3.05 pm CT Cleveland Browns (3-10) at Seattle Seahawks (8-5)
Blowout! After winning an actual game against the 49ers last week, the Browns risk not picking first overall in the NFL Draft. Everybody in the national media seems enthused about Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon partying and playing together as the present is fairly disappointing, especially against a red-hot contender.
Aug 22, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) gets a pass away while under pressure from Oakland Raiders linebacker Nick Roach (53) in the 1st quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Green Bay Packers (9-4) at Oakland Raiders (6-7)
This is going to be very exciting, ladies and gentlemen. The Raiders showed resolve by winning against a tough Broncos team, and Green Bay is on the way back to strength. However, the Cheeseheads struggle away from home, and the Colosseum is an unforgiving place. There is a strong connection between both teams, as Charles Woodson won a Super Bowl with the Packers and James Jones returned to Wisconsin after a stint in the Bay Area.
3.25 pm CT Miami Dolphins (5-8) at San Diego Chargers (3-10)
One of the few ugly games this weekend. The Dolphins were eliminated from playoff contention ages ago, and even mathematically last week. Meanwhile, San Diego has had a rough year due to injuries at crucial positions and a few underperformers. The hope is that things will get better for both teams next year.
Cincinnati Bengals (10-3) at San Francisco 49ers (4-9)
A.J. McCarron will make his first career start Sunday afternoon after Andy Dalton suffered a broken thumb trying to tackle a defender courtesy of a hilarious interception that only Andy Dalton can throw. The Bengals must remain confident that Hue Jackson can game plan around the quarterbacks absence. McCarron is no fluke either, as he won two National Championships at Alabama. The 49ers are wildly inconsistent, and we will see which team shows up.
3.25 pm CT Denver Broncos (10-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5)
Another treat here, as Brock Osweiler will start once again in the Steel City. Pittsburgh is as hot as it gets on offense and the defense has proven opportunistic the past few weeks. Do not count the Broncos just yet, as their defense is still outstanding and it could become a long day if Demaryius Thomas found some feelings in his hands.
Sunday Night Football: Arizona Cardinals (11-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)
These teams have met in the previous two years, and there is no reason to believe this won’t be another entertaining edition. Both teams feature potent offenses and defenses, while the Eagles have struggled to tap into their potential. Bruce Arians will look to challenge Philadelphia deep, and Chip Kelly’s no-huddle offense could prove tiring for the Cardinals defenders.
Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Darryl Tapp (52) pressures New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Monday Night Football: Detroit Lions (4-9) at New Orleans Saints (5-8)
Had you asked me before the season which game I wanted the Saints to win, it would have been this one. After a pathetic ending last year, Sean Payton’s men and the entire Who Dat Nation are seeking revenge. The Lions have shown their real quality, or lack thereof, last week in St. Louis and this week should be no different. Dennis Allen has this defense onto something great and Drew Brees should exploit a weak secondary that is getting exposed without Ndamukong Suh wreaking havoc up front.