Leave it to the NFL to try and make the final weekend a little more interesting.
As New England prepares for their final regular season game next weekend at home against the Dolphins, the league has moved their start time to 4:25, setting it up for more fans to keep an eye on other games that could affect the playoff seeding.
One key game for fans to watch is the match-up between Indianapolis and Houston, which has a 1:00pm start time in Indianapolis and could potentially hold implications for the Patriots. Â The Texans lost on Sunday, and should they lose to the Colts next weekend it could open up an opportunity for the Patriots to earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Houston is currently the No. 1 seed in the AFC, with Denver currently holding the No. 2 seed. Â Should the Broncos also lose (they’re playing against Kansas City), New England would potentially become the No. 1 seed – provided they take care of business against Miami.
One would have to believe the odds are better that the Colts, who battle the Texans at home, will come away with a win while the Chiefs – unless they’re going to go all out to send Romeo Crennel off with a win – will have a much harder time with Peyton Manning out in Denver.
Either way there’s a good chance most fans in New England will be watching intently to the outcome of the 1:00 game to see what happens with Houston. Â That will certainly set the stage for a meaningful match-up when it’s over against the Dolphins, which is clearly what the league is hoping for.
Needless to say be sure and adjust your DVR’s accordingly.