The feature game this weekend will be the Fox early Sunday game with the 6-2 Buffalo Bills hosting the 7-1 Minnesota Vikings.
Fox has only two other early games – Detroit at Chicago and New Orleans at Pittsburgh – so most of the country will get this game. It is only game this weekend in which both teams have winning records. In the last four weeks, the NFL has had just five games in which both teams have had winning records.
It is a critical game for the Bills, who lost to the Jets last week also don’t know if quarterback Josh Allen can play after he suffered an elbow sprain at the end of last week’s game. He is listed as day to day. If he can’t go, veteran Case Keenum, who started and won two games as a backup in Cleveland last year will get the nod.
The Bills only have a game lead in the loss column on the 6-3 Jets, who have a bye, and the 6-3 Dolphins, who play Cleveland, so they can’t afford a second straight loss.
Since the other three teams in the division — Detroit, Green Bay and Chicago – have six losses, the Vikings are only playing for the top seed. They are a game behind unbeaten Philadelphia, which figures to beat the Commanders in the Monday night game. The Vikings only loss was to the Eagles in the second game of the year so the Eagles have the tiebreaker edge.
The other two prime time games are Atlanta at Carolina on Thursday night and the Chargers at San Francisco on Sunday night. The 5-3 Chargers are a game behind Kansas City in the AFC West and the 4-4 49ers are a game behind Seattle in the NFC West.. The Seahawks are playing the Bucs in Munich Sunday in a game that starts at
6:30 am Seattle time. Seattle at 6-3 is trying to maintain the NFC West lead. The Bucs and are tied for the NFC South lead at 4-5.
The Fox late game is 6-2 Dallas at Green Bay. These two teams have played some famous games including the Ice Bowl but with the Packers at 3-6, it doesn’t figure to be much of a matchup. The other late game is 3-6 Arizona at the 3-5 Rams. Both teams are desperate to stay alive in the playoff race.
The Chiefs, leading the AFC West and the Giants, tied for second with Dallas in the NFC East, are both 6-2 and have favorable matchups with Chiefs hosting the Jaguars and the Giants hosting Houston.
In the other two early CBS games, Cleveland is at Miami and Denver is at Tennessee. Indianapolis, with new interim head coach Jeff Saturday making his debut, is at Las Vegas in the only CBS late game.. The Colts are 3-5-1 and the Raiders are 2-6.
Miami, at 6-3, needs a victory over 3-5 Cleveland to stay in midst of AFC East race.Tennessee leads the AFC South at 5-3 while Denver is 3-5.