The playoffs are on the horizon! Just two more weeks of the regular season remain then the real fun begins as we start the path to the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay. In these last two weeks, questions will have answers and we will finally have our playoff teams. Here is the game of the week and other important games to watch. Let’s enjoy the playoff hype and the shaping of the playoff picture!
Game of the Week: Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) vs. Indianapolis Colts (10-4) at Heinz Field Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1:00 p.m. Eastern CBS
The Steelers offense is showing signs of regression but the defense is still a force to be reckoned with. However, losses to Washington and Cincinnati are obvious red flags that this team isn’t going to make it far in the playoffs like it should. Perhaps that perception changes if the Steelers can defeat the Indianapolis Colts at home.
The Steelers defense remains the second-best in the NFL while the offense ranks 25th in the NFL. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers need more offensive efficiency if the team is to make the AFC Championship or Super Bowl. The defense can carry the team to the divisional round rather easily though.
The Colts have a more balanced team. However, the offense was plagued by injuries early in the season which made it tough to gain chemistry and efficiency. Phillip Rivers and the Colts offense currently ranks number 13 in the NFL. The Colts defense is number seven in the league.
It seems like an upset is brewing.
Prediction: Colts 20 Steelers 17
Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field Green Bay, Wisconsin 8:20 p.m. Eastern Time NBC
Aaron Rodgers (3,828 passing yards, league-leading 40 touchdown passes, and the league’s top quarterback rating of 83.5) continues to impress and the Packers seem to be unstoppable. The Titans defense is still one of the worst in the NFL as this unit simply can’t defend against the passing game. This is an unfavorable matchup for Tennessee plain and simple.
Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry, and the Titans’ offense can score at will. This game will have a close finish but the Titans defense won’t make the crucial plays in the fourth quarter. Will the defense at least stop the run to give the Titans a chance at an upset?
The Packers have the fourth-best offense and the eighth-best defense.
Prediction: Packers 38 Titans 24
Seattle Seahawks (10-4) vs. Los Angeles Rams (9-4) at Lumen Field (formerly Century Link Stadium), Seattle, Washington, 4:05 p.m. Eastern, Fox
This game is a must-win for the Rams. They have a chance to tie for first place in the NFC West and perhaps take the division title. The Los Angeles Rams currently feature the top defense in the NFL and the eighth-best defense in the league. Unfortunately, Seattle ranks just above Tennessee in total defense but Russell Wilson and the offense are still scoring at will. Look for Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf to make key plays that will help Seattle win this crucial division game. Both of these teams experienced tough losses as the Seahawks recently lost to the New York Giants and the Rams lost to the New York Jets (1-13) last week.
Prediction: Seattle 35 Los Angeles Rams 32