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NFC East Week 14 Predictions

Steve Shoup

By Nick Clarke

Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, December 8th 1:00 PM

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Mathew Stafford and the Detroit Lions will travel to the city of brotherly love for a matchup against the Eagles that is filled with playoff implications. The Eagles will look to hold serve in the competitive NFC East race, while the Detroit Lions will look to increase their lead in the NFC North race with a road win against a tricky Eagles team. The Eagles and Nick Foles will look to avoid Detroit’s fierce pass rush by attacking Detroit’s wary secondary with short high percentage passes. Even though the Eagles already play a sort of similar type of offense, they should take a play out of former coach Andy Reid’s high percentage dink and dunk offense that is flourishing in Kansas City. LeSean McCoy, who is very comparable to Kansas City’s running back Jamaal Charles, should be the main focus of this high percentage offense against the Lions, especially considering the up tempo style the Eagles play with. The Eagles will have to find a way to contain one of the most electrifying offenses in the NFL lead by all world wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The Eagles can’t just focus on stopping Megatron, they also have to find a way to contain Reggie Bush, the Lions versatile weapon out of the backfield. It will certainly be an offensive showdown in Philly.


Final Prediction: Nick Foles and Mathew Stafford will both put up huge numbers in a battle of elite offenses. Foles will throw his first interception of the season in a big moment late in the game and Stafford and Calvin Johnson will make him pay. Lions, 33-27.


Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Redskins, Sunday, December 8th 1:00 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to the nation’s capital for a battle between two teams who have lost a combined seven consecutive games. The Chiefs are struggling right now, but because of their early season success they have an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot with a win against the three win Redskins. The Redskins will look to exploit the Chiefs’ defensive struggles by attacking their floundering run defense. The Redskins’ ability to run the ball will not only help them on offense, but it will keep the Chiefs’ effective offense off the field. The Redskins will have to contain Jamaal Charles, one of the NFL’s most dynamic running backs, if they want to force the Chiefs’ offense out of their comfort zone.


Final Prediction: The Chiefs are too desperate for a win to get their season back on track to lose to a Redskins team that has hit rock bottom. Jamaal Charles will carve up the Redskins defense and RGIII and the offense will have no answer. Chiefs, 27-17.


New York Giants at San Diego Chargers, Sunday, December 8th 4:25 PM

The New York Giants will travel to San Diego to take on the Chargers and preserve any hope at the playoffs that they still have. Eli Manning is sure to hear it from the San Diego crowd, even with it being a whole ten years since he told the Chargers not to draft him because he’d rather play elsewhere. Both teams sit at 5-7 and cannot afford to drop another game or their playoff hopes will be completely down the drain. The Giants will need to keep Phillip Rivers, one of the NFL’s top rated quarterbacks, off the field by keeping their own offense on the field. The Giants’ super talented offense is bound to click against one of the worst pass and rush defenses in the league, especially in a must win game. Eli Manning will step up and make Hakeem Nicks look like superman, also Justin Tuck will continue his dominance up front for the Giants’ defense.


Final Prediction: Look for Terrell Thomas to grab another interception for the Giants and give Eli and the offense a chance to put the Chargers away late in the game. Giants, 31-20.


Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears, Monday, December 9th 8:25 PM

Jason Garret and the Dallas Cowboys will travel to Chicago for a prime time showdown of playoff hopefuls. The Cowboys enter the contest at 7-5 and atop the NFC East, while the Bears enter at 6-6 and a game off the lead in the NFC North. Josh McCown, who has been excellent while replacing Jay Cutler, is expected to get another start with Cutler not expected to play yet again. Sean Lee, who is arguably the Cowboys’ best player, will return from a hamstring injury this week. Lee is the glue that keeps the Cowboys’ defense from completely falling apart, and other than Romo he is the most important player on the team. The Cowboys will look to exploit the Bears run defense, which currently ranks last in the NFL, with Demarco Murray, who currently leads the NFL in yards per attempt, who should have no problem working his way to a monstrous game. The Cowboys defense will have to contain the Bears’ passing game, which includes two pro bowl caliber wide receivers; Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey. If the Cowboys are able to contain Marshall and Jeffrey the Bears could be in for a long day.


Final Predction: Tony Romo will start the cruel month of December off in the right direction with a crucial road victory against a very formidable team. Look for Jason Witten to get back into the swing of things as well as for Alshon Jeffrey to continue his dominance in a toned down fashion from last week. Cowboys, 31-23.  

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