The playoff picture is starting to take shape, but this is another huge week of football. The four late games are the focus this week, starting in the North
Green Bay Packers to win vs Dallas Cowboys
The Packers can essentially clinch the NFC North title with a victory in Lambeau Field, after the Vikings fell to the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. A win would leave the Wisconsin side with a 9-4 record, opposing an 8-5 with the Vikings. Crucially, the Packers hold the advantage should it go to the tiebreaker.
Dallas, on the other hand, are amazingly not out of the NFC East race quite yet, despite having a 4-8 record. A winning streak starting tonight could see them sneak the divisional title. But with Aaron Rodgers leading a fired-up Packers, it should be easy for the Cheese.
Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos – Under 43 points
Eight of the 12 Broncos games this year so far have fallen under the 43 point marker. On the flip side, only three of Oakland’s have. The Raiders are only behind the Patriots in the AFC for receiving touchdowns. and are averaging 23 points per game, the Broncos just below that in 22.
Denver are currently the #2 seed for the playoffs, and with Oakland out of the picture, the number 1 defense in the NFL should have no trouble snuffing them out
Odell Beckham first TD scorer in Giants vs Dolphins
The NFC leader for touchdown receptions, week by week Odell Beckham Jr continues to stun all fans. A succession of one handed catches, including another vs the Jets last week, is proving his worth to the Giants.
But they threw away that game in MetLife, their third loss in a row, and are looking at a 5-7 record heading into a big week in the weakest division in the NFL. A playoff spot is still there for Big Blue, but they’ll need to win tonight.Back Beckham to score the first TD
Houston Texans by 1-13 points against the New England Patriots
Everyone expected the Patriots to bounce back after the defeat to the Cowboys. But like one of Tom Brady’s footballs, they fell incredibly flat in a 35-28 defeat to the Eagles. It cost them the number 2 seed in the AFC and as it stands they’re in the Wild Card round against the Jets. Bill Bielchek will be looking for a response this week as they head to Texas.
There they will need to protect Brady, as J.J Watt looks for his 60th sack of the season. The Texans are locked at 6-6 at the top of AFC South with the Colts, and with Indianapolis heading to Florida to play the Jaguars, could sit in the playoffs at weeks end. It’s a huge game, but I’m predicting the bad form of the Pats to continue. The Texans to win, but only just.