Home-field advantage and injuries...
That's what this season has come down to, hasn't it? When the powerful teams of the NFL face off against one another, it's home field and injuries that seem to pick the winners and define how we talk about each and every one of them every single week.
Just a week ago, the Saints were "reeling." Now, they're on top of the world once more after they defeated the Carolina Panthers and get ready to face off against the St. Louis Rams. The Seahawks, unstoppable, now look for more answers on the road after losing in San Francisco. They'll head all the way to New Jersey to take on the New York Giants—a stadium they hope to play in following a playoff run.
The top matchup of the week, however, might be the AFC East matchup featuring the now-Rob Gronkowski-less New England Patriots against the playoff-hopeful Miami Dolphins. Will the Patriots still have the horses to match up with the suddenly resurgent Dolphins? Or will Tom Brady and Co. simply put them away?
Our Bleacher Report lead writers will pick all these games and more, just a few clicks ahead. Don't like our picks? Make yours in the comments below!