Minnesota Vikings (7-3) at Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
After a scorching hot start to the season, the Falcons have dramatically come back down to earth, losing four of their last five games. In this contest, they'll be without upstart running back Devonta Freeman (concussion), who leads the NFC in touchdowns. However, they are still holding on to the second Wild Card spot. As for the Vikings, they are arguably the surprise team of the year, and they currently lead the NFC North. Adrian Peterson has been a bright spot this season for the Vikings, with more than 1,000 rushing yards through 10 games.
St. Louis Rams (4-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-2)
The Bengals have fallen off the top of the pinnacle recently, losing their last two games to thwart their unblemished record. They'll look to rebound against a struggling Rams team that is 3-0 against the NFC West, their own division, but 1-6 against everyone else. The Bengals are also 3-0 against their own division, the AFC North, but 5-2 against everyone else.
New Orleans Saints (4-6) at Houston Texans (5-5)
The Texans' offense outside of DeAndre Hopkins looks nothing like a juggernaut, but has played well enough for Houston to pull off two upsets in the past two weeks to get to the top of the AFC South standings. J.J. Watt and the defense will need to play well again this week against the high-powered Saints offense. The Saints defense is awful, and as stated early, the Texans offense is porous itself. Something's got to give.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (5-5)
The Buccaneers have come roaring back from early season struggles to enter the NFC Wild Card race. They aim for their third win in a row, with one of the main catalysts being rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. The Florida State product and No. 1 overall draft pick in 2015 is coming off a sensational performance in a huge win over the Eagles last week, as he is just the second rookie in NFL history to toss five touchdowns, and no interceptions, in a game.
San Diego Chargers (2-8) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)
The Jaguars are still in the race, somehow, for the AFC South division crown. But they'll need to beat teams that are worse than them to have a shot, and San Diego has looked like a shell of its former self.
Buffalo Bills (5-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-5)
The Chiefs could qualify as another surprise team, as they have played well recently despite missing All Pro running back Jamaal Charles for a majority of the season. Fill-in backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware have certainly picked up the slack for Andy Reid's squad. As for the Bills, they've blown several close games and penalties have been costly for them more often than not. They need to get on the right track and win some games against conference foes to keep up in the Wild Card race.
Miami Dolphins (4-6) at New York Jets (5-5)
Gang Green has gone through some rough times lately, losing three of their past four, and Jets head coach Todd Bowles desperately needs a win against a division foe. The Dolphins, who fired head coach Joe Philbin earlier in the season, are the AFC East's proverbial weak link, but have played better under interim coach Dan Campbell. Both teams are loaded with talent on the defensive line, so quarterback pressure could be the key to deciding whoever comes out on top.
Oakland Raiders (4-6) at Tennessee Titans (2-8)
The Raiders have fallen back to earth as well after a promising start to the season. The Titans have struggled all year, firing head coach Ken Whisenhunt during the middle of the season. The battle of young quarterbacks between Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota could make this an exciting aerial showdown to watch.
Arizona Cardinals (8-2) at San Francisco 49ers (3-7)
The Blaine Gabbert experiment isn't working in San Francisco, and 49ers scouts are likely already doing their homework on college sensations Paxton Lynch and Jared Goff. The Cardinals could run away with this one easily, as their offense has been clicking on all cylinders.
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) at Seattle Seahawks (5-5)
Unlike the Cardinals vs. 49ers, this could be an exciting game to watch from an NFL fan's perspective. For specifics, I'll be watching Steelers wideout Antonio Brown match up against Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Two of the best in the business at their positions going at it will make me sign up every time. The Steelers and Seahawks are both several games back in their divisions, so this game could have serious Wild Card implications despite the teams not being in the same conferences.
New England Patriots (10-0) at Denver Broncos (8-2)
Whenever I do a fantasy draft for a league in Madden with a few of my close friends, one always waits until the end of the draft to select Brock Osweiler as his starting quarterback. Risky move? Of course. However, he knows how to use Osweiler to put up results and win. Let's see if Gary Kubiak can do the same this weekend against
Darth Hoodie Bill Belichick and the Patriots.