Week 15 of the NFL season continues on Sunday, Dec. 20, with an exciting slate of 12 games. While not as jam-packed as last week due to the return of Saturday games, the stakes are higher than ever with playoff positioning on the line.
In fact, football fans may get to see one of the best games all season, a potential Super Bowl preview between the Chiefs and Saints. Drew Brees is set to return from a punctured lung and 11 broken ribs just in time to face Patrick Mahomes for the first time. Both teams have a chance at their conferences' respective first-round bye, so there is a lot more than bragging rights on the line.
Elsewhere on the schedule, there are quite a few interesting divisional matchups. The Bears and Vikings are each 6-7, and the winner will have nearly a coin flip's chance at making the playoffs. The Buccaneers and Colts each need wins over rivals to improve their postseason chances. And Patriots-Dolphins is always interesting in Miami, where the teams have split their last 18 matchups.
So if you're wondering "What NFL games are on today?" know this: There are 12 scheduled for today, Sunday, Dec. 20.
Note: Games are ordered by start time. All times are ET.
NFL Games on TV Today
Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1 p.m. on FOX
Both teams will be without key playmakers as Julio Jones is out and Ronald Jones II may not play either, but there should still be plenty of firepower. Plus, native sons Tom Brady vs. Matt Ryan is enough to make any New Englander jealous of their QB situation.
San Francisco at Dallas, 1 p.m. on CBS
One of the NFL's great rivalries between teams in different divisions looks a lot less fun this year than hoped due to injuries, but the Cowboys are amazingly still in the playoff hunt at 5-9 thanks to the NFC East's ineptitude.
Detroit at Tennessee, 1 p.m. on CBS
This is one of three games this week with a double-digit spread despite the Lions playing relatively well since firing head coach Matt Patricia. They beat the Bears and lost to the Packers by one score, but continuing that play will require slowing down Derrick Henry's march towards 2,000 rushing yards. He'll need 468 over the last three contests, and the Lions rank 29th in the NFL against the run.
Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
The Texans may be out of the playoff hunt, but they're always a threat as long as Deshaun Watson is around. They spoiled the Patriots' playoff hopes less than a month ago and have the potential to do the same against the Colts today.
New England at Miami, 1 p.m. on CBS
The Patriots' narrow win over the Dolphins in Week 1 portended the improvement Miami would show and how much New England would fall off from the Brady Era. Now they meet again with the Fins in playoff position with a chance to eliminate the Pats.
Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. on FOX
These NFC North rivals are each a game out of the playoffs, so they'll need some help from the Cardinals and/or Buccaneers losing. But it all starts with winning this game. The Vikings won their Week 10 matchup 19-13, but the Bears have won consecutive games on the road.
Seattle at Washington, 1 p.m. on FOX
If the season ended today, these teams would face off in the Wild Card Round, so it will be interesting to see how much of their respective playbooks each team rolls out. Washington has quietly won five in a row — and at this rate may even avoid a losing record — while Seattle has held its last three opponents to 17 points or fewer.
Jacksonville at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
After their thrilling "Monday Night Football" win last week, the Ravens officially look back — at least on offense. And given the way the Jaguars are playing, the only way this one will be close is if Lamar Jackson is sidelined with "cramps" for longer than two drives.
New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 on FOX
One of the great dramas left in this season is whether the Jets will become the third team to ever go 0-16. Gang Green nearly pulled it out two weeks ago in a dramatic 31-28 loss but has only scored three points (while giving up a total of 60 points) in its other two games the last three weeks.
Philadelphia at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. on FOX
You can bet Lincoln Riley will be tuning in to this game since his last two quarterbacks, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts, will be facing off. Hurts looked good in his first career start last week, going 17-for-30 for 167 yards and a touchdown with another 106 on the ground, but he'll have to step his game up to outduel the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Kansas City at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. on CBS
The Chiefs look almost impossible to beat last week after topping Miami despite losing the turnover battle by three. However, the Saints might be the team up to the task with one of the league's best defenses and the return of Drew Brees.
It stinks that Odell Beckham Jr. is out against his former team, but this game should still be an exciting nightcap. It's a great bounce-back opportunity after disappointing losses for each team last week. The Giants moved a game out of the playoffs, while the Browns have a tenuous grasp on a wild-card spot for now.