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Cincinnati (10-4) at Philadelphia (10-4)
NY Giants (10-4) at Atlanta (7-7)
Green Bay (11-3) at Chicago (9-5)
One week after the Detroit Lions upset the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears’ best chance of keeping their hold on second-place in the AFC North is to follow suit and get their own upset of the Packers.
The Bears are a talented team who should have an explosive offense paired with a strong defense, and are more than capable of getting this big win, especially on home field.
Washington (4-10) at Cleveland (4-10)
The Cleveland Browns are not as bad as some project them to be, but they have the unfortunate status of playing in what may be the NFL’s toughest division. Add in that the AFC North plays another strong division, the NFC East, this year, and there will not be many opportunities for the Browns to win games.
The Redskins, however, are one of those opportunities, and they should take advantage of it with home field on their side.
Minnesota (4-10) at St. Louis (4-10)
Jacksonville (2-12) at Miami (2-12)
In a battle not to be the worst team in the state of Florida in 2012, the Miami Dolphins should have the slight edge. Not only do they have home field, they have a stronger defense, led by star pass-rusher Cameron Wake. The Dolphins do not have the talent to win many games this year, but they should be able to handle the Jaguars.
Tampa Bay (4-10) at New Orleans (7-7)
Denver (9-5) at Baltimore (9-5)
Indianapolis (4-10) at Houston (10-4)
Detroit (9-5) at Arizona (2-12)
Carolina (10-4) at San Diego (6-8)
Seattle (7-7) at Buffalo (7-7)
The Seattle Seahawks have a solid all-around team, but with a rookie starting quarterback and in a very strong NFC this season, contending for a playoff spot may be unrealistic considering that the San Francisco 49ers should run away with the NFC West. A win over the Buffalo Bills here, however, would be a good victory for them late in the season.
Pittsburgh (9-5) at Dallas (5-9)
Kansas City (7-7) at Oakland (3-11)
San Francisco (13-1) at New England (11-3)
This game should have no shortage of hype. The San Francisco 49ers will likely have to prove their ability to win a game in cold weather, as they travel to play the New England Patriots on a Sunday night in December, and this game could end up being a Super Bowl preview.
If the 49ers win this game, they are going to prove themselves as the best team in the NFL heading into the postseason, and that is exactly what I think they will do, as they have a strong run-based and defensive team well-suited to play in cold weather.
NY Jets (8-6) at Tennessee (6-8)