6. #3 Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1) @ #2 Atlanta Falcons (11-5) Saturday at 4:35p ET on FOX
GAME OF THE WEEK – This week’s slate of games gets started from the jump with a matchup between the league’s top-scoring offense and the league’s third-best scoring defense. The last time these teams met was at Seattle in Week 6. The Seahawks won 26-24 on a controversial uncalled pass interference by Richard Sherman on Julio Jones. That game featured Seahawks safety Earl Thomas making an impact by picking off Matt Ryan. Now the Seahawks have to make it work with Thomas out for the season with a broken leg. They looked good going up against the just-happy-to-be-here Detroit Lions, but they face an entirely different beast in Atlanta. Atlanta is trying to erase their history as a great regular season team and become a great postseason game. This victory will go a long way to that end.
Falcons 27 – Seahawks 24
5. #4 Houston Texans (9-7) @ #1 New England Patriots (14-2) Saturday at 8:15p ET on CBS
The Texans have NEVER beaten the Patriots in Foxborough. Not only that but they lost to the Patriots this season 27-0…while Tom Brady was suspended. The Texans bring the #1 defense into this game, but the Patriots aren’t slouching on defense either, allowing the fewest points in the league. The simple fact is that the difference in offensive performance between these two teams is far greater than the difference in defensive performance.
Patriots 28 – Texans 10
4. #4 Green Bay Packers (10-6) @ #1 Dallas Cowboys (13-3) Sunday at 4:40p ET on FOX
3. #3 Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) @ #2 Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) Sunday at 8:20p ET on NBC
Earlier this season, the Steelers defeated the Chiefs 43-14. That game featured a well balanced offensive attack by the Steelers. Roethlisberger lit the Chiefs up for 5 touchdowns and Le’Veon registered 178 yards of total offense in his return from suspension. Seeing as he broke the Steelers playoff rushing record last week, this game will feature more of the same. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they don’t have the firepower to match.
Steelers 35 – Chiefs 21