These are the games I will be watching, plus one that you can watch, if you want, but I won't ...
Lions at Vikings 1:00PM ET
Lions are 4-4 and the Vikings are 5-4 in the NFC North. This is the toughest division in the NFL. Both teams have seen each other countless times before. There is bad blood. The Vikings, once the darlings of the NFC North, have lost their last two. There are many questioning this team right now. The Lions, on the other hand, have won their last two. Yet, they don't seem to have the same consistency of last year. Plus, too many come from behind, fourth quarter wins. The Lions need to gain consistency and play well in all four quarters of the game if they want to win this game.
More importantly, the Packers are 6-3. I know ... I'm supposed to be reporting on the Lions at Vikings game, but I can't help myself. I need the Lions to win so that the Vikings don't go 6-4. Yet, if the Lions win then they will be inching closer and closer to my Acme Packers. Yikes is the NFC North a tough division. But I can worry about the Lions later. Right now, GO LIONS.
Cowboys at Eagles 4:25PM ET
Everyone knows I don't like either of these teams, so I won't be watching. Plus, I purposely don't watch anything involving the Eagles because of Vick. It's my way of not contributing to the organization that elected to have a brutal dog killer as their quarterback. I know, I know -- he paid his time ... it doesn't mean I have to watch him. But I digress.
Both teams are 3-5 and both teams belong to the NFC East. They are in a huge battle to not only keep up with the 6-3 Giants, but to keep even wildcard playoff hopes alive. One of these teams will windup 3-6 and their season will be all but over.
Based on what I said above, I think you know who I am rooting for.
Texans at Bears 8:20PM ET
This is the biggest game of the week. The Texans are 7-1 and so are the Chicago Bears. Besides the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago and the Texans have the best records in the entire NFL. Chicago has a great combo with Cutler and Marshall. The Bears defense destroyed the Titans last week. On the other side of the coin, Houston has an explosive running back with Arian Foster.
Other interesting fact, both the Texans and the Bears only loss is to the Green Bay Packers. (Sorry, I just had to throw that in there.)
I will be rooting for Houston, naturally. I need Chicago to lose a game and give my Packers a chance to catch up.
Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com.