NFL Week 14 – What to Watch

Here are the four NFL Week 14 games we think are must watch games.

Niners at Saints: Sunday, 12.8 1:00 pm ET.

10-2 vs.10-2.  Can’t miss stuff. 

What to watch for:  Drew Brees versus that stout Niners defensive front.  The Saints have been held under fourteen points four times this season, with both losses in games where they didn’t break ten.  The Niners have allowed only 15 points per game so far this season. On the other side of the ball, the Niners second-ranked rushing offense (148 YPG) will clash at the line of scrimmage with a New Orleans defense that allows only 88.6 YPG, the third-fewest in the league. 

Ravens at Buffalo: Sunday, 12.8 1:00 pm ET. 

Hopefully you have two TVs, because this one is at the same time.  10-2 vs 9-3. Can’t miss this, either! Is picture-in-picture still a thing, or nah?

What to watch for:  We know what we want to see when the Ravens are in the house.  Lamar Jackson doing Lamar Jackson things. Here’s the issue: can he do those things in twenty-something degree weather?  I’m a big fan of a snow game, but just the bitter cold of Buffalo itself can do crazy things on the football field. Don’t be surprised to see a lower scoring game and some fight in these Bills.  They, and Josh Allen, are better than you think.  

Chiefs at Patriots: Sunday 12.8 4:25 pm ET. 

AFC Championship rematch? Yup, I’m in.  Just don’t expect this one to look like the games last year.  

What to watch for: In 2018, Patrick Mahomes threw for 647 yards, 7 TDs and 2 INTs in two games against New England.  They lost both games by a combined score of 80-71. This year, the Patriots offense has sputtered as Tom Brady tries to get on the same page with an ever evolving and oft-injured receiving corps.  That being said, the Chiefs have a serious defensive liability…they can’t stop the run. The Chiefs front has allowed over 140 yards per game on the ground, good for third-worst league wide. Expect the Patriots to exploit that vulnerability to good effect and keep Mahomes on the sidelines.  Expecting a good game here, just probably not the offensive fireworks we witnessed last season.  

Seahawks at Rams, Sunday, 12.8 8:20 pm ET. 

It might be too little, too late for the defending NFC Champs, who’ve been up and down all season long.  That doesn’t mean they’ll simply let the Seahawks snatch the division. 

What to watch for:  The Rams lost the first meetup of the season with Seattle up North at Century Link Field 30-29.  While they don’t exactly dominate at home (they’re 3-3 this season), anything is better than playing against the Seahawks AND the Twelfth Man.  The key for Los Angeles, as always, will be Todd Gurley. The Rams have won every game in which he’s rushed for over ninety yards. I expect to see Seattle load the box and force Gurley into the passing game, where he’s less effective.  The Rams are 2-3 in games in which Gurley catches more than two passes.  

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