Best NFL Matchups Of The Week: December 1

BroncosChiefsJA3_8645The week 13 schedule in the NFL will offer a few supreme showdowns, a number of important divisional battles, and a smaller Sunday schedule due to the Thanksgiving tripleheader.

Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs

This game is going to be a battle between two teams that both suffered a number of injuries in week 12. Denver and Kansas City both got banged up this past weekend on both sides of the ball, but especially on defense. The Broncos lost multiple bodies in their secondary, while the Chiefs lost a pair of defensive linemen. The injury status for these various players is unknown, casting a cloud over this AFC West blockbuster. The winner of this game will take the lead in the division, and if the Broncos win, they’ll own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Kansas City with four games left to play, highly increasing the odds that they will be able to win the division and get a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts

This is a game in which Tennessee has no margin for error. The Titans, by winning in Oakland this past weekend against the Raiders, have moved back to 5-6 in the AFC, which puts them very much in the running for the conference’s sixth and final playoff seed. The Titans are playing a banged-up Indianapolis team that did not put up much of a fight against the Arizona Cardinals in week 12. This is an opportunity for the Titans to change the course of their season, while Indianapolis has to find a way to address its emergent weaknesses.

New York Giants @ Washington Redskins

This game is a rare Sunday Night Football contest that doesn’t pack much of a wallop. These teams are playing for pride at this point, so the obvious question centers around the motivation levels for both the Giants and Redskins. Losing seasons are bad, but giving up on the season against a division rival is even worse.

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