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NFL Week 14: Best of the Rest

BIGPLAY Dave and BIGPLAY Jay give their takes on the Best of The Rest

During the BIGPLAY Podcast, Dave and Jay talked about multiple games, but what about the three best games that the guys didn’t cover?

Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs- 12/9 @ 1:00 EST

 

This will be the first full week since the full termination of former running back Kareem Hunt’s contract. The focus of the game will be how the Chiefs will perform without the former Pro Bowl running back, as Spencer Ware and newly re-signed Charcandrick West attempt to fill the massive hole that was left after Hunt’s departure. Another key part of this is the emergence of 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson for the Baltimore Ravens. Lamar Jackson, the former product of Louisville, is averaging 151 passing yards per contest in his first three starts, while averaging 88 rushing yards a game, adding a rushing touchdown in each of his last two starts.

BIGPLAY Jay

Ravens 21-17 Chiefs

BIGPLAY Dave

Chiefs 28-17 Ravens

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 12/9 @ 1:00 EST

 

The New Orleans have been on what could be debated as the best run they’ve had since their championship season in 2010. The 10-2 Saints have been a menace for defensive coordinators this year and are third in points per game with an average of 34.9. Drew Brees is throwing out of his mind this year, throwing for 3,262 yards and 30 touchdowns, while only giving up three interceptions. The Saints offense contains one of the more dominant QB/RB/WR combinations with Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara/Mark Ingram, and Michael Thomas. The defense has been stifling, with 37.0 sacks throughout the year and have forced 15 fumbles. Tampa Bay has had quarterback drama all year between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston, however Winston has once again found his rhythm, throwing for a combined 561 yards and four touchdowns in his last two games. Tampa Bay is first in passing yards per game, averaging 344.5 yards. The defense last week vs. Carolina was on point, with safety Andrew Adams intercepting Cam Newton three times in the same game.

BIGPLAY Jay

Saints 35-17 Buccaneers

BIGPLAY Dave

Saints 42-28 Buccaneers

Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys- 12/09 4:25 EST

 

In an NFC East matchup, the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles head to Arlington to take on the division leaders, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys come off an incredible win against MVP candidate Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, a team that had not lost since week one. Ezekiel Elliott carved up the Eagles defense in their last outing, in which he had 187 total yards. Another factor to play in this matchup is the emergence of Amari Cooper, who has finally found his stride on his new team. Cooper has hauled in 30 passes for a total of 424 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys defense has stopped the run pretty easily, as they are 6th in the league in rushing yards allowed with 131.6. Carson Wentz has continued where he started before tearing his ACL last year, throwing for 2846 yards and 18 touchdowns going into week 14, but Cowboys rookie Leighton Vander-Esch has been having an amazing rookie campaign. He’s accumulated 102 combined tackles in the first 14 weeks of his NFL career, and has no intention of slowing down. A significant game-changer can be the return of Eagles running back Darren Sproles, who has been out since week one.

BIGPLAY Jay

Eagles 28-24 Cowboys

BIGPLAY Dave

Eagles 24-21 Cowboys

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