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- Week 14 Predictions: Open Race

Chris Pokorny December 11, 2004
Chris Pokorny
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It is week fourteen and playoff contention could not get any more complicated. While teams like the Eagles, Falcons, Chargers, Patriots, Steelers, and Colts are basically in for sure, there are division races in the NFC West and NFC North still. On top of that, the Panthers or Buccaneers as well as many other NFC teams can still win the wildcard. Now, on to this weeks predictions...

AFC Game of the Week
New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh
Just like when the Patriots went on their long winning streak, you couldn't go against them because they had overcome all of the "upset" talks, with the exception of the game against the Steelers of course. The Jets will definitely play tough with their excellent defense, but the Steelers just find ways to beat you. Whether they run, make a defensive play, or drive at the last second, they get the job done.

NFC Game of the Week
St. Louis vs. Carolina
A few weeks ago, I was starting how sad it was that the Panthers season was over because of injuries, when they were 1-7. Then at 2-7 and 3-7, I was proud of them for showing their pride. Now, they just keep on winning, and are one game out of the playoffs. I am rooting for the Panthers all the way, and if they make the playoffs, John Fox and that team should win a medal for their effort. This is the Panthers true test. The Rams are playing sluggish, and the Panthers beat the Rams in the playoffs last year in a classic game.

Record of the Week
Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston
Peyton Manning definitely has the ability to torch the Texans any day, like he did a few weeks ago. If he throws only 3 or 4 touchdowns today, then I'd assume he wants to save the celebration for home. Otherwise, he should get 5 and easily beat the Texans.

And now, the rest of the week; yes, I know I didn't have many games with headings this week...

Oakland vs. Atlanta
What you saw last week against Tampa Bay is why the Falcons are not going to the Super Bowl this year despite their record. They have those off games, and just one of those in the playoffs will ruin it for them. This week, they should be able to beat the Raiders, who have been playing well lately.

New York Giants vs. Baltimore
It's do or die time for the Ravens right now. Eli Manning has not beaten anyone, so the Ravens need to dominate him. They collapsed against Carson Palmer last week, but don't expect the same this week.

Cleveland vs. Buffalo
I think that Buffalo will win this game; but I'm sticking with my tradition of picking the Browns to win. The Bills have been on a hot streak lately, and would be a playoff team if they didn't start the season 0-4. Luke McCown, make Cleveland proud.

New Orleans vs. Dallas
There's a new star in Dallas: Julius Jones. This guy has been amazing, and the Cowboys offense has looked 100% better with him in there. The Cowboys defense should hold off the sloppy Saints.

Chicago vs. Jacksonville
The Jaguars playoff chances decreased with the loss to Pittsburgh last week, so all they can do is go out and play hard each week. They can win this game, despite what Chad Hutchinson did last week to the Vikings.

Seattle vs. Minnesota
This game is a toss-up. Talk about two inconsistent teams who should be much better than they are. I'll take the Vikings because of their home field advantage I suppose.

Cincinnati vs. New England
Tom Brady didn't have to do hardly anything against the Browns last week and the Patriots dominated the game. The Bengals are a very hot team coming in, but the Patriots will cool them down, and won't colapse like the Ravens did last week.

Miami vs. Denver
Denver must win this game because they are facing a bad team, are at home, and need to stay in the wildcard race. Jake Plummer can't have one of his 4 INT type days. Actually, maybe he can if Feely throws 5 INT's.

Detroit vs. Green Bay
The Packers performance on Monday Night was a rarity, and it won't happen again. The Packers need to rebound and not only win, but dominate, this game.

San Francisco vs. Arizona
Arizona could still win the division, so they must win this game. I don't know why Dennis Green ever went away from Josh McCown in the first place.

Tampa Bay vs. San Diego
Even though Vick was awful last week, give credit to the Buccaneers who looked like a shut down defense. This is an upset pick I suppose, because I have to believe the Chargers have to lose a game down the road.

Philadelphia vs. Washington
The Redskins finally scored over 20 points. In fact, they had 30! This week, they could easily go back to 0, in a blowout here.

Kansas City vs. Tennessee
The Chiefs will win on Monday Night, as the Titans have had too many injuries.

Last Week's Record: 8-8
Season Record: 108-84
Current Survivor Winning Streak: 5 games.
Survivor History:10 games(Tennessee over Miami in week one, New England over Arizona in week two, Seattle over San Francisco in week three, New England over Buffalo in week four, Indianapolis over Oakland in week five, Philadelphia over Carolina in week six, Denver over Cincinnati in week seven(lost), Seattle over Carolina in week eight, Seattle over San Francisco in week nine, New England over Buffalo in week ten, Philadelphia over Washington in week eleven, Indianapolis over Detroit in week twelve, Indianapolis over Tennessee in week thirteen.)

For my survivor this week, I will take the Indianapolis Colts over the Houston Texans. Here's hoping to a solid week of football!

-Chris Pokorny

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