New York Jets at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3, 37)
New York's rush offense vs. Tampa Bay's rush defense
With Kellen Clemens set to make his first start at quarterback since 2007, the Jets will lean even more on their ground attack that leads the NFL in rushing. After being held to under 100 yards in four of the first five games of the year, Thomas Jones has emerged to rush for over 100 yards in five of the last seven games to rank fifth in the league in rushing with 1068 yards.
Rushing defense is one of the many problems for the 1-11 Bucs. Only Buffalo has a worse rushing defense in the NFL entering week 14.
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (-3, 44)
Miami's third-down offense vs. Jacksonville's third-down defense
Despite injuries to Chad Pennington and Ronnie Brown, Miami's offense has been able to rank second in the league in third-down conversion percentage behind Indianapolis.
Jacksonville's defense is 28th in the NFL in third-down conversion percentage. With DL John Henderson and DB Rashean Mathis doubtful due to injuries, the Jags good fortune in close contests (4-1 in games decided by three points or less) could come to an end in this critical AFC matchup.
Washington Redskins at Oakland Raiders (+1, 37.5)
Washington's pass defense vs. Oakland's pass offense
The Redskins are second in the NFC in passing defense. While the unit had some breakdowns against New Orleans last week, Washington's secondary has fared well against mediocre signal-callers more often than not this season.
Bruce Gradkowski stunned the Steelers with three touchdown strikes in the final quarter last Sunday for an Oakland air attack that has been absent for most of the year. The NFL's 31st-ranked passing offense could return back to earth this week.
San Diego Chargers at Dallas Cowboys (-3, 48.5)
Dallas rush defense vs. San Diego's rush offense
With a visit to New Orleans on tap in Week 15, Dallas can't afford a setback in this one. The NFL's ninth-ranked rushing defense will be counted on to slow down a hot Chargers squad.
San Diego has won seven in a row despite ranking 30th in the league in rushing offense. LaDainian Tomlinson has rushed for eight touchdowns during the streak but he is averaging only 56 yards per game on 3.3 yards per carry for the season.
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