Back luck and bad play have wrecked a number of teams the league picked to showcase. Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant and Brook Lopez are all sitting out, as are Indiana and Portland, who share the NBA's best record.
One thing Chiefs coach Andy Reid does know is that Kansas City would be better off if Jamaal Charles got the ball more than the six times he did in the second half of Sunday's loss to Indianapolis. Or if he didn't seem to stray from giving him touches at the end of close games.
Now that the season is winding down, J.J. Watts, the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, says he'll look into having plastic surgery to repair the injury. He's considering the procedure mostly at the prodding of his mother.
The Cowboys (8-7) and Eagles (9-6) are playing Sunday night in Dallas' third straight season finale against an NFC East rival with the division title and a playoff berth on the line.
Five former players filed the initial lawsuit against the Chiefs this month, saying the team ignored decades of scientific research indicating repeated head trauma causes permanent brain damage.
Kansas City is assured of the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs, which means it will head on the road for a wild-card game in two weeks. That also means the Chiefs are playing a game Sunday at San Diego that is virtually meaningless for them.
If Indianapolis ends up as the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and with the Chiefs assured of the fifth seed, the two teams would meet again at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Robert Quinn has 18 sacks, 1½ more than the Colts' Robert Mathis. The last of the Rams' seven sacks of Mike Glennon snapped the franchise record of 17 by Kevin Carter in 1999, the franchise's Super Bowl championship team.
Here are five things to look for in a Bucs-Rams matchup.
Even Joe Washington knew from the moment Charles broke his high school records that Charles was destined to do great things.
The Colts cornerback leads the team in interceptions and is tied for seventh in the league with four this season.
Kansas City has a league-leading 11 "miscellaneous" touchdowns with two games still to play in the regular season. That's the third most in NFL history.
There are differing opinions about the wisdom of playing the season's biggest game in the elements. Plenty grew up playing or watching the game that way and still love to; others were only too happy to get in out of the cold and stay there.
Alexander Steen scored twice and Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves against his former team.
After he grabbed his first interception of the season, rookie safety T.J. McDonald was congratulated by a former Pro Bowler — his father.
The Chiefs managed a 158.3 last Sunday in Oakland, the highest number possible in quarterback ratings.
Contending with Jamaal Charles is only part of the problem Indianapolis (9-5) faces Sunday in what could be a playoff preview.
Robert Quinn leads the NFC with 15 sacks. The Rams (6-8) face Tampa Bay (4-10) this week in a matchup of teams just trying to finish strong.
The stadium has several snow melters on hand that can clear the fields quickly, including one machine that can melt up to 600 tons of snow per hour.