My five cents
1The Houston Texans will have the No. 1 overall pick unless they win and the Washington Redskins lose, in which case the St. Louis Rams would get the top pick. The Redskins still are paying for the trade that brought them quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Texans have had the No. 1 overall pick twice previously. They selected quarterback David Carr in 2002 and defensive end Mario Williams in 2006.
2The Redskins likely will attempt to trade Kirk Cousins in the off-season, but their best option might be keeping him. They likely won’t get more than a second-round pick, if that, considering he has made only three starts with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in his two seasons. Teams are leery of inexperienced quarterbacks after failed trades for Matt Flynn and Kevin Kolb in recent seasons. Besides, Robert Griffin III hasn’t shown he can remain healthy for a full 16-game season.
3The Chicago Bears’ quarterback situation is muddled for next season, to say the least. Jay Cutler and Josh McCown both are free agents. Cutler is 56-47 in his career, including 39-27 in five seasons in Chicago. He has one career playoff appearance, beating Seattle in the 2010 postseason before losing to Green Bay at home in the NFC title game.
4Seven head coaches could join Gary Kubiak on the unemployment line after Sunday. One of those is Jim Schwartz, who is expected to be fired despite two years and $12 million remaining on his contract. The Detroit Lions are out of the playoffs for the fourth time in Schwartz’s five seasons, having lost five of six after a 6-3 start.
5The Arizona Cardinals quietly have won 10 games. Yet they don’t control their playoff destiny. Arizona could become only the third 11-5 team in NFL history to miss the postseason.