AFC

Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers Preview and Prediction

Are the playoffs in the future for the Chargers?
Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers Preview and Prediction

It was supposed to be a promising season for the Oakland Raiders, who will not be going to the playoffs in 2017. Instead it's the Los Angeles Chargers with something to play for in this one. They'll get into the postseason with a win and some help. LA needs the Titans to lose to the Jaguars, who really have nothing to play for and the Bills to lose to the Dolphins on the road.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Preview and Prediction

Can the Ravens seal up an AFC Wild Card berth in Marvin Lewis' final game as Bengals head coach?
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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens Preview and Prediction

Sunday’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens will decide one of the AFC’s two wild-card berths. If the Ravens win, they’ll clinch the fifth seed along with their seventh postseason appearance in 10 with John Harbaugh as head coach.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston Texans Preview and Prediction

Can the Steelers pick themselves up after a tough loss to the Patriots?
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston Texans Preview and Prediction

Nothing says Christmas like a little football between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans. The Steelers are coming off a crushing defeat at home against the Patriots in which they had a couple of chances to win and were denied by a stupid catch rule and a stupid quarterback decision. That game also saw the team lose their best wide receiver Antonio Brown for the next two weeks.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens Preview and Prediction

Ravens look to improve their playoff chances when they host the struggling Colts on Saturday
Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens Preview and Prediction

The Indianapolis Colts will travel to their old stomping grounds in Week 16 to take on the Baltimore Ravens. In a series that dates back to 1996, the Colts are 10-4 overall against the team that would ultimately replace them in Baltimore. However, the Colts haven’t been quite as fortunate playing in their former home city in recent years.

New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Preview and Prediction

Top seed in AFC playoffs likely to be decided at Heinz Field
New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Preview and Prediction

There are two more weeks left in the NFL season after this one, so nothing will be set in stone... but let’s be real: The top seed in the AFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs will be on the line Sunday when the Patriots visit the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

 

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.

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