We are one week away from the NFL playoffs, and if you’re like me, the excitement has already reached an 11. In case you missed last week, the Cleveland Browns FINALLY won a game this season, defeating the San Diego Chargers 20-17; a shame that San Diego will have to carry during the entire off season.
This is the last week to decide who is in and who is out of the playoffs, and if you want to find out how to catch all of this week’s action then stay tuned. But first, here are the key match-ups you should be watching; along with all the geo-based broadcast maps so you know what you can watch with your antenna:
New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins, 1:00 PM, CBS
After absolutely demolishing the Jets last week, the Patriots are hoping to secure a favorable starting position in the playoffs by taking on Miami. With a spot in the post-season as well, nothing would be sweeter for Miami than knocking off a Super Bowl favorite. New England is favored to win this match-up by double digits, but expect the Dolphins to at least cover the spread.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 PM, Fox
Coming into this match-up, there is heavy speculation that the Dallas Cowboys will rest their starters on Sunday when they face off against the Philadelphia Eagles. Although the Eagles gave them fits last time they met, Dallas has nothing to prove and they already have a spot in the playoffs. Why take the unnecessary risk? Odds-makers are heavily betting that Dallas will rest their starters, so expect this one to be a lot closer than you might think.
Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 PM, CBS
This is going to be a tougher than usual game for Oakland. After losing quarterback Derek Carr last week to a broken leg, the Raiders are coming into this week’s game against Denver as the underdogs. Although Denver has no hope of clinching a post-season slot, it would be nice for the Colorado team to spoil Oakland’s hope of winning the AFC West and going out this season with a little more dignity.
New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins, 4:25 PM Fox
Like Dallas, New York will be weighing heavily the option of resting their starters when they face off against the Redskins. While they have a spot in the playoff, New Yhttp://506sports.com/ork needs the momentum going into the post-season, so a loss to Washington would not come without repercussions. Washington, on the other hand, desperately needs to win this game if they want to reach the post season. A win for Washington and a loss from Detroit this Sunday will do it, so expect a hard played game.
Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions, 8:00 PM, NBC
The Green Bay Packers hope to wrap up the NFC North with a victory over the Detroit Lions this week. In recent weeks the Lions luck has begun to run out and the team has started to falter. Conversely, the Packers have finally hit their stride after slumming it in the mid-season. Luckily for the Lions, they play at home this week; which is something they do very well; they can only hope that it will be enough.
Now that you know WHAT to watch, here’s how you do it without cable:
With an OTA antenna, you can typically get every single broadcast network in your area, including NBC, CBS and Fox. No monthly fees, no subscriptions, no hassle. Some of these games might be out of your market; which means you’ll be stuck watching the local game instead; which is the same with standard cable. But don’t worry, there’s a way around it – if you are willing to pay for it.
If you happen to find that one of the games of your choice is out of your NFL Market, then you can always turn to NFL Game Pass. For $49 (mid-season pricing) you get streaming access to every single NFL game; plus a bunch of amazing extras like coaches films and classic Super Bowl match-ups.
You can’t live stream games, but you can watch most of them immediately after the games airs. Not perfect by any means, but its better than nothing.
So who are your picks for this week? Will the Lions finally make it to the playoffs? Can Oakland hold out against Denver? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!
All broadcast coverage maps are courtesy of 506sports.com.
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