This afternoon presents four games for you to potentially choose from for continued coverage of the NFL:
Jets (3-9) at 49ers (1-11)
Stop laughing. STOP IT! Yes, CBS will indeed air this game to live up to its contract with the NFL. I’m not sure who will tune in for it, or how many tarps were dragged into Santa Clara to cover the plethora of empty seats one should expect with a home team that only has one win at this point in the season, but this game will actually be played today. No, seriously.
Saints (5-7) at Buccaneers (7-5)
The Bucs share the same record as the first-place Falcons, although they do not have the head-to-head tiebreaker since they lost to them already this season, but they are threatening for the division title in the NFC South after going 4-1 in their last five games. Meanwhile the Saints are having a rough season, and are 2-3 in their last five games.
Falcons (7-5) at Rams (4-8)
Atlanta is 3-2 in their last five games after losing by just one point to the Chiefs last week. While they own the current head-to-head tiebreaker over Tampa Bay, the Falcons need to win this game to remain atop the division. The Rams are terrible this season, and while it would be easy to suggest they are just suffering from the infamous “Hard Knocks” curse, it really seems to be a combination of personnel and coaching that keeps them from winning games. At least they can write off this season as they develop their quarterback of the future, right?
Seahawks (8-3) at Packers (6-6)
Here’s the meaningful game you were looking for this afternoon. Seattle is in first place in the NFC West and has gone 4-1 in their last five games. Meanwhile the Packers have won their last two games as they attempt to live up to Aaron Rodgers’ expectations to win out the rest of the schedule. This will be a huge NFC battle with the postseason opportunity as the proverbial carrot being waved just within arm’s reach for both teams.
Regardless of which game(s) you have access to view this afternoon, please share your thoughts in the comments below.