Dallas vs New York
Beyond the losing season of Cowboys and Giants, both reach the last week with the possibility of getting into the Playoffs, although the ticket is not entirely in their hands. The two teams need a win and wait for it Washington lose in the duel on Sunday night, when I visit at Eagles.
Despite the irregularity, Dallas has improved hand in hand with Andy Dalton and the latest victory over Philadelphia has given his fans hope. The weapons of the Cowboys are widely known, with a large body of receivers that includes the recent emergence of Michael Gallup, key in the last triumph, in addition to the running attack formed by the Elliott-Pollard duo.
The Giants, meanwhile, will have to improve defense if they are to have any chance. Offensively, the New York team is well below expectations, being the second-to-last in the league in terms of points generated and yards obtained, averaging 17.1 and 316.7, respectively. Still, Daniel Jones and running back Wayne Gallman will look to surprise the worst defense to defend the race.
LAST 5 MATCHES
GIANTS 34-37 JEANS
JEANS 37-18 GIANTS
GIANTS 17-35 JEANS
JEANS 36-35 GIANTS
GIANTS 13-20 JEANS
Green Bay vs Chicago
Unlike other teams that come into the last week with nothing to define and decide to give many of their players rest, Packers and Bears they cannot afford that luxury. After a magnificent season, Green Bay is one victory away from tying up the first seed of the National Conference, not a minor detail if you take into account that that would represent resting the first week of the postseason, and above all, receiving each of games on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Chicago’s situation, meanwhile, is a bit more compromised, as a loss combined with a Cardinals victory would spell the end of their season; if they want to secure the playoffs they will have to win.
Aaron Rodgers closes the regular season as one of the top candidates to win the MVP. The Packers’ quarterback is two touchdowns away from surpassing what he did in the 2011 season, in which he added 45 touchdown passes. As if that were not enough, he will have a team to which he has taken the measure. In the last 21 games against Chicago, Green Bay has nothing more and nothing less than 18 victories.
The duel at Soldier Field, however, will not be easy. Beyond that the Packers’ offense looks at a great level thanks to the connection between Rodgers and the receiver Davante Adams, who adds 1,328 yards and 17 touchdowns, in addition to the great running attack commanded by Aaron Jones, will have to face a good defense. On average, Chicago allows 22.3 points per game, a statistic that will collide squarely with the 31.6 that the Packers’ attack averages.
Surprisingly, the Bears enter the momentous duel with hopes pinned on their offense, which has scored more than 30 points in four consecutive games, something that hasn’t happened since 1965. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky seems to have found the confidence that he needed and in the five games he accumulates 10 touchdown passes for four interceptions. One of the keys to the attack is in the good level shown by his runner David Montgomery. The Iowa state graduate has six touchdowns in four games and has surpassed 100 total yards in each of them. By air, Allen Robinson and tight end Jimmy Graham have also stepped up.
LAST FIVE MATCHES
BEARS 25-41 PACKERS
BEARS 13-21 PACKERS
PACKERS 10-3 BEARS
PACKERS 17-24 BEARS
BEARS 23-24 PACKERS
Arizona vs Los Angeles
After a disastrous collapse in recent weeks, the Rams and Cardinals will play their season in a nerve-wracking game. The Los Angeles team complicated their options after the losses to the Jets and Seahawks, and now they must beat Arizona or wait for Chicago to succumb to the might of Green Bay.
What is truly dramatic for Sean McVay’s team is not their outlook, but rather that they will have to face the ordeal without key men like their QB Jared Goff, injured his thumb, his receiver Cooper Kupp, on the Covid-19 list and his runner Cam Akers, who has ankle pain. Thus, John Wolford will make his debut in the NFL with the responsibility of getting his team to the playoffs. Men like Robert Woods and Darrell Henderson will carry the offensive weight, although it is their defense who will have to step up.
The situation for the Cardinals is more delicate, not having fate in their hands. Arizona must win and wait for the Bears to lose, otherwise they will be out. Despite Kyler Murray being touched, he will play to try to beat a difficult defense led by Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who will have a great duel with receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
LAST 5 MATCHES
RAMS 38-28 CARDINALS
CARDINALS 24-31 RAMS
RAMS 34-7 CARDINALS
RAMS 31-9 CARDINALS
CARDINALS 0-34 RAMS
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