There’s just two weeks left in the NFL regular season and still plenty to sort out for the playoffs. Four teams (New England, Dallas, Seattle, Oakland) have clinched spots, but only two divisions have been decided. With 11 divisional games and a modified schedule on tap, Christmas could come early for some teams in Week 16.
Along those lines, the New York Giants sew up a wild card spot with a win on Thursday night in Philadelphia. With Christmas falling on a Sunday, most of the games will take place on Saturday, and the Christmas Eve slate is full of divisional pairings, including Miami-Buffalo and Minnesota-Green Bay. The Dolphins can get a step closer to securing their spot in the playoffs with a win over the Bills, while the Vikings need a win at Lambeau Field to stay in contention and the Packers are hoping to extend their winning streak to five games. Atlanta can claim the NFC South with a win in Carolina coupled with a Tampa Bay loss at New Orleans.
One of the non-divisional games this week features Indianapolis making the cross-country trek to the Bay Area to face the Raiders. The Colts must win to keep their playoff hopes alive while Oakland is trying to fend off Kansas City for the AFC West title and that all-important first-round bye. The Chiefs will host the Broncos on Christmas night and can essentially put an end to the defending Super Bowl champions’ reign or let Denver keep its slim playoff hopes alive.
The NFL’s other Christmas present to fans is an AFC North showdown between Baltimore and Pittsburgh. The Steelers hold a slim one-game lead over the Ravens for the lead in the division, but Baltimore won the first meeting. These two teams don’t like each other so the only thing that will be exchanged at Heinz Field that afternoon will be hard hits and probably a lot of trash talking.
The holiday festivities on the gridiron conclude on Monday with Dallas hosting Detroit. The Lions could wrap up the NFC North with a win and loss by Green Bay, but more likely we are headed towards a Week 17 winner-take-all matchup in Detroit. The Cowboys are in the playoffs, but need one more win to sew up the NFC East, a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
So which teams will come out on top in every NFL game in Week 16? Athlon's own Rob Doster (AthlonDoster), John Gworek (JohnGworek), Steven Lassan (AthlonSteven), and Mark Ross (AthlonMarkR), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (BryanDFischer), predict the winners for every game this week:
NFL Week 16 Predictions
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Note: Ties are not included in season record.