Winning on the road isn't an easy thing to do in the NFL, yet the ability to win in a hostile environment is a prerequisite for teams that want to be considered among the elite squads in the NFL.
In Week 16, accomplishing that goal is significantly less challenging for a handful of teams that head out on the road to take on inferior competition that has nothing to play for.
With that said, let's take a look at three visiting squads that aren't going to have much of a problem winning on the road this weekend.
Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs
After winning two games in 2011, not even the most optimistic Indianapolis Colts fan expected the team to turn its fortunes around as quickly as it has.
Yet rookie QB Andrew Luck has done the unthinkable and has led his team to the precipice of clinching a playoff spot with only the two-win Kansas City Chiefs standing in the way.
Luck hasn’t been as sharp in recent weeks as he was earlier this season, but the Chiefs haven’t been sharp all year long.
Indianapolis’ receiving core of Reggie Wayne, Donnie Avery and T.Y. Hilton will be too much for the Kansas City secondary while the Chiefs will, once again, struggle to put points on the board thanks to inept play from the quarterback position.
Colts 24, Chiefs 6
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Another team with a rookie QB under center, Washington finds itself in control of the NFC East and simply needing to win out to clinch the division.
Fortunately for the Redskins, they face a defeated and deflated Philadelphia squad that is simply going through the motions before the season comes to a merciful end.
Robert Griffin III is back under center but against a soft Philadelphia defense, he won’t need to do much.
A heavy dose of overlooked rookie RB Alfred Morris will keep the Eagles offense off of the field, limiting Nick Foles’ chances of putting points on the board against a terrible Washington pass defense.
Philly will score, but it won’t be nearly enough to take down the visitors from our nation’s capital.
Washington 28, Philadelphia 17
New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars
While the New England Patriots pass defense ranks 29th in the NFL, it ranks 11th against the run. More importantly, it goes up against a Jacksonville Jaguars offense that is equally inept through the air and on the ground.
The Jaguars don’t do anything particularly well while the Patriots, with Tom Brady under center, has the most prolific offensive attack in the league, averaging a league-best 36.1 points per game.
This one is going to get ugly early, leading to the Patriots being able to rest its starters in the fourth quarter.
New England 42, Jacksonville 13