Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints Friday December 25, 4:30 PM ET
The NFL is giving us a Christmas Day game with the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. The Vikings 6-8 and hanging on by a thread to make the postseason. A loss on Friday will eliminate them from postseason contention. This should give them enough motivation to put out their best effort on Christmas. However, the Saints are competing with the Green Bay Packers for the number one seed in the NFC. New Orleans will be looking to earn a bye, especially with Brees making his return on Sunday. This should make for a great Christmas Day present.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions Saturday December 26, 1:00 PM ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will head to Detroit to take on the Lions this Saturday. This should be a high scoring game on Sunday, with the Buccs taking care of business on the road. Detroit has called it in for the remainder of the season and allowing 37 points per game in the last four games. Tom Brady and co. should have no issues moving the football on Sunday in Detroit. The Lions offense should put on a pretty good show this week again, even against an outstanding Tampa Bay defense. Darrell Bevell has been a great interim head coach for Detroit and coaching for a job in 2021.
San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals Saturday December 26, 4:30 PM ET
The Arizona Cardinals are looking to secure a playoff spot, and a win over the 49ers this Sunday is the first step. The Cardinals are coming off a huge road win over the Eagles and now head home to take on San Francisco, who was eliminated from the playoffs last week. On top of the 49ers, Santa Clara County situation, this should be a fairly easy win for Arizona. The 49ers are done with 2020, and playoff elimination is the icing on the cake. With the Cardinals still competing for a playoff spot and holding onto the seventh seed, they will be going all-in on Saturday to make sure they get into the postseason.
Miami Dolphins @ Las Vegas Raiders Saturday December 26, 8:15 PM ET
Miami heads to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders. Despite an awful collapse over the last few weeks, the Raiders are still competing for a playoff spot, and Miami currently holds the seventh seed in the AFC. This should be a competitive game on Saturday as Vegas tries to give it is all to stay in the playoff race. However, the Dolphins are also tied with the Ravens for the final playoff spot, which Miami holds the tiebreaker. The Dolphins are the road for the final two games of their season, and it will be key to secure wins to make sure they get into the postseason.
Atlanta Falcons @ Kansas City Chiefs Sunday December 27, 1:00 PM ET
Atlanta heads to Kansas City for a Week 16 showdown. A win on Sunday will secure the number one seed and a first-round bye for the Chiefs. A year after winning the Super Bowl, Kansas City looks to be the best team in the NFL and will be looking to go back to back titles. The Falcons are coming off another loss where the team collapsed late in the game, and this time, it was against Tampa Bay. Kansas City should be able to take care of business on Sunday. If they do, they will be able to rest starters in Week 17 to make sure they are fully healthy heading into the playoffs.
Cleveland Browns @ New York Jets Sunday December 27, 1:00 PM ET
The Cleveland Browns are trying to get to 11 wins for the first time since 1994. This week they take on a Jets team that finally won its first game of the season. The funniest thing about New York winning this week is that it puts Jacksonville in the driver's seat for the number one overall pick, and most likely Trevor Lawrence. The Jets out-Jetsed themselves with their first win in 2020. Despite the shocking upset, the Browns should be fine on Sunday in New York. Cleveland knows what's at stake, and one more win will put them in the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday December 27, 1:00 PM ET
The Indianapolis Colts travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. This will be one of the best matchups on Sunday, with two teams competing viciously for playoff spots. The Steelers have been struggling as of late, but a Monday night matchup against the Bengals will always do the trick. Indianapolis can potentially get back into first place in the AFC South with a win and a Titans loss on Sunday. Both defenses have been playing great this year, so it will be interesting to see how the offenses do on Sunday. Sunday December 27, 1:00 PM ET
With a win on Sunday and Giants' loss, Washington can clinch the NFC East and potentially do it with a 7-9 record. The Football Team holds a tiebreaker over Dallas, who sits in second place, but is also tied with the Giants. New York beat Washington twice this season. Carolina has been eliminated from the playoffs and just fired its general manager Monday morning, so it's hard to see the team giving a full effort in the final weeks of 2020. The Football Team has played great football in recent weeks, winning four of its last five games. A win in Carolina will get them one step closer to the postseason.
Chicago Bears @ Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday December 27, 1:00 PM ET
Chicago finds themselves alive for a playoff spot after taking down the Vikings on the road. They head to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars, who just secured the top spot in the upcoming NFL Draft. It's hard to see Jacksonville putting in much effort knowing they have a chance to draft Trevor Lawrence with the top pick. The Bears essentially need to win out to make the postseason, along with a Cardinals loss. Playing the Jaguars this late is huge and should keep them in the race after Sunday is over. Mitch Trubisky is arguably playing his best football in his career. However, the defense has struggled in recent weeks, which is the backbone of this team.
New York Giants @ Baltimore Ravens Sunday December 27, 1:00 PM ET
The New York Giants head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. Both teams are on the outside of the playoff picture, looking to get in. The Giants and Ravens will need some help, but a win will keep them in the race. A loss will most likely eliminate them from contention. The Giants have been struggling all season, and if they weren't in the NFC East, they would most likely be done for the season. The Ravens should have no issues on Sunday moving the football and limiting a New York offense led by Colt McCoy. Baltimore finishes the year with the Bengals and Giants, so they have a legit chance to sneak into January with two wins and a Dolphins loss.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans Sunday December 27, 1:00 PM ET
Cincinnati heads Houston to Houston this week for a lackluster matchup. With no Joe Burrow, watching Bengals games is more difficult as the team is clearly built around him. The Texans have been a dumpster fire all season and will hopefully get back on track in 2021 for the sake of Deshaun Watson. For now, Houston and Cincinnati will be competing for better Draft spots for April. The Texans should secure the win because the team is more talented than their record shows and more talented than a Joe Burrow-less Bengals team.
Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers Sunday December 27, 4:05 PM ET
The Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers compete this Sunday in hopes of staying out of last place in the division. Neither team had a great season led by some bad luck for the Broncos and poor coaching for the Chargers. Los Angeles is coming off an exciting Thursday night victory over the Raiders on the road, while the Broncos had no shot at beating the Bills on Saturday. Both teams will also get an extra day of rest due to the game earlier in the week. As bad as Denver looked against the Bills, they should bounce back against the Chargers in LA.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys Sunday December 27, 4:25 PM ET
The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys will be competing in a huge NFC East matchup this week. Both teams are on the brink of elimination, and win will keep them alive. The Eagles have Jalen Hurts at quarterback, and he is playing much better football than what Caron Wentz was doing. Andy Dalton has also kept the Cowboys alive for the playoffs with his performances. It might not matter anymore, but as long as both teams are still technically alive, they will want to do everything possible to secure a win.
Los Angeles Rams @ Seattle Seahawks Sunday December 27, 4:25 PM ET
The Rams are coming off a historic loss against the New York Jets on Sunday. They will now have to take on a Seattle Seahawks team on the road in hopes of getting back into first place in the NFC West. As bad as the Rams' loss looks, this could be a great spot to back them on the road. Everyone is going to overreact to what they saw on Sunday and take the Seahawks. Seattle is a good team, but their defense continues to struggle, which the Rams can take advantage of. Los Angeles needs to figure out a way to contain Russell Wilson.
Tennessee Titans @ Green Bay Packers Sunday December 27, 8:20 PM ET
Titans and Green Bay Packers are going to be a great Sunday night matchup. Both teams are looking at playoff positioning, and a win will help both causes. This should be a high scoring matchup, pending the weather, due to both offenses being great and the defenses struggling at times. Aaron Rodgers should carve up the Titans defense, and Derrick Henry will have no issues moving the football on the ground against the Packers. This game could come down to which defense can make a stop. With two high flying offenses, it will be vital for the defenses to come up with big plays to keep them in the game.
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots Monday December 28, 8:15 PM ET
The New England Patriots will not be in the postseason for the first time in 11 years and for the third time since 2000. What could have been an exciting matchup between two divisional opponents will not be as thrilling anymore. The Bills secured the AFC East title for the first time in 25 years and are still jockeying for playoff positioning. However, Bill Belichick will be doing everything possible to mess up the Bills playoff path. Despite New England missing out on the playoffs, they will want to finish the season strong.