In order for the Houston Texans to make a Super Bowl run, all things not football must be tuned out.
The Denver Broncos took care of business on their end last night by dumping the Oakland Raiders. The pressure now falls on the Houston Texans – who face a tough four-game stretch beginning Sunday in Foxboro. The order is the same for the Patriots and Ravens.
In the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons face the Panthers, Giants, Lions and Bucs in December. They are well aware that home field advantage can still be lost. The Packers, Bears Giants and 49ers are still in the hunt. Teams like the Buccaneers, Seahawks and Vikings are looking for an invite to the playoff party with hopes of spiking the punch.
Sunday December 9, 2012, Games beginning at 1:00 pm:
Baltimore Ravens (9-3) at Washington Redskins (6-6) – No Ray Lewis and possibly no Terrell Suggs. The return of Pierre Garcon has galvanized RG3 and the Redskins offense. Ed Reed can’t be everywhere.
Redskins 23 - Ravens 20
Dallas Cowboys (6-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) – The Bengals have given up an average of 10 points in their last three games, bad news for a team that struggles at times to score.
Bengals 27 – Cowboys 17
St. Louis Rams (5-6-1) at Buffalo Bills (5-7) – The Rams are playing the king of ball coach Jeff Fisher envisioned. Should be interesting in the NFC West next season.
Rams 26 – Bills 24
Philadelphia Eagles (3-9) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) – Vincent Jackson should have a big day against a poor Eagles secondary.
Bucs 31 – Eagles 17
Atlanta Falcons (11-1) at Carolina Panthers (3-9) – No time for the Falcons to coast. Pedal to the floor against a Panthers team who is just waiting for a disappointing season to end.
Falcons 27 – Panthers 19
Kansas City Chiefs (2-10) at Cleveland Browns (4-8) – The Chiefs have endured a tough week with some tough days ahead. They’ll be a unified group the rest of the way.
Chiefs 24 – Browns 20
San Diego Chargers (4-8) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) – The Steelers are back in the hunt. This should be an interesting four weeks.
Steelers 24 – Chargers 23
Tennessee Titans (4-8) at Indianapolis Colts (8-4) – The Colts can’t afford to slip up now.
Colts 31 – Titans 20
NY Jets (5-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10) – Can’t wait until the playoffs begin so I don’t have to think about the Jets anymore.
Jaguars 27 - Jets 20
Chicago Bears (8-4) at Minnesota Vikings (6-6) – Adrian Peterson will get his against anyone, but be sure you remember who his quarterback is.
Bears 29 – Vikings 17
Games beginning at 4:00 pm or later:
Miami Dolphins (5-7) at San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1) - Not sure how this one is going to turn out for the Dolphins. I do know that the 49ers are mad.
Arizona Cardinals (4-8) at Seattle Seahawks (7-5) - This is a game where the Seahawks could get tripped up.
Seahawks 27 – Cardinals 13
New Orleans Saints (5-7) at NY Giants (7-5) – Running the table will not be enough for the Saints. Might as well make life hell for the Giants.
Saints 24 – Giants 20
Detroit Lions (4-8) at Green Bay Packers (8-4) – Time for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to make their late season push.
Packers 31 – Lions 23
Monday December 11, 2012, 8:30 pm:
Houston Texans (11-1) at New England Patriots (9-3) - The Patriots still think they can get home field through out the playoffs. A win here is a huge step in the right direction.
Patriots 27 – Texans 23
Last Week 8-8
2012 Season: 118-73-1