Week 16 of the 2016 NFL schedule will kick off this Thursday when the New York Giants take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a huge NFC matchup from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Giants have been on a roll and will look to jump up in the NFC playoff standings with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles this Thursday.
NBC New York indicates that the Giants have won eight of their last nine games heading into Week 16, but they know the Eagles would like nothing more than to ruin their Christmas and put a damper on their playoff hopes.
As for Philadelphia, the playoffs and Super Bowl dreams will have to wait until next year, as they have been officially eliminated from the postseason.
This game is just one of many on the upcoming Week 16 schedule that will make a huge impact on playoff possibilities for the remaining teams fighting for a spot in the postseason.
The majority of games this weekend will be played on Saturday, December 24, instead of Sunday due to the Christmas holiday. However, ironically, two of the biggest games on the Week 16 schedule will be played on Christmas Day.
On Sunday, December 25, the first game of the Christmas Day double-header will feature the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The winner of the Ravens and Steelers game could decide who wins the AFC North Division. Heading into this hard-hitting clash, Pittsburgh holds a one-game lead over Baltimore in the standings. If the Steelers win, they will be champions of the AFC North. If the Ravens win, they will move into a tie with the Steelers, and next weekend Baltimore would be crowned division champs if they defeat the Bengals in Cincinnati.
The reason Baltimore would be the champs is that they will have swept the season series from the Steelers, thus giving them the tie-breaker over Pittsburgh if they both happen to finish with the same record.
The second game of the Christmas double-header will feature the Denver Broncos taking on the Kansas City Chiefs. This is a must-win for the Broncos if they were to have any hopes of defending their Super Bowl title. The Broncos need to defeat the Chiefs and hope for Baltimore, Miami, and Tennessee to all lose if they want a realistic shot at sneaking into the postseason.
Finally, Monday night football will be as big as it gets this week when the Detroit Lions face the Dallas Cowboys from Big D.
The Lions are looking to jump back into the win column following a tough loss to the NY Giants last Sunday, but it won’t be easy as they play their second consecutive road game.
This game is big for both squads in so many ways. The Lions can clinch the NFC North title with a win over the Cowboys, assuring them at least one home playoff game. The Cowboys can clinch the No. 1 seed overall with a victory on Monday night, giving them home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
What a weekend of NFL football it is going to be!
Below is a look at the complete schedule, current Las Vegas odds, and point spread predictions, along with which network will carry each game’s live action for Week 16. Games on NBC will also stream live online through the NBC Sports Network. ESPN games can also be seen streaming live through Watch ESPN.
NFL.com will also stream every game live for paid subscribers, however. If you are not a yearly subscriber, you can sign up for a free trial and watch every game this weekend free of charge. Click here for all the details.
To watch games on your tablet, cell phone, or other handheld devices, you will need to download the NBC Sports app and the Watch ESPN app, which are both free to all viewers.
Last week, the predictions finished 2-2, which puts the three-week total at 9-3.
Predictions – Seattle -8, Buffalo -4, Green Bay -6, Cleveland +6.5
Thursday, December 22
- N.Y. Giants (-2) at Philadelphia — 8:25 pm — NBC — Live Stream — NBC Sports Extra
Saturday, December 24
- Miami at Buffalo (-4) — 1 p.m. — CBS
- N.Y. Jets at New England (-16) — 1 p.m. — CBS
- Tennessee (-4) at Jacksonville — 1 p.m. — CBS
- Minnesota at Green Bay (-6) — 1 p.m. — FOX
- San Diego (-6.5) at Cleveland — 1 p.m. — CBS
- Washington at Chicago (OFF) — 1 p.m. — FOX
- Atlanta at Carolina (OFF) — 1 p.m. — FOX
- Indianapolis at Oakland (-3,5) — 4:05 p.m. — CBS
- Tampa Bay at New Orleans (-4) — 4:25 p.m. — FOX
- Arizona at Seattle (-8) — 4:25 p.m. — FOX
- San Francisco at L.A. Rams (-3) — 4:25 p.m. — FOX
- Cincinnati at Houston (-2) — 8:25 p.m. – NFLN
Sunday, December 25
- Baltimore at Pittsburgh (-5) — 4:30 p.m. — NFLN
- Denver at Kansas City (-4) — 8:30 p.m. — NBC — Live Stream — NBC Sports Extra
Monday, December 26
- Detroit at Dallas (-7) — 8:30 p.m. — ESPN — Live Stream — Watch ESPN
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