Sport Week 14 NFL Kickoff: Several teams can clinch playoff berths

20:40  07 december  2017
20:40  07 december  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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Week 14 is here, and with it come the first opportunities for teams to clinch playoff berths . The NFL playoff picture is shaping up as teams head deeper into the 2014 season. Who looks promising?

The Saints are one of seven NFL teams that can clinch playoff berths in Week 14.

In order for the Saints (9-3) to claim a postseason date, they must first beat the Falcons (7-5) on Thursday (8:25 p.m. ET, NBC, NFL Network, Amazon Prime).

A Saints victory, coupled with losses by the Panthers (vs. Vikings) and Cowboys (vs. Giants) would have New Orleans in the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Thanks to the NFL’s third-ranked rush offense and an improved defense, the Saints are in a position to win the NFC South for the first time since 2011.

A loss by the Cowboys (6-6) also would clinch the NFC East for the Eagles (10-2), who could also wrap up a division title by beating the Rams (9-3) no matter what Dallas does. The Rams could punch their ticket to the playoffs for the first time since 2004 with a win and losses by five other teams.

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Week 14 is here, and with it come the first opportunities for teams to clinch playoff berths . The NFL playoff picture is shaping up as teams head deeper into the 2014 season. Who looks promising?

The Jaguars (8-4) can clinch a playoff berth, but need some help — but it begins with a win over the visiting Seahawks (8-4) on Sunday.

The other two primetime games in Week 14 also have playoff-clinching scenarios for the Steelers and Patriots.

A look at the weekend's other marquee NFL games

Vikings (10-2) at Panthers (8-4)

1 p.m. ET, Sunday (CBS)

Vikings quarterback Case Keenum is an unlikely MVP candidate and can help the Vikings clinch the NFC North by outdueling 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton. Points could be at a premium with two of the NFL’s top six defenses squaring off at Bank of America Stadium.

Whichever team can sustain drives and win time of possession to wear down the other defense late will likely emerge as the winner. The Vikings have the NFL's best third-down offense and third-down defense.

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After week 13, one NFL team has clinched a playoff berth – the Dallas Cowboys. Heading into week 14 , several others will have a shot to do the same thing. While some teams try to clinch a playoff berth , some teams , like the Minnesota Vikings, try to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The NFL playoff picture is finally beginning to become more clear as Week 14 approaches, with the opportunity for several teams to clinch division titles and postseason berths . The Dallas Cowboys have already clinched a trip to the playoffs , and the New England Patriots

Ravens (7-5) at Steelers (10-2)

8:30 p.m., Sunday (NBC)

A win by the Steelers would give them the AFC North for the third time in four years. What the Steelers cannot afford to do is look ahead to next week’s game against the Patriots.

The Steelers have squeaked by the Packers and Bengals the past two weeks. They won’t have wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (suspended) this week against a Ravens defense already with three shutouts this season.

The Ravens are also an opportunistic defense and lead the NFL with 20 interceptions. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been careless with the football at times, including a five-interception game at home against the Jaguars.

Patriots (10-2) at Dolphins (5-7)

8:30 p.m., Monday (ESPN)

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The Patriots have won the AFC East eight straight seasons and can make it nine by beating the Dolphins.

The Dolphins have been one of the NFL’s most inconsistent teams but are coming off their best game — a 35-9 win over the Broncos.

Last week’s performance against the hapless Broncos likely won’t matter much against a Patriots team that trounced the Dolphins in Week 12.

Vikings vs. Panthers: Score, live updates from Week 14 game in Carolina .
For live scoring updates, highlights and stats from Sunday's Vikings-Panthers game in Carolina, follow along here. Vikings vs. Panthers: Score, live updates, highlightsLIVE: Vikings vs. Panthers Game Center(All times ET)1:16 p.m.: Keenum scrambles on third-and-3 and converts the first down.1:10 p.m.: Touchdown, Panthers. Jonathan Stewart takes it 60 yards for the touchdown. The Panthers lead, 7-0.60-yards on the TOUCHDOWN for @Jonathanstewar1! #KeepPoundingpic.twitter.com/IFbSK6HeUp— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 10, 20171:06 p.m.

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