The NFL regular season concludes on Sunday with nine of the 14 games to be played having potential playoff ramifications.
The New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers can sew up the last wild card berths with wins, but defeats could allow their direct opponents into the postseason.
|What:||New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills|
|Where:||Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York|
|When:||18:00, Sunday 8th January 2023|
|How to watch:||Sky Sports NFL|
|Odds:||NE Patriots 13/5, BUF Bills|
The Patriots must win to clinch the last AFC wild card berth, but the Bills may have even greater motivation following the events of last Monday's clash with the Cincinnati Bengals.
This will be the first time Buffalo's players take to the field following the cardiac arrest suffered by their teammate Damar Hamlin, who remains in critical condition in hospital but is showing "signs of improvement."
There will be a lot of emotions for them to process but head coach Sean McDermott is sure to hit the right tone when it comes to motivating them for this matchup, which will be crucial in terms of their eventual playoff seeding.
New England have had some strange results and performances down the stretch, but overall they are 0-4 against current playoff teams and have allowed 29 points per game in those matchups.
Patriots QB Mac Jones is yet to have a good game against the Bills - his only win against them came in a weather-affected contest last season in which he famously attempted only three passes.
|What:||New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles|
|Where:||21:25, Sunday 8th January 2023|
|When:||Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia|
|How to watch:||Sky Sports NFL, NFL Game Pass|
|Odds:||NY Giants 13/2, PHI Eagles|
The Giants secured a spot in the playoffs with their 38-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17 and are certain to be the No.6 seed in the NFC, so there is a chance to rest their starters this Sunday.
Head coach Brian Daboll won't say whether he'll play his backups, but the smart money is on him doing so as the Spread has moved a colossal 12.5 points since last week and now favors the home side by two touchdowns.
The Eagles need to win this weekend to lock up a first-round bye and home-field advantage through the postseason, but star QB Jalen Hurts looks set to miss a third straight game and Philly lost the last two.
The Eagles' offense has struggled behind backup QB Gardner Minshew, who has recorded a 58.1% completion rating, three touchdowns, three interceptions, four fumbles and six sacks over the past two weeks.
In addition to the passing game struggles, Hurts' ability to make plays with his legs has been missed as the Eagles' rushing attack hasn't exceeded 100 yards in either game.
|What:||Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers|
|Where:||Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin|
|When:||01:20, Monday 9th January 2023|
|How to watch:||Sky Sports NFL, Sky Sports Main Event &|
|Odds:||DET Lions 39/20, GB Packers 20/47|
The regular season culminates with a massive game at Lambeau Field as two red-hot NFC North rivals clash with a playoff spot on the line.
By kickoff we will know if the Lions can claim the last wild card berth by knocking off the Packers or whether any Detroit victory would send the Seahawks through, but either way, it's going to be special.
It could come down to which Aaron comes out on top in the battle between back-to-back regular season MVP Rodgers and Lions defensive coordinator Glenn.
The Detroit defense was so good in the Week 9 win over Green Bay that Lions head coach Dan Campbell gave the game ball to Glenn for his efforts in limiting the Packers to just nine points.
Rodgers was intercepted three times during the game, but that was at the nadir of Green Bay's offensive struggles and there's a much brighter outlook around Lambeau following last week's destruction of the Minnesota Vikings.
The Packers have forced 12 turnovers during their current four-game win streak and their special teams unit has chipped in with some huge plays too, so the hosts should just edge this one by a field goal.