Storylines: With the Christmas season coming soon, for team such as the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, and Pittsburgh Steelers, every win becomes ever more important in their quests to secure a playoff spot in January and contend for the Superbowl.
Rookie sensation Andrew Luck has already been labeled by NFL.com as “King of the Comeback”. With five comeback wins, including the dramatic last second win last week against the Detroit Lions, not only has Andrew left a lasting imprint on his Indianapolis Colts, but on the entire NFL. Will the Colts need another more of his comeback heroics as the host the struggling Tennessee Titans.
The Pittsburgh Steelers signature victory of the season came last week against the Baltimore Ravens, as Charlie Batch led his team to a 23-20 comeback victory; a victory many have said helped save their season. One of the most emotional moment of the 2012 season was Charlie’s embrace with Ben Roethlisberger, following Shawn Suisham‘s successful game-ending field goal. With the return Ben in the lineup, the Steelers are making their surge for their 9th playoff appearance in the last 12 years, as they host Antonio Gates and the San Diego Chargers.
One has to question the future of Alex Smith on the San Francisco 49ers. Once the bonified starting quarterback on his team, he now sees himself playing the role of backup to second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick. After a shaking performance last week in a stunning defeat against the St. Louis Rams, Colin is getting the nod again to start against a stingy Miami Dolphins defense. Will Colin rise to the occasion, or will this game result in the return of Alex Smith?
One week has past since the tragedy that struck Aarowhead. The Kansas City Chiefs were able to find the spiritual strength needed in their victory against the Carolina Panthers. Will they be able use this spiritual momentum and come out with a victory this week against the Cleveland Browns?
The Baltimore Ravens road to clinching their division is not going to see many bumps and obstacles. After their heartbreaking defeat against the Steelers, the Ravens are set to face arguably the most athletic quarterback in the NFL in rookie sensationRobert Griffin III. For the Griffin and his Washington Redskins, a victory against the Ravens could put them a step closer to contention for their first playoff appearance since the 2007 season.
NFL Week 14 Score Predictions
* Indicates Bold prediction of the week
Rams vs. Bills – The Bills with C.J Spiller and co. have a wide arsenal of Running backs that will likely give the Rams defense trouble.
Falcons vs. Panthers – I believe the Cam Newton will put on a good performance against this team; unfortunately it won’t result in a victory.
Cowboys vs Bengals– Hmmm, Tony Romo vs A.J Dalton. Good matchup, but I believe defense will be the factor in this game.
Patriots vs Texans – This is going to be a clash of two giants whom are already playoff bound. I believe that the Texans whom have trouble in their previous overtime victories, will have trouble dealing with Tom Brady.
Chiefs vs. Browns – This Chiefs team has found new life after tragedy. Even though the Browns do have more weapons, I can see the Chiefs win this game by sheer desire.
Titans vs. Colts – Andrew Luck is the real deal and the Titans are about to find out
Jets vs Jaguars – In a battle of two very underachieving teams, the Jaguars are just that much worse.
Bears vs Vikings – With Jay Cutler will do his job. The Bears defense will make life very hard for Adrian Peterson
Chargers vs Steelers – Coming off an emotional win against a tough Ravens teams, the return of Ben Roethlisberger, and playing in Heinz Field; the Steelers have all the momentum in this game.
*Lions vs. Packers – The Packers defense is average at best; when you consider that they will be facing Calvin Johnson without All Pro Clay Matthews III, makes it much harder to neutralize him. The Colts last week needed last second heroics to beat a very talented Lions team; however, this is a new week and the Lions will likely get it right.
Eagles vs Buccaneers – Unless Josh Freeman has an awful game, I don’t see Nick Foles getting the job done for a very underachieving Eagles team.
Ravens vs Redskins – This is one of the most intriguing match ups of the season. If the Ravens defense is able to disturb Robert Griffin III, he will not be able to run his playactions plays efficiently.
Dolphins vs. 49ers – San Francisco is generally hard team to beat; especially when they are playing at home following a defeat.
Saints vs. Giants – Two teams whom cannot afford another loss, which makes for an intense matchup. In this case defense will be key, which favors the New York.
Cardinals vs. Seahawks – At this point, the Cardinals can only just try their best to win this game. But when you play a team as intense and resilient as Seattle, it likely will not happen.