Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins are a team contenders don’t want to face late in the season.
The playoff picture is beginning to take shape for several teams throughout the league. For those who were unable to get a grasp on their season, this year’s campaign could not end quicker.
Underachievers can take solace in playing the role of spoiler to a division rival or another team looking to make a playoff splash.
Games of note this week: Falcons at Buccaneers, Vikings at Bears, 49ers at Saints and Packers at Giants.
Sunday November 25, 2012: Games beginning at 1:00 pm:
Buffalo Bills (4-6) at Indianapolis Colts (6-4) – The Colts took their medicine last week. This week, they re-enter the playoff hunt.
Colts 27 – Bills 13
Seattle Seahawks (6-4) at Miami Dolphins (4-6) – The Dolphins still have something to play for. So does Seattle.
Dolphins 21 – Seattle 20
Atlanta Falcons (9-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-4) – If the Bucs D can make a play or two it would go a long way.
Buccaneers 28 – Falcons 24
Oakland Raiders (3-7) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-5) – Last week the Bengals got their second wind. This week they will make a push for the second season.
Bengals 27 – Raiders 20
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) at Cleveland Browns (2-8) – Tough game here for the Steelers. The Browns have hung in every game this season. This week it pays off.
Browns 23 – Steelers 16
Tennessee Titans (4-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) – Things can’t get much worse for the Jags who lost Blaine Gabbert for the rest of the season. They earned my respect against the Texans last week.
Jags 23 – Titans 17
Denver Broncos (7-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-9) – No Willis McGahee, no problem. The Broncos have more than enough running backs to deal with the Chiefs. Von Miller is hitting a late season stride.
Broncos 31 – Chiefs 13
Minnesota Vikings (6-4) at Chicago Bears (7-3) – If this game was in Minny, I would be more confident to take the Vikings. I’m going to assume that Jay Cutler can’t go anyway and take the visitors.
Vikings 24 – Bears 14
Games beginning at 4:05 pm or later:
Baltimore Ravens (8-2) at San Diego Chargers (4-6) – Now that Norv Turner knows he’s all but done, this is the time to let it all hang out.
Ravens 20 – Chargers 13
San Francisco 49ers (7-2-1) at New Orleans Saints (5-5) – The Saints march on.
Saints 30 – 49ers 20
St. Louis Rams (3-6-1) at Arizona Cardinals (4-6) – Seven straight losses for the Cardinals.
Rams 26 – Cardinals 17
Green Bay Packers (7-3) at New York Giants (6-4) – The Giants know the magnitude of this game. This is the time of year where Tom Coughlin earns his money.
Giants 28 – Packers 27
Monday November 26, 2012, 8:30 pm:
Carolina Panthers (2-8) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-7) – Cam Newton slams the door shut on Andy Reid’s tenure in Philadelphia.
Panthers 33 – Eagles 14
Last Week: 10-4
2012 Season: 97-62-1