The Chiefs appeared to be on their way to a surprising run at midseason, but their inability to develop a consistent downfield passing game derailed the Kansas City express.
While both teams have been miserable this season, this game will have a huge influence on the outcome of the NFC South Division.
The Chargers are depending on Philip Rivers to be at his best so they can compete on the road against a team that is clearly disappointed in the way it has played this season, but one that should have enough pride to play a competitive game here.
After their loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15, the Eagles can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves against the Redskins with the season in deep stretch and homefield advantage in the playoffs a major concern.
Zach Mettenberger’s shoulder injury is a big step back for the Titans, because he appeared to have the arm strength to deliver the ball with consistency, even if he lacked escapability from the pocket.
Even though the Niners have stumbled to a 7-7 record this season, a mark that won’t take them to the promised land this season, they still could play the role of spoiler when Philip Rivers and the Chargers come calling for a primetime game on CBS Saturday evening.
With back-to-back losses to the two top teams in the conference, the Chargers (8-6) now are essentially in must-win mode over the final two weekends of the season, which still does not guarantee San Diego a playoff spot when all is said and done.
With three games remaining in the regular season, the Chargers really need to win out in order to control their own playoff destiny. Lose a game or two, and they may not even be playing come January.
The St. Louis Rams aren’t necessarily out of the playoff race, but one more loss could get them to that point. The Arizona Cardinals have struggled a little since Carson Palmer went down with a season-ending injury. Now, the two NFC West teams are going to battle it out on “Thursday Night Football” and CBS Sports’ Dan Fouts talked about how important the game is for both.
The San Diego Chargers were battling the AFC’s top-seeded New England Patriots this past Sunday evening, leading 14-3 at one point. Before too long, however, the direction of the game and ultimately the final score would change rather dramatically.
It can’t get any worse for the Saints, can it? They absorbed a 41-10 beating at home from the Panthers, yet they remain tied with the Falcons for first place in the woeful NFC South with a 5-8 record.
Tony Romo will have quite a bit on his plate as his team plays for a share of first place in the NFC East.
The Vikings are not a top-level team by any stretch, but they are playing hard for rookie head coach Mike Zimmer and showing improvement.
The 49ers appear to be in a rapid decline after losing at home to the Seahawks and inexplicably finding a way to drop a game at the hands of the Oakland Raiders.
After throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown on the first play of the game, beleaguered Geno Smith actually played one of his best games as he completed 18-of-29 passes for 254 yards with a touchdown.