The NFC East will likely be decided on Sunday as Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles take on Eli Manning and the New York Giants at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Both teams come in at 9-4, with the Eagles having won their previous meeting. The Giants, however, have won all three games since their loss to Philly and enter the game confident they can get a critical win at home this week.
Theirs is not the only crucial intra-divisional matchup of Week 15. In fact, more than half of the NFL schedule for this week have serious playoff implications of one kind or another. 'Tis the season for helping one's neighbors, and the San Francisco 49ers can help their neighbors, the Oakland Raiders, in a huge way with a win Thursday night over the San Diego Chargers. 'Tis the season, too, for depending on one's neighbors, and the Green Bay Packers could surely use some help from the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, when the Vikings take on the NFC North-leading Bears.
Unfortunately, it is also the season to pore over convoluted tie-breaking rules, and the interdependency of several games' outcomes on one another make the weekend more interesting but less accessible. Nonetheless, here are previews and predictions for the five biggest games of a great week of contests in the NFL.