This game will likely not have an impact on the Houston Texans season, as two games in three weeks against the Titans will decide the AFC South. The last time the Texans played in a game like this was two weeks ago when they were crushed by Broncos. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have played well and can climb over .500 with a win. Look for another big game by Jameis Winston as Tampa Bay continues to build for next season.
Since the last week of the 2003 season, the Buffalo Bills have won just games against the New England Patriots and only one Tom Brady in the mix, as one win was a Week 17 sleeper, and another was during the deflategate suspension. The Bills gave New England a tussle early in the season but could not get over the hump. It’s been a great season in Buffalo as they will be in the playoffs with a great defense, but like Week 3, they don’t have the offense to beat the Patriots. As New England wins the division for their 11th straight season.
The Los Angeles Rams appeared to be zooming back into the playoff picture before blowing a tire last week in Dallas. Now with the postseason a longshot, they face a disappointing offseason after playing in Super Bowl LIII. The San Francisco 49ers suffered a similar letdown as the lost at home to the Falcons. With a critical game in Seattle next week, the Niners must win their final home game to have a shot at more home games in the playoffs as the division as possible byes and home field could be in play in Week 17.
The Atlanta Falcons have been the NFL’s most confounding team in 2019. A team that overall has had a wretched 5-9 season have wins against two of the NFC’s best. Still, when they play weaker teams, they go out and look like a team that should be a top-five pick. The Jacksonville Jaguars showed some pride, spoiling the final game in Oakland for the Raiders. However, with changes on the horizon, it is hard to see them focused on the field.
It has been a season of disappointment for the Cleveland Browns as an off-season of promise sees them out of the playoff again and ending the teens without a winning season over the last decade. One of the two losses suffered by the Baltimore Ravens did come at the hands of the Browns back in Week 4. They have not lost since. Look for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens to show new determination to make up for that slip-up and beat the Browns to secure home field in the AFC.
Two teams finishing the season with bitter disappointments as solid starts have faded away. The Indianapolis Colts can blame it all on the loss of Andrew Luck, as their gritty play in the first half of the season was unsustainable with Jacoby Brissett under center. The Panthers can blame it on the loss of Cam Newton as Kyle Allen has been terrible and now has been benched. The Colts seem to have an edge in they can build on something, while the Panthers need a complete overhaul at this point.
The Miami Dolphins were expected to be the worst team in the NFL; the Cincinnati Bengals are the worst team in the NFL. That is the way to describe this game of the macabre in the penultimate game of the season. The Dolphins have shown some pride and improvement under Brian Flores. The Bengals just have a win against the Jets. Trivia, the Jets, are the only team to twice lose to 1-15 teams as two of the previous nine teams to go 1-15 got their lone win against the Jets.
The New York Jets have had a somewhat disappointing season, but in their final home game, they can but a hurtin’ on the Pittsburgh Steelers. One player in particular who will be motivated will be former Steeler Le’Veon Bell, who could go a long way in deciding this game. The Steelers have had their ups and downs, but a home loss to Buffalo last week has their playoff hopes in jeopardy. The Jets can at least say they had a winning record at home if they get this one.
The New Orleans Saints are locked in a three-way battle for home field in the NFC. The Tennessee Titans need to win just to keep their hopes of winning the division alive. This should be a good one. However, the Saints have a hunger that is second to none, and they know getting that bye will be crucial if they want to get to the Super Bowl. Look for Wil Lutz to decide this one at the end of the game with a field goal.
Last week we saw the last stand of Eli Manning as he brought an end to the New York Giants nine-game losing streak. This week Daniel Jones returns from an ankle injury as the Giants go down to take on the Washington Redskins. Dwayne Haskins has played better as of late and will be out to show he was the better of the two quarterbacks taken after Kyler Murray in the first round of last year’s draft.
It has been a long season for the Detroit Lions as they have gone through three quarterbacks and won just three games. Despite their struggles, the Lions have stated coach Matt Patricia’s job is safe. The Denver Broncos have shown signs of life under Drew Lock, despite their loss in Kansas City last week.
No team has been more disappointing the last few weeks than the Oakland Raiders, who went from playoff contenders to pretenders with four straight losses. Including a fourth-quarter collapse in their final home game in Oakland. The Raiders will actually get another home game this week, as they play the Los Angeles Chargers. Even the Vikings were able to take over the Chargers stadium as they have zero fan base in LA. The Raiders, on the other hand, have a big group of fans that will again embarrass the Chargers. However, when the smoke settles, the Chargers will get the win as the Raiders can’t escape this tailspin.
The Dallas Cowboys sopped their skid last week as they came out strong and smoked the Rams. Now they can lock up the NFC East with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles won a back and forth battle with the Redskins last week as Carson Wentz had one of his best efforts of the season. However, the Eagles don’t have the manpower to win a game against a quality team, which means victory for Dallas at the Linc and Blue Christmas for Philadelphia.
The Seattle Seahawks big game is next week as their second battle with the 49ers could decide the NFC West and home field in the NFC as both are in that bunch of 11-3 teams atop the standings. The Arizona Cardinals do have the talent to win this game if they catch the Seahawks sleeping in Seattle. However, the Seahawks have too many veterans to let that happen.
The Kansas City Chiefs have come back since their bye week and have played steamrolled their last three opponents and looked like the Super Bowl contenders they were expected to be. The Chicago Bears meanwhile saw their playoffs hopes wither and die previous week with a loss in Green Bay. The Bears defense can keep the game close, but the Chiefs will have too much firepower to lose.
The season is on the line for the Minnesota Vikings as they can clinch a playoff berth and give themselves a shot to win the NFC North with a win. The Green Bay Packers would still control their own destiny as they would hold the tiebreaker even if Minnesota wins. However, the Vikings cannot worry about that as a win this week is the only thing they can control. Look for the purple gang to keep Aaron Rodgers under wraps on Monday Night as they gift their fans a home win and win their feats of strength of Festivus.