The NFL season is heading down the home stretch and division races are as tight as ever. Playoff seeding is starting to take shape and could be heavily impacted by this upcoming slate of games in Week 14. Let’s take a look at five of the most exciting games of the week matchups that could change the landscape of the NFL the rest of the way.
Las Vegas Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Las Vegas Raiders endured yet another heartbreaking loss last week, this time to the Washington Football Team. They also lost Kenyan Drake for the year after he suffered a serious ankle injury. Their once-promising season has taken a turn for the worse but they have a chance to fight their way back into the division race with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs this week.
The Chiefs are up to 8-4 on the year after a rough start and have been winning defensively instead of offensively during this hot stretch. The season is on the line for Vegas here; they desperately need this one.
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Football Team
The Dallas Cowboys got an easy win over the New Orleans Saints last week, though they still have some issues to get worked out. Ezekiel Elliott clearly wasn’t healthy and Dak Prescott couldn’t get anything going through the air the majority of the time. They had lost two straight games before that and will need to stay afloat as the Football Team are hot on their heels. Washington hopes to sneak up from behind in the NFC East Division race as they ride a four-game winning streak.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
Once again, the Baltimore Ravens didn’t look good offensively at all. They decided to go for two points to win the game with 20 seconds left, and weren’t able to convert, resulting in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The defense-oriented game showed that Baltimore is still very vulnerable and the Cleveland Browns almost took advantage of that a few weeks ago when Lamar Jackson threw four interceptions.
Buffalo Bills @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buffalo Bills lost the division lead to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in a tough 14-10 loss. Mac Jones threw the ball just three times the entire game but it didn’t matter. Buffalo needs to regroup and get back on the right track, though a matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers isn’t easy by any stretch.
Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
We got to see a heated division battle between these two teams earlier in the season, one that the Arizona Cardinals were the winners of. Since then, the Los Angeles Rams have struggled quite a bit. They acquired Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller, but found themselves on a losing streak before blasting through the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.
The Cardinals are a different story, playing without Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins for nearly a month and yet still maintaining a 10-2 record on the season. They are a perfect 7-0 on the road but are just 3-2 at home, though, so we’ll see if they can protect their home-field advantage.