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Derrick Gunn's predictions for his top-5 NFL Week 14 games

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Derrick Gunn's predictions for his top-5 NFL Week 14 games

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn gives predictions for his top-five Week 14 games of the NFL season.

1. Ravens at Chiefs (1 p.m., CBS)
When the Ravens were 4-5, many thought their season was over, but all of a sudden, they have found new life and have run off three consecutive wins. They trail Pittsburgh in the AFC North by just a half game. The main reason is their defense is ranked No. 1 overall, and they're first in points allowed. Rookie QB Lamar Jackson is learning on the fly, but he's exciting to watch. Speaking of exciting, Patrick Mahomes falls into that category with 41 passing touchdowns through 12 games. The Chiefs' offense is the highest scoring unit in the league. Kansas City doesn't have time to look over their shoulders at the Chargers, who are one game behind in the AFC West. The Ravens' defense vs. the Chiefs' offense. I got the Chiefs winning at home.

2. Colts at Texans (1 p.m., CBS)
I didn't think any team could shut out the Colts with the way they've been playing lately, but Jacksonville did last week. The loss stopped the Colts' win streak at five, but they are still very much in the playoff picture. Back in Week 4, they lost to the Texans by three points, but that was when Houston was still finding its identity. The Texans know who they are now, which happens to be the hottest team in the NFL with a nine-game winning streak. The Texans control the AFC South. Houston is looking to put some distance between itself and the Colts while staying in the running for the top seed in the AFC. The Texans will successfully defend their home turf.

3. Saints at Buccaneers (1 p.m., FOX)
Back in Week 1, the Bucs went into New Orleans and outgunned the Saints. But we all know what happened after that. The Saints went on a roll and the Bucs would soon unravel with rotating QBs. The super Saints were mere mortals last week and Dallas made them pay. Meanwhile, the Bucs are feeling good about themselves after upsetting Carolina. Jameis Winston is in a groove. In his last three games, Winston has tossed six touchdowns and served up just one pick. The Saints can't afford another loss if they're going to continue pushing the Rams for the top seed in the NFC. The Saints got this one.

4. Rams at Bears (8:20 p.m., NBC)
This one features two of the premier pass rushers in the game. Aaron Donald leads the league with 16.5 sacks while Kahlil Mack checks in with nine. The Rams have already clinched the NFC West and now, they march on for the top seed. Mitchell Trubisky sat out the Bears' last game with a shoulder injury but vows he will be ready for the Rams game. The Rams' high-flying offense will be put to the test. Two good defenses. Two entertaining offenses at Soldier Field. When the dust settles, not even a cold night in Chi-town can keep the Rams down.

5. Vikings at Seahawks (Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN)
They said the 'Hawks didn't have enough talent. They said Seattle would be a mediocre team at best. For much of the season, Seattle lived up to those billings. But lately, they have gelled and having won three straight, and now the Seahawks are the fifth seed in the NFC. The Vikings, currently the No. 6 seed, have hit a brutal stretch in their schedule and have gone 1-2 in their last three. Minnesota can still overtake Chicago in the north but can't afford any more slip-ups. Russell Wilson vs. Kirk Cousins is worth the price of admission. This one is so close to call; it could come down to the last possession of the game. The Seahawks somehow find a way to get the win.

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Isaac Seumalo not happy about Week 2 performance, but still confident

Isaac Seumalo not happy about Week 2 performance, but still confident

At least Isaac Seumalo isn’t delusional. Nor is he in denial. 

The Eagles left guard, according to ProFootballFocus gave up eight pressures (six hurries, two sacks) in the loss to the Falcons on Sunday night and graded as the worst offensive lineman in the league in Week 2. It was an awful performance from a player for whom the Eagles had high hopes going into the season.  

He knows it. 

It wasn’t my best game,” Seumalo said Friday. “I take ownership of that. I didn’t play well and the Falcons played well. I wasn’t happy about it at all.

As he spoke to reporters on Friday, Seumalo said he had already moved past last week’s game, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t learn from it. The tape showed that he was oversetting and playing too high, things he said he hadn’t done all summer or in the season opener. 

Those things are correctable. 

The bigger issue to worry about is how Seumalo responds mentally. He’s physically gifted enough to play in the NFL, but confidence might have been an issue earlier in his career and Seumalo even admitted on Friday that he has a tendency to be an over-thinker. 

“As soon as we watch the film, man, I put that all behind me because you can't let it domino effect or any of that,” he said. “You just have to move on. I still have a ton of confidence in myself going into this Sunday. That's how I look at it, you know?”

Seumalo, now 25 and in Year 4, said he’s learned how to put games and plays behind him, whether they be good or bad. That’s a skill that has come to him over time. “Sometimes the mistakes linger and that kind of leads to more mistakes,” he noted. 

Despite Seumalo’s poor performance in Week 2, head coach Doug Pederson isn’t planning on benching him. Pederson said on two different occasions this week that he still trusts Seumalo. That confidence means something to Seumalo, who said he’s often his hardest critic. 

Just two years ago, Seumalo was benched after a horrendous game against Kansas City, also in Week 2. But since then, Seumalo has a larger body of work and plenty more experience. (And the Eagles don’t have a backup with the kind of experience Stefen Wisniewski had in 2017.) 

So Pederson isn’t making a switch. 

“It's not going to define Isaac,” Pederson said. “It's not going to define our season.”

The Eagles drafted Seumalo in the third round back in 2016; he was their second pick in that draft after Carson Wentz at No. 2. They tried to make him the starting left guard at the beginning of 2017, but he lasted just two games before he was replaced by Wisniewski. After four games last year, roles reversed and Seumalo replaced Wisniewski and started until he got hurt in December. Wiz filled in and played well, but Seumalo started both games in the playoffs and this offseason signed a three-year extension. 

Meanwhile, Wisniewski was cut before the season and is currently without a team. 

So Seumalo is the Eagles’ guy at left guard. At least for now. 

“I feel good about where I’m at,” Seumalo said. “I’m going to continue to feel that way. Go in on Sunday and just play with my hair on fire, play loose, have a good time.”

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Eagles injury update: Doug Pederson rules out DeSean Jackson, holding out hope for Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert

Eagles injury update: Doug Pederson rules out DeSean Jackson, holding out hope for Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert

Updated: 3:09 p.m.

The Eagles have ruled out DeSean Jackson (abdomen) for Sunday’s game against the Lions, but Doug Pederson is holding out hope for his two other key injured skill players. 

Alshon Jeffery (calf) and Dallas Goedert (calf) are listed as questionable for Sunday. 

“The other two, I’m optimistic,” Pederson said on Friday morning. “We’ll see today. And then wait until game day.”

Jeffery did not practice on Friday, but Goedert was limited.

Based on sheer numbers, it seems like it might be difficult for the Eagles to field their 46-man game-day roster. But Pederson was unworried. 

“We have seven days before we play games, so we have all this time in between to get healthy,” he said. “We have plenty of guys.”

If Jeffery and Goedert can’t play — and the Thursday game in Green Bay five days after Sunday will play a role in decision-making — the Eagles will be light at their skill positions: 

Receivers: Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Tight ends: Zach Ertz, Alex Ellis 

Running backs: Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, Darren Sproles  

Pederson on Friday touted the versatility of some of his skill players as a way to overcome these injuries. A guy like Agholor can play inside and outside. Sproles can play in the slot and was ready to do so as injuries piled up last week. 

The Eagles also have Greg Ward and Josh Perkins on their practice squad. So if they think they need another healthy body, they could call them up. But then they’d have to find a corresponding roster move.

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