1. Vikings host Cowboys on Thursday night– At one time, these looked to be the top two seeds in the NFC with the hot starts they both got off too. Then, Minnesota cooled down and they’ve only won once in their last six games since their 5-0 start. Dallas on the other hand, they continue to roll and win and became the first team to ten wins last Thursday. Now here’s December and these two kick off the final quarter of the season.
2. Big Ben welcomes Eli and streaking Giants to town– Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning will always be linked to one another since they were both drafted in 2004 together and they’ve both have had success during their careers. They each have been to Super Bowls and have won two of them. Now, the Giants have been winners of six in a row since that 2-3 start and the Steelers have won their last two games after losing four in a row. This is a big game for both teams if they want to remain in the playoff picture in their conferences.
3. Penn State faces Wisconsin in Big Ten Title game– Tiebreakers really do come in handy I suppose. Here’s how the scenarios worked out. Since Ohio State defeated Michigan on Saturday, Ohio State needed Penn State to lose to Michigan State and the Big Ten East was theirs. It didn’t work out that way with Penn State winning and now they have a game on Saturday night against Wisconsin at Lucas Oil in Indianapolis.
4. Ravens host streaking Dolphins– This could be a potential playoff preview. As of now, the Ravens are in first place in the AFC North and the Dolphins are the sixth seed in the Wild Card. Speaking of those Dolphins, they are simply streaking right now. Six wins in a row and counting and they’ve been fun to watch. It’s also been great seeing the development of Ryan Tannehill and how Gase has worked with him. The Ravens bounced back last week after losing to Dallas the week before. This is a huge AFC showdown that could outline the AFC playoff picture.
5. Falcons host Chiefs– If there’s any team that can beat the Patriots in the AFC, it’s the Kansas City Chiefs. They have great pass rushers, they stop the run and the secondary holds their own. On offense, Alex Smith just plays his own game and they have still run the football effectively. The Falcons are coming off a huge win over Arizona on Sunday and look to keep rolling toward making the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Another big interconference game for both teams.