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Time to settle some things out across the NFL.

Washington Redskins v Houston Texans Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

Dallas Cowboys (4-5) at Atlanta Falcons (4-5)

1pm ET, FOX

A massive game in the NFC as one of these two has to move to 4-6 and might well be outside the playoff scope barring a tie which could be the worst outcome for both.

The Cowboys are coming off of a season-saving win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. Meanwhile, the Falcons had a three-game winning streak killed off by the Cleveland Browns...

WELCOME TO ATLANTA WHERE THE PLAYERS PLAY...

Carolina Panthers (6-3) at Detroit Lions (3-6)

1pm ET, FOX

One of the strangers games of the week with a strong NFC playoff component heads up north to deal with a flagellating Lions side who are riding a three-game losing streak. First-year Head Coach Matt Patricia needs to get some kind of spark into his team before season’s end. With a second game against the Bears (who the Lions already lost to), the Los Angeles Rams, the Minnesota Vikings (who the Lions already lost to) and the Green Bay Packers (who the Lions already...wait no, they won the first meetup!) left on the schedule, there’s not much room to build up confidence heading into 2019.

Tennessee Titans (5-4) at Indianapolis Colts (4-5)

1pm ET, CBS

Is this sneakily the game of the week?

The Titans rode a three-game losing streak into the bye only to respond with wins over the Dallas Cowboys on the road and the New England Patriots at home. With two primetime games in the next three contests, a win here would catapult former Rams Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur’s side into the top tier of the AFC.

The Colts meanwhile suffered from a struggle to right the ship pre-bye. Now on a three-win run, QB Andrew Luck has an opportunity to throw the Colts back into the thick of things if they can hold home field.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) at New York Giants (2-7)

1pm ET, FOX

DISASTERWATCH

Houston Texans (6-3) at Washington Gameplayers (6-3)

1pm ET, CBS

Along with a game from the second slate, this game has the highest combined win total between the two teams with 12.

AND IT’S HOUSTON AND WASHINGTON.

Unlike Washington who has vacillated between performances week-to-week, the Texans limped into the season with a three-game losing streak and has won six since. With RB D’Onta Foreman returning soon, the Texans are heading into the late season strong.

Washington meanwhile are as confusing as any team in the league this year. With four wins in their last five, I doubt Washington fans will complain. But they’ve got four of their next five after this one on the road heading into a season-capper against the Eagles. Good luck.

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)

1pm ET, CBS

While most of the rest of the country will be playing in chilly conditions outside or the comfort of a domed stadium, this one is classic late-season Steelers football...AT 74 DEGREES!

On a five-game winning streak with RB Le’Veon Bell behind them, the Steelers are looking good heading toward December. Meanwhile the Jags are perhaps the most disappointing team of 2018. They’ve lost six of seven en route to a five-game losing streak. The schedule looks very favorable after this one, but have they carved out too much to this point?

Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) at Baltimore Ravens (4-5)

1pm ET, CBS

Is this the most AFC game of the last decade?

Oakland Raiders (1-8) at Arizona Cardinals (2-7)

4:05pm ET, CBS

DISASTERWATCH PT. II

(Rams fans might want to get this one in as rookie QB Josh Rosen has taken his lumps as of late against the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos)

Denver Broncos (3-6) at Los Angeles Chargers (7-2)

4:05pm ET, CBS

The Broncos are, perhaps predictably, one of the weirder teams in the league.

The Chargers are, perhaps predictably, one of the better teams in the league.

#FightForStuff?

BTW, it’s worth noting that EDGE Joey Bosa is set to make his season debut for the Chargers...

Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) at New Orleans Saints (8-1)

4:25pm ET, CBS

The defending Super Bowl champions are making history in the wrong kind of way en route to a 2-3 home record. Not exactly a formula for a repeat.

If the Saints hold down the Superdome, are the Eagles done in 2018? Sure would be nice if Philly didn’t have anything to play for in four weeks when they come to LA...

Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) at Chicago Bears (6-3)

8:20pm ET, NBC

Now this is NFC North football.

Sunday night in the cold of Soldier Field (YAY FIELD CONDITION RELEVANCE). Minnesota. Chicago. Cold. North.

Cold.

This game is only slated to be in the mid-30s. I feel cheated. This should be like 10 degrees. I know it’s mid-November. Don’t care. It’s Vikings-Bears. Minnesota has retreated to the cowardice of their dome environs. They should play this one and next week’s game against the Packers and the game after that in Massachusetts against the Pats and the one after in Seattle and late-season games against Detroit and a rematch of this Bears meetup in frigid conditions. LA football? It’s supposed to be balmy. Southeastern football? Comfy. Northern football? IF IT DON’T LOOK LIKE THE GAME OF THRONES FIREICEDRAGON V. THE WALL IT AINT RIGHT.