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Three To Watch: Week 14

by Andrew Pasquini – Sports 1140 KHTK

Week 14 is here and only a month remains in the season. With just two teams being eliminated, a lot of races are still wide open.

Here are the three best games for Week 14:

The Philadelphia Eagles (6-6) at the Dallas Cowboys (7-5), 1:25pm on FOX

Another week, another huge matchup in the NFC East. With three of the four teams within one game of each other, every remaining week becomes more crucial than the past. The Eagles are coming off a week where they defeated Washington 28-13 to launch themselves into second place in the division. Philadelphia has now won consecutive games for the first time all season and are looking to win three in a row against divisional teams.

The Eagles head to Dallas to take on a Cowboy team that has now won four in a row and is coming off the most impressive win of their season against New Orleans. The Cowboys hold a one game advantage over the Eagles in the NFC East and if they can win on Sunday, will have swept the season series against the Eagles, giving Dallas the all important tie-breaker over Philadelphia. Prediction: Dallas over Philadelphia

The Los Angeles Rams (10-2) at the Chicago Bears (8-4), 5:20pm on NBC

Two of the top three teams in the NFC play Sunday night when the Rams take on the Bears. Last week, the Rams clinched their second consecutive NFC West title when they defeated the Detroit Lions. The Rams look to be the team to beat in the NFC along with the Saints and the road to the Super Bowl may run through Los Angeles. The Rams are second in the NFL in both points per game and yards per game but their defense has shown signs of weakness allowing 24.8 points per game.

The Bears offense has struggled without starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky but were able to score 27 points in a loss against the New York Giants. The key to this game for the Bears is if their defense can force turnovers against the Rams. The Bears lead the NFL by a wide margin in takeaways, totaling 30 through 13 weeks. The Rams don’t turn the ball over much however, only giving the ball away 11 times this season. This matchup is the classic matchup of top defense against top offense. Prediction: Los Angeles over Chicago

The Minnesota Vikings (6-5-1) at the Seattle Seahawks (7-5), Monday night, 5:15pm on ESPN

Minnesota is coming off a loss against the New England Patriots last week and look to bounce back with a tough matchup in Seattle against the Seahawks, who have been hot as of late. Seattle continues their gauntlet of games against teams they are fighting off for a playoff spot, winning their last three games. These two teams are evenly matched with Seattle scoring just four more points per game but the teams are even in points allowed and total yards per game. Seattle holds the first wild card spot while the Vikings holds the second. The winner of this game could lock themselves into that first playoff spot. Prediction: Seattle over Minnesota

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