NFL Game Rankings: Week 14
With that in mind, let's look at the best games on this weekend's schedule:
5. Detroit Lions (7-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-5) - 1 PM ET, FOX
After a two-game losing streak (which included a loss to the lowly Bucs), the Lions finally ended their streak of misery on Thanksgiving by crushing the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers. While that was a nice boost of momentum, there's no doubt that Philly has much more right now. Nick Foles has been phenomenal in helping lead the Eagles to four straight wins after a rough 3-5 start. The Eagles have the home-field advantage and all the momentum in the world; that's a recipe for victory.
4. Dallas Cowboys (7-5) at Chicago Bears (6-6) - 8:30 PM ET, ESPN (MNF)
A few weeks ago, it seemed like this would be the game that Jay Cutler returned at quarterback for Chicago. Now, that may no longer be the case. Cutler's return is up in the air at this point, which obviously impacts how this game will play out. The Bears haven't found much success during Cutler's injuries this season, and given what's at stake for Dallas, this will be another challenging task if he is ruled out for Monday.
3. Indianpolis Colts (8-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) - 1 PM ET, CBS
The Colts won the AFC showdown with the Titans, so that's good news. However, their inconsistency is still a major issue. They essentially locked up the AFC South after the Tennessee win, but they may not last long in the postseason if they can't find some type of rhythm and stop the "win one, lose one" trend. Meanwhile, Cincinnati is coming off of an impressive west coast win in San Diego and is well on its way to clinching the AFC North. It's hard to pick against the Bengals at home here given Indy's up-and-down nature.
2. Carolina Panthers (9-3) at New Orleans Saints (9-3) - 8:30 PM ET, NBC
Going into Seattle and winning is something no one has done this season. But the Saints weren't even close. They were routed by the Seahawks on Monday Night Football, and now have to bounce back against a Carolina team that has won eight games in a row. Of course, the positive for the Saints is that they are undefeated at home and have been rather dominant in accomplishing that feat. There's something about Cam Newton and the Panthers that make me want to pick them -- but betting against Drew Brees at home following a loss may not be the brightest of ideas.
1. Seattle Seahawks (11-1) at San Francisco 49ers (8-4) - 4:25 PM ET, FOX
The Seahawks showed on Monday night why they are without question the best team in the NFL. This will be no easy task this week though. With Seattle coming off the huge showdown with the Saints, it has to turn around and play its fiercest division rivals on the road. While Pete Carroll's team has been obliterating people at home, there have been a few struggles on the road. The Niners remember Seattle walking all over them back in week two, and my guess is that this result will be dramatically different. This is the perfect spot for San Francisco to steal a victory.
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