3.05 pm CT: Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9) at New Orleans Saints (5-9)
Drew Brees tore his right plantar fascia against the Lions on Monday and is day-to-day. There is absolutely NO reason to risk his health, not to mention letting your franchise quarterback experience severe pain when there is nothing to gain by winning games. Jacksonville has a very potent offense, and Allen Robinson is among the best deep threats in the NFL. Robinson posting up on Brandon Browner should be very entertaining and open Sean Payton’s eyes.
Dec 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) prepares to take a snap as Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson (24) looks on in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Packers defeated the Raiders 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
3.25 pm CT: Green Bay Packers (10-4) at Arizona Cardinals (12-2)
THE GAME OF THE WEEK: Green Bay could use a win and some momentum before entering the division finale against the Vikings next week back at Lambeau (spoiler: also the current Wild Card matchup). Arizona wants to lock down the 2nd seed in the NFC, and could rest their starters next week against the visiting Seahawks. I will have to use a spoiler again: We will see this game again 3 weeks from now.
St. Louis Rams (6-8) at Seattle Seahawks (9-5)
Seattle needs another win to make sure they get to play NFC East winner in the wildcard round of the playoffs. The Rams are no threat these days due to a revolving door at quarterback and no bright spots on offense other than Todd Gurley and gadget player Tavon Austin. This game has blowout written all over it but you all know what tends to happen when the Rams are supposed to lose…
Sunday Night Football: New York Giants (6-8) at Minnesota Vikings (9-5)
Once again, Sunday Night Football has major playoff implications. Minnesota needs to defeat the Giants to have a shot at the NFC North title. Meanwhile, the Giants postseason hopes are diminishing, but a win could slam the door wide open for January employment. Odell Beckham Jr. will not play in this one, observing Eli Manning without his favorite target should be interesting.
Monday Night Football: Cincinnati Bengals (11-3) at Denver Broncos (10-4)
A primetime game, a combined 21-7 record, and the second seed on the line? Sounds like a must-watch. This time around, it is not that enjoyable. Both teams are missing their starting quarterbacks (which might be a good thing in Denver’s case), have cooled off as of late and struggle to play exciting football on offense. But who am I kidding? We are all watching.