Earlier in the year the Jaguars stunned the Colts with a game winning field goal in Indianapolis. Now with the rematch the Colts have a winning streak and appear to be heading for the playoffs, as the Jaguars are just limping home. Look for the game to be fairly close this time around, but the Colts would win in the end.
When Texas Stadium opened 37 years ago it was hailed as a modern marvel, as a hole in the roof kept fans out of the elements, while as Dallas fans would put it “Allowing God to see his Cowboys.’ It would quickly gain iconic status as the Cowboys became “America’s Team”, with the stadium featured during the opening credits to the popular TV show Dallas. There is no chance the Cowboys are going to lose their final game at Texas Stadium with the playoffs on the line.
Oh my Ohio, thankfully those outside of the Buckeye State are sparred from this stink bomb of a game. The Bengals have two wins, and a mess all around, while the four-win Browns are just two weeks from a complete house cleaning. The Bengals look to be willing to give teams a fight at least, while the Browns have clearly decided to mail in the rest of the season.
It’s now or never, for the Motor City Kitties, as the Lions at 0-14, need a win to avoid becoming the first team to start 0-15 in NFL history. Ironically the only other team in this situation was the Saints who beat the Jets in 1980 to avoid a 0-16 season in the next to last game of the season. Unfortunately, for the Lions the Saints passing attack will be too much as the Saints edge escape in a shoot out.
Ordinarily winning in Kansas City is a tough chore, but this year’s Chiefs coming off a bad loss are a shell of their ordinary selves with a one dimensional offense. Look for the Dolphins tough defense to go in and get the win, giving themselves a chance to complete a remarkable 1-15 to postseason turnaround.
The Cardinals have played terrible on the East Coast against other playoff contenders; after last week being exposed as a paper champion do they actually have a shot to win in Foxboro? I say no. Look for the Patriots to win easily as the Cardinals show just how shallow their division title is.
Of all the bad teams in the NFC, none is finishing stronger then the 49ers that have seemed to come alive under Coach Mike Singletarry. The Rams are just meek in the meadow, gentle as can be no effort, no hope, and no chance. Don’t be shocked if the 49ers stingy defense gets a shut out.
The Buccaneers once secure playoff spot is slipping away following two tough road losses in their own division. The Chargers provide welcome relief as they have a historical tough time traveling east. Look for the Bucs defense to shut down the Chargers and get team pewter back on rack, as the Chargers slim glimmer of hope is snuffed out.
Led by there tenacious defense the Steelers are quickly establishing themselves as the team to beat in the AFC. With home field on the line, they can take that mantle officially. Whatever it has been the last few weeks the Steelers find a way to win, and with the Titans missing a few key players it will happen again.
If Forrest Gump was predicting this game he would say, “The Broncos are like a box of chocolates, you never know what team is going to show.” Is it the one that lost at home to the Raiders, or beat the Jets on the road. Is it the one that’s poised to win a division title, or will they choke away their once commanding lead. Fortunately with the Bills you do know what you will get and that’s a team that has won just two games after starting 4-0.
If not for a 0-4 start the Texans would be a dangerous team right now. Coming off a win against the playoff bound Titans; the Texans now travel to Oakland and face the awful Raiders. Look for another big game from Steve Slaton who would get serious consideration for Rookie of the Year in most seasons, as the Texans hope to ride the end of the year momentum into next season.
The Jets need this win, and that could be a problem since they have been terrible going west all season, losing three games in California. However, last I looked Seattle is in Washington, and with the Seahawks winless outside their own division the Jets should be able to have a big day. Look for Brett Favre facing his old coach, Mike Holmgren to light up the scoreboard and lead the Jets to an easy win.
This one could be quite interesting as both teams have playoff hopes, but plenty of work to do. The Falcons almost certainly need to win out while the Vikings have a slight margin or error. Unfortunately for the dirty birds the game is in Minnesota. Look for the Vikings to ride the home field to a hard fought win over the Falcons.
The Redskins ship is sunk; a 5-2 start is but a memory as the Redskins enter the final two weeks playing just for what little pride they have left following an embarrassing loss to the Bengals. The Eagles on the other hand a re red hot and making a charge for the playoffs. What does that mean? The Redskins are going to burst the Eagles bubble because nothing revives a sagging NFC East team like ruining a division rival’s hopes.
After an 11-1 start the Giants once seemingly unsinkable ship has hit rough waters. However, both losses were to division rivals, and they need just to win this one to land home field through out the playoffs. Look for them to rebound nicely as the game for the number one seed goes to big blue who gets back on track with a big defensive effort against the Panthers.
Revenge is a dish best served cold, and it is going to be very cold in Chicago on Monday Night when the Bears host the Packers needing a win to stay alive in the NFC North. When they first met it was the Packers winning by a blowout at Lambeau Field, they have not won since. They won’t win this week either as the Bears enjoy a blow out of their own.