4th and Goal: Week 17

As the regular season ends, I field four more questions.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Is anyone else frustrated with the NFL moving around game times this week?

In an effort to make more teams play all their players, the NFL did some reshuffling of the game-times of a few games this week, bunching teams who are scoreboard watching each other into the same time frame. While this has led to an abundance of meaningful games being on at the same time, which is frustrating for the guys (or gal) who wants to watch them all, I can understand why the NFL did it. They are maximizing their product and trying to get the best action they can on the last week.


Tebow vs. Orton, who will take the biscuit?

In one of the most ironic matchups of the week, Kyle Orton, the guy who almost doomed the Broncos season this year with a 1-4 start, will get the chance to do it for real as he returns to Denver looking to play spoiler. Now a QB for the Kansas City Chiefs, Orton can send the Broncos home crying with a win. Tim Tebow, his replacement, however, will have a thing or two to say about that and should have what it takes to give the Broncos a playoff birth.


Who will emerge out of the NFC East?

I'm going to have to give the nod to the wildly inconsistent New York Giants. There are two important deciding factors in this game that screams a Giants win. The first is that they are home and with a rowdy crowd of New Yorkers at their back, these Giants should stand tall. The second factor is that the Cowboys boast no run game while the Giants are quite stout in theirs. Being able to run the ball may not be what it used to be but it is still vital for success.


What is the game of the week?

The game of the week for me is the Baltimore Ravens traveling to face the Cincinnati Bengals. This is a playoff game for all intents and purposes and should be a slobber-knocker of the highest order. The Ravens are playing to capture a first round bye and the AFC North while the Bengals are a win away from making the playoffs. This game should be epic, plain and simple, and you know I will be watching it.