Week 14 is unique this time around in the NFL. Almost every single game has playoff implications. However, there is only one game in which the outcome directly impacts each teams playoff conference and divisional standings. That game is the Vikings (6-6) versus the Bears (fifth seed 8-4). The Vikings are in a very hot race for the last NFC Wildcard spot -- doing battle against the Bucs, Cowboys, and Redskins. Seattle should be very, very wary about holding onto the 6th seed, considering all these teams are banging on the door of that 6th seed spot.
With 4 games left, the NFC North is still wide open. Chicago and Green Bay have been playing flip-flop the last few weeks with who is the NFC North division winner, and who takes the 5th seed in the NFC. But, as I said, there are 4 games left. A lot can happen.
However, there is one game that will be the most watched game this week, and it's not the Bears vs the Vikings. Each team playing has locked and loaded a playoff spot. This game very well could be the AFC Championship game. That game is ...
The Houston Texans (first seed 11-1) against the New England Patriots (second seed 9-3).
This game will be a preview to perhaps the AFC Championship game. The Patriots have tons of experience in the playoffs and Brady is rock solid as a quarterback. As for the Texans, with only one loss this season (to the Packers) they will be a tough team to beat. Arian Foster is amazing. This game will be amazing.
As for the rest of the games, there are plenty to keep your eye on. When I stated above, that the only game to watch with head to head implications was the Vikings versus the Bears, that was correct. However, almost every other game has playoff implications. I have highlighted only two more below, otherwise, I would have to list almost every other game.
Dallas vs Cincinnati -- both teams are in the contest for wildcard spots in their respective conferences. Each team will be playing very, very hard. If there was one more game that I might say is a much watch, this would be it.
Titans vs Colts -- the Colts are holding the 5th seed in the AFC now. However, Houston is the confirmed AFC South divisional winner. The Colts need to continue to win games to hold onto the Wildcard spot, especially since they have no chance at being their division winner. (I also picked this game because, even though I don't mean to, I feel like I ignore the AFC a bit. So here you go)
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