Last week we were excited to see Trevor Lawrence and Jared Goff do battle in Detroit. Goff won it going away, both on the stat sheet and the scoreboard.
The Justin Jefferson-Sauce Gardner war still rages on, as both players have taken to social media since Minnesota’s win to explain how they won the one-on-one confrontation.
And we were ready to focus on the Eagles rushing attack vs. the Titans rushing defense, but the Philadelphia passing game stole the show, blowing out Tennessee.
Here are the three matchups in Week 14 that have us most intrigued.
Lions Deep Pass vs. Vikings Pass Defense
For the second straight week Jared Goff is in one of our featured matchups, and why not. The Lions are playing their best football of the season and making things difficult for everyone who plays them.
They are actually favorites at home against the 10-win Vikings, and Goff and the passing attack of Detroit is a big reason why. Cold, Hard Football Facts ranks Detroit seventh in the NFL in Real Passing Yds/Attempt, while Minnesota is 30th in Defensive Real Passing Yds/Attempt.
That sets up Goff and the Detroit wide receivers to have a huge day during Week 14. Add in that both teams are at the bottom in Total Team Yards Allowed, and we are in for some fireworks in the Motor City.
Jets Pass Defense vs. Josh Allen
The Jets defense already got the better of Josh Allen in one game this season, picking off the Bills star quarterback twice, and sacking him five times. Allen finished the game with a quarterback rating of 46.8, which is his worst showing of the season.
Cold, Hard Football Facts ranks the Jets third in Defensive Real Quarterback Rating and second in Defensive Passer Rating, while Allen and the Bills rank seventh in Real Quarterback Rating and eighth in Offensive Passer Rating.
The 17 points the Jets held Buffalo to was a season-low. Can they do it again in Week 14?
Tom Brady vs. 49ers Defense
This has already been an unprecedentedly bad year for Tom Brady. Never before has a Brady-led offense finished below 12th in points scored per game. The Buccaneers are currently 27th in the NFL.
Cold, Hard Football Facts ranks the Buccaneers offense 30th in Scorebility, which is an efficiency measurement based on how many yards it takes to score a point. Only the Colts and Broncos are worse than Tampa Bay.
On the flip side there is the Bendability ranking, which measures how difficult a defense makes it to score for their opponent. The 49ers rank fourth in the NFL, only trailing the Titans, Cowboys, and Bills.
Tom Brady has only been shutout three times in his career, and just once since 2006. It is entirely possible that the 49ers could make it happen for a fourth time in Week 14.
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