It’s finally happened. After weeks of dominating their opponents, the New England Patriots have been defeated by the Denver Broncos; making the Carolina Panthers the only undefeated in the NFL right now.
This most recent upset just goes to show you that anything can happen in the NFL; and if you don’t want be to left out of the water-cooler talk next week, then these are the games you should watch this weekend:
…But first, here’s the official NFL schedule for this week.
Featured Matchup – Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions, 8:30 PM EST on NBC
This week you will be able to watch all the excitement with an OTA antenna. With no end in sight, the Packers have been in a month-long slump. Their latest loss came on Thanksgiving Day when the Chicago Bears beat them, 17-13. All in all, the Green Bay Packers have lost 4 / 5 of their last games and are now behind the Vikings in the NFC North. Will they turn things around this week? Or will Stafford bring his A game and push the Packers further down the standings chart?
Featured Matchup –NY Jets vs. NY Giants, 1:00 PM EST
Who doesn’t love a good in-state rivalry? Rivalry concerns aside this is a must win for the Jets, who need this win if they want a shot at the wild card slot for the playoffs; though that won’t be an easy task. Although the Giants have a worse record, they’ve remained competitive in each match; not to mention they still have two-time Super Bowl Champion Eli Manning at the helm, throwing to one of the best young receivers in the league in Odell Beckham. Who will win? Hunger or Experience?
Alternative matchup – Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers, 4:00 PM ET
Featured Matchup – Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 PM ET
It’s been a bumpy road for Seattle this season, but things have been looking up; as they are currently tied with Atlanta for the wild card and completely in control of their own destiny. But they’re going to be going up against a slightly tougher Minnesota defense AND without key players like Marshawn Lynch. This should be a good showdown. Has Russel Wilson really turned this offense around? Or has the last two weeks simply been a result of game play?
Alternative matchup – Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 PM ET
Featured Matchup – Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:25 PM EST
Heading into this game as the only undefeated team in the NFL, the Panthers are the clear favorite to win this game. But don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security. The Saints may be on a bad run, but until two weeks ago the Saints were averaging 27 points per game and they still have their elite QB Drew Brees. The Panthers may be favored to come out on top, but expect the Saints to put the fear of the Lord in them. That being said, if I was a Drew Brees owner in Fantasy Football, I would look for other options…
Alternative matchup – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots, 4:25 ET
Featured Matchup – Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins, 8:30 PM EST
To say the Cowboys have had a rough season would be an understatement. Not only did they lose their star quarterback Tony Romo, but it’s happened twice now this season; first at the beginning of the season and then during Thanksgiving against the Panthers (Happy Thanksgiving Jerry Jones). While Washington is only doing marginally better, they are still intact as a team and in better spirits. The Cowboys have a decent enough defense, but will it be enough to stem the tide of this losing season? I am rooting for you Cousins!
If you want to watch Monday Night Football, you’re going to need a subscription to Sling TV or NFL Game Pass. For only $20 a month, Sling TV gives you 20+ streamable live channels, including ESPN.
So, if you’re wondering how to watch all these wonderful games then I’ve got good news for you. The only thing you need to watch this week’s most exciting NFL games is a simple over-the-air antenna. They usually range between $30-$50 and can deliver hundreds of hours of FREE HD television to your home. It’s a great investment, even if you’re not a football fan.
If for whatever reason, you find yourself out of the broadcast range of your favorite game or you just want a little something extra on your Sunday, then you might want to take a look at NFL Game Pass. For $99 a season (cheaper than one month of cable) you can get access to EVERY NFL game this season right after it airs plus a huge collection of extras that more than justify this moderate price tag. Give NFL Game Pass a spin with this free 7-day trial.
What do you think? Can Carolina keep the streak alive or is perfection on the way out? Can Dallas turn it around or will Washington help them sink a little lower? Sound off in the comments below or send us a tweet!
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