NFL Games to Watch
Minnesota (6-4) at Chicago (7-3), Noon, Ch. 4 — It’s a Cowboys-free Sunday with Tony Romo and the boys having played on Turkey Day. We know by now if this was a good or a bad thing. With the Cowboys, it’s a roll of the ... well, you know. I’m sure Bears fans are in a good mood. Chicago has lost two straight as Jay Cutler’s concussion has put the Bears in a free fall. So you see Bears and Cowboys fans, you hate on Romo and Cutler, but when faced with the alternative — like Jason Campbell — it shuts you up fast. Doesn’t it? The Bears’ slide has brought the Vikings back into the NFC North race along with 7-3 Green Bay. Should be a fight to the finish. Great to see Palestine’s Adrian Peterson back healthy and running over and through people again.
San Francisco (7-2-1) at New Orleans (5-5), 3:25 p.m., Ch. 4 — The 49ers have a quarterback quandary — not a media-driven controversy — with Colin Kaepernick playing so well in Monday’s win over the Bears and Alex Smith, out with a concussion, having a great season. To me, you have a controversy when both QBs are playing poorly. Two QBs playing well? That’s a luxury. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he may go with the hot hand which means he’ll start Kaepernick and let Smith sit another week. The Saints don’t have two hot QBs, but they have one, and that’s enough when it’s Drew Brees. New Orleans started the year 0-4 but has worked its way back into the NFC Wildcard hunt. Even without head coach Sean Payton.
Green Bay (7-3) at NY Giants (6-4), 7:20, Ch. 5 — Depending on how the Cowboys did Thursday against Washington, a Green Bay win over the G-Men could vault Dallas back into a first-place tie in the NFC East with New York. I mean, it seems impossible, doesn’t it? Not in your 4-year-old’s NFL, where you can go 9-7 and win the Lombardi Trophy. Just look at the Giants, who have a slumping QB, an over-hyped received corps and an average secondary. And this is the same team that got hot and won it all last year? That’s only because the Packers had a bad playoff game last season, because here come Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay very much a part of the Super Bowl discussion. A win here puts the Packers back on track to win the title they gave away last year.