NFL Week 15: 5 best games to watch
With three regular season games left, NFL Week 15 throws up some enticing encounters. We take a look at 5 of the best to watch on Sunday.
5. Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams (-9)
The Rams are trying to stay in the race for the top seed in the NFC. That said, Los Angeles has to simply look good after a week of being kicked around in Chicago. Meanwhile, the Eagles are trying to stay alive after losing last weekend to the Dallas Cowboys. A win for Philadelphia and it is 7-7 and in the mix for the final seed in the playoffs. A win for Los Angeles and it clinches the second seed (at worst).
4. Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings (-7)
Yeah, this game is somehow still a really big one. The Dolphins won on the Miami Miracle against the New England Patriots in Week 14, putting them at 7-6 and in a tie for the sixth and final AFC seed. On the other side, Minnesota is hoping to avoid a total meltdown this season by beating the Dolphins and restoring order. At 6-6-1, the Vikings have to win or face the very real possibility of falling out of the NFC playoff picture.
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3. Dallas Cowboys at Indianapolis Colts (-3)
This is a very, very important game. The Colts are 7-6 after beating the Houston Texans on Sunday, ending their nine-game winning streak. Indianapolis is still on the outside looking in, but winning out would likely put it into the postseason as the sixth seed. If the Colts find their way into January, nobody wants to see a red-hot Andrew Luck. As for Dallas, the Cowboys would clinch the NFC East with a win, and could start putting major pressure on the Chicago Bears for the third seed, especially if Chicago falls at home to the Green Bay Packers this weekend.
2. New England Patriots (-1.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers
It’s now or never for the Steelers. After losing three consecutive games, they need to beat the Patriots or start facing the very real possibility of missing the playoffs altogether. Pittsburgh is only a half-game ahead of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North at 7-5-1, and with the New Orleans Saints on deck, it could end ugly with a loss here. The Patriots are simply trying to stay in the second seed after falling in wild fashion to the Dolphins.
1. Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5)
Kansas City is trying to lock up the AFC West and a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. Los Angeles is attempting to tie up the West and force the division into the last two weeks, with both teams having fairly even schedules moving forward. In the end, this game has two terrific teams, in primetime, playing on national television.