NFL TV Schedule 2013: Week 16 Coverage Listings for Every Game

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IDecember 18, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 16:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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NFL fans around the world are in for a treat in Week 16, as the TV schedule is loaded with potential season-defining contests.

With just two games left before the NFL's postseason, only four teams have secured playoff berths. Only 12 teams have been eliminated, as noted by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, meaning there are 16 teams fighting for the final eight spots:

There are plenty of playoff scenarios that could play out, and you can view all of them here, courtesy of NFL.com. 

This is the time of year when the best teams play at their best. It's also the time of year when a team that has struggled early can get red-hot and make a run at the Super Bowl, much like the New York Giants during the team's recent championship seasons.    

Here's a look at the entire TV schedule for Week 16, followed by a deeper examination of a few of this weekend's most pivotal contests. 

SUN, DEC 22TIME (ET)TVLOCATION
Miami at Buffalo1 p.m.CBSRalph Wilson Stadium
Minnesota at Cincinnati1 p.m.FoxPaul Brown Stadium
Indianapolis at Kansas City1 p.m.CBSArrowhead Stadium
Tampa Bay at St. Louis1 p.m.FoxEdward Jones Dome
Cleveland at NY Jets1 p.m.CBSMetLife Stadium
Dallas at Washington1 p.m.FoxFedEx Field
New Orleans at Carolina1 p.m.FoxBank of America Stadium
Tennessee at Jacksonville1 p.m.CBSEverBank Field
Denver at Houston1 p.m.CBSReliant Stadium
NY Giants at Detroit4:05 p.m.FoxFord Field
Arizona at Seattle4:05 p.m.FoxCenturyLink Field
Pittsburgh at Green Bay4:25 p.m.CBSLambeau Field
Oakland at San Diego4:25 p.m.CBSQualcomm Stadium
New England at Baltimore4:25 p.m.CBSM&T Bank Stadium
Chicago at Philadelphia8:30 p.m.NBCLincoln Financial Field
MON, DEC 23TIME (ET)TVLOCATION
Atlanta at San Francisco8:30 p.m.ESPNCandlestick Park
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New Orleans at Carolina

The NFC South title is on the line in Week 16. 

The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers are currently tied at 10-4, with New Orleans holding an edge in the standings based on the team's win at home over Carolina in Week 14. 

The winning team will be the No. 2 seed in the NFC heading into the final weekend of the season, while the losing team will likely fall into the No. 6 seed. The reason for this is that the San Francisco 49ers will likely win on Monday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons, improving to 11-4, while the losing team in this upcoming battle will fall to 10-5.

The team that finishes the 2013 season as the No. 6 seed in the NFC will likely head to Seattle for the divisional round—provided it wins its wild-card game.

Needless to say, neither the Saints nor the Panthers want to play the Saints at CenturyLink Field in January. A home game and first-round bye is much more appealing, and you can be sure the players will approach Week 16's game with playoff intensity.

The Saints have been a mediocre club on the road this year, posting a record of 3-4, so nobody should expect a one-sided victory at Bank of America Stadium for New Orleans. 

Expect Carolina's offense to attack the Saints with a heavy dose of the running game. New Orleans has been manhandled on the defensive side of the ball the past two road games against Seattle and St. Louis, allowing 271 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Aug 9, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead (72) against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

Rookie offensive tackle Terron Armstead better step up and play big for the Saints. He's replacing veteran left tackle Charles Brown this weekend, and head coach Sean Payton hopes he's up to the challenge, via NewOrleansSaints.com.

"I think Terron has improved during the course of the season, taking scout team reps, and it's time to see what he can do."

He'll be going up against Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy all game long, and the Saints won't have a chance if he struggles in his first career start.

Carolina's defense will rebound from the poor showing in New Orleans, and the Panthers will take control of the NFC South with a huge win at home. 

 

Pittsburgh at Green Bay

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 08: Antonio Brown #84 and Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers  celebrate their third quarter touchdown play against the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field on December 8, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregor
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The Pittsburgh Steelers snuck back into the playoff race with a big win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15. At 6-8, however, the team's chances of reaching the postseason are slim already, and another loss would likely be the last straw.

The Green Bay Packers have been a miserable wreck for the most part since Aaron Rodgers was injured in Week 9, posting a record of 2-4-1. However, the team has won two in a row and is just one-half game behind the Chicago Bears for the NFC North divisional crown and a playoff berth. 

The big story heading into this game is whether Rodgers will be medically cleared to play. As pointed out by Rapoport, Wednesday, Dec. 18, is a big day for Rodgers:

If Rodgers is unable to play, the Packers have to feel somewhat comfortable sending Matt Flynn out once again after his last two performances that led to wins. That said, there's no doubt the team, and its fans, would feel much more at ease with Rodgers behind center. 

The two huge matchups in this game will be Eddie Lacy going up against Pittsburgh's mediocre run defense and Ben Roethlisberger's passing attack going up against Green Bay's porous secondary.

Lacy has been outstanding in his rookie campaign, and he won the NFC's Player of the Week award after shredding Dallas for 171 total yards and a touchdown in Week 15, per Pro Football Talk:

Regardless of who starts at quarterback, expect Lacy to be heavily utilized on the ground. Keeping Roethlisberger off the field will be a big part of Green Bay's game plan, and another big performance by Lacy will spur the Packers to victory. 

 

Chicago at Philadelphia

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 07:  Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears is congratulated by  Brandon Marshall #15 after scoring a touchdown during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 7, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Pho
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Both the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles hold tenuous one-game leads over divisional rivals for their respective divisional titles with 8-6 records.

The Bears are embroiled in a three-way battle for the NFC North with the Packers (7-6-1) and Detroit Lions (7-7). Should both the Bears and Packers win, then Detroit will be eliminated from playoff contention, as Bleacher Report's Zach Kruse noted:

The Eagles are one game ahead of the Dallas Cowboys. There's a chance Philly could clinch the NFC East in Week 16, provided the Eagles win and the Cowboys lose to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. 

Both teams have big mismatches offensively, meaning this could be a high-scoring affair. 

Chicago's passing game—which has been hotter than molten granite of late—should have no trouble shredding Philadelphia's No. 31-ranked pass defense. On the other side, LeSean McCoy should romp over, around and through Chicago's league-worst run defense.

Oh, and don't forget about second-year Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who has been tremendous as the starter for Philadelphia since taking over for Michael Vick earlier in the season. He had a difficult game against Minnesota in Week 15, but he's ready to bounce back this weekend, as Alex Smith of PhiladelphiaEagles.com relayed:

...I just keep fighting through it because my teammates are looking at me as the quarterback, and they’re trying to see how I’m going to react in those adverse situations. When everything is going wrong, when guys are going crazy and when composure’s lost, what is the quarterback doing? Is he going to lose composure or is he going to keep firing the ball? I’m going to keep firing the ball and keep the guys together.

He'll need to be sharp in Week 16, because it's likely Jay Cutler will have a huge game throwing to big-time receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall

In the end, Philadelphia will prevail at home, thanks to a big day from McCoy on the ground.   

 

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