Johnny Manziel last just six quarters before suffering a hamstring injury, Brian Hoyer is also questionable with an injury meaning Connor Shaw may get to start the season finale. The Ravens still have a chance for the playoffs, but must win this game. It is hard to imagine with the Browns QB troubles they can win this game.
Despite all their quarterback problems, the Texans are still in the playoff chase. Although they need a lot of help with a win they still have a slight chance. Their defense led by J.J. Watt is the main reason why. The Jaguars at 3-12 are just looking forward to the draft and getting as good as pick as possible. This game will not be very high scoring as the Texans finish the season 9-7 and begin the quest for a quarterback to help their superb defense reach its full potential.
A year ago the Chargers got into the playoffs by beating the Chiefs in Week 17 at home. The Chiefs already clinching a playoff spot were using their backups having already clinched the fifth seed. The Chiefs are still in the hunt and the Chargers again need a win to clinch. This time with the Chiefs also needing the win and playing at Arrowhead they will end the Chargers playoff hopes, winning the game easily.
Neither team has anything to play for, but the Jets will be looking to end the Rex Ryan era on a positive note. The Jets have fared well in Miami in recent years, winning three of the last four games at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins all season have been glued to the .500 mark and will once again finish with a bitter record of 8-8.
The Vikings coming off a heartbreaking loss that ended their chances to finish .500 come in looking to finish strong, while building towards next season. The Bears come in thankful the season is ending. There is sure to be many changes coming in the off-season in Chicago, with Jay Cutler surely being a focus as he gets another chance with Jimmy Claussen getting hurt in his one start last week. I like teams that are looking forward rather than wishing to get it over with every time.
A nail has a better chance against the hammer than the Bills when they play the Patriots. Since opening the 2003 season with a shutout win over the Patriots, the Bills have lost 21 of 22 meetings with the Patriots, including 13 straight losses in Foxboro. The Patriots do not have anything to play for having home field locked up, but it does not matter since the Patriots love to embarrass their rivals like the Bills.
The Giants have won three straight and the Eagles have lost three straight falling completely falling out of the playoff chase. The Giants have gotten hot behind Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Look for Beckham to have another big game as he tries to cement his Rookie of the Year resume. The Eagles having nothing to play for and limping to the finish line will not have their hearts in the game and will end with a fourth straight loss.
The Buccaneers can get the first overall pick with a loss, but will suffer the indignity of going winless at home. The Saints have been one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL and have nothing to play for but pride, and I am not sure they have any pride left. This one has the makings of a sloppy game with teams wanting it to end fast, which opens the door for the Buccaneers to get the win.
The Colts played their worst game of the season last week, getting thumped in Dallas 42-7. They can’t get a bye and may look to rest players, but not before getting a big lead. The Titans are in the running for the number one draft pick and are playing simply awful football. The Titans have no quarterback and a weak secondary. This is going to be ugly in Nashville.
The Cowboys have a good chance to get home field in the playoffs and have already loss to the lowly Redskins once this season. It is hard to imagine the Cowboys can get swept by the worst team in the NFC East after winning the division. The Cowboys should be able to adjust to the protection problems from the first game like they did with the Eagles and win this one easily.
The NFC South is on the line and these two teams that would ordinarily be dead and buried meet to crown the winner of the worst division in NFL history. The Falcons have won just one game outside the division, but are a perfect 5-0 against their divisional foes, including a 19-17 win in Carolina in Week 11. The Falcons have the home field edge have played better in recent weeks, and no team has won the NFC South two years in a row. Everything in this one points to the Falcons winning the game.
Coming off a poor performance on Monday Night Football, the Broncos need a win just to assure getting a playoff bye. Perhaps no team needs the bye as much as the Broncos do. The Raiders have played better as of late, but do not really have a chance to win in Denver. Look for Peyton Manning to have a solid performance and get to rest in the second half as the Broncos jump out early and never look back.
The Lions last win in Green Bay came in 1991. All they have to do is break their 23 game losing streak in Lambeau Field to win the NFC North. The Packers too can win the division with a win. The Lions are having a fine season and will make the playoffs, but will have to settle for the Wild Card as Aaron Rodgers has another big day and makes his case to win the MVP with four touchdowns to win the division.
The Cardinals are limping to the finish, three quarterbacks down they will be starting Rookie Logan Thomas in Week 17. The Redbirds can still win the division if the Seahawks slip up against the Rams. The 49ers are just mentally finished, their coach is a lame duck and the season has been an epic failure. Getting motivation will be hard when so many are worried what will come in the following weeks. It will be tight but the Cardinals will find a way to win on the road.
In Week 7 the Rams used trickeration and hocus pocus to beat the Seahawks in St. Louis. At the time the Seahawks were playing in a haze. However, as the season ends the Seahawks have the look of a team that could make another Super Bowl run with five straight wins. The Seahawks were embarrassed in St. Louis and will now make the Rams pay as they lock up the NFC West and get ready for the defense of their crown.
The AFC North is up for grabs as the Steelers host the Bengals on Sunday Night Football. Despite their win on Monday Night, the Bengals history in primetime is bad, and have been bad against the Steelers losing seven of their last nine including a 42-21 loss in Cincinnati in Week 14. I see the Steelers again running rings around the Bengals to win the division.