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Friday, December 17, 2010
Updated: January 25, 10:51 AM ET
Quarterback questions and playoff contentions


Week 15 has begun and while playoff fever is skyrocketing, the NFL's biggest storyline comes out of our non-playoff contending nation's capitol -- and it doesn't involve Albert Haynesworth! Melissa Jacobs has all you need to know to get ready for a do-or-die Sunday.

But first, let's start with a little non-playoff related drama ...

Washington at Dallas: Hear ye, hear ye: The Redskins have benched Donovan McNabb and will be starting Rex Grossman ... for the rest of the season! This is not a hoax. Has Mike Shanahan officially lost his marbles or will Grossman, the butt of many an NFL joke, lead the Redskins to some moral victory?

Denver at Oakland: In a new twist for 2010, Denver is the more embarrassing of these teams. But the real story is the possibility of Tim Tebow starting. (Kyle Orton's ribs are still bruised). Has Tebow ever lost a game in his life? Ever?

Moving on to legitimate teams and this week's many spectacular matchups ...

Saints at Ravens: Both teams would be wild cards if the season ended today. The Saints look to make it seven in a row, while the Ravens have won eight of their last nine at home. "Game of the Week" Contestant No. 1.

Chiefs at Rams: Both teams are holding onto their division lead by the skin of their teeth. The Chiefs better hope Matt Cassel can receiver from that appendectomy; otherwise get ready for another Brodie Croyle 40-yard passing performance, particularly against an underrated Rams secondary. (Side note: I just googled "Brodie Croyle" and the first result was an article about Tebow possibly starting. Creepy.)

Eagles at Giants: Forget Michael Vick for a second; the Brandon Jacobs redemption tour is in full swing. Jacobs, on the cusp of demanding a trade, has resumed the starting job and found the end zone three times in the last two games. Oh, and the winner of this game will move into the division lead. "Game of the Week" Contestant No. 2.

Bears at Vikings (Monday night): Meet Joe Webb. Joe is the sixth-round rookie QB out of UAB that will likely be the Vikings starter on Monday night. But whether the Bears and Jay Cutler can recover from the Patriots' shellacking last week is the real story.

Packers at Patriots: Whether Aaron Rodgers starts after last week's concussion will be determined this weekend, but anything less than Tom Brady vs. Rodgers would be disappointing. Brady is putting up 2007 numbers, not with Randy Moss, but with Wes Welker, Deion Branch, and the two rookie tight ends. Terrific. "Game of the Week" Contestant No. 3.

Jaguars at Colts, Jets at Steelers and Falcons at Seahawks also feature playoff contenders, with only Atlanta at 11-2 not in a do-or-die situation.

What an awesome slate of games. I know my remote is getting a workout on Sunday. Will yours?

There are plenty of non- NFL happenings this weekend, including a certain women's college basketball game that could be record-breaking. For that and more, espnW's Sarah Spain has you covered.