NFL Quick Pick: Week 14 Schedule, Vegas Lines, Playoff Scenarios, Stats, VAVEL Picks

It's Week 14 in the NFL and the beginning of the fourth quarter of the 2015 regular season.

Carolina Panthers (12-0) are the only undefeated team remaining after New England Patriots (11-1) were toppled by Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) last week.  The struggling Atlanta Falcons (6-6) will take a shot at defeating the Panthers on Sunday in Carolina.

Teams are beginning to punch their tickets to the playoffs.  Week 14 saw the Panthers clinch the NFC South division title for the third straight year.  Carolina can clinch a first round bye with a win or tie or Green Bay Packers (8-4) lose or tie at home against Dallas Cowboys (4-8).  

Arizona Cardinals (11-2) wrapped up a playoff spot on Thursday night following their 23-20 victory over Minnesota Vikings (8-5).  The Cardinals can clinch the NFC West if Seattle Seahawks (7-5) fall on the road to Baltimore Ravens (4-8) on Sunday.

The rest of Week 14's playoff scenarios:

Cincinnati Bengals (10-2)

Cincinnati locks up the AFC North with win or tie against Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5). The Bengals can also earn a playoff spot if New York Jets (7-5) fall to at home to Tennessee Titans (3-9)  or Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) lose at home to San Diego Chargers (3-9).

Denver Broncos (10-2)

Denver clinches AFC West with a win or tie over Oakland Raiders (5-7) at home and a Chiefs loss or tie.  The Broncos can also earn a playoff spot with a win and either a Jets loss or tie or a Steelers loss or tie.  Should the Broncos tie the Raiders they can still lock up a playoff spot should the Jets or Steelers lose.

New England Patriots

New England clinches their seventh consecutive AFC East title with a win or tie on the road against the Houston Texans (6-6) and a Jets loss or tie.  

The Patriots clinch a playoff spot with a win and either a Jets or Steelers loss.  If New England ties then they still clinch a playoff spot with a Chiefs loss or if Jets or Steelers tie.

NFL Week 14 Schedule
Thursday, December 10 Time (ET) TV Line (Westgate Superbook)
Vikings (8-4) @ Cardinals (10-2) 8:25 PM NFLN Vikings 20  Cardinals 23 F
Sunday, December 13 Time (ET) TV Line (Westgate Superbook)
Bills (6-6) @ Eagles (5-7) 1:00 PM CBS Eagles -1
Seahawks (7-5) @ Ravens (4-8) 1:00 PM FOX Seahawks -11.5
49ers (4-8) @ Browns (2-10) 1:00 PM FOX Browns -1.5
Lions (4-8) @ Rams (4-8) 1:00 PM FOX Lions -3
Titans (3-9) @ Jets (7-5) 1:00 PM CBS Jets -7
Steelers (7-5) @ Bengals (10-2) 1:00 PM CBS Bengals -3
Colts (6-6) @ Jaguars (4-8) 1:00 PM CBS Pick
Chargers (3-9) @ Chiefs (7-5) 1:00 PM CBS Chiefs -10.5
Redskins (5-7) @ Bears (5-7) 1:00 PM FOX Bears -4
Falcons (6-6) @ Panthers (12-0) 1:00 PM FOX Panthers -8
Saints (4-8) @ Buccaneers (6-6) 1:00 PM FOX Buccaneers -4.5
Raiders (5-7) @ Broncos (10-2) 4:05 PM CBS Broncos -7
Cowboys (4-8) @ Packers (8-4) 4:25 PM FOX Packers -6.5
Patriots (10-2) @ Texans (6-6)  8:30 PM NBC Patriots -3.5
Monday, December 14 Time (ET) TV Line (Westgate Superbook)
Giants (5-7) @ Dolphins (5-7) 8:30 PM ESPN Giants -

Playoff Chase:

AFC
Seed Team Overall Conference How They Got Here Wild Card Round
1 Cincinnati Bengals 10-2 8-1 North leader/Holds tie breaker over Broncos and Patriots with better conference record. Bye
2 Denver Broncos 10-2 6-2 West leader/Holds tie breaker over Patriots in head-to-head matchup.  Bye
3 New England Patriots 10-2 7-1 East leader vs Jets
4 Indianapolis Colts 6-6 4-4 South leader/Holds tie breaker over Texans in head-to-head record. vs Chiefs
5 Kansas City Chiefs 7-5 6-2 1st Wild Card leader/Holds tie breaker over Jets and Steelers with better conference record. @ Colts
6 New York Jets 7-5 5-4 2nd Wild Card leader/ Wins tie breaker over Steelers with better conference record. @ Patriots
7 Pittsburgh Steelers 7-5 4-4 In the hunt N/A
8 Buffalo Bills 6-6 6-5 In the hunt/Holds tie breaker over Houston Texans in head-to-head matchup. N/A
NFC
Seed Team Overall Conference How They Got Here Wild Card Round
1 Carolina Panthers 11-0 7-0 South leader Bye
2 Arizona Cardinals 9-2 6-1 West leader Bye
3 Minnesota Vikings 8-3 5-2 North leader vs Seahawks
4 Washington Redskins 5-6 5-3 East leader/Wins tie breaker over New York Giants with better division record. vs Packers
5 Green Bay Packers 7-4 5-3 1st Wild Card leader @ Redskins
6 Seattle Seahawks 6-5 5-4 2nd Wild Card leader/Wins tie breaker over Falcons with better conference record. @ Vikings
7 Atlanta Falcons 6-5 4-4 In the hunt N/A
8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-6 4-3 In the hunt/Wins tie breaker over Chicago Bears and Giants with better conference record. N/A

Stats

League Leaders
Passing Team Yards Tackles Team Total
Carson Palmer CIN 4,003 D'Qwell Jackson IND 122
Rushing     Sacks    
Adrian Peterson MIN 1,251 J.J. Watt HOU 13.5
Receiving     Interceptions    
Julio Jones ATL 1,338 Reggie Nelson CIN 7
Team Leaders
Offense YPG Defense YPG
Total Offense   Total Defense  
Arizona Cardinals 417.5 Denver Broncos 284.7
Passing   Passing  
New England Patriots 315.8 Denver Broncos 195.6
Rushing   Rushing  
Seattle Seahawks 146.6 New York Jets 83.5

 Stats via nfl.com

VAVEL NFL Writers Picks
  Eastern Connett Wahlgren Bagay Buckley Barratt Blakely Williams Alberto
MIN @ ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI No Pick ARI ARI
BUF @ PHI BUF PHI BUF PHI BUF PHI No Pick BUF BUF
SEA @ BAL SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA No Pick SEA SEA
SF @ CLE SF SF SF SF CLE CLE No Pick SF SF
DET @ STL DET STL DET DET DET STL No Pick DET DET
TEN @ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ No Pick NYJ NYJ
PIT @ CIN CIN PIT PIT CIN PIT PIT No Pick PIT CIN
IND @ JAX IND IND IND JAX JAX JAX No Pick IND IND
SD @ KC KC KC KC KC  KC KC No Pick KC SD
WSH @ CHI WSH CHI CHI CHI CHI WSH No Pick CHI WSH
ATL @ CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR No Pick CAR CAR
NO @ TB TB TB TB TB TB TB No Pick TB TB
OAK @ DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN DEN No Pick DEN DEN
DAL @ GB GB GB GB GB GB GB No Pick GB GB
NE @ HOU NE HOU NE NE NE NE No Pick NE NE
NYG @ MIA NYG NYG NYG NYG NYG MIA No Pick MIA MIA
Last Week 9-7 10-6 9-7 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-6
This Week 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Overall 122-70 120-72 119-73 115-77 112-80 111-81 110-82 110-82 108-84
  Boal Bowen Hunsicker -Zevchik *Frank *Huff ***Taylor *Evans **Tall +White
MIN @ ARI ARI ARI ARI No Pick ARI ARI MIN ARI ARI ARI
BUF @ PHI PHI BUF BUF No Pick BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF BUF
SEA @ BAL SEA SEA BAL No Pick SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA SEA
SF @ CLE CLE SF CLE No Pick CLE SF SF SF SF CLE
DET @ STL DET STL DET No Pick DET DET DET DET DET STL
TEN @ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ No Pick NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ NYJ
PIT @ CIN PIT PIT CIN No Pick PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT PIT
IND @ JAX IND JAX JAX No Pick JAX JAX IND JAX JAX IND
SD @ KC KC KC KC No Pick KC KC KC KC KC KC
WSH @ CHI CHI WSH CHI No Pick CHI CHI CHI WSH CHI CHI
ATL @ CAR CAR CAR CAR No Pick ATL CAR CAR CAR CAR CAR
NO @ TB TB TB TB No Pick TB TB NO TB TB TB
OAK @ DEN DEN DEN OAK No Pick DEN DEN OAK DEN DEN DEN
DAL @ GB GB GB GB No Pick GB GB DAL GB GB GB
NE @ HOU HOU NE NE No Pick NE NE NE NE NE NE
NYG @ MIA NYG NYG NYG No Pick NYG NYG MIA NYG NYG MIA
Last Week 10-6 8-8 8-8 No Picks 8-8 13-3 8-8 8-8 8-8 8-8
This Week 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Overall 107-85 106-86 102-90 101-75 98-79 98-79 97-81 96-81 93-66 80-64

Pick in BOLD denotes a correct pick.  *Did not pick in Week 1.  **Did not pick in Week 1 and Week 3.  +Did not pick in Weeks 1-3.  ***Did not pick in Week 11. -Did not pick in Week 13.

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