NFL Week 15 – What to Watch: NFL

NFL Week 15. Here are the four games we think are must watch games.

Texans at Titans: Sunday, 12.15 1:00 pm ET.

This game will most likely decide who will win the AFC South and who will need to fight for their wildcard lives. 

What to watch for:  Ryan Tannehill is a new man in Tennessee and the Titans are 6-1 since he took over, but make no mistake, this is a run first team, with Derrick Henry trucking fools on his way downhill.  No J.J. Watt might be a problem for the Texans defense in this one. It’s a chance for Henry to have a huge day.  

Bears at Packers: Sunday, 12.15 1:00 pm ET. 

It’s the two-hundredth installment of Chicago vs. Green Bay.  And Chicago is looking dangerous all of a sudden…

What to watch for:  Sure, the Bears are a little too far back to make a real playoff run, but they’re won three straight and have some of the swag that made them a contender last season.  Green Bay is clinging to a narrow advantage over Minnesota for the division lead. If you think Chicago doesn’t want to play spoiler in Lambeau, you’re crazy. The Pack leads the series 98-95 (there have been six ties), and don’t want to drop this one.  Expect to see Aaron Rodgers make enough plays to win the day, but not before getting sacked by Khalil Mack a few times.  

Rams at Cowboys: Sunday 12.15 4:25 pm ET. 

Dallas at home against the suddenly surging NFC champs.  (grits teeth)

What to watch for: This is must-win territory for America’s team.  The NFC East has to send a team to the playoffs (we can talk about changing that later), and after a great start, the Cowboys have regressed terribly.  They’ll need to right the ship somehow, and they need to do it this week, against the reigning NFC champs, who just went into Century Link field and dismantled MVP candidate Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.  One more loss will probably doom them, and head coach Jason Garrett.    

Bills at Steelers, Sunday, 12.15 8:20 pm ET. 

These two teams currently occupy the AFC wildcard slots.  The winner is a virtual lock. The loser will need some help to stay in the conversation.   

What to watch for:  Mike Tomlin has himself in the coach of the year convo by making the Steelers a contender after losing the three B’s to free agency and injury, then losing Juju and James Conner for good measure.  He’ll need to find a way to deal with one of the league’s top three defenses if he wants to keep the run going. Buffalo gave Baltimore a run for their money last week, and is only one game behind the suddenly vulnerable looking Patriots in the AFC East, so there’s that…

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