Without question, the biggest game of the coming weekend in the NFL is the Christmas Day battle in Pittsburgh between the host Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens in what is the game that will determine the AFC North division champion.
The Steelers (9-5) have won five straight games and the Ravens (8-6) are right there in the AFC North and with a win would sweep the Steelers and take over first place in the division.
Another Christmas Day game later that evening takes place in Kansas City where the Chiefs will host the Denver Broncos (8-6), who are in desperation mode regarding their playoff chances with an 8-6 record and trailing the Miami Dolphins (9-5) and the Chiefs (10-4) for the final two AFC playoff spots.
Both the Chiefs and Broncos recently lost to the Tennessee Titans (also 8-6) so it's a must win for the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos or else they can kiss their playoff chances goodbye.
The Monday Night Football finale for the 2016 season is a good one as well as the Detroit Lions (9-5 and leading the NFC North) travel to face the Dallas Cowboys (12-2) as the 'Pokes look to wrap up the NFC East division title.
The action for Week Sixteen gets started tonight as the New York Giants (10-4) face the Philadelphia Eagles (5-9) in the Thursday night tilt. The Giants have been rolling and their defense looks to dominate the struggling Eagles in this one.
For a look at all of the action for Week Sixteen, the following offers a capsule style look at each game and is followed by the Heftyinfo predictions for the games.
THURSDAY NIGHT GAME
New York Giants (10-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-9) - The Giants are rolling and their defense is looking rather dominant these days.
CHRISTMAS EVE GAMES
Miami Dolphins (9-5) at Buffalo Bills (7-7) - The last gasp for the Bills this season and possibly for Coach Rex Ryan too?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6) at New Orleans Saints (6-8) - The Saints could very easily win this one and spoil any chances the Bucs have of making the playoffs.
New York Jets (4-10) at New England Patriots (12-2) - The Patriots are looking to wrap up home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
Tennessee Titans (8-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) - The Titans have to be careful not to look past this game to the finale against Houston.
Minnesota Vikings (7-7) at Green Bay Packers (8-6) - The loser of this game is out of playoff contention in the NFC. Take the Packers.
San Diego Chargers (5-9) at Cleveland Browns (0-14) - This is the last chance the Browns have to win a game this season.
Washington Redskins (7-6-1) at Chicago Bears (3-11) - The Bears can play spoilers for the Redskins playoff hopes.
Atlanta Falcons (9-5) at Carolina Panthers (6-8) - Can Cam Newton and company play spoilers again as they did vs. the Redskins last weekend? It's possible.
Indianapolis Colts (7-7) at Oakland Raiders (11-3) - The Raiders are already in the AFC playoffs while the Colts are fighting for their playoff lives. Take the Raiders.
Arizona Cardinals (5-8-1) at Seattle Seahawks (9-4-1) - No tie game this time around . . . Seahawks roll !
San Francisco 49ers (1-13) at Los Angeles Rams (4-10) - Who cares?
Cincinnati Bengals (5-8-1) at Houston Texans (8-6) - The Texans need this one and the Bengals are playing out the string. Caution Houston Texans.
CHRISTMAS DAY GAMES
Baltimore Ravens (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) - The Steelers will wrap up the AFC North division in this game - Merry Christmas!
Denver Broncos (8-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (10-4) - The Chiefs need to beat Denver again and prove they are the team that can contend with New England for AFC supremacy.
MONDAY NIGHT GAME
Detroit Lions (9-5) at Dallas Cowboys (12-2) - The Cowboys looking to win the NFC East division crown at home. The Lions must win to keep the surging Green Bay Packers at bay in the NFC North race.
The Heftyinfo picks for Week Sixteen . . . . . (Home teams are listed in bold; Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)
NY Giants over Philadelphia
Buffalo over Miami
New Orleans over Tampa Bay
NEW ENGLAND over NY Jets
Tennessee over Jacksonville
Green Bay over Minnesota
San Diego over Cleveland
Chicago over Washington
Atlanta over Carolina
Oakland over Indianapolis
Seattle over Arizona
Los Angeles over San Francisco
Houston over Cincinnati
Pittsburgh over Baltimore
Kansas City over Denver
Dallas over Detroit
Last Week's Record: 12-4
SEASON RECORD: 148-74-2
Lock of the Week Record: 15-0