In this week’s Airing it Out column we already touched on the fact that three separate division titles will be on the line in Week 17.
Therefore, it goes without saying that you’ll want to spend next weekend on the sofa wearing nothing but your most comfortable undies.
But other than the Lions-Packers, Steelers-Bengals and Panthers-Falcons games, which are no-brainers, here are three diamonds in the rough that you’ll want to keep an eye on as the 2014 NFL regular season winds to a close.
1. Bills @ Patriots – With an upset the Bills can clinch their first winning season since – you know what, I’m not even gonna look it up. That’s how bad this franchise has been in the two decades since their glory years.
A 9-7 record would not be a small victory for this club. It would be a HUGE victory and they’ll love to end the season with a win over their division rivals.
I expect the Bills to pull out all the stops in this one now that they’ve got nothing to lose.
Fred Jackson: “Guys will be up and ready .. We have a lot to play for in this game, we’re not gonna clock out.” pic.twitter.com/kBBUvilNSn
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 23, 2014
2. Cardinals @ 49ers – Arizona desperately needs a win this week after the beat-down they took at home courtesy of the Seahawks.
They’ve clinched their first playoff appearance since 2009 but they could really use a confidence-builder as Bruce Arians tries to prep someone, anyone, to play quarterback in the postseason.
The Niners will look to avoid a losing season and avenge their early-season loss to the Cards.
3. Chargers @ Chiefs – San Diego is the only AFC Wild Card hopeful team with a “win and you’re in” scenario. Kansas City is still alive if they can take out Philip Rivers and Co. at home in week 17.
This week the Bolts pulled out a miracle comeback against the 49ers. Have they got any magic beans left in their pouch?
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) December 23, 2014