NFL Week 16 - fifteen football games across three days

December 23, 2022
Hope you asked Santa for “more football” this year because there are 11 (!!!) games tomorrow ahead of a Christmas Day triple-header and a Boxing Day grand finale.
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The GIST: Hope you asked Santa for “more football” this year because there are 11 (!!!) games tomorrow ahead of a Christmas Day triple-header and a Boxing Day grand finale. Fifteen football games across three days? That’s called yuletide joy. Now let’s check out the pre-holiday spectacular.

AFC playoff picture: The Buffalo Bills are standing atop the AFC with 11 wins and a guaranteed postseason spot. So what’s on the line this weekend? The AFC East division title, which could be theirs with a win or tie against the Chicago Bears tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET.

  • Crouching behind them in third is the Cincinnati Bengals, who can lock in a playoff berth of their own with a dub over the New England Patriots, also tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET.
  • From there, things get complicated. Though the Baltimore Ravens’ playoff chances would greatly improve with a win over the Atlanta Falcons tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET, their fate is controlled by a few other games. Same goes for the LA Chargers against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET.

NFC playoff picture: Leading the NFC are the playoff-bound Eagles, who are still looking to lock up the NFC East. Doing so tomorrow at 4:25 p.m. ET against the Dallas Cowboys won’t be easy — Eagles quarterback (QB) and MVP candidate Jalen Hurts is, ahem, hurt with a shoulder injury keeping him on the sidelines.

  • Meanwhile, a NY Giants win this weekend gets them this close to the playoffs, but first they’ll have to beat the Minnesota “comeback” (Vi)kings tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET.

Game of the weekend: You’ll have to wait until Christmas Day for our pick of the weekend: the Green Bay Packers vs. the Miami Dolphins, Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. It’s a tale as old as St. Nick himself: the Old Dog vs. the New Tricks. LFG.

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