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2014 NFL Week 14 Picks and Predictions

NFL Week 14 box scores and stats included

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UPDATE: December 4, 2014

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Game of the Week: Seahawks at Eagles

While the Packers made their presence known with a win over the Patriots last week, they have plenty of obstacles in their path to the Super Bowl. Coincidentally, two of which are facing off in the City of Brotherly Love this weekend. The Eagles enter Week 14 with an impressive 9-3 mark, and the defending-champion Seahawks are not far behind at 8-4. This conceivable playoff preview serves as our WhatIfSports.com Game of the Week.

Seattle boasts the most impressive resume in the league this season, notching wins over the Packers, Broncos, Cardinals and Niners. Unfortunately for the 'Hawks, a respite is not in their future. The next three weeks are littered with postseason contenders, and the regular season concludes against the Rams, a team that emerged victorious over Pete Carroll and company in Week 7. With Detroit and Dallas holding similar 8-4 records and San Francisco nipping at 7-5, Seattle is having to earn its title defense.

Not that Philadelphia has enjoyed a cake walk. Sure, they have feasted on the AFC South and division rivals New York and Washington, yet the Eagles have also seen the NFC West, Indianapolis, Green Bay and Dallas. And for the second straight year, the Eagles have undergone a midseason quarterback change.

Following a disastrous end to his New York career - a train wreck so horrific that it can be recalled by one infamous play - it seemed like Mark Sanchez was doomed for a life of backup duties. Yet since Nick Foles went down with a collarbone injury, Sanchez has taken the reins of the high-powered Eagles attack and not skipped a beat. Though he's been far from perfect, evidenced in his six interceptions on the year, Sanchez has led the team to four wins in five games and averaged over 280 passing yards per outing.

While Sanchez has grabbed the headlines, perhaps the real story of the Philadelphia campaign has been the resurrection of its defense. The unit, which ranked 29th in total defense a season ago, has been an opportunistic group this fall with 22 takeaways, fifth in the league. Now with sound corps on both sides of the ball, Chip Kelly could make some noise this January.

But, in the words of 20th century philosopher Ric Flair, "In order to be the man, you have to beat the man." Seattle's resistance carries itself in such a manner, and they have the numbers to support this attitude. The Seahawks enter Week 14 holding adversaries to a league-low 285.8 yards per contest, and, as a corollary, have kept opponents off the scoreboard (18.4 points, third-best in the NFL). Combined with an overpowering running game, the Seahawks are a nightmarish matchup for any NFC club.

However, Seattle is not infallible. In fact, they have a major flaw: the road. Since Russell Wilson has been under center, the Hawks are 20-2 in the friendly confines of the Emerald City. Away from Washington, it's been a different tale, with the team posting a pedestrian 12-10 mark. If Seattle hopes to make another Super Bowl run, grabbing home-field advantage is imperative. Falling short of this goal will likely spell an end to their championship reign.

So who comes out on top in this NFC battle? According to the award-winning WhatIfSports.com NFL engine, the Eagles grab the W 53.3 percent of the time by an average margin of 24-23. For the rest of this week's projections, check below:

Please Note: The Buccaneers-Lions, Panthers-Saints, Jets-Vikings, Chiefs-Cardinals, Ravens-Dolphins, Giants-Titans, Rams-Redskins, Cowboys-Bears, Colts-Browns and 49ers-Raiders games were re-simulated on 12/4 to account for injuries and roster updates.

NFL Week 14 Predictions
MatchupWin %Avg. Score
Tampa Bay Buccaneers19.218Boxscore
@ Detroit Lions80.830Simulate Game
Atlanta Falcons19.818Boxscore
@ Green Bay Packers80.228Simulate Game
Carolina Panthers34.823Boxscore
@ New Orleans Saints65.229Simulate Game
New York Jets41.619Boxscore
@ Minnesota Vikings58.422Simulate Game
Buffalo Bills44.023Boxscore
@ Denver Broncos56.025Simulate Game
Seattle Seahawks46.723Boxscore
@ Philadelphia Eagles53.324Simulate Game
Kansas City Chiefs48.221Boxscore
@ Arizona Cardinals51.822Simulate Game
Pittsburgh Steelers48.624Boxscore
@ Cincinnati Bengals51.425Simulate Game
New York Giants52.124Boxscore
@ Tennessee Titans47.923Simulate Game
Baltimore Ravens52.820Boxscore
@ Miami Dolphins47.219Simulate Game
Indianapolis Colts56.925Boxscore
@ Cleveland Browns43.123Simulate Game
St. Louis Rams59.723Boxscore
@ Washington Redskins40.320Simulate Game
Dallas Cowboys62.228Boxscore
@ Chicago Bears37.824Simulate Game
New England Patriots66.127Boxscore
@ San Diego Chargers33.922Simulate Game
Houston Texans76.828Boxscore
@ Jacksonville Jaguars23.218Simulate Game
San Francisco 49ers80.026Boxscore
@ Oakland Raiders20.016Simulate Game

Joel Beall is the Assistant Content Manager for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jbeall@whatifsports.com.

Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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