Broncos (8-6) at Bills (5-9)
1 p.m. (CBS-27): The Tebow Express was derailed by New England last week, but it now faces one of the NFL's biggest flops since the midway point. While Tim Tebow, Willis McGahee, a staunch defense and some clever coaching by John Fox have taken the Broncos from 2-5 to the verge of the division title — a win and an Oakland loss does the job — Buffalo has been stampeded the past seven weeks.
Giants (7-7) at Jets (8-6)
1 p.m. (Fox-56): For all the local blather surrounding the first Big Apple matchup that counts in four years, this game doesn't move the meter a whole lot outside the New York area. Both teams have disappointed, with the Giants losing five of their past six, including an inept performance against Washington last week after taking control of the NFC East. Eli Manning is having his best season, far superior to what Mark Sanchez has done for the Jets, and that quarterbacking edge could be decisive.
New York — uh, the guys in green — can move very close to an AFC wild card with a win, plus Cincinnati and Oakland losses.
Eagles (6-8) at Cowboys (8-6)
4:15 p.m. (Fox-56): Hard to believe the Eagles remain alive in the NFC East, yet there they are. Win out, have the Giants fall to the Jets and then beat Dallas, and guess who walks off with the division? Yep, Philly.
The last time they met, the Eagles romped 34-7, their best performance of the year — until routing the Jets last Sunday. The pass rush, led by Jason Babin with 18 sacks, 41/2 short of Michael Strahan's mark, could give Tony Romo problems; no wonder owner Jerry Jones said he is "scared" of the Eagles.
Bears (7-7) at Packers (13-1)
8:20 p.m. (NBC-18): With the pursuit of perfection gone pfft, the Packers need to get healthy for the playoffs. They have lost leading receiver Greg Jennings until January, and injuries have hit both lines.
But they also need one more win to secure not having to leave Lambeau Field in the NFC playoffs.
Chicago still has slim wild-card hopes despite losing its last four. With the second string playing at many key offensive spots, keeping up with Green Bay's prolific offense is an even slimmer hope.
Falcons (9-5) at Saints (11-3)
8:30 p.m. (ESPN): It's simple for the Saints: a win and they own the NFC South title. New Orleans has won six straight since an inexplicable defeat at St. Louis, scoring 197 points in that streak. The Saints also have won five of six against Atlanta, including 26-23 in overtime last month when Falcons Coach Mike Smith's overtime gamble on fourth-and-1 failed.
While Atlanta needs lots of help to surpass the Saints even with a victory in prime time, it gets an NFC wild card with a win.
Think before starting Sanchez
Quarterbacks: Don't just throw Mark Sanchez into your lineup because the Giants pass defense is ranked 29th. Big Blue dropped in the rankings like a stone after getting torched by Brees (363 yards and five TDs), Rodgers (369 and four) and Romo (321 and four). Against middling quarterbacks like Sanchez, they've been OK numbers-wise.
Running backs: Ray Rice goes up against a Browns run defense he pounded for 204 yards only three weeks ago. Anybody who has him and is still playing ought to put an extra five in the collection jar ... C.J. Spiller is not a 20-carry guy and the Bills know it. Continue to use him as a flex or a low RB2, but don't rank him any higher. Spiller should get a fantasy start over the Steven Jacksons and Peyton Hillis of the world, though ... The Chiefs have allowed only one 100-yard rusher all season (Shonn Greene, Week 14). Oakland's Michael Bush is their opponent this week.
Wide receivers: San Diego's Malcom Floyd should be considered a low WR2 for this week's game at Detroit, which has been hit hard by injuries to its secondary ... After catching nine touchdown passes in 2009, DeSean Jackson had six last season and just three this year. His last 100-yard game was in Week 4.