Yesterday, the 49ers beat the ever-loving stuffing out of the Vikings, and the Ravens got crushed by the Titans. Today, we get what I hope will be two more competitive games between the Packers and Seahawks and Chiefs and Texans.
The 49ers are going to be a tough out regardless of who wins the next game. The Seahawks probably have a better shot, honestly, given how badly the Packers were outclassed and given how Seattle has done against San Francisco in the recent past. They looked like the complete team they’ve been advertised as—and surprisingly were not against the Falcons—as they crushed the Vikings. We also got a lot of work trash talk for the Vikings from Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, who was on the losing team against Minnesota the week before.
The Ravens, meanwhile, surprisingly got crushed by the Titans. I say surprising because as good as the Titans have been much of the year, they had yet to beat a team as potent as Baltimore. The Ravens weren’t able to do much at all, Derrick Henry rolled up a ton of yards, and suddenly Tennessee is one win away from the Super Bowl as a #6 seed. It’s a great story, at the very least.
Chiefs - Texans, 3:05 p.m.
Kansas City’s chances against the Texans are pretty good, I’d wager, given how talented their offense is and how much better their defense has been playing of late. The chances of a Texans win seem slim in this one, but they do have Deshaun Watson and I did just watch Tennessee take it to Baltimore, so nothing is impossible.
Packers - Seahawks, 6:30 p.m.
This one should be interesting, too. The Seahawks have won ugly a lot this year, but they’ve also won. Green Bay is a team with great pieces and a ton of success this season, but they’ve had some genuinely flat efforts where they’ve lost or stumbled against good teams. I fear that Seattle’s ability to keep it close until the end will play a major role in this one.
Who do you have winning today? Use this as your open thread for the day.