With the New York Giants playing the Los Angeles Rams early Sunday morning in London, Giants fans are free to watch anyone else for the rest for the day. Let's take a recap of each game -- especially ones that concern Big Blue.
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1 p.m. games
As with any game across conferences, the AFC team should always be rooted for. The Saints are on the upswing with a two game winning streak, after losing their first three. This game will be a test for them, however, as they will travel to Arrowhead Stadium.
With two mediocre AFC teams, they won't impact the Giants in anyway. But, these two are playing for their playoff lives and both need a win in the worst way. It could end up being an important game to watch for in the AFC South.
The Vikings may as well be the best team in the NFL this season. Their defense is absolutely ferocious as Giants fans have seen. That being said, when expecting a loss for an NFC East rival -- especially the Eagles -- there is always a chance for disappointment. The Giants still face an uphill battle in the division and they need the Vikings to stay undefeated for sure.
Mostly irrelevant for the Giants -- and any fan of professional football.
Remember how the 0-2 Redskins were probably done for the season if the Giants beat them week three? Simpler times. Now the Redskins are on a red hot four game winning streak and are in second place in the division. The Detroit Lions may end up being a hurdle for the wildcard but at this point the division must be considered the priority. The Redskins must lose here.
The Raiders are surprisingly going toe to toe with the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos for first place in the AFC West. They look to keep it up with the Jaguars who also appear to be on the upswing, compared to their atrocious season last year. Refreshing to see these teams as respectable but not too relevant for the Giants.
Despite a rocky start with the Rex Ryan led Bills, they are now 4-2 and are the only team in the division that can pose a challenge to the New England Patriots. The Dolphins remain to be riddled with mediocrity at best. Essentially, this division is the same as it has been for the past decade.
Not relevant to the NFC playoff race but watching the Jets lose is always a positive. Their 1-5 start makes the Giants mediocrity bearable and another loss will send the New York sports media in a frenzy.
4 p.m. games
Even though this is an NFC matchup, this game does not appear all that important. The 49ers are going nowhere with quarterback issues with either Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick. The Buccaneers are inconsistent with Jameis Winston at the helm and have some problems to work out as well.
It may be tough to remember last year, but at one point the Falcons with 5-0 and vied for the position as the best team of the NFL with the Carolina Panthers. Then they collapsed in true Falcons fashion. Let us hope they do the same this year. With a top offense and a resurgence by Matt Ryan, that may not be the case.
New England Patriots (5-1) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)
This might be the game of the week with two of the best teams in football. And better yet, Giants fans can rest easy and root for whoever they like.
Sunday Night Football
Odds are, the winner of this week's Sunday night game will be in the driver's seat for the NFC West. The Seahawks have been winning per usual but their games have been close. The Cardinals look dominant in some weeks and look pitiful in others. It's tough to discern who the Giants need to win but the Seahawks get a slight edge in rooting as the Cardinals have a closer record to New York.