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3 Potential NFL Upsets in Week 14

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Upsets happen every week in the National Football League. In Week 13, there were two significant upsets on Thanksgiving Day when the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas, and when the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco. Here is a look at three games with upset potential in Week 14.

All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.

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1.  Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) over Arizona Cardinals (9-3)

Point spread: Arizona favored by 1 point

Both teams will be coming into this game riding two-game losing streaks. Despite head coach Bruce Arians’ ongoing optimism, the Cardinals have taken a major step backwards after losing quarterback Carson Palmer to a season-ending knee injury. Backup quarterback Drew Stanton has struggled mightily since taking over the Arizona offense, and has been putting their defense in some tough situations over the last three weeks. The Chiefs do have one of the worst rushing defenses in the league, but Arizona will be without starting running back Andre Ellington.

For Kansas City, quarterback Alex Smith gives the Chiefs a clear advantage at the quarterback position in this game, despite his struggles at times this season. Arizona does have one of the best rushing defenses in the league, but Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles is arguably the most explosive running back in the NFL. Defensively, the Chiefs have one of the best pass rushes in the league and should be in Stanton’s face all game. In a game that has turned into a must-win for both teams, don’t be surprised to see the team with the more stable situation at quarterback prevail.

Chiefs Key Offensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 312 total yards per game (28th)
  • 183 passing yards per game (31st)
  • 129 rushing yards per game (7th)
  • 23.1 points per game (15th)

Chiefs Key Defensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 333 total yards allowed per game (9th)
  • 197 net passing yards allowed per game (1st)
  • 136 rushing yards allowed per game (30th)
  • 18.7 points allowed per game (4th)

Cardnals Key Offensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 322 total yards per game (23rd)
  • 247 passing yards per game (14th)
  • 75 rushing yards per game (31st)
  • 21.5 points per game (20th)

Cardinals Key Defensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 353 total yards allowed per game (13th)
  • 263 net passing yards allowed per game (27th)
  • 89 rushing yards allowed per game (6th)
  • 18.7 points allowed per game (4th)
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2.  Baltimore Ravens (7-5) over Miami Dolphins (7-5)

Point spread: Miami favored by 2.5 points

This game is a must-win and practically a playoff game for both teams. The Ravens are coming off of a 4th-quarter collapse that led to a loss, and the Dolphins are coming off of an ugly win in Week 13. Both teams are squarely in the race for the two AFC Wild Card spots, and a loss at this point in the season would set them back greatly.

The Ravens have been much better than the Dolphins offensively, while both teams have played well defensively in 2014. The Ravens will be without All-Pro defensive lineman Haloti Ngata, but they still have enough in place to limit Miami’s success offensively. The Dolphins will have their hands full with Baltimore’s rushing attack, and let’s be honest here, who really trusts Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill to come up with a big-time performance in a big-time game? Expect to see Baltimore leave Miami with a win.

Ravens Key Offensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 371 total yards per game (10th)
  • 239 passing yards per game (16th)
  • 132 rushing yards per game (5th)
  • 27.3 points per game (6th)

Ravens Key Defensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 360 total yards allowed per game (16th)
  • 274 net passing yards allowed per game (31st)
  • 86 rushing yards allowed per game (4th)
  • 20.2 points allowed per game (7th)

Dolphins Key Offensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 341 total yards per game (20th)
  • 220 passing yards per game (22nd)
  • 120 rushing yards per game (10th)
  • 25.1 points per game (10th)

Dolphins Key Defensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 317 total yards allowed per game (6th)
  • 198 net passing yards allowed per game (2nd)
  • 119 rushing yards allowed per game (22nd)
  • 19.3 points allowed per game (6th)
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3.  Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10) over Houston Texans (6-6)

Point spread: Houston favored by 5.5 points

These AFC South rivals are both coming off of impressive wins in Week 13, and will be meeting for the first time in 2014 this week. The Jaguars seem to be improving with every passing week, and their come from behind win against the New York Giants in Week 13 should give them a huge confidence boost. It will be incredibly difficult for the Jags’ offense to contain Houston defensive end J.J. Watt this week, but if they can slow down running back Arian Foster and force the game into the hands of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the likelihood of Fitzpatrick repeating his Week 13 performance is slim to none. If Blake Bortles can avoid turning the ball over and efficiently manage the game for Jacksonville, the Jaguars should have an excellent chance at upsetting the visiting Houston Texans in Week 14.

Jaguars Key Offensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 300 total yards per game (31st)
  • 202 passing yards per game (28th)
  • 98 rushing yards per game (23rd)
  • 15.5 points per game (31st)

Jaguars Key Defensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 383 total yards per game (28th)
  • 254 passing yards per game (24th)
  • 129 rushing yards per game (26th)
  • 27.4 points per game (28th)

Texans Key Offensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 354 total yards per game (14th)
  • 220 passing yards per game (23rd)
  • 134 rushing yards per game (4th)
  • 23.9 points per game (13th)

Texans Key Defensive Statistics (league rank):

  • 382 total yards allowed per game (27th)
  • 270 net passing yards allowed per game (30th)
  • 112 rushing yards allowed per game (16th)
  • 20.6 points allowed per game (10th)