NFL Football fans each week check the upcoming schedule to see how they plan their NFL Sunday. Is it one of those days where you can run errands between games, or is it one of those days where you need to be there for 12 hours of football?
Well, folks, this is one of those Sundays where I recommend you bunker down on your couch early, order some pizza and wings, and get ready for a full day of football. This week’s NFL schedule is filled with good matchups – cross-conference match-ups, divisional match-ups, playoff rematches, and potential Super Bowl match-ups.
Let’s walk through some of the marquee match-ups of the week so we can decide how to set up our TVs for the week.
Commanders-Giants: NFC East and Wild Card Dog Fight
When I looked at this game a few months ago, I didn’t think that it would have the importance that it does today.
As we sit here today, the entire NFC East is above .500. If the playoffs started today, each team in the division would make the playoffs. That’s not what prognosticators expected from the Commanders, especially the Giants.
These teams will play each other twice over the next 2 weeks, so the match-ups should be pretty similar. The Giants are returning some injured players this week, including right tackle Evan Neal, and tight end Daniel Bellinger.
Early lines are predicting this one to be a low-scoring affair, with the Commanders favored by 1.5 points on the road, and a total of 40.5.
Dolphins-49ers: Potential Super Bowl Preview
The afternoon games provide some real entertaining match-ups, starting with Dolphins-49ers. This game will be a contrast of styles. The Dolphins have one of the most high-powered offenses in the league, led by Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, the most fearsome receiving duo in the league.
The 49ers are on a 4-game winning streak, beating three divisional opponents and establishing themselves as the divisional favorite.
There will also be a little sense of history, as Mike McDaniel used to work for Kyle Shanahan. The game has a total of 47, with the 49ers a four-point favorite as of this morning.
Chiefs-Bengals: Rematch of Last Year’s NFL AFC Championship Game
In what will be yet another playoff rematch from last year, the Kansas City Chiefs go on the road to face Joe Burrow and the Bengals.
The Chiefs have proven themselves to be the class of the NFL AFC, currently sitting in position for the number one seed. The Bengals started slow this year. Many thought that an NFL Super Bowl hangover, combined with the loss of NFL star wide receiver Ja’marr Chase, would make for a difficult season in Cincinnati.
The Bengals have displayed some of that playoff mettle from last year, having won three straight, and five of their last six. Chase’s return is scheduled for this week. He should provide a nice boost to the Bengals offense.
As of this article, the Chiefs are favored by three points on the road in Cincinnati. The game has a total of 51.
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