BUFFALO- NFL Week 14 is here and there are plenty of playoff position games that will play a vital role in the fates of many teams. Which teams will win their crucial games and be one step closer to earning their playoff seeds? There are several games featuring winning teams including the game of the week between the Bills and Steelers. The Monday night game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens will also be a game worth watching and it will have a direct impact on both teams’ chances of making the playoffs. Here are the key games for week 14!
Game of the week:
Buffalo Bills (9-3) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1) Sunday 8:20 p.m., NBC
How will the Steelers rebound after Washington won against them in the week 13 upset? The road only gets tougher for Pittsburgh as the Steelers take on the AFC East division leader Buffalo Bills. Is this the beginning of a sudden fall for the Steelers? It is extremely difficult to win 12 or more games, so it’s not surprising to see Pittsburgh on the verge of losing a few games. Losing a few games shouldn’t be considered a major blemish on Pittsburgh’s playoff resume. This team is still tough and will be very difficult to defeat in the playoffs.
Pittsburgh faces a true road test and the Bills offense will make sure the Steelers defense earns its fierce reputation. Will the juggernaut Steelers defense hold Josh Allen (3,403 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, 75.1 quarterback rating), Stephon Diggs (90 receptions, 1,037 receiving yards, four touchdowns), and John Brown (386 receiving yards, two touchdowns, 13.3 yards per reception, eight games played)?
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is enjoying a great 2020 season as well (3,105 passing yards, 27 touchdowns). Roethlisberger’s go-to targets JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool will challenge the Bills defense. The receivers aren’t top ten in stats but looking at the numbers, it’s clear that Roethlisberger is doing a great job of getting all of his receivers involved in the game plan. It’s a recipe for success.
Steelers 31 Bills 27
Cleveland Browns (9-3) vs. Baltimore Ravens (7-5) Monday, 8:15 p.m. ESPN, NBC
How about the Cleveland Browns closing in on the playoffs?! It’s happening and if Cleveland wins against Baltimore, it is close to a guaranteed trip to the post-season. The Ravens appear to be slipping at the moment but expect them to show both prepared and desperate. This is going to be a real test for Cleveland but this time, the fans will be there to rally this team.
Lamar Jackson needs to get into a rhythm early to keep Baltimore’s playoff hopes alive as the team’s playoff chances are dwindling fast. This is a must-win for the Ravens. There are no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. The Ravens have to treat them as a win or go home type of game.
The Browns offense showed everyone just how tough they can be when multiple playmakers get involved in the game plan. That is the recipe for success. The Browns need to get all of the receivers, tight ends, and running backs involved to win this game. That’s what Cleveland will do to win this game. The Browns may need a huge performance from Nick Chubb as well as Kareem Hunt in order to keep the Ravens defense off balance.
Browns 35 Ravens 31
Miami Dolphins (8-4) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (11-1) Sunday, 1:00 p.m. CBS
Miami came into the season as the dark horse team mentioned previously. The Dolphins are showing signs of consistency and this team should make the playoffs.
The Dolphins face one of the league’s top offenses consisting of Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Although Miami’s time to make the postseason is at hand, there will be a delay in making the playoffs.
Kansas City 38 Miami 24
Other key Games NFL Week 14: Vikings (6-6) vs. Buccaneers (7-5), Colts (8-4) vs. Raiders (7-5), Cardinals (6-6) vs. Giants (5-7)
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