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Bing Predicts NFL Week 14

  • Bing Predicts: NFL Week 14

    Week 13 brought an end to one long-tenured coach's run with a storied franchise; a few Super Bowl hopefuls are now kissing their playoff hopes goodbye, and the teams that have been dominant from the start are inching closer to clinching their spots in the postseason.

    With just one quarter of the season remaining, plenty of games on the Week 14 slate carry have added importance as it relates to the playoff picture.

    Here are some games that will shape the way things shake out come January:

    —Eagles @ Cowboys: Dallas is red-hot and sits alone atop the NFC East, but the Eagles are one game back and looking to put together a late-season run to keep their championship title defense alive. This game will play a major role in determining a division champion.

    —Ravens @ Chiefs: The Ravens are not only playing for a wild-card spot, but now also shift their focus on catching a faltering Steelers squad atop the AFC North. The Chiefs are trying to stave off the Chargers in the AFC West and the Patriots for home field advantage. It's best-on-best with the Ravens' defense meeting the Chiefs' offense in an important AFC clash.

    —Rams @ Bears: The Bears can go a long way in winning the NFC North with another victory while the Rams have a chance to take a big step toward home field advantage if they can continue to outpace the Saints in the standings.

    —Vikings @ Seahawks: Both teams currently hold an NFC Wild Card spot, but that could change if they falter down the stretch. Monday night's meeting in Seattle will have major implications on the playoff picture.

    Guiding you through every game is Bing Predicts, which leverages search, social, and historical statistics to forecast the week's winners and losers. Read on for Week 14 predictions.

    ALSO: See how Bing predicted the entire season here.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) @ Tennessee Titans (6-6)

    Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans

    Game time: Thursday, Dec. 6, 8:20 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Tennessee Titans lead series 28-20

    After two consecutive losses, the Titans launched themselves right back into the thick of the AFC wild-card race with a 26-22 come-from-behind victory over the New York Jets. After falling behind 16-0, quarterback Marcus Mariota orchestrated a thrilling comeback, capped off by a six play, 86-yard game-winning drive that took just 70 seconds. It was the 11th game-winning drive of Mariota’s young career, and the win now has Tennessee as one of four teams sitting at 6-6, just one game out of the final wild-card spot. 

    Enter the Jaguars, who finally put a halt to their seven-game losing skid with an almost inexplicable 6-0 win over the high-octane Colts. Andrew Luck had thrown at least three touchdowns in every game since Week 4, but was shutout and had a 66.8 quarterback rating to go along with an interception. 

    If Jacksonville can continue to call on their championship-level defense from a year ago, they could play the role of spoiler come Thursday night. 
     

  • Bing Predicts: Tennessee Titans

    Bing Predicts Winner: Tennessee Titans (63% chance)

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  • New England Patriots (9-3) @ Miami Dolphins (6-6)

    New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins

    Game time: Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Miami Dolphins lead series 54-52-0

    It’s an all too familiar scenario for the Miami Dolphins—looking up at the top of the AFC East and seeing the Patriots in the division’s driver’s seat. Despite being three games behind New England, Miami has plenty to play for Sunday. As one of four teams sitting at 6-6 and contending for a wild-card berth in the AFC, Miami owns the tiebreaker over both the Colts and Broncos, which means if they can catch the Ravens, who are one game ahead, they could be playing into January. 

    A win won’t come easy, though. The Patriots have seemingly brushed off their blowout loss to the Titans three weeks ago and have strung together consecutive 14-point wins over the Jets and Vikings. 

    Tom Brady was particularly heartened by their defensive performance against Minnesota last week. The bad news for AFC contenders is that home field advantage isn’t out of the picture for New England as their 9-3 record has them chasing the 10-2 Chiefs, but the Patriots own the head-to-head tiebreaker thanks to a thrilling 43-40 win over Kansas City earlier this season.

  • Bing Predicts: New England Patriots

    Bing Predicts Winner: New England Patriots (72% chance)

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  • Atlanta Falcons (4-8) @ Green Bay Packers (4-7-1)

    Atlanta Falcons @ Green Bay Packers

    Game time: Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Green Bay Packers lead series 17-16-0

    For 13 seasons, Mike McCarthy presided over the sidelines for the Green Bay Packers, but come Sunday, it will be offensive coordinator Joe Philbin running the show as the interim head coach. The Packers fired McCarthy following a disappointing home loss to the lowly Cardinals, which all but ended their season and punctuated an all-around depressing 2018.

    While a coaching search will now commence, the Green Bay roster is reeling, having been riddled with injuries and stuck without much of an answer to the question of how a team with a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers can struggle to find success.

    A date with the Falcons could be a remedy for Rodgers as Atlanta enters as one of the league’s worst pass defenses and is in the midst of a four-game losing streak.

    Atlanta has won just one game on the road this season, a 38-14 blowout in Washington where they put up 491 yards of offense. But, they haven’t been able to duplicate such offensive prowess recently and are struggling after being dominated by Baltimore’s defense, which held them to just 131 total yards.

    As bad as Green Bay has been this season, they still sport a 4-1-1 record at Lambeau Field. It’s a meeting of two teams that had Super Bowl aspirations in September and are now faced with the harsh reality of battling mostly for draft position.

  • Bing Predicts: Green Bay Packers

    Bing Predicts Winner: (66% chance)

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  • Indianapolis Colts (6-6) @ Houston Texans (9-3)

    Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans

    Game time: Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Indianapolis Colts lead series 25-8-0

    There isn’t much more the Texans can do to make people take them seriously as a Super Bowl contender. After an 0-3 start, they continue to be the league’s hottest team and have now rattled off nine straight wins in which their defense often is the star of the show. 

    In their last eight games, their opponents have failed to score more than 20 points six times. Despite allowing 428 yards to the Browns last Sunday, they held Cleveland to just 13 points as they created four turnovers en route to a 29-13 victory. 

    A meeting with Andrew Luck and the high-powered Colts would usually strike some fear into the heart of any defensive coordinator, but Indianapolis didn’t inspire much confidence last week being shut out 6-0 against their division rival Jaguars. 

    A loss for Indianapolis could be devastating. Despite a .500 record, the AFC playoff picture is cluttered with mediocrity and has four 6-6 teams vying for the final playoff spot in the conference. In a pass-happy league that rewards high-scoring teams, Luck getting back on track this week could put the Colts in a good position to emerge from the pack of middling teams hanging on to playoff hopes.

  • Bing Predicts: Houston Texans

    Bing Predicts Winner: (63% chance)

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  • New York Giants (4-8) @ Washington Redskins (6-6)

    New York Giants @ Washington Redskins

    Game time: Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: New York Giants lead series 100-69-4

    A season filled with legitimate dreams of an NFC East title has quickly turned into a nightmare for Washington. Not only did they lose their second-straight divisional game, falling 28-13 in Philadelphia on Monday night, but they lost their second quarterback to a broken fibula.

    Colt McCoy, starting in place of Alex Smith who was lost for the season, went down in the 2nd quarter with what was later learned to be a broken leg. That forced Mark Sanchez, who has been with the team for less than a month, into action in primetime.

    Washington is still in the thick of the playoff race, tied for second in the division with the Eagles at 6-6, and just a game back of the 7-5 Cowboys. But down to their third option at quarterback, it will be a tall task to compete in these final four weeks.

    The Giants, on the other hand, come off of an upset victory over the Bears in Chicago. An Aldrick Rosas 44-yard field goal in overtime gave New York its fourth win of the year and snapped a five-game Bears’ winning streak. At this point, the Giants are likely to shift to the mindset of evaluating players for next season, which has New York media wondering if rookie Kyle Lauletta will get a shot at quarterback before year’s end.

  • Bing Predicts: Washington Redskins

    Bing Predicts Winner: Washington Redskins (53% chance)

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