We'd argue that quarterback Thad Lewis actually helps Buffalo's chances for an upset. He showed promise in a Week 5 win over the Dolphins, but Sunday won't be easy: Miami passer Ryan Tannehill is playing his best football right now.
EJ Manuel out for Buffalo Bills; Thad Lewis to start
Brent Grimes, Nolan Carroll expect to play for Dolphins
How have the Dolphins persevered?
Preview: Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills
Sean Payton: Terron Armstead to start over Charles Brown
Week 16 predictions: Panthers top Saints; Ravens edge Patriots
Do Saints need a wakeup call?
Cam Newton mic'd up on 'Sound FX'
Clinging to a thin lead in the AFC North, the Bengals can't afford to overlook a Vikings team that scorched the Eagles last week. Matt Cassel led Minnesota to 48 points, the team's biggest outpouring since Week 16 of 1998.Further reading:
Young Bengals fan wants revenge for Kevin Huber hit
The best games over final two weeks
Preview: Minnesota Vikings vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Adrian Peterson is a bad gift-giver
Despite a trainwreck campaign, the Texans still have the league's second-ranked pass defense. That might not be the case after facing a Peyton Manning-led Broncos attack that's scored touchdowns on an NFL-best 78.3 percent of its trips into the red zone.Further reading:
Denver Broncos boast NFL's best offensive nucleus
Elliot Harrison picks all Week 16's games
Preview: Denver Broncos vs. Houston Texans
Ben Tate's future
Cecil Shorts (groin) shipped to Jaguars' IR
ATL's writers pick the winners for Week 16 NFL games
Jason Babin mic'd up on 'Sound FX'
Preview: Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
It's the first game of the season between two teams who have clinched playoff berths. We'll be interested to see how Andrew Luck and Indy's offense fare against a Chiefs defense likely to have pass rusher Justin Houston back in the lineup.Further reading:
Going Deep: Running down the backs for 2014
Charles, Alex Smith have Chiefs poised for playoff run
"A Football Life Backstory': Marty Schottenheimer
Preview: Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Crazy stat: The Browns rank top 10 in passing for the first time since ... 1991. That tells you how rough it's been in Cleveland for decades -- and how much of a difference Josh Gordon makes to this team.Further reading:
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Tight ends for Week 16
New York Jets players back Rex Ryan despite struggles
Is Jets head coach Rex Ryan fighting for his job?
Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets
It's not all bad for these two lovable losers. The Bucs have a turnover differential of +11 while the Rams sit at +10, making these two the only teams to rank in the top 10 in that category despite a losing record.Further reading:
Picking winners for Week 16 NFL games
Pro Bowl ballots: Secondary
Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. St. Louis Rams
Rams defensive end Quinn talks franchise sack record
Tony Romo's problem go beyond the final two minutes of games. He's consistently missed Dez Bryant open deep over the last few weeks. Romo used to be a great vertical passer, but he's struggled at that skill of late. He also is missing throws in the red zone, leading to a lot of field goals.Further reading:
Morris Claiborne says he'll miss Dallas Cowboys game
Preview: Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
'Sound FX': Dez Bryant
The Lions are their own worst enemies. They have 18 turnovers since Week 11, five more than any other team in the NFL. Their 41 drops on the season lead the league. Matthew Stafford's steady start to the season has eroded over the last seven weeks with 54.3 percent passing, 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.Further reading:
Victor Cruz undergoes knee surgery; Jordan Reed out
Calvin Johnson defends Matthew Stafford's poor play
Should Lions bench Stafford?
Preview: New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
The most insane stat of this season: Seattle has given up only 19 punt return yards all year. Their 1.4 yards-per-return allowed would set an NFL record. The Seahawks will clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC with another home win.Further reading:
Brandon Browner suspended indefinitely by NFL
Cardinals expect Larry Fitzgerald to play vs. Seahawks
'NFL Fantasy Live': Rashard Mendenhall on Cardinals' offense
Which top team will go all the way?
For all the talk about Rob Gronkowski's absence crushing the Patriots' offense, Tom Brady's crew racked up 453 yards last week against Miami. The expected return of Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson should help the Patriots hit more big plays and better capitalize in the red zone than a week ago.
Ravens' Torrey Smith rants on fantasy football owners
Patriots' Vince Wilfork: 'No question' I'll play in 2014
Which of last year's Super Bowl teams is more dangerous now?
Top 10 plays from 'Thursday Night Football'
For all the deserved love being thrown Matt Flynn's way after his incredible comeback, the Packers quarterback did not have to make many great throws in Green Bay's comeback. He was very lucky a few second-half passes weren't picked off. Look for Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LaBeau to make Flynn throw to the outside more, especially on third-and-long. The Packers can't rely on winning a shootout.Further reading:
Rodgers 'looked sharp' during Packers practice
Lacy is Packers' MVP -- and a no-brainer rookie of the year
Mike Tomlin compares Le'Veon Bell and Eddie Lacy
'Sound FX': Best of Week 15
If Dennis Allen's job is hanging in the balance; this matchup doesn't bode well. The Raiders' defensive performance against Kansas City was the most embarrassing effort we've seen all year. Oakland struggled badly with screens last year, and Danny Woodhead is one of the best screen-pass running backs in the league.Further reading:
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Quarterbacks for Week 16
Dennis Allen on hot seat; Reggie McKenzie likely safe
'A Football Life: Marty Schottenheimer'- One play at a time
Preview: Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers
Look for a ton of big plays in this game because both safety groups are awful. Both quarterbacks, however, are coming off shaky outings. Jay Cutler did not have to do much in Chicago's win over Cleveland. He is often a beat late on throws. Nick Foles has been more erratic throwing the ball the last two weeks. He continues to make plays, but he's not hitting his deep shots as much and his lack of arm strength has shown up at times.
Brandon Marshall: There's 'chatter' over Cutler vs. McCown
Hall of Fame Cases For ... Six offensive-skill-player semifinalists
The Philadelphia Eagles won't be watching other games on Sunday
Who do you trust more: Romo or Foles?
Candlestick Park moments: Iconic San Francisco 49ers reminisce
Gonzalez not reconsidering retirement
Candlestick Moments: Terrell Owens catches 20 passes
Which wild-card team will make the Super Bowl?