The NFL never lets the weather affect its games and in snowy and frigid conditions across the USA, Week 14 threw up up some stunners. The best being the New England Patriots come from behind win to beat the improving Cleveland Browns, who must be kicking themselves for letting a 14 point lead disappear in the last minute of the game. The worst was the complete meltdown by the Washington Redskins who were embarrassed at home by the Kansas City Chiefs, who put up 31 points before the Redskins got on the board. Coach Mike Shanahan has lost the team and more than likely his job come season end.
Back to the weather – this season’s Super Bowl will be held on Sunday February 3rd in New York in an outdoor stadium. This will be the first time that the championship game in the modern era has been held in a cold weather climate in an outdoor stadium. The long term forecast via the Farmer’s Almanac predicts bitterly cold, piercing and biting weather with high chances of snow. Perhaps after this round, played in similar conditions, the football in the Superbowl could be of a high standard
If the season finished today
First round byes for the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints
In the wildcard rounds
Ravens at Bengals
Chiefs at Colts
49ers at Eagles
Panthers at Lions
(This is before the week 14 Monday Night Football game)
Any Given Sunday
This graphic shows from a clockwise position that any team can beat another.
Every team beat the team to the clockwise direction, and all 32 teams are on the wheel.
Early week 15 picks in these divisional clashes predict the home teams will get beaten in all five games (Home teams in bold)
Denver Broncos over San Diego Chargers
Indianapolis Colts over Houston Texans
New England Patriots over Miami Dolphins
Kanasas City Chiefs over Oakland Raiders
Cincinnati Bengals over Pittsburgh Steelers
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