The final week of the regular season is finally here. This means that many teams are playing for the right to secure their playoff spot. For teams that have already been eliminated, the final Sunday in December is a time to play for pride. Which games should fans look forward to watching the most on Sunday?
Green Bay At Minnesota
The Packers travel to Minneapolis to take on the Vikings. If Minnesota wins, they will clinch a playoff berth. If Green Bay wins, they can clinch the number two seed in the NFC. Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson is attempting to finish the regular season with over 2,000 rushing yards. Only a select few running backs have hit the 2,000 yard plateau. He is also within range of the all-time single season rushing record set by Eric Dickerson.
Baltimore At Cincinnati
Baltimore is looking to move up to the number three seed in the AFC. While the Bengals cannot improve their playoff position, they still have a lot to play for. A win against a playoff team will provide the Bengals with confidence and momentum going into the playoffs. There is a good chance that the Bengals and Ravens could meet again in the playoffs. Therefore, whichever team wins this game will have a mental edge going into any potential rematch.
Miami At New England
Tom Brady is angry at his teammates for playing poorly against Jacksonville last week. Miami is aiming to finish the season at 8-8. New England could capture the number one seed in the AFC. New England has never won the Super Bowl without finishing first or second in the conference. There is a slight chance that Rob Gronkowski will return to the lineup. Without him, the Patriots offense has struggled to stay consistent from week to week. With him, New England is a threat to win it all.
Dallas At Washington
The winner of this game will win the NFC East. If Dallas loses, they are eliminated from the playoffs. If Washington loses, the Redskins could still make the playoffs if other scenarios play out. However, both teams are going to be playing to win and take care of business on Sunday night. The Cowboys have won two of their last three games to put themselves in a position to take the division. The Redskins have won six straight games to salvage their season after a 3-6 start.
The final week of the regular season will feature several intriguing match-ups. Each of the four games listed above feature at least one team that will play in the postseason. Football fans should be watching these games if they want to watch games with high drama and action.
This is a guest post submitted by Don Phan. Don currently writes sports content for blogs part-time and is with Fanatics Inc. full-time as a marketing associate. Fanatics is a leading retailer of NFL merchandise and is a premier source for officially licensed official Super Bowl apparel.