San Francisco's George Kittle has become one of the best (OK, THE best) receiving TEs in football. You'll see him in action on Saturday night.
Oh yeah, he's an OK blocker, too:
It took 15 weeks, but we’re finally rid of Thursday football for another season. Now, with the playoffs looming, we switch to Saturday football, which is not nearly as bad, plus it gives some playoff-bound teams an extra added benefit of getting used to playing on Saturday.
By some stroke of luck, we have three games being played this Saturday that have playoff implications. All of the teams in action have something to play for. Even Tampa. So, we should be able to expect big-time efforts from all the participants.
So, let’s dispense with the preliminaries and get to the games.
Winners in Bold:
Houston at Tampa
A Houston win here secures the AFC South for them, no matter what Tennessee does. Tampa’s top two receivers are out, but their big-play offence could still give Houston problems. Picked by many to be one of the worst teams in the league this season, Tampa’s record sits at 7-7, so you can’t discount the motivation of finishing strong for this team.
Buffalo at New England
It’s amazing to say this, but Buffalo could still dethrone the Pats as AFC East champs. If that’s not a motivating factor, then I don’t know what to tell you. If New England has any hopes for a deep playoff run, they need to win this game so they can get Julian Edelman some rest. I love this Buffalo team, but New England will pull out all the stops here, and with Belichick and Co., that’s a lot of stops.
LAR at San Francisco
Last season’s Superb Owl appearance seems a long, long time ago for colossal disappointment LA, still technically alive, but a huge long-shot to make the playoffs. San Francisco, at 11-3, can still win its division and secure a first-round bye, but a loss here would kill that. San Fran’s balanced offence will be the deciding factor here.