There are some big games this Sunday as the NFL closes out the 2012 regular season. The Minnesota Vikings are battling for a playoff spot as they host the Green Bay Packers. The Chicago Bears and New York Giants have must win games. The Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, and New England Patriots all are still trying to claim homefield advantage in the AFC playoffs. But no game is bigger than this Sunday night’s game at FedEx Field between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, with the winner earning the NFC East title. For Dallas, if they lose they miss the playoffs entirely. Come 830, the Skins will know if its a win or die proposition for them. If the Bears and Vikings both lose then the Skins will be in the playoffs regardless. However, if one of those teams wins, they will have to beat the Cowboys to make the playoffs. The stakes already make this a huge game but adding on top of that the Redskins/Cowboys long standing rivalry and it makes the game feel like a huge event. Ticket prices have skyrocketed and there is a buzz around DC and the Skins that hasn’t been seen in years. The Skins have won 6 straight, while Dallas has won 5 of their last 7. The Cowboys have perhaps the hottest player in football, WR Dez Bryant, who will be licking his chops going up against a porous Skins secondary. The Skins have one of the most potent offenses in the league, led by rookies RG3 and Alfred Morris, along with fantastic free agent signing Pierre Garcon. Skins fans are optimistic but cautiously so. The last 20 years have not been kind to Skins fans, and when you haven’t won a division title in 13 years, it is normal for fans to expect the worst. It should be a hell of a battle and is a must see game on Sunday night.
College Football – Top 25
Holiday Bowl: Baylor (7-5) vs. #17 UCLA (9-4), ESPN, 9:45 PM ET.
College Basketball – Top 25
New Mexico (12-1) at #8 Cincinnati (12-0), ESPN2, 9:00 PM ET. This should be a hell of a game.
Dallas (12-16) at Oklahoma City (21-6), TNT, 8:00 PM ET.
Boston (14-13) at Los Angeles Clippers (22-6), TNT, 10:30 PM ET.