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NFL Nation reporters detail the biggest storylines -- and what they mean going forward -- for every team coming out of Week 13. Andreas Ivanschitz Jersey .AFC East | AFC North| AFC South | AFC West NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC WestAFC EASTBuffalo Bills (6-6)After the Raiders scored 29 unanswered points to drop the Bills to .500, there is little hope for Buffalo to snap its 16-year playoff drought this season. Rex Ryans message to his team after the loss was that they must win all four of their remaining games in order to have a shot. And hes right, but the Bills will need help at this point. -- Mike RodakWeek 14: vs. Pittsburgh, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETMiami Dolphins (7-5)The Dolphins were streaking in October and November, but their intro to December football on Sunday was an ugly, 32-point drubbing by the Ravens. Players believe the loss is a wakeup call that the Dolphins must up the intensity late in the year if they want to make a playoff push. -- James WalkerWeek 14: vs. Arizona, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETNew England Patriots (10-2)Tom Brady became the NFLs all-time leader for victories by a starting QB (201), passing Peyton Manning in Sundays 26-10 win over the Rams, but it wasnt long before he and his teammates were looking ahead to their next challenge: at home against the Ravens on Monday Night Football next week. Its the first time the teams will meet since the divisional round of the playoffs following the 2014 season. Football starts after Thanksgiving here, RB?LeGarrette Blount said. We have to kick it into gear and take the necessary steps to make sure that we continue to play good football. -- Mike ReissWeek 14: vs. Baltimore, Monday, 8:30 p.m. ETNew York Jets (3-8)The Jets, losers of three straight, will be mathematically eliminated if they lose Monday night to the Colts. If that happens, the pressure will intensify for coach Todd Bowles to play Bryce Petty at quarterback. Bowles has been steadfastly committed to Ryan Fitzpatrick, but his case for playing the veteran loses weight if theyre out of it. -- Rich CiminiWeek 14: at San Francisco, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ETAFC NORTHBaltimore Ravens (7-5)The Ravens are a dangerous team if Joe Flacco remains hot. He threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns in a rout of the Dolphins on Sunday, which is huge for a Baltimore team that is already strong on defense and special teams. Flaccos turnaround also comes at the right time. The Ravens play at New England on Monday night as they end the season with three of their last four games on the road. The Patriots have allowed only two quarterbacks to throw for more than 300 yards against them this season (only four teams have fewer). -- Jamison HensleyWeek 14: at New England, Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET?Cincinnati Bengals (4-7-1)The Bengals finally looked like the team that made the playoffs last season in a win over the Eagles, but theyll have to keep winning and get some help to make the postseason for the sixth straight year. They need the Ravens and the Steelers to drop three games each to end the season. Another win against the 0-12 Browns next week could keep the Bengals in the postseason hunt a little while longer. -- Katherine TerrellWeek 14: at Cleveland, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETCleveland Browns (0-12)The Browns will start taking a good look at Robert Griffin III in practice on Monday. Griffin hasnt played since the season opener, but if he shows hes healthy and capable in practice this week, he should get the start on Sunday against the Bengals as the Browns look for their first win of the season. -- Pat McManamonWeek 14:?vs. Cincinnati, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETPittsburgh Steelers (7-5)The Steelers will ride a three-game winning streak and their new game plan into Buffalo on Sunday: ball control and lots of LeVeon Bell. Everyone will be covered in ice packs after the Week 14 matchup in Ralph Wilson. Bell has 80 carries in his past three games, and Buffalo is second in rushing offense. The game will be won up front. And Ben Roethlisberger is OK with that. When the defense is taking away the big play, youve got to be able to quote-unquote dink and dunk, work it down the field, find the open guy, Roethlisberger said. -- Jeremy FowlerWeek 14: at Buffalo, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETAFC SOUTHHouston Texans (6-6)The Texans dropped their third straight game after their 6-3 start to start the season, and are now tied atop the AFC South with the Titans. Quarterback Brock Osweiler played better than he did in the Week 12 loss to the Chargers, but the Texans offense wasnt able to finish drives on Sunday against the Packers. Head coach Bill OBrien called Houstons remaining four games all playoff games, and that starts with next Sundays matchup against the 5-6 Colts. -- Sarah BarshopWeek 14: at Indianapolis, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETIndianapolis Colts (5-6)Win, and be in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC South. Lose, and the obstacles Indianapolis faces in winning the division become that much more challenging. Thats what is at stake for the Colts in their Monday night game at the New York Jets. The Colts will move into a tie in first place with Houston and Tennessee if they beat the Jets. Indianapolis is only 1-4 when it plays on Monday Night Football with quarterback Andrew Luck, who was cleared from the concussion protocol on Saturday. -- Mike WellsWeek 14: vs. Houston, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETJacksonville Jaguars (2-10)The Jaguars rushed for 154 yards, gave up just one sack, held Broncos QB Paxton Lynch to 104 yards passing -- and still lost because they committed three turnovers and two critical penalties that led to points. It was just a typical performance for the Jaguars, who have now lost 10 or more games for six consecutive seasons. There are changes coming, and the question now is whether its just coach Gus Bradley thats fired or if owner Shad Khan is going to make it a clean sweep and fire GM Dave Caldwell, too. -- Mike DiRoccoWeek 14: vs. Minnesota, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETTennessee Titans (6-6)As the Titans come off their bye and focus on the Broncos, they officially hold a share of first place in the AFC South with the same record as Houston after the Texans loss at Green Bay. The Texans won the first matchup and play at the Titans on New Years Day. But Tennessee needs a better record than Houston to win the division. The Texans are in position to have divisional record and common opponent tie-breakers. Still lurking: the 5-6 Colts, who play at the Jets on Monday night. -- Paul KuharskyWeek 14: vs. Denver, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETAFC WESTDenver Broncos (8-4)With a rookie quarterback in Paxton Lynch filling in for the injured Trevor Siemian (foot) on a day when Denvers offense gained just 206 yards and was 1-of-13 on third downs, the Broncos defense came up with a well-timed big day as the group forced three turnovers, including Bradley Robys 51-yard interception return for a touchdown, in a 20-10 victory over the Jaguars. The win keeps the Broncos in a tight AFC playoff race. -- Jeff LegwoldWeek 14: at Tennessee, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETKansas City Chiefs (9-3)The Chiefs unveiled a big-play offense with a season-high seven plays of more than 20 yards. In doing so, they took advantage of what they believed were favorable matchups against the Falcons, but they could be comfortable taking the aggressive approach Thursday night against the Raiders and beyond. Certainly it will be interesting to see how the Chiefs handle things, because quarterback Alex Smith responded with perhaps his best game of the season. -- Adam TeicherWeek 14: vs. Oakland, Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ETOakland Raiders (10-2)The Raiders cleared their latest hurdle with their sixth comeback in the fourth-quarter or overtime this season, courtesy of Sundays 38-24 defeat of the Bills, but an even bigger challenge awaits: in Kansas City, on a short week, against a team that already handled them this season. Thursdays meeting at Arrowhead Stadium will be more than an AFC West showdown between the first-place Raiders and second-place Chiefs; it will be another opportunity for quarterback Derek Carr, who played exclusively out of the shotgun to protect his still-healing right pinkie finger after it was dislocated last week, to burnish his candidacy for MVP consideration, as well as Khalil Mack, who had another strip-sack and fumble recovery, to solidify his standing as a defensive player of the year candidate.? -- Paul GutierrezWeek 14: at Kansas City, Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ETSan Diego Chargers (5-7)San Diegos postseason aspirations are on life support after another disheartening loss, this one a 28-21 setback at the hands of the Buccaneers. The Chargers are now 6-17 in games decided by eight points or less under head coach Mike McCoy. And at 5-7 on the year, the Chargers are now in evaluation mode, including whether the franchise will retain the services of McCoy in 2017. In this business, youve got to make the most of every opportunity you get week in and week out, McCoy said. This is the National Football League. -- Eric D. WilliamsWeek 14: at Carolina, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETNFC EASTDallas Cowboys (11-1)Sunday was a great day for the Cowboys, and they spent it on the couch. With the Redskins loss to the Cardinals, the Cowboys clinched a playoff spot for the second time in three years. With a win against the Giants next week, the Cowboys could clinch the NFC East and inch closer to possibly gaining home-field advantage. Yet perhaps more important than earning the playoff spot, the Cowboys were able to get some rest over the weekend. While Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott dont believe in a rookie wall, getting a few days off can only help. With veterans like Jason Witten, Orlando Scandrick, Doug Free and Sean Lee, the rest will help, as it will with younger veterans battling through injuries, such as Tyron Smith. -- Todd ArcherWeek 14: at New York Giants, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ETNew York Giants (8-4)The Giants six-game winning streak came to a crashing halt in Pittsburgh. The step up in competition proved too much against the Steelers. They were shut out in the first half and left with Odell Beckham Jr. unhappy with the officiating and Victor Cruz unhappy with his role in the offense after failing to be targeted. Now the Giants have another tough matchup with the Cowboys on the horizon, and a wild-card spot is looking more difficult to attain. -- Jordan RaananWeek 14: vs. Dallas, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ETPhiladelphia Eagles (5-7)The scrutiny of head coach Doug Pederson figures to intensify over the final four weeks of the season. His team has dropped seven of nine now, and gave its most uninspired performance of the season in a 32-14 loss to the Bengals on Sunday. First year or not, he needs to show that he has command of this team and prevent an all-out free fall. -- Tim McManusWeek 14: vs. Washington, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETWashington Redskins (6-5-1)The Redskins lost their ability to control their playoff fate and now trail Tampa Bay by half a game with four remaining. They do get left tackle Trent Williams back, which is good considering his replacement, Ty Nsekhe, is banged up and left Arizona with a walking boot on his left foot. But the Redskins did not play like a playoff team Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing 10 of 16 third-down conversions. The inability to make key stops is a big reason why Tampa Bay has surpassed them. Theres a reason coach Jay Gruden was so upset with his players after the game. -- John KeimWeek 14: at Philadelphia, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETNFC NORTHChicago Bears (3-9)The Bears probably cost themselves a chance at one of the first two draft picks by defeating San Francisco on Sunday, but it was refreshing to watch the defense play a complete game. Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick accomplished almost nothing against the Bears -- sacked five times and ultimately benched by head coach Chip Kelly. The Bears got terrific push from their front-seven, specifically Akiem Hicks and rookie Leonard Floyd, who finished the game with two sacks each. For Floyd, the performance had to have been gratifying, since only two weeks ago he left MetLife Stadium in an ambulance. -- Jeff DickersonWeek 14: at Detroit, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETDetroit Lions (8-4)The Lions are legitimate contenders in the NFC. They proved it after finally not having to come from behind in a 28-13 win over New Orleans -- a game in which they played their best combined offense and defense all season. Detroit held Drew Brees to 13 points and picked him off three times. While the Lions still have a tough schedule the rest of the way, including games at the Giants and Dallas, if they can string together wins like Sunday, they might be a real third contender for the NFC title. -- Michael RothsteinWeek 14: vs. Chicago, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETGreen Bay Packers (6-6)Next Sundays game against the Seahawks at Lambeau Field remained relevant because the Packers pulled themselves back to .500 with their 21-13 win over the Texans in the Green Bay snow. Although theyre still two games behind the Lions (8-4) in the NFC North, they at least have some momentum and some hope for the postseason as they enter the final month of the season. After the Seattle game, they close with three straight division games: at Chicago, home against the Vikings and at the Lions. ?-- Rob DemovskyWeek 14: vs. Seattle, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ETMinnesota Vikings (6-6)The Vikings went home last Thursday talking about how they can make the playoffs by winning out, and its looking increasingly like thats what it will take for them to secure a second straight postseason bid. Tampa Bays win on Sunday put another team ahead of the Vikings in the wild-card race, and Minnesota is now tied with Green Bay for second in the NFC North. The Lions win on Sunday means Detroit is two games ahead of the Vikings, and can eliminate the Vikings from NFC North contention with two more wins. -- Ben GoesslingWeek 14: at Jacksonville, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETNFC SOUTHCarolina Panthers (4-8)The big story wasnt so much that quarterback Cam Newton was benched for the opening series for violating a minor team rule. It was that the Panthers benched their last good chance to make a run at the playoffs with their second straight loss on a 10-day road trip in which the goal was to go 2-0. They missed an opportunity to pull within two games of Atlanta (7-5) and Tampa Bay (7-5), assuring the franchises dubious distinction of never having consecutive winning seasons will stay intact. -- David NewtonWeek 14: vs. San Diego, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETAtlanta Falcons (7-5)The Falcons saw three key players hobbled by injuries on Sunday, with wide receiver Julio Jones suffering a lower-leg issue, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu hurting his groin and left tackle Jake Matthews tweaking his knee. Matthews might be the most serious of the three, as he was replaced by Tom Compton. If Matthews misses any amount of time, teams likely will be able to generate more pressure on quarterback Matt Ryan. Both Jones and Sanu said they are good to go, but their status will be worth monitoring this week in preparation for next Sundays game against the Rams. -- Vaughn McClureWeek 14: at Los Angeles, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ETNew Orleans Saints (5-7)The Saints took their inconsistency to a new level Sunday, following up their biggest win of the season (a 49-21 victory over the Rams in Week 12) with a 28-13 loss to the Lions on Sunday, their biggest of the season. This up-and-down nature has plagued the Saints for three years, and its why their playoff chances seem so dismal even though they still trail the Falcons by only two games in the NFC South. We dont like the up and down, Saints QB Drew Brees said. We dont like having that on our resume. Unfortunately, thats the way its been the past few years. ?-- Mike TriplettWeek 14: at Tampa Bay, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ETTampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5)The Bucs overcame a 14-7 deficit in the first half to defeat the Chargers 28-21, improve to 7-5 and move into a first-place tie with the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South. They lost two receivers in the process in Cecil Shorts (knee) and Adam Humphries (concussion). Tampa Bays depth at the position could be an issue heading into the final stretch of the season. -- Jenna LaineWeek 14: vs. New Orleans, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ETNFC WESTArizona Cardinals (5-6-1)The most important byproduct of Sundays 31-23 win over Washington for the Cardinals was that theyre still in the playoff hunt with four games left. The second-most important byproduct was that they found their deep passing game with a 42-yard touchdown pass from QB Carson Palmer to WR J.J. Nelson. Arizona had been looking for its vertical game all season, and if its truly back, then their notion of winning out that was popular after last weeks loss to Atlanta may not seem like such a stretch. But Arizona is going cross-country to Miami next week, and anyone who knows anything about the Cardinals knows they havent fared well on the East Coast this season. -- Josh WeinfussWeek 14: at Miami, Sunday, 1 p.m. ETLos Angeles Rams (4-8)Sunday was an awkward day for the Rams. It began with news leaking about Jeff Fishers extension, then finished with his team getting thoroughly outplayed on the road against the Patriots. The Rams have lost seven of their past eight games, and the organization clearly wanted to wait until the end of the season to announce Fishers extension. The deal was in place before even the first preseason game, Fisher confirmed in the postgame media conference. But his team is now 4-8, despite winning three of its first four games. If it doesnt turn it around in the last quarter of the season, a change at head coach can still be made. -- Alden GonzalezWeek 14: vs. Atlanta, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ETSan Francisco 49ers (1-11)San Francisco got a familiar result with its 11th straight loss on Sunday, this time to the Bears. The loss also raised a familiar question: Who will play quarterback moving forward? Colin Kaepernick said he was surprised to be pulled in favor of Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter, but he also acknowledged he has no say in who starts next week. Head coach Chip Kelly said the move to Gabbert was intended to spark the offense, but didnt offer much of a response when asked whether Kaepernick will start next week against the Jets. -- Nick WagonerWeek 14: vs. New York Jets, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ETSeattle Seahawks (8-3-1)The Seahawks go into their final four games knowing that if theyre going to make a Super Bowl run, theyll have to do so without one of their most important defensive players: safety Earl Thomas. Thomas suffered a lower leg fracture in the second quarter against the Panthers and was carted off the field. Prior to last week when he was sidelined with a hamstring injury, Thomas had never missed a game in his 118-game (regular season and playoffs) NFL career. His range has allowed coach Pete Carroll to consistently play with one deep safety. The Seahawks will now lean on Thomas backup, Steven Terrell, who has started one game in his career. That could mean tweaks to the scheme and a need for the offense to stay hot if the Seahawks want to get back to the Super Bowl for the third time in four years. -- Sheil KapadiaWeek 14: at Green Bay, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET Clint Dempsey Sounders Jersey . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. Seattle Sounders Jersey . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. . The All-Pro lineman got the leg bent under him while trying to make a tackle during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. The medical staff initially thought hed torn the ligament, and the test a day later in Cincinnati confirmed it. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus wondered aloud Friday about Michael Fulmers case for the All-Star game. Fulmer didnt make it, but his 9-2 record and 2.11 ERA certainly deserve mentioning.At that pace, hed be in the Cy Young discussion if he kept it up for a year, Ausmus said.For now, Fulmer will have to settle for being a top candidate for American League Rookie of the Year honors. In a season where not everything has gone as planned for the Tigers, hes been perhaps the biggest reason theyre still very much in the mix for a postseason spot. When Detroit acquired Fulmer last year in the deal that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets, the Tigers were hoping he could make a significant impact, but as with many prospects, there was no way to know it would happen so quickly.We saw him in spring for the first time and we knew he had electric stuff. He just had a little command issue in spring, teammate Jordan Zimmermann said. He came up, hes been throwing strikes and now hes got a changeup to go with his fastball and slider that are both `plus pitches. Hes been dominant the whole time. Hes fun to watch.Detroits rotation has been in a tough spot of late because of Zimmermanns injury problems and Anibal Sanchezs ineffectiveness. Fulmer, however, has been outstanding since making his debut in late April. Since May 27, hes made eight starts and gone 6-1, allowing only three earned runs in 50 1/3 innings.A lot of young guys come up and theyre throwers and not really pitchers. They have the velocity but they dont really know where its going, Zimmermann said. I feel like hes got the velocity and knows where its going. Usually the control comes later in your career. It seems like hes got it.Here are a few other rookies who have impressed during the first half of the season:COREY SEAGER and KENTA MAEDA, DODGERSSeager was impressive in a shorter stint with the Dodgers last year, and the talented shortstop has lived up to expectations in 2016, hitting .296 with 17 home runs and 41 RBI.MMaeda turned 28 five days after making his major league debut in April. Custom Seattle Sounders Jersey. The Dodgers signed him to an incentive-laden, eight-year contract in the hope that his success in Japan would translate to the Los Angeles rotation. Hes done just fine so far, posting a 7-6 record with a 3.07 ERA.TREVOR STORY, ROCKIESStory was quite the phenomenon when he hit seven home runs in his first six big league games back in April. Needless to say, the Colorado shortstops pace has slowed a bit, but his batting line -- .263 with 21 homers and 57 RBI -- is still pretty remarkable for a 23-year-old. A note of caution: Hes also on pace for about 200 strikeouts.Story, Seager and St. Louis Aledmys Diaz have turned this into quite a season for rookie shortstops in the National League.SEUNG HWAN OH, CARDINALSThe 33-year-old South Korea native came to St. Louis with quite a reputation -- he led the Japanese Central League in saves in 2014 and `15 and had earned the nicknames Final Boss and Stone Buddha. Hes already appeared in 44 games for the Cardinals, posting a 1.62 ERA.JUNIOR GUERRA, BREWERSGuerra bounced all over the minors and even played professionally in Italy before finally making his big league debut for the Chicago White Sox at age 30 last year. He pitched only four innings for the White Sox in 2015, and Milwaukee claimed him off waivers in October.The right-hander has come out of nowhere to go 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 12 starts for the Brewers this year.NOMAR MAZARA, RANGERSA 21-year-old outfielder playing regularly for a first-place team, Mazara is hitting .283 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI. Mazara was 16 when the Rangers signed the Dominican prospect and gave him a $5 million bonus. 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