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Will Texans 'earn' No. 1 pick?
Don't say Thursday night's game between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars was meaningless. Not only did the 27-20 decision give the Jaguars their first home win in more than a year -- extending their victorious streak to an AFC-best three games -- but it also put Houston in prime position to "earn" the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Will the Texans end up with the league's worst record? If so, what should they do?
Will Peyton struggle in the cold?
Peyton Manning is one of the finest quarterbacks to play the game -- that is, at least, until things get a bit nippy. Manning denied that he's a worse quarterback in cold weather, but when the temperature drops to freezing, he's tended to struggle, throwing 11 touchdowns to 12 interceptions in 10 such games. The Broncos may be favorites to make the Super Bowl in the AFC, but considering this year's game is outdoors, fans in Denver might have reason to be concerned about their franchise savior.
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NFL Week 14 -- Cowboys at Bears
While the NFC West and NFC South might feature the conference's top contenders, the NFC East and NFC North aren't without heated divisional races. That's where these two teams come in: the 7-5 Dallas Cowboys, tied atop the East, and the 6-6 Chicago Bears, one game behind the Detroit Lions in the North. Which team will snag a critical win Monday night?
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NFL Week 14 -- Panthers at Saints
The New Orleans Saints' consolation prize for a blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday? A home game against the team that might just steal away the NFC South title. That's right, Cam Newton & Co. have won eight in a row, pulling even with Drew Brees' team atop the division. Oh, and these teams meet again at Carolina in two weeks.
NFL: Week 14 -- Seahawks at 49ers
It might be too late for the 8-4 San Francisco 49ers to challenge the 11-1 Seattle Seahawks for the NFC West title. But the defending NFC champions can make a statement -- which might be needed after Seattle thrashed San Francisco 29-3 in their Week 2 meeting.
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