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What happened this past week?
Seattle improve its record to 11-2 after barely sliding past the Rams 39-35. For the second time this year, the Seahawks were being blown out at half time (28-7), but they found a way to get back in the game and win by 4. The qb and hb play has to get better if Seattle wants to compete for a championship, but with guys like Dre Kirpatrick (1 sack, 2 ints, 115 int yds, and 1 td) on defense, the sky is the limit. Look for Seattle to lock up the second playoff spot in week 15 when they play the New York Giants. The now 8-5 Cardinals aren't so sure of their playoff chances after being handed a beating by the Bengals 30-12. Bad news though, it doesn't get any easier from here as they will play the Steelers in week 15 and then the Bears in week 16.
The NFC South got a little tricky this past weekend. Head coach for the Carolina Panthers (9-4) was suspended from the league after challenging Roger Goodell's ruling. This team will now head into the toughest weeks of the season with an interim coach, and this may give the New Orleans Saints (8-5) some hope. The Saints will be in a must win situation in week 15 against the Bears, so Brees better come to play and limit his turnovers if he wants his team to win.
Then there's the NFC East which looks more and more like the Philadelphia show. They have now won 3 in a row and will more than likely continue that red hot streak into week 15 against a down 49ers team. On the other hand, Dallas head coach, Chip Kelly, has just been given the boot after not showing up to his team's games the past weeks. This is obviously unacceptable behavior for a head coach, and it's a sad day for all Dallas fans as they were given the first sign of hope in nearly 15 years. This Cowboys team will more than likely continue its downward spiral against the Dolphins in week 15.
It looks like a battle between 3 teams in the NFC North. The Bears (9-4), the Vikes (7-6), and now the Lions (7-6) all face a must win situation in week 15 to keep their playoff hopes alive. In week 14, the Bears did a number on the Vikings as they went into Minnesota and won 28-10. Jay Cutler received the game ball after throwing all 4 touchdown strikes in this one. Let's see if he can keep slinging it like that in week 15 against the Saints. The Lions went out and stole a win from Atlanta in what was a very sloppy game. Atlanta needs to focus on their run game more if they hope to win because an 85/15 pass/run ratio won't get you very far in this league. The Lions will meet their toughest competition yet in week 15 when they go in to Kansas City and play the Chiefs. The Vikings may have the easiest matchup out of these three teams in week 15 as they go play the 3-10 Packers. However, with a guy like Aaron Rodgers throwing it around, you can't expect an easy win. Our experts predict an upset, Green Bay 27 Minnesota 17.
Key games to watch in week 15: