NFL Week 14 Preview: More possible thrillers on slate this Sunday

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NFL Week 14 Preview: More possible thrillers on slate this Sunday

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Michael Raupp, Sports Editor

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Michael Raupp, Editor

Overall Record: 70-43-1

Thursday Night Score: Dallas Cowboys (6-7) 24, Chicago Bears (7-6) 31

Best Pick Of Last Week: Baltimore over San Francisco

Worst Pick Of Last Week: None

 

My Five Best Games of the Weekend:

 

Baltimore Ravens (10-2) @ Buffalo Bills (9-3)

Sunday, Noon (CBS)

The Ravens are indisputably the hottest team in the league; winning eight in a row is impressive regardless of the opponent — but Baltimore has gone through the gauntlet to be the current AFC leader, defeating Seattle, New England, Houston, Los Angeles (Rams), and San Francisco during their streak. Therefore, a game against the 9-3 Buffalo Bills that was too much for the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving should be quick work for the NFL’s top offense. Buffalo’s defense is no slouch, but nobody can stop Lamar Jackson and his supporting cast.

Josh Allen was fantastic for the Bills on Thanksgiving, however, he will have trouble keeping up with the Ravens, especially with Buffalo’s defense being vulnerable against the run has to face the number one rushing attack in the league.

Don’t count them out, but there will be better days for the Bills than this one.

Ravens 35, Bills 24

San Francisco 49ers (10-2) @ New Orleans Saints (10-2)

Sunday, Noon (FOX)

San Francisco came up just short in the sloppy conditions against Baltimore last Sunday in a possible Super Bowl preview, but the 49ers focus right now is on winning the NFC West. Seattle’s win over Minnesota propelled them into first place in the division and dropped San Francisco to the fifth seed in the playoff picture. Life does not get much easier for them heading to another tough environment for the second straight week. With that said, though, playing in the comfort of indoors compared to a downpour is presumably desired. 

New Orleans continues to have one of the league’s top offenses behind the performances of Brees, Thomas, and others, however, the mobility of Brees is nowhere near what they faced in Baltimore. If the 49ers can establish their potent running game on offense and keep Garoppolo from third and long, the team can unleash their pass rushers unlike last week. 

49ers take a nail-biter to keep pace with Seattle before their Week 17 showdown.

49ers 38, Saints 35

Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) @ New England Patriots (10-2)

Sunday, 3:25 (CBS)

This game has been circled on calendars since the 2019 schedule was released for many reasons: the first rematch of last years AFC Championship that went to overtime to send the Patriots to the Super Bowl, the quarterback match-up, a potent offense against a stout Patriots defense, a chess match between top coaches, etc. 

Kansas City is still searching for a signature victory since their early season defeat of the Baltimore Ravens who are a far different now then they were back in Week 3. Meanwhile, the Patriots offensive struggles continued last Sunday night in a dud versus the Texans, but seemed to find some sort of spark in garbage time. Brady will need to build off that because Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs found their groove last week against the Raiders. 

The Patriots have the benefit of playing at Gillette Stadium, but until the Patriots put the offensive pieces together –the running game especially — they will have trouble keeping up with Mahomes and others despite having an elite defense and a first ballot hall of fame quarterback. 

Chiefs 28, Patriots 24

Tennessee Titans (7-5) @ Oakland Raiders (6-6)

Sunday, 3:25 (CBS)

Just a few weeks ago, the Raiders were in prime position for a wild card position. Losses to the Jets and Chiefs have put them in must win territory against another team fighting for a playoff position.

Oakland’s offense has been nonexistent for the last three weeks, thus facing a defense that are allowing less than 20 points per game does not bode well. 

Tennessee leans on workhorse Derrick Henry to victory in their push for the second wild card spot.

Titans 24, Raiders 17

Seattle Seahawks (10-2) @ Los Angeles Rams (7-5)

Sunday, 7:20 (NBC)

Seattle is back in prime-time for the third time in four weeks and are looking for their third victory in such games. Last week’s win against Minnesota took Seattle from a wild card spot to the division lead, but must continue taking care of business to remain in the lead. If Seattle and San Francisco continue to win, the division could come down to the wire in Seattle Week 17. For now, the Seahawks first have to take care of the Rams, but will despite the Rams offensive resurgence last weekend.

Seahawks 30, Rams 23