1. Panthers aim for 15-0: After just getting by the New York Giants, the Panthers now sit at 14 in a row and winners of 18 straight games dating back to last season. Ron Rivera now has a choice to make: Does he aim for history and become the second coach ever to lead his team to a perfect 16-0 mark or does he rest his starters? They will face a Falcons team that they flat-out destroyed just two weeks ago in Charlotte. With a win on Sunday, the Panthers will clinch the one seed in the NFC.
2. Revis welcomes former team to town: The Patriots have won their division once again for the seventh straight season and they’ve clinched another first-round bye yet again for the sixth straight season. They hold the AFC’s best record at 12-2 and the road to the big game in the AFC travels through Foxboro yet again. It’s always a battle when these two meet up and there’s no love between the Patriots and Jets. It’s been a one-sided battle between these two the last few matchups with New England victorious in all of them.
3. Bengals and Broncos battle: A first-round bye is on the line in this one. With that being said, I anticipate this one to be a battle from the first whistle to the last. Both teams will be playing their back up quarterbacks. A.J. McCarron and Brock Osweiler. This will be a true test for both QB’s as they both face solid defenses. Both teams are very banged up right now and the week off in the playoffs would both do them very well.
4. Rodgers and Palmer meet: For the first time in franchise history, the Cardinals have won 12 games and have won eight games in a row. What can’t this team do? Carson Palmer needs to be mentioned in the MVP category as much as the others that we’ve discussed. The Packers have let Mike McCarthy call the offensive plays again and I love the move because now you see the Packers committed to running the football. A first-round bye is more than likely on the line in this one as well.
5. Redskins and Eagles meet on Saturday night: The NFC East is featured in this one. With a win in Philly on Saturday night, the Redskins will clinch the NFC East for the first time since 2012, Robert Griffin III’s rookie year. The Eagles just looked terrible on Sunday night against Arizona and will need to fix these issues soon if they have any shot of making the playoffs.