San Francisco 49ers (10-1) at Baltimore Ravens (9-2)
Time: 12 p.m. CT, Sunday
Line: Ravens by 5.5 points
Playoff Seeding: Baltimore 2nd (AFC), San Francisco 1st
If you’re a football fan in general, this is a game that should have your attention to get another glimpse at Lamar Jackson. The Baltimore quarterback’s transformation from “he should play wide receiver” to the best quarterback in the NFL has been terrific and it’s gone to another level in recent weeks with the Ravens rattling off 21-straight drives (and counting) without a punt coming into this matchup.
This should be music to the ears of Vikings fans as Minnesota still has an outside chance at a first-round bye if they’re able to win out and either the New Orleans Saints or 49ers falter down the stretch. For this game, the Vikings will be hoping that Jackson will continue to stay hot against a top-ranked San Francisco defense that made Aaron Rodgers look silly last week.
Either way, Minnesota will need a little help to not only cement their playoff spot in a loaded NFC, but also potentially set up an easier path through the field come January. If the Ravens can get the job done against the 49ers on Sunday, it should make things a little more interesting heading into the final four weeks.