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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Preview and Prediction

First place in the AFC West will be on the line Saturday night in Arrowhead Stadium
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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Preview and Prediction

It’s hard to believe that at one point, the Los Angeles Chargers were 0-4 while the Kansas City Chiefs were 4-0. One team appeared headed towards a top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft; the other was barrel rolling through the competition, toppling the Patriots on opening night.

 

Thursday Night Football: Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts Preview and Prediction

Colts host the Broncos for the last Thursday night game of the 2017 season
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Thursday Night Football: Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts Preview and Prediction

“Thursday Night Football” has taken its lumps over the last couple of years. Players hate it. The quality of play is noticeably poorer than that on Sundays. The matchups are typically uninteresting. I wish I could tell you this Thursday night matchup (also the last of the 2017 season) between the Colts (3-10) and Broncos (4-9) will be different — but I’d be lying.

Monday Night Football: New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins Preview and Prediction

Jay Cutler and the Dolphins look to stay in the wild-card chase by denying the Patriots a ninth straight AFC East title
Monday Night Football: New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins Preview and Prediction

For New England, the magic number headed into this “Monday Night Football” matchup with Miami is nine. Not only are the Patriots (10-2) looking for their ninth straight win, a victory at Hard Rock Stadium also clinches a ninth straight AFC East title for Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and company.

 

Sunday Night Football: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Preview and Prediction

AFC North rivals rolling toward postseason once again
Sunday Night Football: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Preview and Prediction

The NFL and NBC had to be hoping that scheduling the Steelers and Ravens on a Sunday night in December would produce a game with AFC North title implications. They haven’t quite got that this week, but this game has plenty to draw the eyes of fans.

 

New York Jets vs. Denver Broncos Preview and Prediction

This matchup is not what was expected before the season began
New York Jets vs. Denver Broncos Preview and Prediction

Before the season, this looked like an easy matchup for a Denver team that was supposed to have one of the best defenses in the NFL and an offense good enough to win low-scoring games. The New York Jets were supposed to win only 4.5 games according to Vegas and many rushed to take the under, thinking that number was very generous.

Monday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Preview and Prediction

Bengals look for rare home win against Steelers to stay in the thick of the AFC Wild Card chase
Monday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Preview and Prediction

It’s one thing to dominate a team on your home field, as the Packers had done to the Lions at Lambeau up until the last couple years; or to just own a bad team overall, as the Patriots continue to do to the Bills. But what the Steelers have done to the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium is getting ridiculous.

 

Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers Preview and Prediction

The red-hot Chargers look to avoid a repeat of last season against the winless Browns on Sunday
Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers Preview and Prediction

The Cleveland Browns will head west to take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. A trip that should conjure up one of the fondest memories of the Hue Jackson era for the Browns — last season’s 20-17 victory over the Chargers on Christmas Eve. In fact, it may be the only fond memory, serving as Cleveland’s only win in 27 games under Jackson.

Monday Night Football: Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens Preview and Prediction

Joe Flacco and the Ravens look to keep pace in the AFC wild card hunt when they host the Texans for MNF
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Monday Night Football: Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens Preview and Prediction

At this point it doesn’t matter how it happens, as long as our team wins. That has to be the mindset of both Bill O’Brien and John Harbaugh, two coaches of two separate but equally flawed teams, in the midst of a playoff shuffle.

Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders Preview and Prediction

Jack Del Rio and the Raiders host the Broncos in a matchup of reeling division rivals
Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders Preview and Prediction

After struggling on offense for weeks, the Denver Broncos finally turn to quarterback Paxton Lynch. The 2016 first-round pick has thrown just 83 passes in his career for 497 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

 

Thanksgiving Day: Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Preview and Prediction

Lions look to close gap in the NFC North standings on the Vikings on Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day: Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Preview and Prediction

So much has changed since the Vikings and Lions met on Oct. 1 in Minnesota. After a 14–7 Detroit win dropped Minnesota to 2–2, it looked like the NFC North might turn into a two-team race between the 3–1 Lions and 3–1 Packers. After all, those teams had Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers, respectively.

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