It’s here peeps and there’s no turning back now. The final week of the NFL regular season is upon us and with it a few scenarios that just scream out “upset alert” wherever you see it. Before we jump into all of this may I just say, recapping this whole season, how good it feels to actually see the Browns finding their groove. Baker Mayfield, he’s a star, he might be the Lebron the Browns needed to come to Cleveland to help them get going out of their miserable slump. Also on that note, the return of guys like Luck, Watson and Rogers with their teams has also been a breath of fresh air. The NFL needs guys like these, that give you those super hero comeback moments.
And what about the quarterback class of this year’s draft? The top 5 quarterback picks of this year’s draft are already causing serious splashes around the league and it has teams rethinking their qb strategies going down the line, yes Giants and Bucs, this message is for you specifically. But ok now, which games and situations will have you glued to the tv in this final week of regular play? Let’s go.
First of all it’s going to be an all for all battle in the AFC West when both the Chiefs and the Chargers will be looking for their competing team to take one final L and that way give up on their divisional title and first round bye hopes. The Chiefs will be playing host to a Raiders team who has absolutely nothing to play for in this game, not even pride because after the season they had, pride is long gone. Now that could play out perfectly for a Chiefs team who will be looking to thrash Oakland early and easily and be done with it but with KC you just never know. Whenever one thinks that the Chiefs have a good enough team to go through anything then the last season’s playoff game against Tennessee pops up again and there goes the argument. The Chiefs can’t choke in this game, specially against a team who has nothing to lose.
On the other side of the division the Chargers are going to Denver for their season finale with the same idea as the Chiefs in Arrowhead, trash their opponent fast and pray for their main divisional opponents to lose in their match up. Both the Chargers and Broncos are coming off loses, with the Broncos you can say it wasn’t really a surprise, because they haven’t really done anything all season, but that Chargers loss against the Ravens last Sunday couldn’t have come at a worse time. Now facing the Broncos, the idea stays the same, just like Baltimore if there’s one thing that the Broncos do good is play defense so if Los Angeles doesn’t want to fall pray to Von Miller and company they need to step their game up. I’m calling a Chargers win here, but that loss against the Ravens is going to come back to bite them in the ass as they will not be able to top the Chiefs for the AFC West title.
What is it about the Eagles? They have one of the best squads around, but apparently it’s become a thing that they can only truly function if Nick Foles is tossing the ball. Since Foles took over as quarterback over an injured Wentz the tides have turned and the Eagles are going into week 17 with a true fighting chance to make it to the playoffs. All they need are two simple things, for them to beat the Redskins in Washington, it sounds hard but it shouldn’t be so hard and for the Bears, yes those Bears whose defense can break through any opposing offense, wall, building, car, whatever to beat the Vikings in Minnesota. Why do I feel good about these two scenarios happening? Easy, both the Bears and Eagles are in their element right now, playing some great football and with the chances to go through to the playoffs on the line, you know Nick Foles is going to pull out some of that Foles magic and make it happen for Philadelphia. As far as the Bears go, there isn’t a team right now playing as smooth in defense as the Bears are and the Vikings are in for a front row ticket for that.
Finally, the game that will make it or break it in the AFC South, the Titans will host the Colts in a winner takes all match to decide who takes the 6th and final seed of the AFC playoff brackets. I can’t say I dislike any of these teams, they both have strong points as to why they should be considered favorites but if it has to come down to the bare essentials, Andrew Luck needs this win to cap of what could be considered a stellar comeback year. For that to happen someone has to loose and while the Titans are not a bad team, they have Derrick Henry running the ball like if he was Deion Sanders reborn they’re still not playoff material. The Colts will take this game and advance to the wild card round, you can believe that.