Sunday 6pm – Indianapolis Colts vs Cleveland Browns (Sky Sports 2)
Sunday 9:25pm – Seattle Seahawks vs Philadelphia Eagles (Sky Sports 2)
Monday 1:30am – New England Patriots vs San Diego Chargers (Channel 4)
Tuesday 1:30am – Atlanta Falcons vs Green Bay Packers (Eurosport 2)
We’ve got a high pressure game on Sky Sports at 9:25pm. Dallas’ win on Thursday night keeps the heat on Philly and they face the defending Super Bowl champions at Lincoln Financial Field. Seattle’s defense has found its groove again. They’re racing up the NFC West and have Arizona in their sights. As good as the Eagles’ offence is, it’s struggled against solid defences this year and this might be too stern a test. But, they’re at home and it’s going to be below freezing and that might play into their hand.
As the Seahawks look to make a move in their division, struggling Arizona host the stuttering Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have made it clear that they intend to utilise Jamaal Charles as much as possible in December. Alex Smith knows all about the Cardinals and using Charles might be the best way to come out on top against Arizona’s solid D.
Should the Cardinals fail again then San Francisco’s hopes of making the post season looks more achievable. It’s simple for the 49ers, win every game between now and January and you’re most likely to make it into the play-offs. Kaepernick is struggling, make no doubt about that. He was given so many weapons this season, but he can’t seem to see the field once he’s outside the pocket. He’s got great athleticism and a strong arm, but he hasn’t developed since breaking onto the scene in 2012. The 49ers should brush aside the Raiders this week, their defence is too strong for Oakland’s feeble offense. But, The Battle of the Bay is always a brutal encounter.
With the Falcons travelling to Fortress Lambeau the Saints must beat the Panthers in the Superdome if they want to take control of the NFC South. Only top spot will take a team from this division into the post season. Both Carolina and New Orleans are shadows of their 2013 selves, but the Saints have more about them and should top the division by the time we’ve had our tea.
Another tight division is the AFC North. Two of them go head-to-head at the Paul Brown Stadium in one of the early kick offs. Andy Dalton and the Bengals take on Big Ben and his Steelers. Cincinnati are on a three-game winning streak, but Ben and his offence pose a threat to everyone. This will be an intriguing contest.
Should the Bengals slip up then Baltimore will be hoping to move level with them, if they win in Miami. The Dolphins are still in the play-off hunt as well so that means Cleveland could stir things up in the North if they beat the Colts in freezing conditions in Ohio. We won’t be seeing Johnny Football at the start of this one. Brian Hoyer has got the Browns this far and he deserves the chance to carry them into the post season.
Will we see J.J. Watt line up at Tight End against the Jags? He’s been a delight for fantasy owners and is a true legend of the game. If you haven’t heard the audio of him when he was mic’d up last week then make sure you do – there’s no surprise he’s so good.
If you’ve got Lions players in your fantasy team then line them up this week because Tampa Bay fly into Ford Field.
We love this time of year because every game means so much. Good luck if you’re chasing those fantasy play-off spots.