5 Bold Predictions for NFL Week 14

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5 Bold Predictions for Week 14

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Here we are at Week 14 in the NFL. Several playoff spots have already been captured, as well as a few division titles. This is the time of year when crazy stuff begins to happen, both good and bad.

Players break records, teams become eliminated from playoff contention, and some coaches become eliminated as well. Anything can happen in the last four weeks of an NFL season.

There are bound to be some ho-hum games, and some things that we expect to happen, but what's fun is when you get the unexpected, or sometimes just things going beyond what most figured could happen.

Will Ben Roethlisberger be back? Is Ray Lewis ready to go again? Are the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons going to keep rolling? Lots of questions to be answered as the stretch run for the postseason gets into high gear.

There could be some record-breaking performances this week, and you may see some faces you've never seen. It's a sure thing at least one coach will sign his own death warrant, but which one will it be? Will your team be mathematically eliminated, or will they clinch?

Let's take a look at five bold predictions for this week, and by all means, call me out next week if I'm way off base on these (or call me out now if you're that sure).


Michael Collins is a Rant Sports NFL and MLB Network Manager, and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter and here on Facebook

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Nick Foles Gives The Buccaneers a Killshot

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Nick Foles looks to be the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback of the future. He's looked pretty good in his first couple of appearances. I think this week he'll have a breakout performance, and in the process, break the backs of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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RGIII Runs Wild in Upset of Ravens

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Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins are on a roll right now, and I don't expect that roll to end when they visit their neighbors in Baltimore. RGIII will slice his way through the Baltimore Ravens defense like he was a Ginsu slicing a tomato. Redskins upset the Ravens on the heels of RGIII...literally.

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Lions Get Schwartz-ed Again - Coach Loses Job

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Jim Schwartz has done a few boneheaded things in his tenure with the Detroit Lions. Surprisingly he's managed to survive as long as he has. This week coach Schwartz will find another way to waste the talent-loaded Lions, and the Ford family will have seen enough. Schwartz will somehow cost the Lions the game, and in the process, cost himself a job.

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Texans and Patriots Put Up Historic Score

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Both the Houston Texans and New England Patriots have shown this season that they can put up some huge numbers on offense...and give up some huge numbers on defense. Push will come to shove and neither the immovable object or the irresistible force will prevail, as the Texans and Patriots will put on an offensive showcase that breaks an NFL record for total points scored in a game.

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Rex Ryan Finally Gives Tebow a Shot

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Get out your screeching voices girls, because this is the week you've been waiting for. Last week Rex Ryan benched QB Mark Sanchez in favor of Greg McElroy, who led the New York Jets to a "stunning" 7-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals. This week, you can expect to see Tim Tebow finally take more than 2 consecutive snaps, as he'll undoubtedly finish the game for Sanchez, but the Jets will still come up short.