By News Team
Last Updated: 24th December 2020
Christmas has come around which means one thing – Christmas day NFL action. There’s a full slate of fixtures this week, starting on Christmas day going right through until Monday, with some huge games with massive playoff implications. We preview three of the best below.
Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers
It has all come crashing down for the Steelers in recent weeks, losing to both Washington and Cincinnati, giving critics further fuel for their claims that Pittsburgh aren’t a true AFC threat, and only possess their record due to their relatively weak schedule. They have a chance to set things right against Philip Rivers’ Colts side, who sit at 10-4 and are still in trying to establish their playoff credentials as they hope for a deep January run.
The Steelers offense has struggled in recent weeks and it will be up to experienced QB Ben Roethlisberger to see them through. This fixture could be the last time we see two of the quarterbacks from the famed 2004 draft, and we can expect fireworks.
A tight game on paper, the hosts are 11/10 underdogs, with Indianapolis 10/13 to head home with a vital win. While the Colts have been effective this year and look to have unearthed a star in rookie running back Jonathan Taylor, a wounded Steelers team is a dangerous one, so back them to return to the win column at 11/10.
Los Angeles Rams @ Seattle Seahawks
An NFC West matchup with serious playoff implications. It seems to be said every week, but that’s how close arguably football’s best division is. With the 10-4 Seahawks holding a one game lead over the visiting Rams, both sides know a win will be huge in confirming a postseason spot.
Jared Goff and the Rams offence has seemingly put any concerns behind it despite a defeat to the previously unbeaten Jets last week, but before that they had won four from five including against playoff hopefuls Buccaneers, Cardinals as well as Sunday’s opponents, the Seahawks.
The Seahawks have won two on the bounce but have looked a little bit uncertain in recent weeks as injuries continue to take their toll. The Hawks can’t rely on Russell Wilson’s magic forever, so need skill position players to really step up.
Another tight game, this one sees a handicap of just one with Seattle 5/6 and Los Angeles evens. The points spread sits at 47.5, and in this NFC West showdown, it might be worth taking the over at 10/11 due to the explosive nature of both offenses.
Tennessee Titans @ Green Bay Packers
The Tennessee Titans come alive in the winter and Derrick Henry continues to run opposing defences into the dirt. The Titans star running back, aptly nicknamed King Henry, had a stellar 2019 winter leading to an unbelievable postseason run that saw the Titans just minutes away from a Super Bowl appearance, and he seems back to his destructive best. Marshalled by Ryan Tannehill, the offence has put up 77 points in its last two games, and they’ll be looking forward to taking on the Packers in a prime-time matchup.
Green Bay have once again gone as well as Aaron Rodgers plays, and once again he’s playing at MVP level. The Packers QB has been phenomenal this year and his side possess the best record in the NFC. Tennessee will be a tough fixture but will be great practice for the later rounds of the playoffs, which has to be the expectation for this side.
Green Bay are 4/7 favourites in what should be a below-freezing Lambeau Field, while the Titans are 31/20. This game could come right down to the wire, and with a spread of 3.5, it could make sense to back the Titans +3.5 at 10/11 to ensure any last minute field goals are covered by the spread. It should be a Christmas cracker to round out Sunday’s slate.