It's Week 16 in the NFL, the penultimate week of the regular season and only four playoff spots remain unclaimed. That number could be whittled down to one depending on how Week 16 plays out.
While there may be no more "Thursday Night Football," the NFL still has an early Christmas present for its fans in the form of three games on Saturday. The first game pits Houston against Tampa Bay where the Texans can clinch the AFC South with a win or Tennessee loss. The Titans host New Orleans, who has already won the NFC South and is part of a four-way tie with Green Bay, Seattle, and San Francisco for the top two seeds in the conference.
The middle game on Saturday is an AFC East showdown between Buffalo and New England. Both teams have already punched their postseason tickets but the Patriots can claim their 11th straight AFC East title with a win at home. The nightcap has the Rams taking on the 49ers. San Francisco is trying to bounce back from last week's stunning home loss to Atlanta while the Rams are on the brink of playoff elimination after losing big last week in Dallas.
Speaking of the Cowboys, they have a chance to clinch the NFC East with a win in Philadelphia over the Eagles. Both teams are 7-7 and with Minnesota at 10-4 in the second wild-card spot right now that means the only way either is getting into the playoffs is as the division winner. The Vikings have a big showdown with the Packers on "Monday Night Football." Green Bay can claim the NFC North with a win while Minnesota can delay the coronation and sew up a playoff spot with a victory (or a Rams loss).
Elsewhere on the schedule, Baltimore can secure a first-round bye with a win over Cleveland and has a shot at sewing up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs depending on how the Patriots and Chiefs fare. Kansas City is in the Windy City to face Chicago on "Sunday Night Football."
One other intriguing matchup has Pittsburgh making the trip to MetLife Stadium to face the Jets. The Steelers are battling the Texans and Titans for the second wild-card spot in the AFC and this marks Le'Veon Bell's first game against his former team.
So which teams will come out on top in every NFL game in Week 16? Athlon's own Rob Doster (@AthlonDoster) and Mark Ross (@AthlonMark), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer), predict the winners for every game this week:
NFL Week 16 Predictions
Cincinnati at Miami
Pittsburgh at New York Jets
New York Giants at Washington
Carolina at Indianapolis
Jacksonville at Atlanta
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers
Detroit at Denver
*Detroit vs. Arizona in Week 1 ended in a tie.