NFL Christmas Preview

A quick preview of the top NFL games during the Christmas holiday.

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I’m going to include a Watchability Index for my Christmas Day games (and the Monday Night Football one), just like I did previously with my Thanksgiving matchups.  Let’s start with an AFC North Rivalry.

1:30 PM PT NFL PIT -6.0

Ravens

(8-6, 2-4 away)

Steelers

(9-5, 4-2 Home)

Watchability Index Score:  9.5/10

This game is for all the marbles.  It’s for the AFC North and both teams have been playing great football as of late.  If Baltimore wins they will hold the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh since they beat them both times head to head.  It should be interesting since Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has been running the ball really well, and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has stepped up his game as of late.  Both teams are known for their hard hitting defenses in this black and blue affair.  It comes down to which offense makes more plays in the end though, and I have a feeling Baltimore might sneak this one out.

Ravens Win!

5:30 PM PT NBC KC -3.0

Broncos

(8-6, 4-3 away)

8-6

Chiefs

(10-4, 5-2 Home)

Watchability Index Score:  9/10

I would give this a little higher mark but the Broncos have struggled as of late.  Denver needs to win out or they may risk being left out of the playoffs this season.  It’s interesting to see if this will be the game that saves Denver’s season, especially considering that they will be playing in a very hostile environment in Arrowhead Stadium.  Kansas City isn’t a particularly sexy team, but they known how to win consistently and they have a decent quarterback in Alex Smith as well as a great head coach in Andy Reid.  I still don’t trust Denver’s quarterback situation, especially on the road.

Chiefs Win!

5:30 PM PT ESPN DAL -6.5

Lions

(9-5, 3-4 away)

9-5

Cowboys

(12-2, 6-1 Home)

Watchability Index Score:  7/10

I’m rating this one slightly lower because I’m not sure about what kind of effort Dallas is going to put up especially since they just clinched the #1 overall seed in the NFC.  Detroit is still fighting for the division so it will be interesting to see if they play hard or use this time to prepare for their NFC North showdown with the Packers next week.  Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot have been so much fun to watch this season and it will be great to see them one last time.  Expect to see a good show as the Cowboys end 2016 with a bang before heading off to Philadelphia to start the new year.

Cowboys Win!

I’m 148-87-2 on the year.  Not bad 🙂

 

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