Thoughts from Hispandrix
CAR@ATL: I really would love to pick the Falcons here, and secretly everyone (whether they openly admit it or not) in Who Dat Nation is pulling for the Falcons (yes, it slightly sickens me to type that). However, the Panthers have the pressure on them, and the most to gain from winning this game. Sure, their offense went fairly flat last week against the Saints, but they should have little problem clipping the Falcons wings.
BAL@CIN: The Ravens were embarrassed at home last week, thanks to those Patriots. There’s basically two ‘we have to hope’ scenarios for these two teams. The Bengals hope that they win, and the Bills pull the miracle against the Patriots to earn a first round bye. The Ravens hope that they win, and the Chargers or Dolphins lose. Unless the Ravens discover where their offense vanished from last week, there’s nothing to suggest that they will beat the Bengals in their backyard. The Ravens could still get in despite a loss, but hoping the Chargers, Dolphins, and Steelers all lose? You tell me how feasible that is.
JAC@IND: The Colts finally showed some type of response last week to upset the Chiefs at Arrowhead. It’s about time they beat a real team that didn’t play in the AFC South. Now they’ll get to pummel the Jaguars, only to be one and done in the Wild Card sadly.
NYJ@MIA: Dolphins are in a must-win situation, which could help them lock up the final seed in the AFC. Taking a major dump in Buffalo last week didn’t help things for their confidence. The Jets would love to play spoilers, but there’s little hope for that. The Dolphins win here, and need the Chargers to win, or get the Ravens to lose, which is very likely to happen.
DET@MIN: No AP, and the first matchup to have teams play only for pride. The Lions meltdown last week ended their chances for the playoffs, and their turnovers per game have been a sad sight. Lions will win, but do you honestly even care?
WSH@NYG: Giants. The Redskins played and lost their Super Bowl last week against the Cowboys.
CLE@PIT: Josh Gordon could be auditioning for his next team tomorrow. If the Browns were smart, they’d do everything they can to keep Gordon. At any rate, the Steelers have the slimmest chance to get in to the playoffs. They have to win, which will happen, and hope the Dolphins, Ravens, and Chargers all lose.
HOU@TEN: The Titans will put the Texans out of their misery, and make everyone in Houston remember they have the Astros. Is this is the last time we see Chris Johnson as a Titan?
SF@ARI: It’s hard to ignore that the Cardinals are 6-1 at home this season, but in the same breath, the 49ers are 4-1 in the division. It’s also hard to ignore the Cardinals have won their last three, but the 49ers have won the last five. The 49ers are playing for a lot, as they hope the Rams can do the impossible, and the Falcons also doing the impossible to earn home field advantage. How ridiculous would that be? I’m torn, because I haven’t picked against the Cardinals at home this season, but that changes. 49ers are looking like a team better suited for the playoffs right now.
GB@CHI: Just because Aaron Rodgers returns, does that mean the Packers will win? Nope. If Cutler loses this game, he could be gone from the Bears. Chicago will be rocking, and the Bears will too.
BUF@NE: Can’t even begin to think about the Bills winning. Pats.
TB@NO: Look for my Keys to the Game.
DEN@OAK: Peyton Manning can break a record, and the Broncos can get home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win against the Raiders. Nothing suggests that the Raiders will win, and because Manning is selfish, he’ll get his record, and they’ll end up losing again in the Divisional Round.
KC@SD: The Chargers are playing for everything, and personally it would be interesting to see them get into the postseason this season. However, despite the Chiefs loss last week, and even though the Chargers have won three straight, I have to stick with the better team to show up. Of course, I’ve been wrong many other times.
STL@SEA: Lightning won’t strike twice for the Seahawks to lose at home.
PHI@DAL: No Romo, Kyle Orton, in Dallas with the division on the line spells nothing but another December meltdown for the Cowboys.