Eleven play­offs spots are still up for grabs

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Cameron Wolfe, The Den­ver Post

Week 14 marks the start of the “fourth quar­ter” for play­off con­tenders look­ing to make a fi­nal push to­ward Jan­uary foot­ball. Dal­las is the only team that has clinched a play­off berth, so 11 slots are still avail­able. While many teams are all but guar­an­teed to make it to the play­offs, they are still play­ing for a high seed, a first-round bye and a divi­sion cham­pi­onship. Week 14 is loaded with en­ter­tain­ing matchups. Pitts­burgh at Buf­falo, 11 a.m. The Steel­ers looked dead mid­way through the sea­son, but a resur­gence has them eye­ing the AFC North crown. Wash­ing­ton at Philadel­phia, 11 a.m., KDVR-31. In­con­sis­tency has marred Wash­ing­ton; now it’s in dan­ger of miss­ing the play­offs. Philadel­phia is strug­gling af­ter start­ing the sea­son well. Ari­zona at Mi­ami, 11 a.m. The Dol­phins were em­bar­rassed by Bal­ti­more last week. They re­vealed them­selves as more pre­tender than con­tender, but they’re still in the AFC play­off race. San Diego at Carolina, 11 a.m. The fi­nal blow of a Carolina sea­son gone awry was the Cam New­ton “tie­gate” in­ci­dent steal­ing head­lines from the real story: the Pan­thers’ dis­ap­point­ing post-Su­per Bowl sea­son. Cincin­nati at Cleve­land, 11 a.m. A home game against a strug­gling divi­sion op­po­nent might be the Browns’ best chance to avoid 0-16. Chicago at Detroit, 11 a.m. The Lions, who have a two-game lead in the NFC North, are one of the league’s sur­prises. They have to avoid chok­ing away their lead. Hous­ton at In­di­anapo­lis, 11 a.m. The NFL’s weak­est divi­sion, the AFC South, is up for grabs. The lead­ers are only .500, and the Colts are no longer feared in the divi­sion. Min­nesota at Jack­sonville, 11 a.m. First one to 10 points may win this game match­ing teams with bad of­fenses and strong de­fenses. New York Jets at San Fran­cisco, 2 p.m. This is a bat­tle for bet­ter draft po­si­tion, with each team in po­si­tion to have a top-five pick. New Or­leans at Tampa Bay, 2:25 p.m. It’s hard to be­lieve this Tampa Bay team is the one that the Bron­cos beat by 20 points in Oc­to­ber. At­lanta at L.A. Rams, 2:25 p.m. The Fal­cons, in the midst of their an­nual col­lapse, are in dan­ger of hav­ing noth­ing to show for the league’s best scor­ing of­fense. Seat­tle at Green Bay, 2:25 p.m., KDVR-31. Are the Pack­ers back or just feast­ing on medi­ocre teams? The answer comes at home against the Sea­hawks. Dal­las at New York Gi­ants, 6:30 p.m., KUSA-9. The Gi­ants are look­ing more like frauds with ev­ery con­tender they face, but they did hand the Cow­boys their only loss this sea­son.

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