There will no playoff appearance in January for the Broncos. So what are Denver football fans to do when the regular season ends on New Year’s Eve? Consider this month an audition to find the team you want to cheer to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis in February. There are some up-and-coming candidates — the Rams, Vikings, Eagles and Saints among them — who all have huge opportunities this weekend to prove they are at the top of the short list of true championship contenders. Of course, the old guard — Steelers, Patriots, Seahawks — look strong, too. Oh, the choices. (Games on Sunday unless otherwise noted.)
Game of the Week: Eagles (10-2) at Rams (9-3), 2:25 p.m. First place in the NFC could be up for grabs. It’s the second straight West Coast game for the Eagles, who practiced in California this week following their loss at Seattle on Sunday. Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles could be as rowdy as it has been for any game since the Rams returned to the city in 2016. Oh, and the top two picks from that year’s draft will be going head to head. Buckle up.
Saints (9-3) at Falcons (7-5), 6:25 p.m., Thursday. An improved running attack, led by veteran Mark Ingram and rookie Alivn Kamara, has worked wonders for QB Drew Brees and has made New Orleans one of the league’s most effective offenses. Atlanta, coming off a disheartening home loss to the Vikings, must find a way to slow that train down or its playoff prospects will take a major hit.
Colts (3-8) at Bills (6-6), 11 a.m. Buffalo is one of three AFC teams that trails the 7-5 Ravens for the conference’s final wild-card spot. The Bills could be without QB Tyrod Taylor, who suffered a bruised knee in …read more
Source:: The Denver Post