DALLAS (10-1) at MINNESOTA (6-5)
The fuel for this dazzling season for the Dallas Cowboys can be found up front, with an offensive line that's helped make this team a handful to try to stop. Just as the front five have made a significant impact on the success of the Cowboys (10-1), the ever-important position has played a major hand in the recent slide by the Vikings (6-5). Nick Easton makes his first NFL start.
When Jay Gruden was asked about the mad scramble that has become the NFC playoff chase, the Washington Redskins coach had to laugh. "That's what it is and that's what it's going to be," Gruden said with a chuckle. As for Washington's opponent on Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals, they'd like to be almost anywhere than the situation they find themselves in at a disappointing 4-6-1.
The Redskins are in a playoff position with five weeks left, but facing the desperate Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1) on Sunday has them thinking about what it takes to win and get in down the stretch. The Redskins were 3-6 in 2012 before running the table to win the NFC East, and they won four of five last season to capture the division again and render Week 17 meaningless. It might take the same kind of success this time because they're chasing the New York Giants and trying to fend off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams.
Tyreek Hill has proven he can outrun just about anybody in the NFL. The rookie wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs has been a breakout star this season, evidenced by his performance Sunday night in Denver. Hill had nine catches for 52 yards and the tying touchdown, ran right around the Broncos' Von Miller for another score and even returned a free kick for an early TD that helped Kansas City to a crucial overtime victory.