We're here. The final week of the regular season. It's time to weep and wail…and then rejoice momentarily because PLAYOFFS! SUPER BOWL!…and then prepare for a time of mourning: the off-season.
Let's not even go there yet.
For this week, here's what you need to know:
GAME OF THE WEEK: All of them. Treasure every single one. It's the last week of the regular season, people! I just can't handle this. But were I forced to choose…Dallas at Washington is the reason we love the end-of-season football. Everything is on the line in the NFC East with the Cowboys, Redskins, and Giants all still very much in the mix.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Adrian Peterson has a legitimate chance to break Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record. He needs to rush for 208 yards in the Vikings game against the Packers, and the last time the teams met he ran for 210. Ditto: J.J. Watt. He needs 2 sacks to break Michael Strahan's single-season sack record, and when the Texans played the Colts last (they'll play again on Sunday), he had 3 sacks. Both players had career days in both of the previous examples, but it's completely possible that they could do it again to break the records.
STORYLINE TO KNOW: Playoff scenarios galore! You're going to want to refer to this list often when trying to figure out playoff scenarios because there are endless combinations of what could happen and what the result would mean. A few interesting ones to note: The Vikings are in (and AP is likely league MVP) with a win against the Packers. The Redskins win the NFC East with a win or a tie against Dallas; the Cowboys win the NFC East with a win against Washington. The Giants get in with this complicated equation: NYG win + DAL loss or tie + CHI loss + MIN loss. Wow.
RECIPES TO MAKE:
(Let's call this the “2012 Goes Out With A Bang” edition.)
cake batter blondies