WhatIfSports NFL Week 14 predictions: Cardinals win seventh straight game

Every game on the Week 14 calendar was simulated 501 times to predict the result.

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Each Tuesday, WhatIfSports.com’s NFL simulation engine generates predictions and box scores for every NFL game for the coming week. Our highly sophisticated algorithms simulate every play of every game to produce each team’s likelihood to win. Each matchup is simulated 501 times.

To account for injuries and roster moves announced late in the week, we will be re-simulating games on Thursdays through the season.

Note: Our predictions use the latest available team and player information, while NFL SimMatchup includes all players that were or will be available at any point during the 2015 season so that theoretical and "what if" scenarios can be simulated.

Week 13 Review

For the second straight week, our NFL simulation engine went 10-6 in picking games straight up. The engine fared pretty well against the spread as well, going 8-5 in eligible games. 

Nailed It: In the battle for New York, our NFL simulation engine predicted that the Jets would narrowly defeat the Giants by an average score of 23-22. The actual final? Jets 23, Giants 20

Wide Right: Our predictions had the Minnesota Vikings taking care of business at home against the Seahawks by an average score of 24-20. Whoops. Despite what Cordarelle Patterson’s celebrations would lead you to believe, the Seahawks blasted the Vikings 38-7 in a laugher.

Track our 2015 performance or view our accuracy last season.

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Week 14 Game to Watch

Vikings at Cardinals: Minnesota has some work to do in order to prove it’s a legitimate contender and capable of holding onto a playoff spot in the NFC North. The Vikings will face a tough test traveling to Arizona, where our engine predicts the Cardinals will win 60.9 percent of the time

Week 14 Upset Pick

49ers (+1.5) over Browns: The 49ers are coming off an upset of the Bears, and the Browns are reeling from being blown out. Our engine has this as a tight game, but is predicting the 49ers to pull off the road upset 53.4 percent of the time

Fantasy Radar

Fantasy Start — David Johnson, ARI: Our predictions have the Cardinals running back putting up RB1 type numbers yet again as he takes over for Chris Johnson in one of the league’s best offenses.  

Fantasy Sit — Torrey Smith, SF: He caught a game-winning touchdown pass last week, but our engine doesn’t love his chances of having another big day. Smith is projected to score just 6.1 fantasy points. 

Fantasy Add — DeVante Parker, MIA: After scoring a touchdown last week, our engine likes Parker to continue to have fantasy relevance this week with a solid outing against the Giants secondary. 

For more fantasy football tips, view our Week 14 player projections.

NFL Week 14 Predictions
Matchup Win % Avg. Score
Atlanta Falcons 15.6 15 Box Score
@ Carolina Panthers 84.4 28 Simulate Game
Dallas Cowboys 25.8 19 Box Score
@ Green Bay Packers 74.2 28 Simulate Game
San Diego Chargers 27.3 22 Box Score
@ Kansas City Chiefs 72.7 30 Simulate Game
Oakland Raiders 27.4 18 Box Score
@ Denver Broncos 72.6 26 Simulate Game
New Orleans Saints 36.5 24 Box Score
@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 63.5 29 Simulate Game
Minnesota Vikings 39.1 21 Box Score
@ Arizona Cardinals 60.9 25 Simulate Game
Pittsburgh Steelers 39.7 23 Box Score
@ Cincinnati Bengals 60.3 27 Simulate Game
Tennessee Titans 40.4 19 Box Score
@ New York Jets 59.6 23 Simulate Game
Washington Redskins 47.6 25 Box Score
@ Chicago Bears 52.4 26 Simulate Game
New York Giants 48.3 25 Box Score
@ Miami Dolphins 51.7 26 Simulate Game
San Francisco 49ers 53.4 22 Box Score
@ Cleveland Browns 46.6 21 Simulate Game
Buffalo Bills 55.4 24 Box Score
@ Philadelphia Eagles 44.6 22 Simulate Game
Detroit Lions 57.7 25 Box Score
@ St. Louis Rams 42.3 23 Simulate Game
Indianapolis Colts 59.5 25 Box Score
@ Jacksonville Jaguars 40.5 22 Simulate Game
Seattle Seahawks 65.1 24 Box Score
@ Baltimore Ravens 34.9 19 Simulate Game
New England Patriots 65.5 22 Box Score
@ Houston Texans 34.5 17 Simulate Game

For additional content, view our Week 14 NFL Power RankingsNFL archive or sortable weekly NFL predictions.