As the world has begun to feel the impact of the third wave of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, so too has the NFL in Week 12.
Let’s look at some of the matchups from Week 10 that appear to make the AFC playoff race more interesting.
In Week 8, we saw the continued struggle of the New England Patriots against the resurgent Buffalo Bills, a huge division win on the road by the Pittsburgh Steelers to improve to 7–0, and a surprisingly tight contest between Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants.
The NFL’s recent struggles with COVID-19 persisted as multiple teams’ practice facilities were temporarily closed due to positive test results leading up to Sunday in a week without Thursday Night Football. The fact that these cases, however, did not force further adjustments to the current league schedule — which have been in place since Week 5 — gave the NFL a much-needed sigh of relief in Week 6.