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Week 14 quick takes

Posted Dec 9, 2015

We are in to the final stretch of the 2015 regular season but who will end it on a high?

Minnesota Vikings (8-4) at Arizona Cardinals (10-2)

  • Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has thrown 29 touchdown passes this season, which dwarfs the 8 TD strikes thrown by Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater.
  • Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was held to 18 rushing yards on 8 carries last week vs. Seattle.
  • The Cardinals boast the number one-ranked offense in the NFL in total yards (419.5 per game) and scoring (31.8 points per game).
  • Cardinals are on a 6-game winning streak and are the current No.2 seed in the NFC.

 

Seattle Seahawks (7-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-8)

  • Russell Wilson has thrown 11 TD passes for the Seahawks in the past 3 games.
  • Ravens QB Matt Schaub has thrown a pick six in 3 straight games. He threw pick sixes in 4 straight games in 2013 for an unwanted NFL record.
  • Seahawks are averaging 378.8 yards per game – that would be the most in franchise history.
  • Every Ravens game this season has been decided by 1 score or less (8 points).

 

Atlanta Falcons (6-6) at Carolina Panthers (12-0)

  • Both teams started 5-0 but Atlanta have fallen to 6-6 while Carolina have improved to 12-0.
  • Falcons WR Julio Jones leads the NFL with 102 receptions in just 12 games.
  • Falcons have not scored more than 21 points in their last 7 games.
  • Cam Newton has accounted for 32 touchdowns (25 passing, 7 rushing) to rank 2nd in the NFL behind Tom Brady’s 34 (31 passing, 3 rushing).

 

Washington Redskins (5-7) at Chicago Bears (5-7)

  • Redskins have won the last 5 meetings between these teams.
  • But the Redskins are 1-12 on the road under head coach Jay Gruden.
  • Bears QB Jay Cutler is 3-12 in his last 15 starts at Soldier Field.
  • Bears have lost 7 straight games in the month of December.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (10-2)

  • Steelers WR Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 7 100-yard receiving days this season.
  • Steelers have averaged 529 offensive yards per game over the past 4 weeks.
  • Bengals are currently the number one seed in the AFC.
  • Bengals have 10 wins in a season for the 4th year in a row.

 

San Francisco 49ers (4-8) at Cleveland Browns (2-10)

  • This game features the two lowest scoring offenses in the NFL.
  • San Francisco have scored just 17 touchdowns in 12 games – fewest in the NFL.
  • Browns have started 3 QBs this season and going back to Johnny Manziel this week.
  • Browns have lost 10 games in a year for 11 of the past 13 seasons.

 

Indianapolis Colts (6-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8)

  • Colts have won 6 games in a row against the Jaguars.
  • Colts are 3-0 against the AFC South this season and 3-6 against the rest of the NFL.
  • Colts have the most giveaways in the NFL this season with 25.
  • Blake Bortles is Jacksonville’s new record holder for TD passes in a season with 27.

 

San Diego Chargers (3-9) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-5)

  • Chargers offense is ranked 6th in the NFL but team has just 3 wins on the year.
  • Chargers have league’s 30th ranked rushing attack and have not scored rushing TD since Week 1.
  • Chiefs have won 6 games in a row and have turned the ball over just twice during that winning streak.
  • Alex Smith has thrown 305 consecutive passes without an interception – 3rd-best in NFL history.

 

Tennessee Titans (3-9) at New York Jets (7-5)

  • Brandon Marshall has 1,062 receiving yards for the Jets – he is 1st player in NFL history to have a 1,000-yard season with 4 different teams (Denver, Miami, Chicago and NY Jets).
  • Titans QB Marcus Mariota has a passer rating of 95.1 – if he holds that mark it would be the 5th-highest by a rookie QB during the Super Bowl era.
  • Titans have at least 1 giveaway in every game this season (only team in the NFL).
  • Jets rank 1st in the NFL in red zone offense and red zone defense.

 

Buffalo Bills (6-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)

  • Bills RB LeSean McCoy returns to Philadelphia to face an Eagles team that traded him away during the off-season.
  • Eagles offense is averaging 352.1 yards per game (fewest since 2008).
  • Bills defense is allowing an average of 359.7 yards per game (most since 2012).
  • Bills have missed the playoffs in each of past 15 seasons.

 

Detroit Lions (4-8) at St. Louis Rams (4-8)

  • The Lions pass on 66.3% of their plays this season – that’s the most in the NFL.
  • Lions QB Matthew Stafford has thrown 7 TDs and 0 interceptions in his last 2 games.
  • Rams have lost 5 games in a row and their offense ranks 31st in the NFL (296.3 yards per game).
  • Rams defense has not fared much better with just 6 sacks in the last 5 games.

 

New Orleans Saints (4-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)

  • Saints have produced more than 300 yards of offense in 31 of their last 32 games.
  • Saints are allowing opposing QBs to post a rating of 116.6 – if that holds it would be the highest in NFL history.
  • Buccaneers are 5-0 this season when they have 30 rushing attempts or more.
  • Bucs are 3-1 in their last 4 games and have held opponents to 67.3 rushing yards per game during that period.

 

Oakland Raiders (5-7) at Denver Broncos (10-2)

  • With Brock Osweiler under center (3 starts), the Broncos are averaging 161 rushing yards per game.
  • Broncos have won the last 8 meetings between these teams.
  • Raiders have allowed just 18 sacks in 12 games – 3rd-fewest in the NFL.
  • Broncos have the NFL’s best home record since 2012 with a mark of 26-3.

 

Dallas Cowboys (4-8) at Green Bay Packers (8-4)

  • Cowboys have not had a CB intercept a pass since Orlando Scandrick in Week 14 of 2014.
  • Packers have lost 2 straight home games – last time they lost 3 in a row at home was 2006.
  • This is a re-match of last year’s NFC Divisional Playoff which Green Bay won 26-21 following the Dez Bryant “no catch” play.
  • Only 3 teams around the NFL have fewer wins than the Cowboys (4) yet Dallas are 1 game out of first place in their division.

 

New England Patriots (10-2) at Houston Texans (6-6)

  • Tom Brady has been hit 32 times over the past 3 weeks – most among NFL quarterbacks.
  • Patriots are looking to avoid a 3rd straight defeat. Last 3-game losing streak was in 2002.
  • Texans DE JJ Watt leads the NFL with 13 ½ sacks and 42 QB hits.
  • DeAndre Hopkins has been one of the best WR in NFL this season and has 86 catches for 1,169 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year.

 

New York Giants (5-7) at Miami Dolphins (5-7)

  • This game pits the oldest coach in the NFL (New York’s 69-year-old Tom Coughlin) against the youngest coach in the NFL (Miami’s 39-year-old Dan Campbell).
  • If NFL games last 58:45 instead of 60 minutes, the Giants would be 10-2 this season.
  • Odell Beckham Jr has 100 receiving yards in 5 straight games.
  • Miami have not scored more than 20 points in 6 straight games.

 

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