There are two huge games in the NFL this week, and not much else matters. The Colts host one of the games. The other is for supremacy in the AFC North. Let's take a look at Week Ten while I prepare myself emotionally for tonight.
Denver at Washington: The Broncos are looking to avoid a three game losing streak. Think Denver can't lose to the hapless Redskins? I think they can.
Jacksonville at New York (A): This games seems like a joke, right? Not really. Let's say the Jets win this afternoon, and the Colts win tonight. That sets up a huge game next week in New England. The Jets would be one game back with the tiebreaker in hand.
Philadelphia at San Diego: The Chargers won't win the AFC West with a .500 record again. They need this game badly. Denver has a couple L's left on it schedule, but they likely won't be worse than an 10 win team. Losing this game would put San Diego in a must win position at Denver next week. I'll be rooting against the Chargers -- hard.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh: Rooting for Cincy seems obvious to most of us. The only problem is their schedule gets pretty easy for the next three weeks (@Oak, CLE, DET) before getting tricky to close out (@Min, @SD, KC, @NYJ). Pittsburgh has a weak closing schedule with the exception of playing a questionable Baltimore team twice. The bottom line is I think the winner of this game will have a good chance of finishing 13-3. So it comes down to which stadium I'd rather visit in the playoffs -- and that is not a tough call.
AFC Playoff Standings
New England (6-2)
San Diego (5-3)