It is getting into crunch time for NFL teams to make a run at the playoffs. NBC is in flex mode for Sunday Night Football, which is a tell tale sign that things are getting tight.
This week’s marquee game is the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs at the one-loss Denver Broncos. The winner will have the division lead with six weeks to go. In addition, the winner of this division could be the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with home-field advantage. If Denver were to lose, they will be two games back and that will put all the more stress on the rematch in two weeks time.
The NFC has a crucial matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints. The 49ers are coming off an unimpressive home loss while the Saints dominated the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday Night. The 49ers need a win to stay close in their divisional race while a win for New Orleans will keep them at the top along with maintaining the No. 2 seed.
A few weeks ago, the Monday night matchup between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers did not appear to be an intriguing game to close out Week 11. But all of a sudden, the Panthers are one of the hottest teams in the league riding a five-game winning streak. They have snuck under the radar into the five seed in the NFC.
The Cowboys based on a head-to-head win own the tie breaker in the NFC East over the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the Eagles are coming on strong and could possibly all but knockout the Washington Redskins with a win this week.
Surprisingly, the No. 6 seed on the AFC side belongs to the New York Jets. Currently, only six teams in the AFC have winning records and the Jets are one of them.
Division leaders Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals just a few weeks ago were riding waves of momentum. But in the blink of an eye, both appear to be vulnerable here in November. In arguably weak divisions, both still may be able to maintain division leads until the ships are righted.