NFL Week Fourteen Predictions (2019)

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NFL Week Fourteen Predictions (2019)

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers scrambles in the middle of a snowy game vs the Giants. The Packers would win the game 31-13.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers scrambles in the middle of a snowy game vs the Giants. The Packers would win the game 31-13.

Credit to: Adam Hunger/Associated Press

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers scrambles in the middle of a snowy game vs the Giants. The Packers would win the game 31-13.

Credit to: Adam Hunger/Associated Press

Credit to: Adam Hunger/Associated Press

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers scrambles in the middle of a snowy game vs the Giants. The Packers would win the game 31-13.

Carson Zorn, Writer

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The NFL regular season is nearing its end and the playoffs are mostly set. There are some Wild Card mix-ups that could still happen, but it’s mostly clear as to who’s in and who’s out. It’s crazy how fast this season has gone, but the playoffs are going to be fun this year, That said, here are my week 14 predictions.

Week 13 Takeaways:

  • The Bears need to move on from Trubisky
  • The Bills could win the AFC East
  • Matt Ryan is no longer a Top 10 QB
  • The Titans can push for the sixth seed
  • The Ravens are Super Bowl contenders
  • The Bengals have the tools to win a game
  • The Browns are officially the most disappointing team
  • The Eagles are not going to win the NFC East
  • The Panthers can not stick with Kyle Allen
  • Daniel Jones might not be the Giants franchise QB
  • The Jaguars shouldn’t have signed Foles
  • The Cardinals won’t make the playoffs for at least another two years
  • The Raiders have lost all hope of the playoffs
  • The Chargers only lose heartbreakers
  • The Patriots lack WR depth
  • The Seahawks are the best team in the NFC

Record:

Last Week: 8-8

Total: 116-74

 

Thursday Night Game:

Cowboys vs Bears:

The Cowboys just can’t beat a team with a winning record. Luckily for them, the Bears don’t have one. Both of these teams sit at 6-6, but somehow the Cowboys are still the division leader in the NFC East. Want to know how bad the NFC East is? The 3-9 Redskins could still win the division. It’s that bad. Also, the Cowboys just seemed to forget that Ezekiel Elliot was on their team last week. Will they do that again this week? I’m optimistically saying no and predicting that the Cowboys will beat the Bears on Thursday night. The Bears just don’t have the tools to be a winning football team and the Cowboys will expose that and win.

Cowboys Win 21-17

 

Sunday 1:00 Games:

Colts vs Buccaneers:

This game could end up being a shoot-out, and I like the Buccaneers better to win a shoot-out. Sure, the Colts are the better team, but their offense pales in comparison to the Buccaneers, and the Buccaneers have a QB who commits turnovers left and right. The Colts like to lean on the run game, and the Buccaneers are able to stop the run with ease. Meaning that Jacoby Brissett will have to throw, and that won’t equate to a positive for the Colts, but for the Buccaneers.

Buccaneers Win 27-21

 

Ravens vs Bills:

This is the game of the week. Two extremely mobile QBs face off in what should be a pretty high scoring game. Yes, I know both of these defenses are great, but when you have Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen on the same field, it doesn’t matter how good the defense is, points will be scored. This game might not be as simple to pick as it may seem, because while the Ravens are probably the best team in the NFL, the Bills are pretty good too. But, I do think the Ravens will win this game because they have the MVP on their team and he will lead them to a tough road win over Buffalo.

Ravens Win 28-24

 

Lions vs Vikings:

The Lions are just terrible and the Vikings are a playoff team, no difficulty in making my pick here, the Vikings will win this game easily, no matter who the Lions start at QB.

Vikings Win 30-14

 

Redskins vs Packers:

The Redskins are coming off a surprise win against the Panthers last week, but their momentum will stop dead in its tracks when it meets the Green Bay Packers. The Packers had an impressive win last week over the Giants and they will continue their win streak with ease. If you have Aaron Rodgers in fantasy, put him in your lineup, because he is going to light up the Redskins defense.

Packers Win 33-17

 

Broncos vs Texans:

The Texans showed up the Patriots last week and joined the Ravens as the only team to beat them so far this year. So beating Denver should be a cinch, right? Not necessarily. Although I think the Texans will win this game, the Broncos have been surprisingly competitive without Joe Flacco. Sure, they haven’t been able to turn it into many wins, but they keep themselves in games. But, DeShaun Watson is too explosive to lose to the Broncos, so he won’t and the Texans will basically clinch the playoffs with this win.

Texans Win 24-14

 

49ers vs Saints:

It is a crime that this game is in the 1:00 window. This is a great NFC matchup, but the 49ers have a bit more to play for. The Saints have already clinched their division (no surprise there) and are basically guaranteed a 1 or 2 seed, and can just put their season on cruise control. The 49ers, on the other hand are still fighting for first in their division and are currently a Wild Card team, as crazy as that sounds. So, even though many would pick the Saints in this one, I feel like the 49ers will want it more, and pull off the upset in the Big Easy.

49ers Win 24-21

 

Bengals vs Browns:

The Bengals got their first win of the season last week! Bengals fans rejoice! You won’t be dealing with an 0-16 season. Now stop your celebration and hope that the Bengals lose this game to maintain the first overall draft pick. The Browns have been nowhere near as good as they should be with the talent on their roster, but they should be able to handle the Bengals with ease. Andy Dalton will try to show off for free agency, but ultimately it just won’t be enough to get the job done against the Browns in Cleveland. This might be a different story later in the year in Cincinnati, though. 

Browns Win 24-21

 

Panthers vs Falcons:

The Panthers fired Head Coach Ron Rivera after an embarrassing loss last week to the Redskins, and that basically ends their already declining season. RB Christian McCaffrey should still be able to put up big numbers for the rest of the season, but the Panthers are done. So are the Falcons, who have been on a continuous decline since their Super Bowl loss. But, given that the Falcons still have their Head Coach (even though he’s not a good one), I think they will win this game at home. 

Falcons Win 27-21

 

Dolphins vs Jets:

I’m dubbing this game the “Who Cares?” game of the week. Both of these teams are bottom barrel AFC East teams just fighting for a better draft position. The Dolphins beat the Jets a couple weeks ago, and honestly after beating the Eagles last week, I think they’ll do it again. The Dolphins don’t have to tank as hard with Tua potentially falling in the draft, meaning they can afford to win this game, which they will.

Dolphins Win 30-24

 

Sunday 4:00 Games:

Chargers vs Jaguars:

I had high hopes for both of these teams at the beginning of the season, and they’ve drastically underperformed. But, Minshew Mania is back in Jacksonville, and I think that’s the spark they’ll need to win this game. But Jaguars fans still will be haunted by the fact that Nick Foles is guaranteed $50 million. 

Jaguars Win 21-17

 

Chiefs vs Patriots:

This is another great game that deserves to be in this time frame, it may be even better suited as a Primetime game, but at least it’s not in the 1:00 slot. The Chiefs put up a lot of points against the Raiders last week and separated themselves from the threat of losing the division. But, even after a harrowing loss, I still think the Patriots are the better team. Look, this happens every year. The Patriots lose a couple games near the end of the season to some pretty talented teams and everyone overreacts, saying that the dynasty is finally over. Then, the Patriots go on to win the Super Bowl. It happens almost without fail for the past couple years. The Patriots are going to win this game because they are the better overall team, but that doesn’t mean this won’t be a fun game to watch.

Patriots Win 35-33 

 

Titans vs Raiders:

The Raiders are pretty much out of the playoff hunt at this point, but the Titans are very much so still in it. I feel like I say this every week, but they look so much better with Ryan Tannehill under center and they will keep looking good this week against the Raiders. RB Derrick Henry will be a nightmare for the Raiders rush defense to try to stop, equating to more passing freedom for Tannehill on 3rd down situations. The Titans are going to win this one and stay in the Wild Card hunt.

Titans Win 30-21

 

Steelers vs Cardinals:

The Steelers are winning games with their third string QB. I have to respect them for that, and respect them I will. The Cardinals ‘Air Raid’ offensive attack has been figured out by most defenses recently (and I grossly over predicted their ability to win a game) and the Steelers defense will figure out how to shut it down. The Steelers offense has not been operating at max efficiency, so that has me worried about their chances to beat out the Titans for the final Wild Card spot, but I still think they get this win.

Steelers Win 23-16

 

Sunday Night Game:

Seahawks vs Rams:

If the Rams were playing good football, this would be an awesome game. But, the Seahawks are miles ahead of them in talent and game-winning ability, leading this to be a surprisingly easy win for the Seahawks. Jared Goff will resort to his usual form and Todd Gurley will struggle to get anything going on the ground behind that atrocious O-Line, leading to everything falling into place for a Seahawks victory. 

Seahawks Win 27-17

 

Monday Night Game:

Giants vs Eagles:

Eli Manning is back! Doesn’t make a difference though because the Eagles are going to win this game easily. Yes, I know they just lost to the Dolphins, but they are still a better football team than the Giants, and it will show in this game. Carson Wentz should have another good day passing while Manning will struggle to get back in the groove of starting at QB.

Eagles Win 28-13

 

Those are my week 14 predictions. What did I get wrong? Is your team going to win? Let me know by leaving a comment. As always, enjoy some football this weekend.