Week 14 NFL Matchup Predictions

Week 14 Matchup Predictions

12/6/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

November 12, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) scrambles with the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsChargers (4-8) @ Steelers (7-5): Well, Charlie Batch's stint with the 2012 Steelers has certainly been interesting - he lost to the Browns in one of the ugliest games of the season, then beat the Ravens in Baltimore. Fortunately for Steelers fans, that era is over, as Ben Roethisberger is expected to return to action this week. Big Ben was having one of his best seasons as a pro before his injury, and I expect him to come out ready to sling it while his defense shuts down the Chargers' 26th ranked offense.

Steelers win 24-13.

Eagles (3-9) @ Buccaneers (6-6): Both of these teams have been surprises this season - the Eagles were picked by some to win the Super Bowl, and the Bucs were 4-12 last season and started this year 1-3. Since their poor start, the Bucs have proven that they can put points on the board (4th in the league) and shut down the run (1st in the league). So what do the Eagles have to do to counter that? Most likely, put up some points of their own by throwing the football. Unfortunately, they're ranked 29th in points, and 17th in passing (26th in yards per pass attempt).

Buccaneers win 31-21.

Ravens (9-3) @ Redskins (6-6): The Ravens were seemingly invincible at home (5-0 before last week), but somehow lost to Charlie Batch and the Steelers on their home turf this past Sunday. How do you explain that? Maybe by noting that Ray Rice got zero - ZERO - touches in the fourth quarter of a tight game. Anyway, I don't expect the Ravens, who have been very mediocre on the road (4-2, 16.5 points per game), to bounce back against RG3's red hot Redskins in Washington. That 4-2 road record of the Ravens looks solid, but keep in mind they beat Byron Leftwich when he had broken ribs, and got an extremely improbable win against the Chargers. I like RG3 to light up the Ravens 23rd ranked pass defense and for Flacco and company to not keep up.

Redskins win 30-20.
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Falcons (11-1) @ Panthers (3-9): The Falcons absolutely shut down Drew Brees and the Saints' offense last Thursday, while the Panthers lost to the 2-10 Chiefs, who put up a season high in points. The Panthers have continually lost tight games this season (0-7 in games decided by seven points or less), while the Falcons have continually won tight games (7-1 in games decided by seven points or less). Given these teams' recent performances, I expect that trend to continue.

Falcons win 28-24.

Jets (5-7) @ Jaguars (2-10): We were so close. It almost happened. Mark Sanchez seemed inches away from getting benched, but it didn't happen. Sanchez will start again, and maybe in part because head coach Rex Ryan doesn't want to throw Tim Tebow or Greg McElroy in against the lowly Jaguars and their 31st ranked defense, allowing them to light it up and make him look like an idiot for not benching Sanchez sooner. Sanchez does have some good games to his credit this season, and I think he can have another one this week. The Jets defense has dropped off severely from the past few years, but they're good enough to keep the Jaguars in check.

Jets win 24-16.
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12/7/12   |   JenX63   |   33288 respect

Great synopsis. I have found every time I think the Jags are gonna be horrible, they somehow are/aren't and pull it out. My upset is them.