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NFL Week 14 Sunday Football (December 11,2016)

Good Day Football fanatics! It's Sunday at we all gonna love this day as it's time for our favorite sport to kick off! We're down to the final weeks of the 2016 season and the race to the postseason is on as Week 14 continues. In a 20-19 loss to the New York Giants in Week 1, Dak Prescott was a player for the Dallas Cowboys to shield as he made his unexpected debut as starting quarterback. After an 11-game win streak and establishing himself as both Dallas' present and future at the position, the standout rookie's stunning development might be the central plot to watch in Sunday's rematch. Prescott averaged just 5 yards per attempt in that September meeting as he eased his way into the offense. Steady, mistake-free play has remained his hallmark, but he has learned to be more opportunistic in the downfield passing game. Beyond his 19:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio, Prescott has shown the willingness to make full use of wide receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten. Rattling Prescott will be a tough assignment for New York, who won't be able to enjoy many of the same breaks they did in the season opener. Jason Pierre-Paul's absence leaves the hot-and-cold pass rush up to Olivier Vernon. Even with more tight coverage from cornerback Janoris Jenkins on Bryant — who had just one catch for 8 yards — the Giants can't expect to eliminate the deep passing game again. Yet for the Giants, stopping Ezekiel Elliott is the first step in recreating its Week 1 defensive effort and shifting the burden to Prescott. Elliott was limited to 51 yards on 20 carries in that contest, but he hasn't been held to less than 86 yards since. With few teams able to bottle up the NFL's leading rusher, Prescott has had to attempt more than 35 passes just twice since his season-high 45 throws against New York. Defensive tackles Damon Harrison and Johnathan Hankins, who is questionable with a quad injury, should once again help clog the middle, even against the Cowboys' formidable front. But safety Landon Collins and others will have to step up to prevent Elliott from reaching the second level after Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers gashed New York for 118 rushing yards last week. For the Giants, the game may be won or lost on third down. Dallas has converted 46.1% of its opportunities, but leaving those plays up to Prescott rather than Elliott could give New York its best chance at extending the NFC East race another week. USA TODAY USA TODAY Sports' Week 14 NFL picks Here are four other matchups that will define Week 14: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers vs. Seahawks' secondary There's little indication of how Seattle will respond to the loss of safety Earl Thomas. The three-time all-pro missed only one other game in his career — a Week 12 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — before fracturing his tibia. A December date at Lambeau Field against the surging Packers leaves the Seahawks with little room for error as they navigate life without the centerpiece of their defense. Green Bay has won its last two games, but it needs a win to stay within striking distance of the Detroit Lions in the NFC North. Rodgers has so far delivered on his outlined vision of running the table, posting 873 passing yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions in his last three games. How the offense stands up to the Seahawks may be the ultimate indicator of Green Bay's legitimacy. With Thomas out, Rodgers may attack backup Steven Terrell frequently throughout the game. Removing some of the defense's assurance in deep coverage may have a ripple effect on how aggressive Seattle can play, but the defense can make up for it elsewhere. Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril could keep Rodgers from attacking deep downfield, while Richard Sherman still provides a dangerous threat for the Packers' receiving corps. USA TODAY NFL playoff picture: Three divisions, two byes could be clinched in Week 14 Titans RT Jack Conklin vs. Broncos LB Von Miller Tennessee's top rookie has paired with Taylor Lewan to pave the way for arguably the NFL's most improved offense. The Titans will need their bookend tackles at their best Sunday to prevent the Broncos' defense from creating havoc up front. Conklin and the line have been integral in paving the way for the league's No. 3 rushing attack. But the group also has helped Marcus Mariota flourish in his second year by only allowing 18 sacks so far this season. The Broncos' top-ranked pass defense, however, is unlikely to provide the level of comfort and deep ball opportunities Mariota has become accustomed to in recent weeks. Miller has an NFL-best 13.5 sacks, and the defense leads the league with 36. Conklin, the No. 8 overall pick who has been a standout as a Day 1 starter, should have help against Miller, but Denver's varied pass rush could provide pressure from several points. Running back DeMarco Murray will be counted on to keep the Titans moving against a Broncos run defense that has allowed eight teams to rush for 100 yards or more this year. Fantasy football rankings: Week 14 Texans RB Lamar Miller vs. Colts' front seven In Houston's overtime win over Indianapolis in Week 6, Miller darted through massive holes in the Colts' defense for a season-high 149 yards. Whether he recaptures that form in Sunday's rematch could determine the course of the AFC South. With 225 carries already, Miller has surpassed his career high for a single season. The workload appears to have taken a toll, as he has been hampered by injuries to the ankle, ribs and shoulder. In last week's loss to the Green Bay Packers, Miller tallied just 22 yards on 14 carries. Linebacker and leading tackler D'Qwell Jackson's four-game suspension leaves a hole in the middle of Indianapolis' already vulnerable defense. The Colts will have to find a way to close down the open runways Miller consistently had in the first meeting. Even though Brock Osweiler had arguably his best game of the season in that matchup, betting against his shaky downfield throwing is this defense's best option. Falling a game behind the Texans and thus losing the tiebreaker would spell almost certain doom for the Colts, who still must face the Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders on the road. Young Jaguars defense could do something no team has in a decade Patriots QB Tom Brady vs. Ravens LB Terrell Suggs The two veteran leaders each set the tone this week for Monday night's matchup in fashions befitting their personalities. Brady was effusive in his praise of the Ravens' star defender, while Suggs continued to abstain from using the name of his opponent. Brady's torrid early-season pace has slowed in recent weeks, and the offense is now without its biggest threat in tight end Rob Gronkowski. But the Patriots remain patient and almost error-free, as Brady has thrown just one interception on 302 passes and has the fourth-lowest sack rate (3.51%) of any starting quarterback. Baltimore will have to rely on Suggs, who has a team-high eight sacks, to keep Brady from finding his normal rhythm. With a defense that ranks first in the NFL in opponents' third-down conversion percentage (33.3%), the Ravens have reason for confidence if they can force New England into obvious passing situations. The No. 1 run defense will also have to hold firm against LeGarrette Blount, who is averaging 5.8 yards per carry in his last three games. Dont miss this exciting action, follow your team games today starting at 1pm est! 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