Week 14 Matchup Predictions
49ers win 27-17.
Saints (5-7) @ Giants (7-5): The Giants have been their usual selves lately, getting blown out by the Bengals, blowing out the Packers, then losing to the Redskins over their past three games. Just when the Giants look like they've got it all figured out, they fall apart, and just when they look like they're in trouble, they find a way to win. With the Redskins and Cowboys breathing down their neck, just one game behind for the NFC East lead, this week falls under the latter category. The Saints have been a bad road team in recent years, and are 2-4 away from home this season. I expect them to continue their road struggles, and for the Giants to give their fans a little sigh of relief.
Giants win 28-21.
Cardinals (4-8) @ Seahawks (7-5): The Cardinals pulled off a surprise win against the Seahawks on opening weekend, but a lot has changed since that game. First of all, the Cardinals are playing far worse at this point in the season, losing their eighth straight game to the Jets on Sunday. Second, this game will be in Seattle, where the Seahawks are a far better football team. In addition, Kevin Kolb is injured, and rookie Russell Wilson is way more experienced than he was in their first matchup. The Seahawks may have lost cornerback Brandon Browner to suspension, but they still have Richard Sherman to cover Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals will severely struggle to move the ball.
Seahawks win 23-10.
Lions (4-8) @ Packers (8-4): The Lions have now lost three straight games in which they had the lead inside the final two minutes. I picked the Lions to squeeze out a win when they played the Packers three weeks ago in Detroit, but that was the first of their late-game blunders. They'll now head to Lambeau Field, where the Packers are 5-1 (only loss was opening weekend to the 49ers), and Aaron Rodgers knows it's time for him to get his team that first round bye in the playoffs.
Packers win 31-24.
Texans (11-1) @ Patriots (9-3): I'm a fan of the Texans. I think they're a good team. I don't mean to take anything away from them, but take a look at their "impressive" wins: the Broncos in Week 3, when Peyton and his teammates were developing chemistry and struggling... the Ravens, who average 16.5 points on the road, in Houston... the Bears, who didn't have Jay Cutler for the entire second half... and the Lions, who gave the Texans a gift when Jim Schwartz idiotically challenged an automatically-reviewed play which allowed one of sports' dumbest rules to be enforced. They're not going to have any of that luck when they face off with Tom Brady and the Patriots in New England. The Patriots have won six straight games, including a dominating 59-24 win over Andrew Luck's 8-4 Colts. They have the top ranked offense with the least giveaways in the league, while their defense forces the second most turnovers in the league - a deadly combination.
Patriots win 34-27.