TEXAS, Sporting Alert – NFL Week 14 coverage continues on Sunday with another full schedule, as the Panthers look to extend it undefeated streak and the Patriots try to end an unwelcoming run.
Heading into Sunday’s Panthers (12-0) are hoping to stretch their franchise-record to 13-0 to start the season when Cam Newton and Co. battle against Atlanta Falcons (6-6) at Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte.
Carolina, which clinched the NFC South Division last week, has also won 16 successive regular season games, dating back to last campaign.
Last time out, the Panthers battled to a 41-38 victory over the New Orleans Saints, with Newton throwing five touchdowns passes, including a 15-yard scoring toss to Jerricho Cotchery late in the fourth quarter.
Newton, one of the leading candidates for the MVP honor this season, was again impressive in the fourth against the Saints, after completing 9-of-13 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons enter this matchup hoping to stop an unhealthy bleed, after losing their last five games.
The Falcons started the season with a 5-0 record and was ranked as high as No. 3 at one point in the 2015 ESPN NFL Power Index Rankings.
However, they have dropped six of their last seven games on the term and are coming off a 23-19 defeat against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
According to ESPN’2 matchup predictor, Atlanta has 22.8 percent chance of beating Newton and Co. on the road this weekend, with Carolina coming in as an 8-point favorite to win this game.
Elsewhere in NFL Week 14 on Sunday, the New England Patriots (10-2) will try to avoid a third successive defeat when they go up against the Houston Texas.
After falling to the Denver Broncos in Week 12, Tom Brady and the Patriots were stunned 35-28 by the Philadephia Eagles last Sunday night as they continue to battle with injury problems to several key players.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman and linebacker Dont’a Hightower are both ruled out for the Patriots, while star tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Danny Amendola are both questionable.
Despite the rough patch and the injury concerns, the defending champions are the 4-point favorites to win against in Houston against the Texans (6-6), who will be hungry to get back on the field after their four-game win streak was snapped by the Bills the last time out.
Defensive end J.J. Watt is listed as probable for this battle after suffering a hand injury in practice during the week.
He said he will be ready to face the Patriots, as does star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who is listed as probable with a hamstring injury.
In other games in NFL Week 14, the Buffalo Bills and the Eagles will lock horns at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, with football fans looking forward to seeing the return of LeSean McCoy as he takes on former boss Chip Kelly.
McCoy, who was traded to the Bills by Kelly, as had a lot of vocals in the build up to this contest and football supporters, in general, are ready to see if he will deliver against his ex-club or will he flop.
Elsewhere, the struggling Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers will face-off, the surging Kansas City Chiefs seek its seventh win when they play the San Diego Chargers, while the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts battle at MetLife Stadium.
NFL Schedule Week 14
Sunday, December 13
Following Live GameCast
Buffalo Philadelphia 1:00 PM CBS Lincoln Financial Field
San Francisco at Cleveland 1:00 PM FOX FirstEnergy Stadium
Detroit at St. Louis 1:00 PM FOX Edward Jones Dome
New Orleans at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX Raymond James Stadium
Tennessee at New York 1:00 PM CBS MetLife Stadium
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS Paul Brown Stadium
Indianapolis at Jacksonville 1:00 PM CBS EverBank Field
San Diego at Kansas City 1:00 PM CBS Arrowhead Stadium
Washington at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX Soldier Field
Atlanta at Carolina 1:00 PM FOX Bank of America Stadium
Seattle at Baltimore 1:00 PM FOX M&T Bank Stadium
Oakland at Denver 4:05 PM CBS Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Dallas at Green Bay 4:25 PM FOX Lambeau Field
New England at Houston 8:30 PM NBC NRG Stadium
NFL Monday Night Football
Monday, December 14
New York Miami 8:30 PM ESPN, WatchESPN Sun Life Stadium, Miami