The timing looks right for the apple cart to spill for AFC division leaders this weekend.
The scenario is set for a big shuffle. Here’s how this works.
New England (10-3) at Denver (8-5):
Tim Tebow has shown his stuff, love or hate this guy, he’s a winner. The Patriots, last week’s game looked like Washington would upset them, it really upset Brady. As he was screaming at his offensive coordinator like a barking dog, he could see Washington driving to tie the game. The defensive collective for New England is a sure sign that if the game is in reach of Tebow, they won’t stop him. The Broncos will win this game.
Baltimore (10-3) at San Diego (6-7):
Phillip Rivers historically does not lose home games in December, he’s been on fire the last two games, his last game in Buffalo netting a 123.3 passer rating with three touchdowns. Look for Rivers to have a huge game against the Ravens as the Chargers try to sneak into a wildcard spot by winning their remaining games.(They travel to Detroit next week, so maybe next year on that hope.)
Carolina (4-9) at Houston (10-3):
Cam Newton is amazing, a threat to run away from defenders, he’s got over 3500 passing yards on the season. Texans Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has taken a medical leave to have surgery, without his guidance there’s a chance his defense could be fooled by the crafty rookie. The Texans are without veteran QB Matt Schaub with a foot injury. Although rookie T. J. Yates has been pretty good, he’s no Cam Newton.
Pittsburgh (10-3) at San Fransisco (11-2)
Last week’s loss to Arizona showed some exploitable weaknesses for the 49ers on offense, look for the Steelers to be who they are on defense. Big Ben will likely not start this game due to a severe high ankle sprain, but if veteran reliever Charlie Batch has any troubles, Roethlisberger will be in on the next series.
If all these things happen this weekend Pittsburgh will be the number one seed at eleven and three. Their last two games are against the Rams and Browns.
At 13-3 they would have a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs by virtue of having the best record in the AFC.