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NFL Week 16 viewer's guide

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Adrian Peterson's quest for the single-season rushing yardage record -- not to mention the Minnesota Vikings' hopes of reaching the postseason -- head to Houston, where the Texans aim to secure home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. The Baltimore Ravens host the New York Giants in a crucial interconference showdown. The Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints face a virtual elimination game. And, before it's time to open Christmas gifts, football fans will receive a real holiday treat when the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers meet in the exciting conclusion to Week 16.

    • Atlanta at Detroit

      Sat 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      In a "Monday Night Football" game that's actually on Saturday night, what was supposed to be a prime-time battle with real playoff implications only matters for one team. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Falcons victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Falcons have struggled to stop the run all season, so consider Mikel Leshoure a viable No. 2 or flex option. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      All the Falcons need to clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs is a victory in Detroit, where the local pro football team's playoff fortunes were dashed weeks ago. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Schein: Lions are NFL's biggest embarrassment
      » Does anybody fear the Falcons?
      » QB Performance Faceoff: Ryan vs. Rodgers
      » White: Falcons not afraid of teams anymore
      » Milestone Tracker: Megatron on record pace
    • On Twitter:

      #ATLvsDET
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Tennessee at Green Bay

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Packers' fate might not be determined in the next two games, but they can use them to refocus on playing together with all of their pieces. Green Bay could arrive in the postseason as undercover as a team with double-digit wins can be. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Packers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Titans defense might have collected a boatload of turnovers against the woeful Jets, but starting this unit against the Packers would be unwise. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Packers can still attain the NFC's No. 2 playoff seed, but they will need help elsewhere to reach that coveted first-round playoff bye. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Packers now rooting for Seahawks
      » Rodgers: 2012 Packers reminiscent of 2010 squad
      » QB Performance Faceoff: Rodgers vs. Ryan
      » Evolution of the Titans' colors
      » McCarthy: 'We're just getting started'
    • On Twitter:

      #TENvsGB
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Oakland at Carolina

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Panthers enter this contest with two straight wins. Would a couple more victories prove that Ron Rivera can thrive with a talent like Cam Newton? More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Panthers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Darren McFadden is a must-start option against the Panthers, who have allowed close to 20 fantasy points a game to running backs this season. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Panthers and Raiders have each been eliminated from playoff contention. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Raiders' connection to 'Immaculate' plays
      » Brandt: Panthers among six turnaround teams for 2013
      » Evolution of the Raiders' colors
      » Pigeon invades Chiefs-Raiders tilt
      » Blog: Kuechly needs a vacation
    • On Twitter:

      #OAKvsCAR
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Buffalo at Miami

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Miami is aware of its rebuilding process, hoping to end on some good feelings and show progress. Meanwhile, Buffalo believed it was a contender at the outset of this season. Now, as a franchise, the Bills must wonder which way they are going. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Dolphins victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Steve Johnson is coming off a nice fantasy performance last weekend, but his career numbers against the Dolphins have not been good at all. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Bills have been eliminated from playoff contention and could do the same for the Dolphins when they visit Sun Life Stadium. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Brandt: Dolphins among six turnaround teams for 2013
      » The NFL Season: My brother's keeper
      » Bills among teams in need of QB change
      » Stats Lab: Fitzpatrick vs. Tannehill
      » Photos: Cheerleaders during Week 15
    • On Twitter:

      #BUFvsMIA
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Cincinnati at Pittsburgh

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      One of the NFL's hottest teams vs. just the opposite. Winners of five of six, the Bengals can clinch a playoff spot with a win. Cincy can also knock the Steelers out of the hunt. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Steelers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Heath Miller had an impressive game against the Bengals the last time the Steelers faced them, which could mean big things for your fantasy team this week. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Steelers are currently chasing the Bengals, who can clinch a playoff berth with a win at Heinz Field. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Sights, sounds of Bengals' 'TNF' win
      » Tomlin: Big Ben 'on board with what we're doing'
      » Steelers place OL Colon on season-ending IR
      » Taylor to miss pivotal Bengals-Steelers tilt
      » Debate: Who wins, Bengals or Steelers?
    • On Twitter:

      #CINvsPIT
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New England at Jacksonville

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Against the Jaguars, one of the league's true basement dwellers, there isn't much for the Patriots to prove. The real question: Will the Pats win by enough to feel good about their performance? For Jacksonville, eyeing that top pick, a loss actually helps. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Patriots victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Jaguars might not have much to play for anymore, but your fantasy team certainly does. Cecil Shorts could help deliver that fantasy football championship. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Patriots can still attain a first-round playoff bye, but must hope that the Broncos or Texans slip up in the season's final two weeks. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Power rankings: Patriots fall two spots
      » 10 mind-blowing stats for Week 16
      » Brady: Pats 'kind of gave it' to 49ers
      » Patriots' playoff-bye hopes take beating
      » Blog: Jaguars need a vacation
    • On Twitter:

      #NEvsJAC
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Indianapolis at Kansas City

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      A simple win over the hapless Chiefs, who long ago ran out of gas, is all it takes for Indy to clinch a playoff berth. And doing so would cement one of the more remarkable seasons in recent memory. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Colts victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Andrew Luck hasn't posted huge fantasy numbers in recent weeks, but it's hard to look past this juicy matchup against the Chiefs. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Colts' remarkable turnaround season from 2-14 disappointment to playoff team could be completed with a victory over the Chiefs at Lucas Oil Stadium. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Power rankings: Colts No. 14; Chiefs No. 32
      » Chiefs in running for top pick
      » Colts hopeful Pagano returns to sidelines by Christmas
      » Stanzi could start for Chiefs
      » Rookie QB Rankings: Luck at No. 4
    • On Twitter:

      #KCvsIND
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New Orleans at Dallas

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Can Dallas' banged-up defense cover enough to limit New Orleans on offense? Sure, the Saints almost certainly won't make the playoffs. But they can make some noise at the tail end of a wacky season. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Cowboys victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Tony Romo has been on absolute fire, ranking in the top five in fantasy points among all players in the last four weeks. Expect that streak of statistical success will continue against the Saints. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      Call this an elimination game: The Cowboys and Saints each desperately need to win to keep alive playoff hopes. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Romo hasn't thought about Payton in Dallas
      » Romo: Cowboys will find way to win
      » Jones celebrates win with Cowboys
      » Brent no longer allowed on Cowboys' sideline
      » Cowboys ready to make a run
    • On Twitter:

      #NOvsDAL
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Washington at Philadelphia

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      A road game against the woeful Eagles might not be as easy as it seems for the Redskins, even if there is little fight left in Philly. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Redskins victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Eagles have announced that LeSean McCoy will start against the Redskins, so it's time to casually place Bryce Brown back on your fantasy football team's bench. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Redskins are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East, and can clinch a playoff spot with a win and losses by the Giants, Bears and Vikings. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Brandt: Eagles among six turnaround teams for 2013
      » Five teams in need of a Christmas miracle
      » Shanahan tailors game plan for Cousins
      » More faith in Cowboys or Redskins?
      » Breer: Kyle Shanahan on coaching fast track
    • On Twitter:

      #WASvsPHI
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • St. Louis at Tampa Bay

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      These young, rebuilding programs under first-year coaches have both taken turns showing promise this year, only to find the stage too big and bright. Both upstarts would be well-served in looking toward 2013 with player development. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Rams victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Danny Amendola is a bona fide sleeper candidate against the Buccaneers, who have allowed the most fantasy points to wideouts at home. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Rams are still "in the hunt" thanks to the magic of mathematics. However, St. Louis needs to win out and get a whole bunch of help to reach the postseason. Still, the fact that it's Week 16 and the Rams are still alive has to speak volumes about their season. What say you? More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Brandt: Bucs, Rams among six turnaround teams for 2013
      » NFC playoff picture
      » Bucs assistant reportedly will coach Western Michigan
      » Stats Lab: Bradford vs. Freeman
      » Power rankings: Rams No. 18; Bucs No. 20
    • On Twitter:

      #STLvsTB
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Minnesota at Houston

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      That this is such a highly anticipated game this late in the season is a testament to the stunning run by the Vikings. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Texans victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Kyle Rudolph could re-emerge in the stat sheet this week against a Texans team that has allowed nine touchdowns to tight ends this season. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      This is one of the key matchups of Week 16. The Texans can clinch home-field advantage in the AFC with a win, while the Vikings must continue winning to remain in the wild-card race. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Better comeback: Peyton or Peterson?
      » Brooks: What's Peterson's secret?
      » Five teams in need of a Christmas miracle
      » 10 mind-blowing stats for Week 16
      » Can Peterson sprint Vikings into postseason?
    • On Twitter:

      #MINvsHOU
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • San Diego at New York

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      A game without playoff implications got a lot spicier when Jets coach Rex Ryan named second-year pro Greg McElroy the starting quarterback over Mark Sanchez. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Jets victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Shonn Greene's might be on the verge of a 1,000-yard season, but his inconsistencies and a matchup against the Chargers make him an unreliable fantasy option in Week 16. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Chargers and Jets have had two of the most disappointing seasons in the NFL this year, and will attempt to regroup in the offseason to retain their former winning ways. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Will Sanchez be Jets' QB of future?
      » Tebow's career as QB could be ending
      » 10 mind-blowing stats for Week 16
      » Jets among nine teams needing QB change
      » Lombardi: One thing the Jets really need
    • On Twitter:

      #SDvsNYJ
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Cleveland at Denver

      Sun 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Broncos have the playoffs in their future, but the Browns can cement the future of coach Pat Shurmur with an impressive ending to the season. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts an Broncos victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Eric Decker is coming off one of the best performances of this season, and a matchup against the Browns makes him a nice option in Week 16. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Broncos can clinch a first-round playoff bye with a win and a loss by the Patriots. That scenario is unrealistic in that the Patriots will be playing the woeful Jaguars in Week 16. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Better comeback: Peyton or Peterson?
      » Is Broncos defense the team's strongest unit?
      » Brandt: Browns among six turnaround teams for 2013
      » Brooks: Who's better, Von Miller or Aldon Smith?
      » Evolution of the Browns' colors
    • On Twitter:

      #CLEvsDEN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New York at Baltimore

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Which Giants team will arrive in Baltimore? And which Ravens team will face off against them? Intrigue abounds for two of the NFL's most mercurial teams. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Giants victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      While Joe Flacco is actually be a smart start this week, Eli Manning might be best left on your fantasy team's bench. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Ravens are a win away from clinching a second consecutive AFC North crown. The Giants are in the midst of a three-team sprint to the finish in the NFC East. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Are Giants or Ravens having a bigger meltdown?
      » Five teams in need of a Christmas miracle
      » Giants fans sound off after loss
      » History repeating itself for Giants?
      » Flacco: 'It feels like we're 0-14'
    • On Twitter:

      #NYGvsBAL
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Chicago at Arizona

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Bears' remaining schedule does feature a pair of highly winnable games, though, starting with this trip to Arizona. But the Cardinals might be playing for head coach Ken Whisenhunt's job, too. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Bears victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Larry Fitzgerald's fortunes likely won't change against the Bears, who are tough on opposing wideouts on the road. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Bears are still "in the hunt" despite their recent skid, and have two very winnable games remaining in order to help secure a playoff spot. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Five teams in need of a Christmas miracle
      » The last time Bears visited the Cardinals
      » NFC playoff picture: Bears facing uphill battle
      » Forte: 'We believe in Coach Lovie'
      » Lovie Smith admits teams facing must-win
    • On Twitter:

      #CHIvsAZ
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • San Francisco at Seattle

      Sun 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The 49ers and Seahawks can attack teams from so many places, quietly morphing into complete teams out West. The NFC West race takes center stage on Sunday night. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts an 49ers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The 49ers clearly have a stout defensive unit. But on the road, this team has allowed an average of close to 17 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      This colossal showdown could have far-reaching ramifications in the NFC playoff picture. The 49ers are a win away from securing the NFC West crown. With a win, the Seahawks clinch a playoff berth and each team will enter Week 17 with the division title on the line. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Brooks: Who's better, Von Miller or Aldon Smith?
      » ATL Film Room: Lynch goes Beast Mode
      » Drive of the Week: Breaking down Kaepernick
      » Five teams in need of a Christmas miracle
      » 10 mind-blowing stats for Week 16
    • On Twitter:

      #SFvsSEA
    • Watch: Game Preview

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