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Insiders predict: NFL Week 14 winners

Stacker Logo By Nick Bornheimer, Alex Petakas of Stacker | Slide 1 of 31: Week 13 saw the New Orleans Saints clinch the season’s first playoff berth, while five teams—the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, and New York Giants—joined the Cincinnati Bengals as teams officially eliminated from the postseason. The New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers could have each punched their ticket to the playoffs with a victory (and some help), but both squads suffered their second loss of the season and now, two teams that looked like guaranteed top seeds may fall into wild-card slots. If the season ended today, in fact, the 49ers would be a wild-card team.

This week, six more teams, based on a myriad of scenarios, have an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot. Four AFC teams—the Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Buffalo Bills, and the Baltimore Ravens, and two NFC teams—the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks can each find a path in. Conversely, seven teams could be done depending on how things play out. Four AFC teams—the New York Jets, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Denver Broncos, and the Los Angeles Chargers, and three NFC teams—the Washington Redskins, the Carolina Panthers, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the brink of elimination.

With Week 14 upon us, 75% of the NFL regular season has been played out. It’s now or never for a handful of squads hoping to stay alive. Highlighted below are a few matchups with major implications moving forward.

Cowboys @ Bears: The Bears aren’t dead quite yet, but it’s close. The NFC East has been a dumpster fire the last few weeks, but the Cowboys, at 6-6, remain atop the division. They can’t afford to lose again this week and bank on another Philadelphia faux pas.

Ravens @ Bills: The Ravens claimed the #1 spot in the AFC after the New England Patriots fell last week. They’ll try to continue driving momentum against a Buffalo defense which ranks as one of the best in the league. Both teams have an opportunity to punch their postseason ticket.

49ers @ Saints: This game might be what decides a first-round bye come January. New Orleans has already clinched their division, while San Francisco looks to reclaim the top spot in the NFC West after being unseated by the Seahawks when Seattle bested Minnesota on Monday night.

Chiefs @ Patriots: A potential playoff preview and a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship overtime thriller. It was Tom Brady and Bill Belichick who bested Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid last go-round and went on to earn their sixth title together. This is another matchup where either team could secure a postseason berth.

Seahawks @ Rams: The power has been shifted in the NFC West, and now it’s the Seahawks on top. The Rams have no shot at repeating as division champions again this season, but are holding out hope for a wild-card spot. Hope turns into a Hail Mary prayer without a victory over their red hot division foe.

Insiders predicts are based on the team that is favored to win, which is based on consensus betting odds and spread on MSN.com as of Dec. 4, 2019. Team stats were gathered from NFL.com. Check out the live odds at MSN.com.

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Insiders predict: NFL Week 14 winners

Week 13 saw the New Orleans Saints clinch the season’s first playoff berth, while five teams — the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, and New York Giants — joined the Cincinnati Bengals as teams officially eliminated from the postseason. The New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers could have each punched their ticket to the playoffs with a victory (and some help), but both squads suffered their second loss of the season and now, two teams that looked like guaranteed top seeds, may fall into wild-card slots. If the season ended today, in fact, the 49ers would be a wild-card team.

This week, six more teams, based on a myriad of scenarios, have an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot. Four AFC teams — the Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Baltimore Ravens, and two NFC teams — the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks can each find a path in. Conversely, seven teams could be done depending on how things play out. Four AFC teams — the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, and Los Angeles Chargers, and three NFC teams — the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the brink of elimination.

With Week 14 upon us, 75% of the NFL regular season has been played out. It’s now or never for a handful of squads hoping to stay alive. Highlighted below are a few matchups with major implications moving forward.

Ravens @ Bills: The Ravens claimed the No. 1 spot in the AFC after the New England Patriots fell last week. They’ll try to continue driving momentum against a Buffalo defense which ranks as one of the best in the league. Both teams have an opportunity to punch their postseason ticket.

49ers @ Saints: This game might be what decides a first-round bye come January. New Orleans has already clinched their division, while San Francisco looks to reclaim the top spot in the NFC West after being unseated by the Seahawks when Seattle bested Minnesota on Monday night.

Chiefs @ Patriots: A potential playoff preview and a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship overtime thriller. It was Tom Brady and Bill Belichick who bested Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid last go-round and went on to earn their sixth Super Bowl title together. This is another matchup where either team could secure a postseason berth.

Seahawks @ Rams: The power has shifted in the NFC West, and now it’s the Seahawks on top. The Rams have no shot at repeating as division champions this season, but are holding out hope for a wild-card spot. Hope turns into a Hail Mary prayer without a victory over their red-hot division foe.

Insiders predicts are based on the team that is favored to win, which is based on consensus betting odds and spread on MSN.com as of Dec. 4, 2019. Team stats were gathered from NFL.com. Check out the live odds at MSN.com.

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