The NFL regular season is almost over with the arrival of Week 16. This late in the season, there are no more "Thursday Night Football" games on the schedule. Fifteen contests are set for Sunday, as well as the final Monday Night Football game of 2013.
Miami Dolphins (-2.5) at Buffalo Bills
The Dolphins are tied with the Ravens for the final wild card spot, but does not hold the tiebreaker. They are two games behind Patriots and are still alive in the division. The Bills are in last place, and the Phins have a lot to play for.
New Orleans Saints (+3) at Carolina Panthers
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The two teams are tied for first place in the NFC South at 10-4. The winner will guarantee themselves a playoff spot. Home-field advantage is important, as the Saints have all four of their losses on the road, and the Panthers haven't lost at home since Week One.
Dallas Cowboys (-3) at Washington Redskins
A win for the Cowboys would guarantee them a chance to win the division in Week 17, but a loss and a victory for the Eagles would put them out of contention. The Redskins currently have the worst record in the NFC.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+4) at St. Louis Rams
The game doesn’t mean much for either team. A win for Tampa Bay would keep them out of sole possession of last place, while the Rams are relegated to the basement of the NFC West.
Prediction: Tampa Bay
Chicago Bears (+3) at Philadelphia Eagles
Both teams can clinch their divisions with a win and losses from the teams that are chasing them. This should be a high-scoring game, with the Eagles desperate to erase the painful loss to Minnesota on Sunday.
Cleveland Browns (+2.5) at New York Jets
The Jets had their playoff hopes dashed last week. The Browns have been out of contention for a while, and they haven’t won since Week Nine.
Indianapolis Colts (+6.5) at Kansas City Chiefs
The Colts have clinched their division and are likely headed for the No.3 or No.4 seed in the AFC. The Chiefs are tied for the best record in the AFC, but their two head-to-head losses to the Broncos could make them a wild card team. They’ll need two straight wins for a chance at the division title.
Prediction: Kansas City
Minnesota Vikings (+7) at Cincinnati Bengals
A win for the Bengals and a loss for the Ravens would give Cincinnati the AFC North crown. However, if the opposite happens, Cincinnati could find themselves on the outside of the playoff race. The Vikings might be better off losing to improve their standing in the draft.
Denver Broncos (-10) at Houston Texans
The Broncos need to keep winning to ensure themselves home-field advantage throughout the postseason. A defeat for Houston could guarantee them the first pick in the 2014 draft.
Tennessee Titans (-5.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Neither team can make the playoffs. Jacksonville has played well, though, going 4-2 since their 0-8 start.
Arizona Cardinals (+10.5) at Seattle Seahawks
There’s a lot on the line for the Cardinals. A win could keep them alive in the wild card race, but a loss, as well as a win from the Panthers, would eliminate them. A victory for Seattle would guarantee the Seahawks the No.1 seed in the conference.
New York Giants (+9.5) at Detroit Lions
New York is very banged up with nothing to play for. If Detroit wins, the Lions guaranteed to still be alive in Week 17. A defeat and a Bears’ win, though, would essentially end their season.
Oakland Raiders (+10) at San Diego Chargers
The Chargers are alive in the wild card hunt, but they’ll need some help. They trail the Ravens and Dolphins by a game in the wild card race. A poor conference record and losses in head-to-head matchups have them losing out on all tiebreaker scenarios, as well. Oakland has no chance of getting out of last place.
Prediction: San Diego
Pittsburgh Steelers (+2.5) at Green Bay Packers
A win for the Packers would make their game with the Bears in Week 17 a one-game playoff for the division title. A win won’t be easy to come by without Aaron Rodgers, but the Steelers have nothing to play for.
Prediction: Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots (+2.5) at Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens have the tiebreaker over the Dolphins for the final wild card spot, so two straight wins puts them in. They still have a shot at the division title, as they trail the Bengals by one game. The two teams face off in the season finale, and the Ravens own the tiebreaker. A win for New England give them the AFC East crown.
Atlanta Falcons (+13) at San Francisco 49ers
The Falcons are in last place in the NFC South. The 49ers would clinch at least a wild card berth with a win. They’d need Seattle to lose out for a chance at another division title. Since the game is on Monday, a win for the Seahawks over the Cardinals would give San Francisco a playoff spot a day before they even take the field.
Prediction: San Francisco