With the New England Patriots playing an early game against the Cincinnati Bengals today, their fans can sit back and relax during the late slate of games. There are six total on the menu, so let’s quickly go through the contests to find out who will face off today, and who Patriots fans should be rooting for.
4:05 pm ET
Go good game! Cleveland is still in contention for a playoff spot, but the Patriots actually do not have a rooting interest in their game against the Cardinals.
Go good game! As is the case with the Cleveland-Arizona game, New England also has no team to root for in this contest. So let’s hope for an entertaining, injury-free game.
Go good game! Once more, the Patriots do not have a rooting interest in this game, even though Oakland could in theory still sneak into the AFC’s playoff picture.
4:25 pm ET
Go 49ers! With the Patriots owning the Falcons’ seventh-round draft pick next year, the team should root for San Francisco to win — another Atlanta loss, after all, would help the selection come early.
Go good game! Neither the Rams nor the Cowboys have any real impact on the AFC’s playoff picture, so Patriots fans can sit back and relax.
8:20 pm ET
Go Steelers! Buffalo travels to Pittsburgh in a game that could have major implications on the AFC’s wild card race, and also the Patriots’ division: a Bills loss would go a long way towards sealing the AFC East for the reigning world champions before next week’s matchup between the two teams.