Just two weeks left in the NFL regular season and if this past week was any indication, it's don't take anything for granted as the playoff picture comes into focus. Only six teams have clinched their spot in the postseason meaning there are still eight up for grabs.
New Orleans has secured its playoff spot has lost two in a row and is in danger of not only falling out of contention for the top seed in the NFC but also is just a game up on Tampa Bay in the division now. The Saints will try and right the ship on Christmas day at home against Minnesota, a team that must win to keep its dwindling postseason hopes alive.
There also are three games on Saturday, including Detroit (vs. Tampa Bay) and San Francisco (at Arizona) looking to play spoiler in the NFC while Las Vegas must beat Miami at home to have any shot of making the playoffs.
On Sunday, the game to watch in the early window is Pittsburgh hosting Indianapolis. The Steelers have lost three in a row to go from undefeated to now needing to hold off Cleveland for the AFC North title. The Colts, meanwhile, are tied record-wise with the Titans for the top spot in the AFC South but don't own the tiebreaker so they have to finish ahead to win their division. Elsewhere, Baltimore looks to stay hot against a Giants team that's still in the NFC East race and Cleveland looks for its 11th win vs. a Jets team flying high after last week's stunning win out in Los Angeles.
The Rams' inexplicable loss to the Jets means that Seattle can clinch the NFC West with a win at home over their division rivals while Jalen Hurts and the Eagles look to end the Cowboys' modest two-game winning streak down in Big D. Ron Rivera also gets his first shot at his former team as NFC East-leading Washington hosts Carolina.
On "Sunday Night Football," Tennessee makes a rare visit to Lambeau Field to take on Green Bay. The Packers have a shot at wrapping up the No. 1 seed in the NFC but to do so they will first need to slow down Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill and a Titans offense that's rolling right now.
And speaking of rolling, Buffalo has won four in a row and clinched the AFC East last Saturday with a dominant victory in Denver. The Bills head to Foxboro for this season's final edition of "Monday Night Football" to take on New England, the team that dominated the division for more than a decade but has already been eliminated from playoff contention this season.
So which teams will come out on top in every NFL game in Week 16? Athlon's own Rob Doster (@AthlonDoster) and Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer), predict the winners for every game this week:
NFL Week 16 Predictions
New York Giants at Baltimore
Cincinnati at Houston
Atlanta at Kansas City
Cleveland at New York Jets
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers
Carolina at Washington
^Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia in Week 3 ended in a tie.