*We've officially hit the home stretch of the season, with wild playoff races in both conferences. Here's what we learned from the early games in Week 14: *
- The Dolphins' playoff hopes took a major hit with their loss to Baltimore. Miami was completely outclassed against the Ravens, with their offensive line overwhelmed by Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs. The Dolphins also couldn't get any pressure on Joe Flacco. Miami will likely need to win in New England next week to keep realistic hopes alive.
- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher sent out six captains for the team's coin toss today: Janoris Jenkins, Michael Brockers, Zac Stacy, Stedman Bailey, Greg Robinson and Alec Ogletree. Those were the six players St. Louis drafted in exchange for the picks they received in the Robert Griffin III trade. RGIII, meanwhile, entered in mop up duty in a 24-0 loss to the Rams. St. Louis has won the last two games by the score of 76-0. Despite being 6-7, they are better than plenty of teams that will make the playoffs.
- Cleveland's decision to stay with Brian Hoyer will be criticized all week after the Brownsblew a 21-7 lead against Indianapolis. Cleveland's defense essentially scored 17 points on their own, and Hoyer still couldn't take advantage in a 25-24 loss. The Browns likely need to win out now for a chance at the playoffs.
- Indianapolis rarely looks like a complete team, but they are very much alive for a playoff bye. They can clinch the AFC South title next week.
- The Carolina Pantherswon Sunday for the first time since Oct. 5. And they are very much alive in the playoff race at 4-8-1. The Saints have lost four straight at home and were booed throughout their 41-10 loss Sunday. First team to six wins could clinch the NFC South. Atlanta and New Orleans face off in Week 16.