NFL Schedule Week 16: TV Coverage Map, Start Times and Live Stream Info

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIDecember 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER  14: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts drops back to pass during the game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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With three games already in the books, we're left with just 13 contests over the final two days of Week 16. However, what the remainder of the week lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality, as all but one of those games feature some sort of playoff implications.

Four teams have already clinched postseason berths, leaving only eight spots remaining for teams still in contention. Expect Week 16 to decide the fates—for better or worse—of many playoff hopefuls, as some teams will punch their tickets into January's action and others will begin looking forward to the 2015 NFL draft.

With only one game remaining for each of the NFL's 32 squads following Week 16, there's a sense of urgency to generate late-season wins, either to act as a catalyst into the playoffs or to simply end the season on a high note. With a high level of intensity expected going forward, you won't want to miss a moment of the action.

Week 16 Schedule
DateMatchupTime (ET)ChannelLive Stream
Sun., Dec. 21Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans1
Sun., Dec. 21Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers1
Sun., Dec. 21Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears1 p.m.FoxFox Sports Go
Sun., Dec. 21Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers1 p.m.FoxFox Sports Go
Sun., Dec. 21Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers1
Sun., Dec. 21Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins1 p.m.FoxFox Sports Go
Sun., Dec. 21New England Patriots at New York Jets1
Sun., Dec. 21Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints1 p.m.FoxFox Sports Go
Sun., Dec. 21New York Giants at St. Louis Rams4:05 p.m.FoxFox Sports Go
Sun., Dec. 21Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders4:25
Sun., Dec. 21Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys4:25
Sun., Dec. 21Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals8:30 p.m.NBCNBC Live Extra
Mon., Dec. 22Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals8:30 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
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Game of the Week

Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys already know a victory on Sunday will clinch the NFC East following a loss by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. This week's contest is extremely crucial for a team that has been known to struggle in December, missing out on the playoffs in four consecutive seasons. Dallas won't want its fate decided in Week 17.

The Colts have already wrapped up the AFC South; however, they are still in contention for a first-round bye in the playoffs as they remain just one game behind both the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. Even if Indianapolis doesn't earn a bye, it must keep winning to remain in the No. 3 seed to gain a more favorable matchup during the Wild Card Round.

Interestingly enough, this contest may very well be decided by the ultimate status of each team's biggest playmaker.

For Indianapolis, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton highlights a trio of players who may not be available for Sunday's contest. ESPN's Mike Wells tweeted the absences of the three players from Friday's practice and Cherilus has since been ruled out:

The Colts own the league's top-ranked passing offense; however, they will lose a great deal of big-play ability without Hilton in the fold. Indianapolis does have some nice reserves in Donte Moncrief and Hakeem Nicks, but the team may not be able to take as much advantage of the Cowboys' 23rd-ranked pass defense without the league's fourth-leading receiver.

Dallas has a trio of high-profile players on its injury report as well. This list happens to be highlighted by the NFL's rushing leader DeMarco Murray. NFL Network's Desmond Purnell tweeted the statuses of the trio:

Purnell also noted that Murray expects to play, which is great news for the Cowboys; however, with recent surgery on his left thumb, it's easy to wonder how difficult it will be for Murray to properly stiff-arm a would-be tackler or how reliable he will be in the passing game.

Of course, the Cowboys do have a resurgent Tony Romo at the helm and a very dangerous Dez Bryant out wide, but one could argue the reason Romo has been so efficient this season is Dallas' new run-heavy scheme. This same game plan may not be as easy to establish with either Joseph Randle or Lance Dunbar in the backfield.

It's difficult to predict the outcome of this contest before the availability of these players is finally revealed, so we should expect this to come down to which team makes more mistakes. The Colts have been the sloppier of the two teams of late, accumulating 12 giveaways over their last four games and have now turned the ball over 28 times this season, the third most in the league. The nod goes to Dallas.

Prediction: Cowboys 27, Colts 20

Playoff scenarios courtesy of and current as of December 20.