (season low) last week.
Dolphins @ Broncos: Peyton Manning is a master of adjustments. He will take what went wrong against St. Louis and will correct them for this game. As you may know, the Broncos will meet a physical defense (Miami) for the second week in a row. This time, however, it will be on their home field, and maybe weather will play a part. Now Denver's running game is awful so I do expect there will be some drives that end up with nothing. However, Ryan Tannehill's inability to throw deep passes (unlike what we saw Shaun Hill do last week) will cause for the Broncos defense to put pressure on Tannehill at a constant basis.
Redskins @ 49ers: I am not sure how this internal mess started with the Redskins but it is safe to say that there won't be a happy ending. They keep losing and someone will be held accountable for it. Maybe they should bring in Colt McCoy to start at quarterback. He had a big win last month, could settle things down for a while. I will ask the same thing about San Francisco and their deal: How did that start? Well despite what has been going around, they have answered the call with winning games.
Cowboys @ Giants: Much needed break for Tony Romo as the Cowboys gear up for a trip to New York to face the Giants on Sunday Night. With the so-so passing defenses for Dallas and the Giants, it should be exciting to watch how their respective receivers do. I have a feeling there's going to be a weird play in this game that we are accustomed to seeing when NFC East teams meet.
Ravens @ Saints: Looks like the Superdome is not what it used to be. Two straight home losses for New Orleans was unheard of for maybe six seasons. Rookie receiver Brandon Cooks, who has done pretty well as of late, will now be out for the season with a thumb injury. Subtract another weapon from Drew Brees' arsenal. Overall it will be a fun game to watch on Monday Night (we should hope) as the crowd will be louder than ever...and the Ravens will embrace it.
Bonus: Golden Gophers over Huskers, UCLA over USC, Arizona over Utah, and Notre Dame over Louisville
Go to to the second tweet that is there on the page, and you will see what I mean. Concerning the Jags-Colts matchup.