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Key game-time decisions
Harrison: Week 14 predictions
All players questionable unless noted
Thomas was limited on Friday after sitting out Thursday. He's missed the past two weeks with the ankle injury. Thomas will attempt to return from his sprained ankle and he's a game-time decision, per Rapoport.
Tamme didn't practice all week.
Jennings was limited on Friday after two DNPs. Rapoport reported Sunday morning that as of Saturday, Jennings had ankle discomfort but is hoping he will play. Jennings will know if he is good to go after testing it out.
It's not looking good for the wideout as he sat out the entire week of practice.
The veteran go-to target was limited on Thursday and Friday.
The running back was full-go on Thursday and Friday. He should take some snaps away from Mark Ingram.
The tight end was limited all week after missing the past two games.
Both players practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday. Cameron still has only been cleared for light work. Crowell is a game-time decision according to Rapoport on Sunday.
The rookie says he plans to play.
All three offensive players were limited this week.
Expect Bush to return after missing the past three games.
White returned on a limited basis on Saturday after missing the previous two practices.
Jets at Vikings -- 30 degrees / Wintry mix of sleet and snow (60 percent; 13 mph winds)
49ers at Raiders -- 60 degrees / Chance of rain (17 percent)
Texans at Jaguars -- 66 degrees / Chance of rain (10 percent; 14 mph winds)
Falcons at Packers (Mon.)-- 26 degrees / Chance of snow (40 percent)
*Forecasts courtesy of Weather Underground
Three matchups to watch
Brooks: Primed to perform
Which players are in position to go off during Week 14's game action? Bucky Brooks provides his scouting eye. READ
With Byron Maxwell and Kam Chancellor back healthy, the Seahawks' secondary is once again suffocating its opponents. Their skill in pressing and sticking with Philly's outside playmakers, Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews, could wreak havoc on Mark Sanchez's ability to make quick decisions with the ball. Chip Kelly's system has always been run-first, so the matchup of Bobby Wagner and LeSean McCoy will be huge. However, if the Legion of Boom confuses Sanchez and forces the quarterback into multiple turnovers, Seattle will keep on track for a first-round playoff bye.
Bell has become the best dual-threat in the NFL. He's gone for more than 200 yards from scrimmage in each of the last two games -- with 204 rushing yards in Week 11 and 159 yards receiving in Week 13. The Bengals are giving up 125.1 yards per game on the ground -- they even made Doug Martin look spry in the first half last week. However, in their past three games they've given up just 71.3 yards per game on the ground while allowing just 12 points per game. If Cincy's linebackers can't stick with Bell out of the backfield, it will jumpstart a potent Steelers' offense and create a shootout the Bengals would rather avoid.
The Dolphins' rookie receiver has gotten lost among the phenomenal wideout draft class, but he's been Ryan Tannehill's most consistent and dynamic weapon this season. Landry has a great matchup against a Ravens secondary that has gotten torched. Baltimore allows 57.9 percent of 15-plus air-yard passes to be completed (highest in NFL), so we'll see if Tannehill can connect to Landry and Mike Wallace deep at all. Regardless of the deep ball working, the Dolphins' quick-pass attack should be in full force Sunday, and I expect to see Landry do a lot of damage after the catch against a Ravens' secondary that is prone to miss tackles.
Did You Know?
Brian Hoyer leads the NFL's No. 22 scoring offense (21.0 PPG). Cleveland is scoring on 32.4 percent of offensive possessions (18th most in NFL), and earning a touchdown on only 17.9 percent of offensive possessions (21st).
Hoyer's crew is going three-and-out on 22.8 percent of possessions and converting only 31.8 percent of third downs (31st in NFL). However, they do create big plays. The Browns have 56 offensive plays of 20-plus yards this season, fourth in NFL (more than Cowboys, Packers, Saint, and Patriots) and 48 pass plays of 20-plus yards this season (T-fourth most in NFL).
Tampa is 1-7 in games decided by eight points or fewer. No team has played in more close games (eight) than the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers have rushed for fewer than 100 yards in nine of their last 10 games. Tampa's two lowest rush-yard totals this season came in their two victories.
Detroit, meanwhile, holds the NFL's No. 1 scoring defense (17.3 PPG) and rushing defense (65.9 yards per game) to go along with the NFL's No. 2 total defense (300.9 yards per game).
Only 34.5 percent of opponents rushing attempts have gone for 4-plus yards against Detroit, fewest in NFL this season.
Le'Veon Bell gained 200-plus scrimmage yards in each of his last two games, including 254 yards against the Saints last Sunday. That is the most scrimmage yards by any player this season in a game. Since 1960, only one player has recorded 200-plus scrimmage yards in three straight games: Walter Payton in 1977.
The Cincinnati defense is allowing only 12.0 PPG in the last three games. It's also allowing an opponent passer rating of only 75.0 this season (second in NFL). Opposing passers have 11 TDs (league low) and 12 INT. The Bengals have also registered only 15 sacks this season (third fewest in NFL).
Arian Foster has one TD reception in four straight games played and earned 100-plus yards rushing in six of nine games this season. He has 31 career 100-yard rushing game, which is tied with Priest Holmes for most in NFL history by an undrafted player.
For the season, Foster is averaging 100.1 rushing YPG this season, second most in NFL. He has 90-plus rushing yards in four of his last five games versus the Jaguars and a rushing TD in five of the last six.
Denard Robinson continues to struggle behind a faulty offensive line. Last week he had 11 rushes for 44 yards. The running back has less than 100 yards rushing in four straight games after rushing for 100-plus yards in back-to-back games.
The Jets' offense is earning 4.70 yards per play this season (only Oakland is worse. 4.61) and have just 31 plays of 20-plus yards this season (second fewest in NFL behind OAK: 24). They are also going three-and-out 28.8 percent of the time (second most in NFL, OAK: 33.8 percent). Are you sensing a theme here?
Bridgewater is completing 61.1 percent of his passes this season for 203.0 yards per game with eight TDs, seven picks and a 79.0 passer rating. He has a touchdown pass in six straight games. However, he's struggled with his deep ball, completing just one of 16 attempts at 30-plus air-yard passes (6.3 percent).
Baltimore has rushed for 100-plus yards in nine of 12 games this season. Miami has allowed 200-plus rush yards in consecutive games.
Miami has rushed for 100-plus yards in all five home games this season. Baltimore has the fourth-best rushing defense in the NFL (86.2 yards per game).
Odell Beckham Jr. has gone five consecutive games with 90-plus receiving yards, which is tied with Lionel Manuel (1985) and Homer Jones (1967-68) for most consecutive games with 90 receiving yards in NYG franchise history. The NFL record for consecutive games with 90-plus rec yards is nine (Michael Irvin in 1995).
Bishop Sankey has 122 carries, 474 rushing yards, two touchdowns on the year. He's been held under 65 yards rushing in every game this season.
The Titans' defense has allowed 300-plus total yards in 11 straight games -- Tennessee's longest such streak since 11 games from 2010-11.
Drew Brees: four-plus pass TDs in three straight home meetings versus Carolina (13 TD, two INT), with 310-plus pass yards in each game.
St. Louis' defense has 27 sacks in the last seven games, second most in the NFL. Washington's offensive line has allowed 39 sacks this season (second most in NFL), including five-plus sacks allowed in four straight games.
Colt McCoy has completed 79.5 percent of passes under 15 air yards this season (highest percent in NFL among QBs with at least 10 such attempts).
The Cardinals have one touchdown in their last 29 drives. Arizona has scored 35 points in last three games combined, becoming the first team since Denver in November of 2009 to score 35 or fewer points over a three-game span while entering all of those games in first place.
Arizona has averaged 3.1 yards per rush this season (lowest in NFL) and gone four straight games with fewer than 65 rushing yards.
Buffalo leads the NFL in sacks (48). Denver has given up the fewest sacks this season (13).
Peyton Manning has 36 pass TDs (most in NFL). Buffalo has allowed 14 passing touchdowns this season (second fewest in NFL).
Seattle is gaining four-plus yards on 52.2 percent of their rushes (best in NFL), however, their passing offense is ranked 29th (192.4 YPG) this season.
Philadelphia has 300-plus yards of total offense in 11 of 12 games this year. The Eagles are averaging 35.3 points per game in Sanchez's starts this season -- the highest this year by any quarterback with at least three starts.
The 49ers' offense has scored fewer than 20 points in five of the last six games. Colin Kaepernick's unit is scoring a touchdown on 38.9 percent of red-zone opportunities (last in NFL). Last season they scored on 56.4 percent of such chances, 11th in NFL. Since 1991 (as far back as STATS can check) the 49ers have never finished a season last in red-zone touchdown percent.
Kaepernick has gone six straight games with a passer rating below 100, the longest streak of his career as a starter.
Brady has completed just 22.2 percent of 20-plus air yard passes this season (second lowest among QBs with at least 30 such attempts -- Tannehill, 20.0 percent).
The Chargers' defense has allowed 100-plus rushing yards in six of its last seven games (120.3 rushing YPG in that span).
Rodgers has 32 passing touchdowns this season (third most). The Falcons' defense has allowed 15 pass TDs this season (tied for third fewest in NFL).
Atlanta's defense is allowing 403.2 total yards per game this season (worst in NFL). Green Bay's offense has over 450 total yards in four of the last five games.