Heading into Week 14 of the 2023 NFL season, the stakes are higher than ever for teams looking to secure their spot in this season’s playoffs. We’re 14 weeks into my weekly predictions, and below you’ll find thoughts about today’s games. With some teams fighting for their postseason hopes and others vying for a higher seed, every game is crucial as we approach the conclusion of the regular season. So, buckle up and get ready for some thrilling matchups.
Here’s your open thread for the rest of NFL action this afternoon. Which teams do you think come out on top in Week 14?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. EST (CBS)
The division lead is up for grabs in this NFC South showdown. Right now, the Falcons hold claim to the top seed in the division, but the Buccaneers are right on their heels. Quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Mike Evans look like a match made in heaven over the last few weeks, and I think that continues.
Baker will roll and the Buccaneers will win this one by at least six.
Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. EST (FOX)
The Ravens are back where they’re supposed to be, at the top of the AFC North. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is playing at an elite level and should be in more MVP conversations. The Rams show up some weeks and decide to stay home other weeks. They’ll need everyone on their A game if they plan to compete with the Ravens.
Ravens win by double digits.
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. EST (FOX)
The Lions are for real and the division now runs through them. The Bears did as much as they could to support quarterback Justin Fields and bolster their defense, but nothing worked according to plan for them this season. Injuries on both sides of the ball and a ton of execution issues has Chicago on pace for two top-five draft picks in next April’s NFL Draft (the draft pick Chicago received from the Carolina Panthers is currently projected as first overall).
The Lions continue to roll with another win, while the Bears move their second pick up in the draft order.
Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. EST (CBS)
Quarterback Jake Browning shocked the world last week when he put together a 115 passer rating in a near-perfect performance during the Bengals’ win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’ll have to do it again. The Colts are a game behind the Jaguars, so they have all the motivation needed to try and win this one.
A big day for running back Zack Moss, the Colts run away with the W.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. EST (CBS)
Though the Jaguars will have quarterback Trevor Lawrence test his injured ankle in pregame warmups, it’s still possible they’re without him for a couple of weeks. The Browns have struggles of their own on offense, and I don’t think Joe Flacco is the answer to what ails them.
Jacksonville will ride running back Travis Etienne and wide receiver Calvin Ridley to victory.
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. EST (FOX)
The Saints are on a three-game losing streak and don’t want to make it four against the Panthers. Carolina is the worst team in the league and New Orleans can’t afford to be embarrassed against a team they should dominate.
Feed running back Alvin Kamara — it’’s simple. Saints win.
Houston Texans at New York Jets, 1 p.m. EST (CBS)
The Texans are ahead of schedule and it’s so much fun to watch this season. Rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud has rejuvenated the fan base and the team is in the mix for the playoffs. The Jets are going back to quarterback Zach Wilson. While it should be a good thing, to me it hurts the team to play him instead of just signing a vet to fill in for the remainder of the season.
Stroud wows again and Texans win in New Jersey.
Minnesota Vikings at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. EST (FOX)
The Vikings are getting wide receiver Justin Jefferson back, and he makes any quarterback better. The Raiders will be on the hunt for a quarterback again this offseason. For now, though, they’ll run the offense through running back Josh Jacobs — as they should.
Quarterback Joshua Dobbs’ magic shows up again and the Vikings beat the odds in Sin City.
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. EST (FOX)
The Seahawks are coming off of their best offensive performance all season. They’ll need to repeat that effort if they want to beat the 49ers on the road today. San Francisco looks like the best team in the NFL despite their record, and they’re positioning to go on a run at the right time.
Running back Christian McCaffrey for MVP — Niners win!
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. EST (CBS)
As strange as it is to say, the Broncos just might be the hottest team in the NFL right now. They’ve won five of their last six and quarterback Russell Wilson is starting to look a lot more like the right kind of vintage — the player he was for the Seahawks. The Chargers’ season hasn’t gone as expected but they’re still fighting every week. I expect a big showing by running back Austin Ekeler.
The Chargers win, giving the Broncos another taste of reality.
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. EST (CBS)
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Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. EST (NBC)
The last two weeks have shown us that the Eagles aren’t the team we thought they were. I know they beat the Bills, but it took an unhealthy amount of penalties for them to pull it off. Last week, they were blown out by the 49ers. The Cowboys have a top-three offense and will challenge Philadelphia the same way San Francisco did last weekend.
The Cowboys win by a touchdown.
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