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Brett Dykes


Founding editor-in-chief of Uproxx & a NY Times contributing writer. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs Preview — 4:25 p.m. Line: Chiefs by 6.5 The red-hot Chiefs, winners of nine in a row, can clinch the A.F.C. West with a win and a Denver loss. Otherwise, they will get into the playoffs as a wild card. What has been interesting about their winning streak is that the Chiefs have done it while the opponent has often accumulated more total yards.

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons Preview — 1 p.m. Line: Falcons by 4 All sorts of rumors have been swirling around the Saints. There has been talk about Coach Sean Payton and about quarterback Drew Brees being traded or released, and a newspaper columnist even implored the team's embattled owner, Tom Benson, to sell the Saints for the sake of their future.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals Preview — 1 p.m. Line: Bengals by 9 The Bengals have locked up the A.F.C. North and can clinch a first-round playoff bye with a win and a Denver loss to San Diego. The Ravens are coming off a huge upset of their archrival Steelers, so there's a possibility they may still be mired in Huge Game Hangover mode when this one kicks off.

St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers Preview — 4:25 p.m. Line: Rams by 3.5 Unless the Rams pull out a victory, it will be their fifth straight losing season under Coach Jeff Fisher, who has had only six winning seasons in 21 years as an N.F.L. head coach.

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Preview — 4:25 p.m. Line: Cardinals by 6.5 Whether this is a great game is likely to depend on whether Coach Pete Carroll rests some of his starters with his Seahawks having clinched a playoff berth but being able to do no better than a wild-card spot.

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers Preview — 8:25 p.m. Line: Packers by 3 When these teams met in Minneapolis in Week 11, the Packers were on a three-game losing streak and the Vikings had won five in a row. All signs pointed to a Vikings victory, but the Packers dominated, 30-13. Entering this week's game to decide who will win the N.F.C.

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills Preview — 1 p.m. Eastern time. Line: Jets by 3 Of course it would come to this: Rex Ryan and his Bills are the final hurdle the Jets need to clear to reach the A.F.C. playoffs.

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins Preview — 1 p.m. Line: Patriots by 10 For the Patriots, a victory (or a Broncos loss or tie) clinches home-field advantage throughout the A.F.C. playoffs, but it won't come easily. New England is pretty banged up, particularly on offense.

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos Preview — 4:25 p.m. Line: Broncos by 9 Despite all sorts of playoff intrigue surrounding this game for Denver - the Broncos can possibly clinch home-field advantage throughout the A.F.C. playoffs with a win, while risking finishing second in their division with a loss - all eyes will be on Peyton Manning.

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears Preview — 1 p.m. Line: Bears by 1 The Bears are 1-6 at home and have not beaten the Lions since 2012. The Lions have won five of their last seven games after starting the season 1-7. Detroit's coaches are fighting to retain their jobs after a front-office overhaul in November that has left the team without a general manager.
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