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NFL Week 14 schedule: 5 best games to watch

The NFL Week 14 slate is one of the league’s best all year, but these five contests are the best of the bunch.

5. Arizona Cardinals (-3) at New York Giants

A huge game for both sides. The Cardinals have lost four of their previous five and have fallen out of there current NFC playoff picture, being bypassed by the Minnesota Vikings. Meanwhile, the Giants are surging as winners of four straight, putting them in first place of the NFC East.

Whoever wins is going to further their chances to be playing in January while the loser may suddenly find themselves in very tough position.

4. Indianapolis Colts (-3) at Las Vegas Raiders

Really, the same as above but in the AFC. After losing a thriller to the Kansas City Chiefs three weeks ago, most were buying stock on the Raiders at 6-4. Fast forward, and those same folks are selling after a humiliating 43-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons followed by needing a last-second win to beat the winless New York Jets.

 

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If the Raiders are going to make the playoffs, it may be because they run the table. Indianapolis, however, is playing well at 8-4 and if the Colts can win on the road, they all but secure their playoff spot.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (-7) at Miami Dolphins

Great one here between the favorite to win the Super Bowl and an up-and-comer. The Dolphins are 8-4 and face a tough last four weeks, but none are more difficult than this. If Miami can pull off a big home upset and shock Patrick Mahomes, the Dolphins must be taken more seriously in the AFC.

Of course, the Chiefs have plenty to play for, as they are tied for the top seed in the conference alongside the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2. Baltimore Ravens (-2.5) at Cleveland Browns

The Ravens are trying to win out and get into the postseason — that may be what it takes — while the Browns can earn just their second 10-win season in 15 years. If Cleveland finds a way, the Ravens are 7-6 and basically needing to win their final three games while hoping for some other action to break their way.

 

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For Baltimore, this is a must-win on Monday night along the shores of Lake Erie.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills (-2)

Not much needs to be said. The Bills are 9-3 and playing fantastic football. If not for Hail Murray they’d be 10-2. Pittsburgh is 11-1 but coming off the lone loss, and many are wondering if this is the start of a slide for the Steelers due to an anemic offense.

Sunday night often brings us good games, but this is a special one.

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