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Week 14 NFL Preview

   by Matt Fargo - 12/09/2010

New England took over first place in the AFC East as it destroyed the Jets on Monday night. The Patriots have the inside track to the number one seed in the AFC.

Pittsburgh won its battle with the Ravens thanks to a huge turnover late in the game that set up the winning score. The Steelers now have three straight games at home.

Atlanta has won six straight games which is the longest current streak in the NFL following a win in Tampa Bay. It stays on the road for another divisional game.

Green Bay bounced back from its loss in Atlanta to keep pace with the Bears in the NFC North. The Packers need to avoid a possible sandwich game in Detroit this week.

The Jets came back down to earth as they were throttled in New England on Monday night. New York is 8-0 against non-playoff teams but just 1-3 against the NFL’s top ten.

Baltimore lost a tough one against Pittsburgh and it needs to avoid a letdown in Houston on Monday. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is calling it the worst loss in three years.

New Orleans pulled off another come-from-behind win for a second straight week to make it five straight wins. The Saints host St. Louis before two more road games.

Philadelphia picked up a big win on Thursday against the Texans as it rallied from a late deficit. Three of the Eagles final four games are divisional including the next two on the road.

The Bears keep quieting the skeptics as they have now won five straight games. They catch the Patriots at home in a possible letdown situation after their Jets win.

The Giants easily took care of the Redskins to keep pace in the NFC East. Three of their final four games are on the road with the lone home game being against the Eagles.

Kansas City won ugly against the reeling Broncos but increased its lead to two games in the AFC West. The Chiefs can eliminate the Chargers with a win this week.

San Diego needed to avoid a loss against the Raiders and it could not do it. The Chargers are now in a must win situation against the Chiefs at home or their season is done.

Indianapolis has lost three straight games for the first time since 2002 but at 6-6, it is just a game out of first place. This is the worst time for a short week of preparation.

Miami has alternated wins and losses in its last nine games which is good news for this week. The bad news is the Dolphins are catching an angry Jets team on the road.

Tampa Bay is losing momentum as it has dropped two straight games to fall three games behind Atlanta in the AFC South and a game behind two teams for the final Wild Card spot.

Jacksonville took care of business at Tennessee to take over sole possession of first place in the AFC South. The Jaguars are laying their highest number this week against the Raiders.

The Raiders completed the sweep of the Chargers and they will be rooting for San Diego this week the take out Kansas City. However, they need to take care of business first and foremost.

Cleveland has now won four of its last six games despite being outgained in four of those six games. The Browns are in Buffalo before closing with three straight divisional games.

All it took was a coaching change for the Vikings to get rejuvenated. It looks as though Brett Favre will be able to keep his streak going even though he is listed as questionable.

Tennessee is all but done after losing at home against the Jaguars. The Titans have lost five straight games and host the Colts this week which are in a must win situation.

Houston outgained the Eagles Thursday but once again imploded in the fourth quarter. It was the Texans fourth straight loss where they have been tied or had the lead in the final period.

St. Louis won for the second straight time on the road, its first two-game road winning streak since 2007. The Rams have not won three straight on the road since 2003.

Washington fell behind early against the Giants and could not recover. It’s hard to win many games when being outgained in 10 of 11 games which the Redskins have.

Dallas defeated the Colts in one of the most entertaining and action-packed games of the weekend. The Cowboys blew two different double-digit leads before prevailing in overtime.

Seattle held on to a share of the NFC West lead with a come-from-behind win over the Panthers. The Seahawks can end the 49ers season with a road win this week.

San Francisco is still alive despite a 4-8 record which shows how bad the NFC West is. If the 49ers defeat Seattle this week, they will likely be just a game out of first place.

Detroit once again played good and once again went down in defeat. The Lions host their third home game and straight playoff contender this week as the Packers come to town.

Cincinnati let another one slip away as the Bengals allowed a touchdown with 31 seconds remaining. Seven of the nine losses during this skid have been by just one possession.

Denver lost a tough one in Kansas City and lost its coach the next day. Josh McDaniels was fired Monday following a 5-17 run dating back to the first half of last season.

At least the Bills didn’t suffer another gut-wrenching loss as they were pounded by a Brett Favre-less Vikings team. The Battle of Lake Erie takes place this week against the Browns.

Arizona lost its seventh straight game and has been outgained in nine of its last 10 games. They host the Broncos in what could be one of the worst games of the entire season.

Carolina remains at the bottom of the rankings for the eighth straight week after blowing a 14-3 lead against Seattle. The Panthers hope to catch Atlanta in a letdown spot this week.

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