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The Important NFL Games in Week 16

Week 16 is a big opportunity for several teams looking to secure their best playoff scenarios.

The Important NFL Games in Week 16


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As the season winds down we’re looking at the most important NFL games in Week 16. The odds have just been updated and we’re here to give you the insight you need heading into the penultimate week of the 2020 NFL Season! Here are our top five games of Week 16!

GAME #5

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints (-7) – Friday @ 4:30pm ET

This is more about the date of the game rather than the implications of the outcome.

This Christmas Day game will mark the first time in NFL history that a game has been played on each day of the week in a season. What a fun, kooky wrinkle 2020 has given NFL historians!

This is also only the 11th game played on a Friday since 1970.

The Saints still have a shot at the #1 seed and this game will be a great barometer for what the team can expect out of Drew Brees. Will he be the guy from the first half vs. KC who seemed to have just learned what a football was, or the guy from the 2nd half who threw three touchdown passes?

As for the Vikings, they only have a slim chance of making the playoffs. The important thing for this team is to continue to build on the stellar rapport between the QB and their star rookie receiver.

GAME #4

Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) @ Dallas Cowboys – Sunday @ 4:25pm ET

There’s not a lot to say here.

A game between a 4-9-1 team and a 5-9 team in December being labeled as “important” is odd, to say the least.

Still the winner of this game could be staring down a golden opportunity for a playoff spot in Week 17. This depends on Washington losing to Carolina this Sunday, which is very possible considering the WFT QB seems more concerned with strip club DJ playlists than play sheets.

GAME #3

Tennessee Titans @ Green Bay Packers (-3.5) – Sunday @ 8:20pm ET

This matchup is between the #1 (TEN) and #3 (GB) scoring teams in the NFL.  It should be a Sunday Night Football shootout for the ages.

Which means the game will likely be 13-10 and the TDs will be 1-yard fullback scores.

The story of this game though is about what a loss means for each team.

A Titans loss could see them fall out of the lead for the AFC South and potentially end up the 6 or 7 seed. A Packers loss could cost them the #1 seed and the NFC’s lone bye.

GAME #2

Indianapolis Colts (-1.5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday @ 1:00pm ET

Less than a month ago the Steelers were 11-0 and had a first-round bye in their pocket. Now, they have dropped three straight games and their QB has looked more interested in completing passes to the opposing team.

Their 2-0 record vs. the Ravens means they have secured a playoff sport no matter what, but wow this is not how you want to end a season. Plus, if they lose this week then they are traveling to Cleveland with the division up for grabs. This would be more daunting with a stadium full of Browns fans, but it’s still a bad situation for Pittsburgh if they drop this game.

If they do want to turn their season around, this is a good start.

For the Colts, they could take the division lead if Tennessee loses to Green Bay (who is favored). Winning the division could set up a rematch with this Steelers team in Round 1, who we just covered has as much momentum right now as a rock stuck in mud.

GAME #1

Los Angeles Rams @ Seattle Seahawks (-1.5) – Sunday @ 4:25pm ET

This game is the “Armageddon” to the PHI/DAL game’s “Deep Impact”. A divisional game where the two teams are, you know, good.

The Rams held control for most of their week 10 23-16 win vs. the Seahawks. A win here would put LA in the driver’s seat for the division, and they’d be facing a Cardinals team next week who might be locked into the #7 seed (and who the Rams beat 38-28 in Arizona in Week 13).

The other interesting wrinkle is a Seattle loss could potentially put them into the 5 seed heading into Round 1. This would match them with the NFC East winner who, at best, would be 8-8. Seattle should be the one team to know that might not be as enticing as it looks though…

Terry is from Massachusetts and is a passionate fan of the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins. He also will admit he only pays attention to Syracuse basketball when they're good. If there's a Twitter trade rumor even remotely associated with one of his teams, he's likely fallen for it. Finally, he believes 100% that if the Celtics had beaten the Heat in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals they would have swept the Thunder in the Finals.

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