Playo≠ races get­ting clearer

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Cameron Wolfe, The Den­ver Post

Three football games are left this sea­son for the 20 teams that will fall short of mak­ing it to the Super Bowl tour­na­ment. Only 12 teams go to the play­offs, and per­for­mances in De­cem­ber will help iden­tify that dozen. In­di­anapo­lis, Min­nesota and Green Bay are fac­ing de facto elim­i­na­tion games. New Eng­land and Dal­las are try­ing to take another step to­ward having home-field ad­van­tage. Detroit is try­ing to lock up its divi­sion. And there are a host of other teams just try­ing to qual­ify for the play­offs.

Green Bay at Chicago, 11 a.m., KDVR-31.

If the Pack­ers get to the play­offs, they could be the NFL’s most dan­ger­ous team. They have fixed a lot of their prob­lems and seem to be peak­ing at the per­fect time.

Jack­sonville at Hous­ton, 11 a.m.

Some­body has to win the AFC South, and the Texans have the best path down the stretch. But they need Brock Osweiler to play bet­ter.

Cleveland at Buf­falo, 11 a.m. The Browns are close to be­com­ing the sec­ond team in NFL his­tory to go 0-16.

Philadelphia at Bal­ti­more, 11 a.m.

The Ravens are in “must-win mode” for their last three games. Their in­con­sis­tent of­fense will have to pick it up down the stretch.

Tennessee at Kansas City, 11 a.m., KCNC-4.

The Chiefs are in the driver’s seat for the AFC West ti­tle and a first-round bye. They could get home-field ad­van­tage in the AFC play­offs if New Eng­land stum­bles.

Detroit at New York Gi­ants, 11 a.m.

The jury is still out on whether ei­ther team is a cham­pi­onship con­tender, but Sun­day’s win­ner will all but punch its ticket to the play­offs.

In­di­anapo­lis at Min­nesota, 11 a.m.

These teams are on the out­side of the play­off race be­cause of flawed ros­ters. Sun­day’s loser will al­most cer­tainly se­cure a spot on the couch in Jan­uary.

Pitts­burgh at Cincin­nati, 11 a.m.

Even with the Ben­gals strug­gling this sea­son, look for scuf­fles, per­sonal fouls and a close game in chilly Cincin­nati be­cause of the bad blood in this ri­valry.

New Or­leans at Arizona, 2 p.m.

It’s been a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son for these of­fen­sive jug­ger­nauts. Still, look for a shootout.

San Francisco at At­lanta, 2 p.m.

Re­mem­ber when the 49ers were 1-0? If it weren’t for the Browns, the 49ers would be the laugh­ing­stock of the NFL.

Oakland at San Diego, 2:25 p.m.

Raiders vs. Chargers is another game that screams shootout, with Derek Carr and Philip Rivers rac­ing to see who gets to 50 passes first. Un­for­tu­nately for Rivers, he has less help.

Carolina at Washington, 6:30 p.m. Mon­day, ESPN.

The Red­skins will be root­ing for archri­val Dal­las on Sun­day night to help their wild-card chances.

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