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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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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