Packers involved in a few Pick 6 games of intrigue
Moving on to the second half of the NFL season, let's flip through the schedule and circle the must-see games over the next two months.
Storylines, of course, are plentiful, ranging from the perfect Packers to the perfectly awful Colts.
There's also the surprising turnarounds of the 49ers and Lions, and the surprising failures of the Eagles and Chargers.
Here's our Pick Six of can't-miss games.
- Jaguars at Colts (Sunday): Looks like this could be the Colts' best chance for a W. Without Peyton Manning all season and a slew of injuries to several other key starters, Indy is a 3-point underdog. But the Jags are 2-6, and more than capable of allowing the Colts to come away with a win. Of course, the No. 1 draft pick hangs in the balance, and a loss puts the Colts in strong position in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
- Packers at Lions; 49ers at Ravens (Nov. 24): Yummy! A couple of blockbusters on Thanksgiving, finally! And there's even time for dinner between games while the Dolphins are at the Cowboys (pass the stuffing, please). The early game could match a still-unbeaten Green Bay at on-the-way-to-the-playoffs Detroit. The Packers need to get past the Vikings and Bucs to remain unbeaten, while the Lions could be 8-2 with wins over the Bears and Panthers. The late game is Harbaugh versus Harbaugh - Jim's 49ers at John's Ravens. The revived 49ers could come into the game 9-1, the Ravens 8-2 (which would be the best record in the AFC). Probably a good idea to check out the postgame handshake, too.
- Patriots at Eagles (Nov. 27): Incredibly, these two could be fighting for their playoff lives. Sure, it's a glamour matchup of Tom Brady versus Michael Vick, but it's conceivable New England could be 6-4 and Philly 4-6 when the teams meet.
- Packers at Giants (Dec. 4): Unbeaten or not, Aaron Rodgers & Co. could be facing the NFL's hottest team if the Giants (6-2) can get past three heavy hitters - the 49ers on Sunday, followed by the Eagles and a Monday night (Nov. 28) game at the Saints. Whatever the records are coming in, though, the Giants' Eli Manning will be looking to show Rodgers and the Super Bowl champions he's a pretty good QB, too.
- Steelers at 49ers (Dec. 19): By the time this one rolls around, both defenses should still be among the best in the league. The 49ers may have clinched the division and a postseason bye at this point, but the Steelers (now 6-3) could be in playoff limbo unless they get past the Bengals twice before this matchup.
- Giants at Jets (Dec. 24): For all anyone knows, this could be a Super Bowl preview. Well, probably not, but the way both teams have been playing, it's not unlikely that playoff position and divisional titles could be on the line when Rex Ryan's New York team plays Tom Coughlin's New York team in MetLife Stadium - in New Jersey.