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What happened this past week?
Seattle moved to 10-2 to tie the Bills’ record as the best in the league. They did this by beating the Bengals 30-20. JJ Watt, Brandon Browner, and Dre Kirkpatrick were the big reason Seattle got this win as Lynch just couldn’t get it going (63 yds on 23 attempts). Seattle will get a nice treat in week 14 as they play the 1-11 Rams in what looks to be a possible blowout. The Arizona Cardinals took a step back in week 13 when they lost to PHI 44-14. The Eagles figured out how to handle Phillip Rivers’ in this one as they forced 3 interceptions. You better believe the Bengals will be watching the tape of this game and throwing some Philly style blitz packages at the Cardinals in their week 14 match up.
The Bears did a nice job in week 13 handling the Atlanta Falcons 10-7. This win will move them to 8-4 and in excellent position to make the playoffs. Look for them to put it all on Forte and the defense in these upcoming weeks. A big match up in week 14 will clear the fog in the NFC North race as Chicago and Minnesota meet up to see who wants it the most. Our experts expect it to be close but predict a Chicago win 23-14. Minnesota (7-5) regressed in week 13 when they lost to the Buccaneers 31-10. On the other hand, Detroit (6-6) is staying in race as they went out and beat the Saints 28-25. They will look to keep this streak alive in week 14 when they face the Atlanta Falcons.
The NFC South now looks to be a race between the Panthers (9-3) and the Saints (7-5). In week 13, Carolina did an excellent job on defense as they totaled 6 int’s in a 30-20 win over Tennessee. The Panthers will meet a playoff hungry team in Houston in week 14, so they will need that secondary to step up once again in order to slow down the tandem of Andre Johnson and AJ Green. The Saints lost some ground in week 13 when they lost to Detroit 25-28. New Orleans will need some better play out of the star qb and no more 7 int games like the one in Detroit if they hope to stay alive in the playoff race. The Saints will play Tampa Bay in week 14 in what looks to be a toss-up.
Much like the AFC South, the NFC East is now all notched up with two teams at the same record. Dallas (8-4) and Philadelphia (8-4) will look to gain some ground in their week 14 match ups against the Patriots and the Giants, respectively. Without question, Philadelphia is currently the hotter team of the two. Coming off a 44-14 beating on the Cardinals, the Eagles seem confident that they can do to Eli in week 14 what they did to Rivers in week 13. On the other hand, Dallas doesn’t seem so confident as the once 8-0 team is now 8-4 and nearer to missing the playoffs than ever. Someone on that o-line needs to step up if Dallas wants in the playoffs. Allowing 11 sacks to one player in a single game in unacceptable, and we could see some big offseason moves if this horrible play continues.
Key games to watch in week 14: