By News Team
Last Updated: 15th January 2021
The NFL regular seasons comes to its conclusion this weekend and there are plenty of playoff implications.
We preview some key ties below, alongside our ambassador Jason Bell.
Washington Football Team @ Philadelphia Eagles
Remarkably, three teams can still win the NFC East. All have a losing record, which isn’t great reading for the division, but remarkably it looks set to take centre stage this weekend due to the drama.
If Washington wins, they are in, but the Eagles should be better than their poor record shows.
If Washington doesn’t win, then the door opens for their rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, and the New York Giants, so there will be plenty of pressure for them this week as they look to reach the playoffs with a 4th-string quarterback.
The Football Team are 4/5 favourites, with the Eagles slight underdogs at 21/20. In what should be a cagey affair, with the Eagles willing to play party spoilers, it could be worth taking the home win.
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
Despite the Titans being dismantled by Green Bay at a frozen Lambeau Field last time out, Tennessee still harbour serious playoff hopes and will have an eye on returning to the AFC Championship game.
The Texans have been brutally disappointing, with team leader JJ Watt making an impassioned statement about the lack of effort by certain players. They still have star QB Deshaun Watson at the helm so have the ability to win games, but the Titans should be far too strong at NRG Stadium.
The Titans are just 20/71, with the Texans 59/20 to get a home win. The handicap sits at 7.5, so it may be worth entertaining Tennessee -7.5 at 10/11 as they look to regain some momentum heading into the post-season.
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
One of the most historic rivalries in football, Chicago heads into Lambeau needing a win to confirm their spot in January’s festivities, while the Packers need the win to confirm the no.1 seed in the NFC. Both sides have a lot on the line, while pride matters in games like this. The Packers would love to ruin the Bears’ shot at just their second playoff appearance since 2010.
Green Bay are just 5/12 to leave Soldier Field with a win, which would cap a stellar season in which Aaron Rodgers look set to be named MVP.
Chicago will need an impressive display to beat the Packers in Lambeau and are 2/1 underdogs. It’s unlikely Green Bay step off the gas with a bye on the line, so taking them on the -5.5 handicap at 10/11 looks a sensible option.