NFL Week 14 viewer's guide

The New Orleans Saints and New York Giants each face a pivotal point in their respective seasons. The Minnesota Vikings host the Chicago Bears for a big NFC North clash. The Houston Texans visit Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots in a Monday nighter with major playoff implications.

    • Baltimore at Washington

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      A win would be big for both teams with regards to the playoffs, but the 'Skins need it just a bit more as they scrape and claw to sit at the cool table. Washington probably wouldn't mind some bragging rights, either. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Ravens victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Joe Flacco can't be trusted on the road, which makes him a huge risk against the Redskins. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Redskins turned the NFC East into a three-team, four-game sprint to the finish with a Week 13 win over the Giants. The Ravens are in position to wrap up the AFC North. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » ATL Film Room: RG3 and the 'pistol'
      » Does RG3 or Flacco need Week 14 win more?
      » Brandt: RG3 could win a title some day
      » Lombardi: RG3's secret weapon
      » 'Sound FX': Fletcher takes on Giants
    • On Twitter:

      #BALvsWAS
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Kansas City at Cleveland

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The coaching staffs of Romeo Crennel and Pat Shurmur are fighting for their jobs, but can they instill such fight in their teams? Here's to continued on-field progress for both teams. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Browns victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      A matchup against talented Browns cornerback Joe Haden does not bode well for Dwayne Bowe to post an impressive stat line. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      While the Chiefs have been eliminated from the AFC playoff race, the Browns still qualify as "in the hunt" through the magic of mathematics. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Thomas: Hillis situation turned 'toxic'
      » Chiefs respond to tragedy with emotional win
      » Crennel addresses Chiefs after emotional win
      » Darlington: Chiefs find strength in tough time
      » Shurmur puts off talk on future
    • On Twitter:

      #KCvsCLE
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • San Diego at Pittsburgh

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Chargers are simply hoping for any semblance of positivity, and all they face is a Steelers team they've never beaten in Heinz Field. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Steelers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      With a showdown against the Steelers, it's time to hop off that Ryan Mathews bandwagon if you haven't already. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Steelers are in the thick of the AFC wild-card chase after a big win over the rival Ravens in Week 13. The Chargers, meanwhile, are on the brink of elimination. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Can Steelers defense carry the team?
      » What kind of coach are Chargers looking for?
      » Wyche: How Steelers offense continues to evolve
      » Kinkhabwala: Steelers battle tested and battle ready
      » AFC Playoff Picture: Steelers take big step
    • On Twitter:

      #SDvsPIT
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Tennessee at Indianapolis

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Colts have shown that highlights just happen when they take the field. At the least, it's another opportunity to check out Andrew Luck, one of the Rookie of the Year front-runners. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Colts victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Andrew Luck is a start-of-the-week selection at quarterback, which says something about just how impressive the No. 1 overall pick has been this season. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Colts currently own the AFC's top wild-card spot, but two games against the division-leading Texans remain on the schedule. The Titans are still looking for their first divisional victory. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Brandt: Luck could win a title some day
      » 10 mind-blowing NFL stats from Week 14
      » Schein: Luck gets my MVP vote
      » What sets Luck apart?
      » Who deserves rookie of the year?
    • On Twitter:

      #TENvsIND
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New York at Jacksonville

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      It will be fascinating to watch the soap opera play out for the Jets. How long a leash does Mark Sanchez get? Oh, and if Tim Tebow gets to play in front of his hometown fans? That'll only add to the madness. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Jets victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      It might be wise to roll the dice with Shonn Greene as a flex starter against the Jaguars. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Jaguars have been eliminated from the AFC playoff race, and look to do the same for a Jets team that has had a miserable 2012 season. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Rosenthal: Sanchez is lesser of three evils
      » Debate: Sanchez, Tebow or McElroy?
      » Who should start for the Jets?
      » Has McElroy earned Jets' starting QB job?
      » Is this the end of Sanchez in New York?
    • On Twitter:

      #NYJvsJAC
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Chicago at Minnesota

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      In what might be the NFL's best division, every game featuring the Packers, Bears or Vikings is important. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Bears victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The absence of Percy Harvin means that Christian Ponder could be looking Kyle Rudolph's way more often. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The playoff situations of both the Bears and Vikings took serious blows with Week 13 losses. While the Bears are still very much in contention for the division title, the Vikings are fighting for their playoff lives. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » The NFL Season: The big Bear
      » Urlacher plans to be ready for playoffs
      » Can Bears make playoffs without Urlacher?
      » Stick a fork in the Vikings
      » Frazier: Ponder still Vikings' No. 1 QB
    • On Twitter:

      #CHIvsMIN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Atlanta at Carolina

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      When you scoured the schedule at the beginning of the season, this one had so much promise. Now? Not so much. It might be a good game, though, with Cam Newton always capable of making things interesting. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Falcons victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Michael Turner had a big day against the Panthers in Week 4, and he remains a nice option against a weak opponent 10 weeks later. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Falcons are already in position to secure a first-round playoff bye and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with a win and a good amount of help. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Hardy: 3-9 Panthers better than 11-1 Falcons
      » Newton reportedly 'was a total (expletive)' at Pro Bowl
      » Dameshek's ultimate road trip hits Atlanta
      » Power rankings: Falcons are No. 2
      » 'NFL Films Presents:' Falcons just want to have fun
    • On Twitter:

      #ATLvsCAR
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Philadelphia at Tampa Bay

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Buccaneers, at one time a hot playoff pick, have cooled a bit. A win would help as they try to nudge themselves into a crowded NFC playoff field, hoping for that final playoff spot. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Buccaneers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Eagles defense has surrendered 15-plus fantasy points to quarterbacks in each of their last seven games. Look for Josh Freeman to join that list this week. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      While complicated math still keeps the Eagles from playoff elimination, the Buccaneers are just a game removed from wild-card positioning. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Eagles ditch 'wide-nine' scheme
      » Double Coverage: Is Reid trying to save job?
      » Reid right about starting Foles?
      » Is Vick done in Philadelphia?
      » Alternative Rankings: This list is for the birds
    • On Twitter:

      #PHIvsTB
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • St. Louis at Buffalo

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Tune in to check out the rising Rams against the Bills, who have clung to their playoff hopes despite suffering multiple mind-numbing losses. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Rams victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      You might look at this matchup and think that the Amish rifle -- Ryan Fitzpatrick -- is a nice fantasy start. Think again. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Bills and Rams still have hope of reaching the postseason, but a loss on Sunday would be devastating. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » 'Sound FX': Fisher's Rams take down 49ers
      » Power Rankings: Rams at No. 17; Bills are No. 20
      » Fisher's Rams built to beat 49ers
      » Stats Lab: Bradford vs. Fitzpatrick
      » Rams fearless in overtime victory over 49ers
    • On Twitter:

      #STLvsBUF
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Dallas at Cincinnati

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      On the surface, the Cowboys and Bengals seem to have nothing in common. Big market vs. small market. Different divisions. Big-money/spend at will vs. well, not. But look closer and there is more that brings them together than apart. They are among the NFL's hottest teams -- really. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Cowboys victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Don't look for Miles Austin to replicate his 10.60 fantasy points output from Week 13. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      Both the Cowboys and Bengals are on the brink of being in the playoff field, and a win Sunday would bolster their hopes of playing into January. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Breer: Bengals' defensive rebirth explained
      » Bengals' Gruden among top coordinators
      » 2012 postseason could see repeat record
      » DDFP: Newman talks about facing former team
      » AFC Playoff Picture: Bengals take step forward
    • On Twitter:

      #DALvsCIN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Miami at San Francisco

      Sun 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Dolphins are running on fumes, and that's not a good place to be when you have the physical 49ers on tap. As has been the case for the last few weeks, all eyes are on quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who must rebound from his first shaky performance. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a 49ers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Colin Kaepernick is a viable sleeper pick for your fantasy football team's starting lineup. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      While the 49ers would desire to hold on to a top-two seed in the NFC, the Dolphins are still clinging to fading playoff hopes. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Schein: Harbaugh right either way at QB
      » Harbaugh once made cameo on 'Saved by the Bell'
      » Harbaugh: All 'downhill' since Screech
      » Power Poll: 49ers remain near top
      » L.T. and Bush on 'NFL Fantasy Live'
    • On Twitter:

      #MIAvsSF
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New Orleans at New York

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      There's a lot of on-field, in-game reasons to drool over Saints at Giants, starting with the fireworks that both offenses can set off. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts an Giants victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      No defense has allowed more fantasy points to wide receivers at home than the Giants, making Marques Colston a very attractive starter. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Saints' once-promising run to become just the second team to start 0-4 and make the playoffs (1992 San Diego Chargers) has come to a screeching halt after a two-game slide. The Giants are fending off the Cowboys and Redskins in the NFC East. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » 2012 postseason could see repeat record
      » What is biggest concern for Giants?
      » Power rankings: Giatns plummet
      » Coughlin: Giants 'have to win literally every' game
      » Rolle: 'I'm not going to kiss anyone's butt' pregame
    • On Twitter:

      #NOvsNYG
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Arizona at Seattle

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      When we last saw these two face off in Week 1, the Cardinals were beginning a one-month existence as an NFL darling, while questions abounded about the Seahawks' decision to start a rookie QB named Russell Wilson. Yeah, things have changed a bit over the last three months. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Seahawks victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      If you are fortunate enough to have the Seahawks defense on your fantasy football team's roster, consider the unit to be a must-start against the Cardinals. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      While an eight-game losing streak following a 4-0 start has ruined the Cardinals' playoff chances, the Seahawks are in the midst of a remarkable run to the postseason. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Rookie QB rankings: Wilson coming on strong
      » Brandt: Wilson could win a title some day
      » Power rankings: Seahawks sit at No. 10
      » QB Performance Faceoff: Luck vs. Wilson
      » Carroll on Wilson winning in OT
    • On Twitter:

      #AZvsSEA
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Detroit at Green Bay

      Sun 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Aaron Rodgers got hit too much in the Packers' Week 13 win over the Vikings. If that's a problem against Ndamukong Suh and the aggressive Lions front, life could get real interesting for the Pack. And not in a good way. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Packers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      With Jordy Nelson dealing with an ailing hamstring and Greg Jennings just returning from an extended absence, expect Randall Cobb to continue to see plenty of targets in the Packers' passing game. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Packers are back in the NFC North lead, and would very much like to eliminate a division rival while maintaining its perch in Week 14. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » 2012 postseason could see repeat record
      » Rodgers: I'd trade MVP for Super Bowl win
      » Woodson, Matthews making progress
      » 'Sound FX': Detroit's dynamic duo
      » Barry Sanders' top five TD runs
    • On Twitter:

      #DETvsGB
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Houston at New England

      Mon 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      This is a showdown of epic proportion, perfect for the spotlight game on Monday night. Week 14 certainly saves the best for last. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Patriots victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      A matchup against the Patriots means Owen Daniels is a must-start option for your fantasy team. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      With the Texans currently riding in the pole position in the AFC and the Patriots just two games behind, this Monday night showdown has major playoff implications. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » 2012 postseason could see repeat record
      » Power rankings: Texans are No. 1; Patriots No. 3
      » AFC Playoff Picture: Monday night looms large
      » Brooks: Pats' offense built for postseason success
      » Texans can clinch division title
    • On Twitter:

      #HOUvsNE
    • Watch: Game Preview

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