After playing as the walking wounded for a large chunk of the second half of 2019, it seems only fitting that the recuperating San Francisco 49ers get to play a hobbled Seahawks squad in Seattle this Sunday for the NFC West title. The No. 1 overall seed in the NFC is also at stake for the Niners, who would be relegated to a wild-card spot in the unlikely event they lose.
Soldier Field is the site for Sunday night’s showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears. The Chiefs are fighting for playoff position in the penultimate week of the NFL season while the Bears are effectively but not mathematically eliminated.
The Los Angeles Rams will try to keep their playoff hopes afloat at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday night as they host a hot division rival in the Seattle Seahawks.
The Patriots appear to be a bargain as three-point road favorites as they take on the Texans this Sunday night at NRG Stadium. New England’s defense is clearly the best in the league this season and might be the best unit Bill Belichick has ever had during his illustrious tenure in Foxboro. The Pats are allowing just 10.6 points per game and have surrendered more than 14 points only once in 2019.
Fresh off of their bye week, the Green Bay Packers head to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara for a crucial intra-conference clash with the San Francisco 49ers. Oddsmakers stamped the home team as nominal favorites in this tilt that could shift the balance of power in the NFC. However, recent stats and trends both indicate that the underdog is worthy of a play in this one.
The Bears and Rams will do battle at the L.A. Coliseum on Sunday night in a contest that could go a long way in shaping the NFC playoff picture. Both clubs are mired in somewhat of a funk, with Chicago only just snapping a four-game losing streak while L.A. has dropped four of their last six contests.
The Cowboys appear to have righted the ship after three straight losses, with two relatively easy wins over the Eagles and Giants. They’ll look to build on that momentum Sunday night against the inconsistent Vikings.
The biggest storyline going into Sunday night’s showdown between the Packers and Chiefs is the status of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who dislocated his kneecap in the second quarter of last week’s victory over the Broncos and did not return. Initial diagnoses had him missing anywhere from three to six weeks, but he was back at practice on Wednesday on a limited basis.
The NFC East lead is up for grabs at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night as the Eagles visit the Cowboys. A banged-up Dallas squad that’s lost three straight collides with a highly-inconsistent Philadelphia team in this one. With the outcome looking like a coin-flip, bettors would be wise to head to the totals market for a primetime play.
When the Steelers and Chargers met at Heinz Field last December, the visitors emerged with a 33-30 victory in what was a very exciting game. However, the encore at Dignity Health Sports Park on Sunday, October 13 promises to be different in at least one significant way.