December 03, 2017

NFL Sunday open thread: Afternoon game appetizer edition

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Matt Ryan learns through his helmet radio that he's getting gift cards for Christmas.

The Philadelphia Eagles will head to CenturyLink Field Sunday Night to take on the Seattle Seahawks in something of a 'litmus test' game against a highly accomplished bully in the NFC.

But first, we'll have to get through the afternoon game appetizers before the main course. 

There are two games of high interest to the Eagles and their chances of earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. The first is the Minnesota Vikings at the Atlanta Falcons. The Vikings are presently the Eagles' biggest threat to home field advantage throughout the playoffs, as they sit just one game behind Philly at 9-2. If the the Vikings were to win, coupled with an Eagles loss, they would hold the tiebreaker over the Eagles.

In the later games, the 8-3 Carolina Panthers will head to New Orleans to take on the 8-3 Saints. The Saints beat the Panthers earlier this year, so if they could pull off a sweep, they would be in a very dominant position in the NFC South. That game could have major seeding implications in the NFC playoffs. 

Here is the full slate of games:

Early games:

  1. Vikings at Falcons
  2. Patriots at Bills
  3. 49ers at Bears
  4. Buccaneers at Packers
  5. Texans at Titans
  6. Broncos at Dolphins
  7. Chiefs at Jets
  8. Colts at Jaguars
  9. Lions at Ravens

Later games:

  1. Browns at Chargers
  2. Giants at Raiders
  3. Panthers at Saints
  4. Rams at Cardinals

Sunday Night Football:

  1. Eagles at Seahawks (We'll have a new open thread for this game)

Monday Night Football:

  1. Steelers at Bengals

For the gambling degenerates, here are our Week 13 NFL picks

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