There are a lot of games this week with playoff implications and should all be great games, but normally, a Rams vs Patriots prime time game would be the highlight of the week; so, let’s just all hope none of the games are as bad as Cam Newton’s performance Thursday night. There will be a few irrelevant games I would just not even pay attention to unless those games affect your fantasy match-up this week.
One of the games that make my honorable mention is the Buccaneers vs the Vikings. I’m curious to see if Tom Brady’s relentless desire to win drives his team to victory this week, so expect a big performance from him.
Browns (9-3) vs Ravens (7-5)
The Browns know anytime you have a game against your division rival Ravens that it will never be an easy victory. They have only won two out of their last ten games against the Ravens and come into this game underdogs even after an impressive performance by Baker Mayfield and beating the Tennessee Titans the week before.
The Browns possess arguably the best one-two punch at running back in the league, but the Ravens always have a good defense. Lamar Jackson will be playing this week and are trying to stay in the playoff hunt. This game could become the highlight of your weekend so stay tuned.
Chiefs (11-1) vs Dolphins (8-4)
The Dolphins are currently in control of the 6th seed for playoffs but that could all change this week. The Chiefs have not forgotten about the gift that was bestowed to them last year by the Dolphins when they beat the Patriots in week 17 to give the Chiefs a bye week and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. That won’t matter this week. Patrick Mahomes comes into this game leading the NFL in passing yards and has an impressive 31 passing touchdowns to only 2 interceptions and is the clear front runner for MVP.
The Dolphins have had a carousel at starting quarterback this year but will have rookie Tua Tagovailoa starting this week. The Dolphins can still win the AFC East but must win this game and hope for a Steelers win. The Chiefs will take first place in the AFC with a win and a Steelers loss, so Chiefs fans should pay extra close attention to this next game.
Steelers (11-1) vs Bills (9-3)
General Manager Brandon Beane took a chance on Josh Allen and was destroyed on social media and so-called NFL experts. Now Josh Allen has the Bills in first place in the NFC East and control of their future. The Steelers are coming off of their first loss of the year against an Alex Smith lead Washington football team. The Steelers are still in first place in the AFC and AFC North but will face a tough matchup this week with the Chiefs right on their tails.
After a small victory against a Lamar Jackson-less Ravens led by a hampered Robert Griffin III and losing against Washington, we’ll see how this team responds. The Bills have proven they are a legit playoff-caliber football team so look for the Bills to give the Steelers back to back losses after 11 straight wins.