Mark Sanchez led the New York Jets to an enormously important victory in Week 15 over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but New York must already be focused on their staunch Week 16 challenge—they can lock up a playoff berth with a win over Jay Cutler's Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
The Bears sewed up the NFC North with a victory Monday night over the Minnesota Vikings, but they, too, have plenty of motivation entering this match-up—winning out would give the Bears a first-round bye, a huge advantage for obvious reasons.
Yet these two teams are not the only ones playing with much on the line in Week 16.
By the end of the final game this week, odds are that most of the fog currently hanging over the playoff landscape will begin to lift.
Read on for previews and predictions on the five most critical games of the penultimate week of the regular season.