Week 14 of the NFL regular season means there are just four games remaining. And if anything, last week's results only added to the intrigue in both conferences as the playoff picture comes into focus.
Kansas City and New Orleans are the only two teams that have clinched playoff berths thus far with seemingly more teams than usual this time of the season hoping to join the expanded bracket.
In a week where there are only three divisional matchups, there is no lack of important games on tap. It starts on "Thursday Night Football" when New England, winners of two in a row to get back to .500, takes on the Los Angeles Rams, who are currently in first place in the NFC West by way of a head-to-head tiebreaker with Seattle.
On Sunday, the 1 p.m. ET window finds the Chiefs in Miami to face a Dolphins team that is just a game behind Buffalo in the AFC East, a Minnesota-Tampa Bay matchup of NFC playoff hopefuls, and the surprising Giants, currently in first in the NFC East, hosting a Cardinals team that has lost three in a row to fall back to .500. Other intriguing pairings have Andy Dalton returning to Cincinnati as Dallas' starting quarterback, and the Bears trying to snap their five-game losing streak against the Texans.
No more byes mean more late-afternoon games, including Indianapolis and Las Vegas getting together in Sin City. The Colts currently own the final wild-card spot with the Raiders hot on their heels. The Seahawks will try and get back on track when they host the lowly Jets while the Saints can clinch another NFC South title with a road win in Philadelphia over an Eagles team that will start rookie Jalen Hurts at quarterback in place of a struggling Carson Wentz.
Fittingly, two of the best games on the Week 14 slate will happen in prime time. On "Sunday Night Football," AFC division leaders Pittsburgh and Buffalo will go head-to-head, and the action then concludes with a big AFC North clash on "Monday Night Football" between Baltimore and Cleveland. The Browns have won four in a row as they hope to finally end their prolonged postseason drought while the Ravens are hoping to claw their way back into wild-card contention.
So which teams will come out on top in every NFL game in Week 14? Athlon's own Rob Doster (@AthlonDoster) and Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer), predict the winners for every game this week:
NFL Week 14 Predictions
Denver at Carolina
Dallas at Cincinnati
Tennessee at Jacksonville
Arizona at New York Giants
Green Bay at Detroit
Atlanta at Los Angeles Chargers
Washington at San Francisco
^Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia in Week 3 ended in a tie.