The home stretch...
Cowboys at Redskins: A head-to-head battle for the top of the NFC East. The Redskins potentially could enter this game with a wildcard spot wrapped up, depending on what happens in the games earlier in the day. If the football gods are just, however, both teams will enter this game with a win-to-get-in scenario. I would love to pick Big D in an upset, but I can't pick against the Redskins right now.
Packers at Vikings: Green Bay is playing for a first-round bye, while Minnesota, believe it or not, is still in the playoff mix at 9-6, thanks to a 3-game win streak late-season rally. Adrian Peterson fell off the Dickerson pace last week, but is still a good bet to break the 2,000 mark. But the Packers are playing like a team primed to do some damage in the postseason.
Bears at Lions: The playoff window is closing in Chicago, and they'll need a win plus some help to keep it open. The Bears have lost 3 of their last 4, while the Lions are riding a 7-game losing streak that brings Lion teams of old to mind. Calvin Johnson is 108 yards away from being the first 2,000 yard receiver ever. Smart money says that he gets there, but that the Lions still lose. Bears
Texans at Colts: Chuck Pagano returns to the sidelines just in time to prepare for the playoffs. The Colts have a wildcard locked up, while the Texans are playing to wrap up homefield advantage. Houston has lost 2 of their last 3 and aren't exactly looking like they're in postseason form. They'll have their hands full going on the road against an emotionally charged Colts team. I'm taking the Colts upset.
And the wild card...
Jaguars at Titans: For a 2-win team, the Jags gave the Patriots a go of it last week. They looked like a real football team. Tennessee, meanwhile, was run off the field by the Packers. Last year, the Jaguars won in week 17 to help seal the Colts into the #1 pick and Andrew Luck. There's no such prize to be had this year, but I expect the Jaguars to repeat their week 17 draft order sabotage. Question is, who will be in place in April to make use of the pick?
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