While many of the best games will come in the late afternoon and evening, several early games stick out. The Titans and Steelers will battle for playoff positioning in the Steel City, while the Texans and Jaguars might just have the ugliest game of the season if you're down for a hate watch.
All four games from 4 p.m. on will have heavy playoff implications. Even though the Falcons and Saints are just 6-7, they are in a virtual tie for the last NFC playoff seed, so their games against the possibly postseason-bound 49ers and Saints, respectively, will carry massive weight. And that's before considering Bengals-Broncos and Packers-Ravens.
So if you're wondering "What NFL games are on today?" know this: There are 10 scheduled for today, Sunday, Dec. 19.
Note: Games are ordered by start time. All times are ET.
NFL Games on TV Today
Carolina at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Bills-Panthers games are always great for all the crossover between the teams. Head coach Sean McDermott — not to mention Mario Addison, Star Lotulelei, Vernon Butler, Daryl Williams, and Efe Obada — all came to Buffalo via Carolina and will be very familiar with Cam Newton.
Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. on FOX
The Cardinals will have to wrap up their quest for the NFC's No. 1 seed without DeAndre Hopkins, who is sidelined at least until the playoffs with a sprained knee. Can Arizona's depth hold up on the road against the worst team in the league?
New York Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
The Dolphins are putting their five-game winning streak to the test with a somewhat depleted roster as several key players, including star rookies Jaylen Waddle and Jevon Holland, are on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. One of those wins was against these very jets three weeks ago, 24-17.
Dallas at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
The Cowboys can clinch the NFC East with a win and a Washington loss on Tuesday. Dallas already beat New York 44-20 in Week 5, and the Giants will be starting Mike Glennon instead of Daniel Jones this time.
Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Is Tennessee's running game back from the dead after losing Derrick Henry? D'Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hillard had big games last week and will be tested against a Steelers defense that is getting several big names back.
Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
This game looks ugly, but maybe the Jaguars will play with some fire after shedding themselves of Urban Meyer. At least we should get to see James Robinson run the ball a lot in this game.
Cincinnati at Denver, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Although both teams are 7-6, this has the feeling of a win-or-go-home scenario given how crowded the AFC playoff picture is. We have quite the matchup of running games with Joe Mixon vs. Javonte Williams/Melvin Gordon III.
Atlanta at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Call this the Kyle Shanahan Bowl. If you like exciting, versatile players look no further than this game with Deebo Samuel and Cordarrelle Patterson, two of the breakout stars of 2021.
Green Bay at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Lamar Jackson's health will be the big question mark for this game. He had to exit last week's game early, which may have cost Baltimore in a close road loss at Cleveland. The good news is if he's not at 100 percent, we may get a rematch at SoFi Stadium in February.
Despite how successful the Buccaneers have been with Tom Brady, they have yet to beat the Saints in the regular season. And the three losses have come by a combined 55 points. Given how these teams have played lately, will that change in prime time?