5 NFL Teams That Will Definitely Win In Week 14
NFL Week 14: Five Teams Guaranteed To Win
Okay, so perhaps that’s a bit of a stretch. On the plus side, Jaguar fans, if your much-maligned team can pull out a victory against 2-10 Houston, you might yet avoid finishing at the bottom of the division. So, there’s that.
On the bright side, the rest of Week 14’s action is setting up to be a huge week for teams with playoff hopes, as only the Seattle Seahawks have even clinched a postseason berth. For any team on the fringe of the playoffs, every game is going to carry that one-and-done type of pressure.
In the AFC, the San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, and even the Pittsburgh Steelers are still fighting for what is essentially one Wild Card slot. The Ravens are in the driver’s seat right now, but just one misstep could allow any of the other three contenders right back into the race.
On the NFC side, three of the four division races look like they may come down to the wire. This week’s Monday night game features the Dallas Cowboys heading to Soldier Field to face the Chicago Bears, in prime time. Both teams desperately need this win to solidify their playoff hopes, and both have marquee players at the wide receiver position, but more on this matchup later.
So who’s going to come out on top in this action-packed week? Click on to see five teams that I think will definitely earn big-time wins in Week 14. As always, feel free to leave me a comment below or reach out on Twitter and let me know what you think!
5) San Diego Chargers
It’s do-or-die time for the Chargers. If they can win out, a 9-7 record may be enough to sneak into the AFC’s final Wild Card slot, but that begins by defeating the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon. Philip Rivers has had a remarkable season, and rookie receiver Keenan Allen has added a new depth to the passing game. The Giants are relatively stout against the pass, but the Chargers also lit up the Chiefs a few weeks ago. The Giants have curbed their turnovers to a degree, but with their playoff hopes basically over already, San Diego should take it down.
4) Arizona Cardinals
It’s still entirely possible that the NFC West could provide both of the Wild Card teams for their conference, and the Cardinals move one step closer with a home win over the St. Louis Rams this week. Michael Floyd is playing well opposite Larry Fitzgerald in the passing attack, and the Cardinals run defense should help bottle up Zac Stacy, one of the hottest running backs in the league over recent weeks. The Rams are a tough out with the explosive potential of Tavon Austin, but the Cards should come out on top in this division battle.
3) Dallas Cowboys
If the Cowboys are to win the NFC East title and host a playoff game, they can make a huge step in the right direction by defeating the Chicago Bears on the road this weekend. With big-name receivers like Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall, and the hot hand of Alshon Jeffery, this tilt looks like an aerial assault on paper, but the matchup to watch here is DeMarco Murray against an absolutely atrocious Bears run defense that gives up over 153 yards per game. If the 'Boys get the ground game going, it's going to be a long day for Chicago faithful.
2) New England Patriots
Fun fact: the Patriots are favored so heavily in this game, Vegas sports books won't even take action on it. New England is still technically in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the AFC, but will likely need to win out and get some help from Denver along the way. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady aren’t known for letting up on weaker competition, and with the Browns quarterback situation being, quite frankly, awful, this one could get ugly early.
1) Denver Broncos
The 10-2 Denver Broncos are in the driver’s seat for home-field advantage in the AFC, and Peyton Manning gets a shot at an old, familiar foe in the Tennessee Titans. With the exception of their loss to the Patriots, the Broncos have been a steamroller for most of the season, including handing the division rival Kansas City Chiefs two of their three losses thus far. The Titans are outmatched in almost every phase of the game, and the Mile High confines favor Denver tremendously.