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NFL Sunday week 13 open thread

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Houston Texans Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s an NFL Sunday today, even though the Colts don’t play. They’ll be in action tomorrow night against the Jets, but most other teams will be playing today with several intriguing matchups and others with big implications (including big implications to the Colts).

Here’s today’s schedule of games:

1:00 p.m. ET

Kansas City Chiefs at Atlanta Falcons (CBS)

Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints (FOX)

St. Louis Rams at New England Patriots (FOX)

Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)

Houston Texans at Green Bay Packers (CBS)

Philadelphia Eagles at Cincinnati Bengals (FOX)

Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears (FOX)

4:05 p.m. ET

Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders (CBS)

4:25 p.m. ET

New York Giants at Pittsburgh Steelers (FOX)

Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Diego Chargers (FOX)

8:30 p.m. ET

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks

The most significant game (by far) for the Colts and their fans to pay attention to today is the game between the Texans and Packers at Lambeau Field. The Colts are obviously playing catch-up with the Texans in the AFC South, but if the Texans lose this weekend and the Colts win on Monday night, the teams will both be 6-6 (as will the Titans). That would mean a three-way tie for first in the division entering week 14, with the Texans holding the tiebreaker over the Colts and the Colts holding the tiebreaker over the Titans. But it would set up the HUGE week 14 game between the Colts and the Texans, with the winner emerging in first place of the division with three weeks left.

There are other games that figure to be great matchups and other ones that feature playoff implications, but the Texans vs. Packers game stands above the rest when it comes to implications for the Colts. Regardless of which game you’re watching, however, here’s an open thread for you to discuss today’s NFL action.