1. Undefeated Panthers face Giants– They’ve clinched the division and a first-round bye. If they lose their next three games, this won’t affect them at all. Ron Rivera now has a decision to make as a coach. Do I rest my starters now or do I aim for history and perfection? Nobody is having more fun this season than Cam Newton. He almost looks like a kid playing backyard football at the professional level. The Giants will do well when Eli does well and when’s he’s on his game, they can be scary. Sunday afternoon will be very, very interesting in East Rutherford.
2. Steelers face Broncos– I can’t blame Brock for that loss on Sunday. He can only throw the ball. It’s not his fault that his receivers drop the ball. That was Denver’s first time losing on Sunday with Osweiler under center. The Steelers are rolling right now with a very prolific offensive attack and if they continue to get hot, this is a team that can be very scary when January rolls around. There will be many heavy playoff implcations in this one on Sunday.
3. Eagles host Cardinals on Sunday night– A flex game! The Cardinals have won seven straight games and are closing in on a division title and a possible first-round bye in the NFC. The Eagles have won two in a row and this is still my pick to win this crazy NFC East. That win over New England to me gave them a lot of confidence. We could see a lot of points scored in this one and the Eagles will have to find someone not to let these receivers get down the field on them.
4. Texans and Colts battle for first place– You discuss the NFC East being awful, but what about the AFC South? This was supposed to be the Colts division to run away with, remember? They’ve been hovering at .500 all season long it seems and haven’t shown any real consistency at all. The Texans were just flat-out embarrassed last Sunday night against the Patriots. Someone has to win this division, right? The Texans have never won in Indianapolis. The Colts are looking to bounce back after their soft defense gave up 50 to Jacksonville.
5. Packers travel to Oakland– The Packers sit comfortably at 9-4 now after two straight wins. They still have a shot at a bye in the playoffs but will more than likely get the three seed in the NFC. The Raiders are back its safe to say. They have been a much improved team in 2015 and the future is extremely bright for them. This won’t be an easy task with Rodgers and company coming to town.