It is a rare week in the NFL when so many games have meaning. And, to be the final week of the NFL season, with 5 NFC teams in the hunt for playoff positions, makes it even that much more exciting. Who is ready to show up and prove that they are in it to win it.
The most exciting game of the weekend has to be the Washington Redskins vs the Dallas Cowboys. If the Redskins win, they are in. If they lose, they might still be in, if the Bears and Vikings lose. Tony Romo has looked like the star quarterback he was always supposed to be, the last few weeks. But he can't win this thing by himself. The Redskins are without a doubt one of the hottest teams in football, and I can't wait to see what RGIII and Shanahan's team bring to this game. They are exciting to watch and no one wants the Cowboys in the playoffs anyway. Prediction: Redskins win & in.
The next can't miss game has got to be the Packers vs the Vikings. The Vikings have been one of the most unpredictable teams this season, sometimes looking like a contender, and other times looking downright awful. Unfortunately for Minnesota, Green Bay has a reason to actually play this game, to clinch the #2 seed in the NFC and have the bye week and home field for their playoff game. Green Bay has been looking better and tougher each week. Unfortunately for the Vikings, their history of complete collapse at the end of the NFL season is legendary. Prediction: Packers win, Vikings out.
The Bears vs Detroit has got to be the most bizarre games of this crazy upcoming NFC playoff drama day. Detroit has truly looked awful this season. But the rivalry with the Bears, playing for their pride at this point, might just put the Lions in the drivers seat for a win. Stafford can play like the real deal, and Lovie Smith coaches the Bears not to lose. The Lions have no reason not to go for it all at this point. As much as I hate to say it, I think the Lions win this one. Prediction: Lions win, Bears out.
The last game of the crazy NFC playoff picture day puts the Eagles vs the Giants. The Super Bowl champs vs an Eagles team that has barely been able to put together a touchdown drive all season. Coach Andy Reid is clearly fired at the end of the game, as he should be, and it looks as though the Eagles have called it a season. I doubt this will be a game at all and the Giants will quietly win and return to the playoffs, completely under the radar. Prediction: Giants win & in.
The best thing that could happen tomorrow is competitive games all around, coming down to the wire with surprises at every turn. That would certainly be a very welcome NFC day and a great way to head into the 2013 playoffs!