Jackson entered this week as questionable after suffering a quadriceps injury against New Orleans in Week 16. He compiled 707 yards and six touchdowns on the ground this season. If Jackson is inactive, Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman will share the load. Rodgers received 12 touches and Freeman got eight against the Saints.
Atlanta opened up as a 2 1/2-point home favorite. The line has now moved to 3 points in favor of the Falcons. The winner takes the NFC South title.Analysis:
Lynch was listed on the injury report with a back injury, but has been able to battle through the issue all season. He did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but was able to put in a full practice on Friday.
The Chiefs are already without Alex Smith due to a lacerated spleen, and may need to rely on the ground game in order to have any chance at success against the Chargers. Charles has rushed for 979 yards and nine touchdowns on 193 attempts. If he is unable to go on Sunday, the team will turn to Knile Davis for the start.
Kansas City is currently a 1-point home favorite, per Vegas Insider.Analysis:
The others include long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Browner (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins, offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Chris White (ankle).Analysis:
Thomas played a limited role in Week 16 against the Falcons, catching just two passes for 24 yards, before injuring his ribs and leaving the game.
He finishes the year with 45 carries for 222 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.Analysis:
Mathews' 2014 regular season campaign comes to an end after appearing in only six games, registering 330 yards and three touchdowns on 74 attempts on the ground. Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown will all shoulder the load in the running game.
According to Vegas Insiders, the Chargers are a 1-point underdog at Kansas City. San Diego can clinch a playoff spot with a win on Sunday.Analysis:
Williams has missed the last three games for Carolina while dealing with a broken bone in his hand. He has 219 yards on 62 carries in six games this year.
Linebacker A.J. Klein is considered questionable for the game with an akle injury.
The Panthers are 3-point underdogs against Atlanta.Analysis:
Gray carried the ball six times for 5 yards and a score in Week 16 against the Jets. He has 412 rushing yards this season. If he's unable to play, the team will likely turn to LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen to shoulder the rushing workload.
The Patriots opened as an 8 1/2-point favorite at home on Sunday. The line has dropped to 4 1/2 points, per Vegas Insider.Analysis:
"Early in the season, it took us a while to figure that part of it out," Sparano said. "He's a guy that was hurt all year last year. Latavius has really come into his own, and I think he can handle the workload of being a No. 1 guy."
Murray has appeared in 14 games this season, rushing for 387 yards and two touchdowns on 72 attempts. He has rushed for 333 yards over the past four weeks and will look to end the season on a high note Sunday against Denver.
Oakland is 14-point underdog at Denver.Analysis:
Investigators believe Dwyer broke his wife's nose, punched her the following day and threw a shoe at his 1-year-old son. He was arrested in September and placed on the reserve/non-football illness list.
Barring a suspension from commissioner Roger Goodell, the Dwyer is eligible to play as early as the 2015 season.