Week 14 Matchup Predictions
Rams (5-6-1) @ Bills (5-7): The Bills can run the ball like it's nobody's business, but their porous defense negates that by allowing opponents to gash them on the ground as well. The Bills also turnover the ball at a high rate, while the Rams are one of the NFL's safer teams with the football. The Rams are 2-1-1 since their bye week with a win and a tie against the 49ers. The Bills may have five wins, but they have only beaten the Chiefs, Browns, Cardinals, Dolphins, and Jaguars - not the best collection of teams.
Rams win 24-20.
Cowboys (6-6) @ Bengals (7-5): The Cowboys have won by more than a touchdown only once all season, and it was against the Eagles when Michael Vick got hurt and rookie Nick Foles was thrown into the fire. Their only real impressive victory came on opening night against the Giants, when they beat them by seven in the Meadowlands. The Bengals are playing great football right now, coming off their fourth straight win. They dominated the first three games of that streak by an average of over 21 points per game, and Andy Dalton led a fourth quarter comeback for their most recent victory over the Chargers in San Diego. I'm going with the hotter team at home.
Bengals win 31-24.
Chiefs (2-10) @ Browns (4-8): The Chiefs defied the odds last week, putting up 27 points (tied for a season high), and taking down the Panthers at home, tightening the race for the first overall pick. Chiefs fans, with their team facing the Browns, may be thinking this is the week their team finally gets picked to win. Sorry, but since their bye week, the Browns have lost to the Cowboys in overtime at Jerry World, beat the Steelers at home, and topped the Raiders in Oakland. I like the Browns, who have been running the ball well and have played suffocating defense over the past six weeks.
Browns win 17-13.
Titans (4-8) @ Colts (8-4): With the exception of one fluke game against the Jaguars, the Colts' only losses have come on the road when their defense gives up 35+ points. When the defense holds the opponent to under 35 points, the Colts are 8-1. While the Titans' offense has reached 35+ points three times this season, they're averaging only 14.5 points per game since their bye week (two games).
Colts win 27-17.
Bears (8-4) @ Vikings (6-6): This is a situation that not many people expected to see - the Vikings taking on the Bears in Week 14 to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Vikings, 3-13 last season, shocked NFL fans by getting out to a 5-2 start this year, but have since gone 1-4, dropping their record to 6-6. If they want a shot at catching the Seahawks for the second wildcard spot, they'll likely need a win on Sunday, as the Seahawks are playing the Cardinals at home. The Bears (who just felt the wrath of the Seahawks themselves) are just as cold as the Vikings, winning only one of their last four games. That one win, however, was a 28-10 victory over the Vikings. The difference in this game will be that it's in Minnesota, Brian Urlacher is out, Tim Jennings is almost definitely out, the Bears are down at least two starting offensive linemen (and possibly three), and Adrian Peterson is coming off his best game of the season.
Vikings win 21-20.