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

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2015

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) is congratulated by tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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The NFC East race had the potential to be a key provider of drama through Week 17 of this season. Thanks to a massive performance from quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Washington Redskins ended the suspense a week early.

Other than his truly baffling decision to take a knee in the red zone just before halftime, Cousins played arguably the best game of his career on Saturday of Week 16, throwing for 365 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-24 win over the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles. Two of those scoring throws went to tight end Jordan Reed, who finished with 129 receiving yards. The victory clinched the NFC East crown for the Redskins.

Some might see Cousins' performance as a bit of a holiday miracle, as he put up monster stats on the road for the first time all season. Coming into the game, the 27-year-old quarterback sported a 74.6 QB rating in away games this season, tossing a mere six touchdowns against nine interceptions.

Others will point to stats like this one from NFL Network's Albert Breer, suggesting Captain Kirk is coming into his own as an NFL quarterback:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Last 9 games for Redskins QB Kirk Cousins: 20 TD passes, 3 interceptions.

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There's plenty of action left in Week 16. Teams still fighting for playoff spots or looking to move up in seeding can only hope they get similarly marvelous performances from their key players.

Here are the start times and viewing info for the remaining Week 16 games, followed by a look at three players on contending teams that need to do what Cousins did and put on a show. There are plenty of people traveling for the holidays; if you're looking to see which game is being shown in your area, check out the coverage map at 506Sports.com.

Sunday, December 27
Time (ET)AwayHomeTVLive Stream
1 p.m.New England Patriots (12-2)New York Jets (9-5)CBSNFL Sunday Ticket (subscription required)
1 p.m.Houston Texans (7-7)Tennessee Titans (3-11)CBSNFL Sunday Ticket (subscription required)
1 p.m.Cleveland Browns (3-11)Kansas City Chiefs (9-5)CBSNFL Sunday Ticket (subscription required)
1 p.m.Indianapolis Colts (6-8)Miami Dolphins (5-9)FOXFoxSportsGo
1 p.m.San Francisco 49ers (4-10)Detroit Lions (5-9)FOXFoxSportsGo
1 p.m.Dallas CowboysBuffalo Bills (6-8)FOXFoxSportsGo
1 p.m.Chicago Bears (5-9)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8)FOXFoxSportsGo
1 p.m.Carolina Panthers (14-0)Atlanta Falcons (7-7)FOXFoxSportsGo
1 p.m.Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5)Baltimore Ravens (4-10)CBSNFL Sunday Ticket (subscription required)
4:05 p.m.Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9)New Orleans Saints (5-9)CBSNFL Sunday Ticket (subscription required)
4:25 p.m.St. Louis Rams (6-8)Seattle Seahawks (9-5)FOXFoxSportsGo
4:25 p.m.Green Bay Packers (10-4)Arizona Cardinals (12-2)FOXFoxSportsGo
8:30 p.m.New York Giants (6-8)Minnesota Vikings (9-5)NBCNBC Sports Live Extra
Monday, December 28
8:30 p.m.Cincinnati Bengals (11-3)Denver Broncos (10-4)ESPNWatchESPN
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Ryan Fitzpatrick Looking to End Playoff Drought

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Ryan Fitzpatrick's NFL career began back in 2005 with the St. Louis Rams. In the ensuing 11 years, the intelligent quarterback has worked his way up from lowly seventh-round pick to a starring role on a playoff contender but has yet to actually play beyond Week 17.

In order to graduate from mere contender to full-fledged postseason QB, Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets have to beat out the likes of Pittsburgh, Kansas City and (possibly) Denver for an AFC wild-card spot.

This pretty much means beating New England in Week 16, and it's a challenge Fitzpatrick accepts readily, per Brian Costello of the New York Post:

"This is a huge one for me and I’m excited,” said Fitzpatrick. “This is why everybody in here plays the game. Playing football games like this in December and [to] have a shot at playing longer. We’re pretty excited about this one.”

The Jets can be eliminated from playoff contention if they lose to the Patriots and the Broncos, Chiefs and Steelers all win. To get into the playoffs, the Jets need to win their final two games and get one loss from either the Broncos, Chiefs or Steelers or go 1-1 and hope one of those teams loses both of its remaining games.

Fitzpatrick's numbers have been nothing short of sensational lately, just when his team needs him most. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick Last Four Games
Date, OpponentResultCMP/ATTYDSAVGTDINTCARRSH YDS
December 19, DallasW 19-1626/392997.4911521
December 13, TennesseeW 30-821/362637.8030522
December 6, New York GiantsW 23-2036/503907.3120323
November 29, MiamiW 38-202777.6740513
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The 33-year-old has already set a career high in touchdown passes for a single season, and could yet post career-best marks in passing yards, rushing yards and total QBRMike Lupica of the New York Daily News has compared Fitzy to another late-blooming Jets quarterback: 

But they come into this game with their Harvard quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, playing better than he ever has, and having the kind of season, after knocking around the sport for a long time, the way Vinny (From Elmont) Testaverde, once had for Bill Parcells after Vinny had knocked around the sport for a long time. Fitzpatrick wasn’t supposed to be this important to the Jets the way Vinny wasn’t when Parcells picked him up, and then in front of our eyes he threw 29 touchdown passes one season against just six interceptions and the Jets went all the way to Denver and an AFC championship game.

The Patriots have been very, very good at beating the Jets under head coach Bill Belichick (23-10). They beat the Jets 30-23 in Week 7, despite Fitzpatrick throwing for 295 yards and two touchdowns without a pick. New England has suffered some significant injuries on offense since that game, but Fitzpatrick will likely have to be just as good, if not better, than he was in Week 7 to keep the postseason dream alive.


DeAndre Hopkins Has to Make Plays for Houston

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans and teammates leave the field following warm ups before the game against the Buffalo Bills on December 6, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.  Buffalo defeats H
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There will be no Brian Hoyer for the Texans on Sunday. Not even T.J. Yates, who has long been out of the question.

Instead, Brandon Weeden will get the start on the road against Tennessee, per ESPN reporter Tania Ganguli and other media outlets (via ESPN.com). This is hardly comforting news for Texans fans, as Houston is looking to win the AFC South and make the playoffs but holds just a one-game advantage over the Indianapolis Colts.

Weeden filled in admirably when Yates went down with a knee injury in Week 15, completing 11 of 18 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown. It was a clean performance, but still one lacking in big-time throws. Weeden is serviceable, but he hardly threatens defenses.

For Houston to get some traction on offense, it will be up to DeAndre Hopkins to elevate Weeden's game—or bail him out, depending on how you look at it.

Time and time again this year, Houston's various quarterbacks have lofted the ball Nuk's general direction, hoping he can make a play. More often than not, he's delivered. Just take a look at a selection of his top plays this year, courtesy of the NFL Network: 

NFL Network @nflnetwork

He's headed to his 1st Pro Bowl. Here are @Nukdabomb's Top 10 Plays of 2015 ⬇ https://t.co/TGJgpH07jh

Hopkins also appears to have a taste for tormenting Tennessee, per Texans TV's Drew Dougherty:

Drew Dougherty @DoughertyDrew

DeAndre Hopkins in 5 career games vs. Titans: 33 rec, 579 yds, 4 TD.

Weeden doesn't often look downfield, but he should trust his best playmaker in this one. Should the Titans effectively take the big play off the table, then it will be up to Hopkins to turn short and intermediate routes into big gainers.

Hopkins has proven to be a phenomenal red-zone threat and a dynamic volume receiver. Weeden will target Hopkins often in this one, and Houston's postseason hopes hinge on his efforts.

Minnesota Relying on Teddy Bridgewater to Keep NFC North Title Hopes Alive

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 20: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings passes during an NFL game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium December 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)
Tom Dahlin/Getty Images

Second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater hasn't shown the progression one might've expected after a decent rookie campaign. He certainly hasn't made the leap that fellow sophomore signal-callers Blake Bortles and Derek Carr have made, though it's pretty clear Bridgewater is working with far less talent. 

Bridgewater did finally come alive in Week 15, notching four passing touchdowns in a win over the Chicago Bears. Minnesota is a game back of Green Bay in the NFC North, and the Packers have a very tough test playing on the road against Arizona. 

The New York Giants should be a tough out in Week 16. Eli Manning is always a threat to have a big game, and the team's rushing attack might finally have found some semblance of cohesion with Rashad Jennings for 188 yards in the past two weeks. New York has a penchant for shootouts.

Manning and company fell just short of upsetting Carolina in a 38-35 loss in Week 15. New York has scored at least 26 points in six of its last eight games.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 20: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Minnesota Vikings scrambles during an NFL game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium December 20, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)
Tom Dahlin/Getty Images

It helps that keeping up with the Giants is made easy by their atrocious pass defense. The G-men are giving up 308 net passing yards per game, worst mark in the league. Quarterbacks have racked up 28 passing touchdowns on this team.

With Adrian Peterson slowed by an ankle injury in recent weeks—he is probable for Sunday's game after practicing Friday, per ESPN.com's Ben Goessling—Bridgewater will have to prove himself capable of taking advantage of the Giants' weakness in order for his team to win. 

It's a ton of pressure to heap on the young quarterback, not that he's the type to let the moment overwhelm him.

“The guy has great composure, some of the best I’ve seen,’’ Minnesota wide receiver Jarius Wright said, per Chris Tomasson of the Dickinson Press.

The Vikings will likely need more than Bridgewater's cool head to prevail in Week 16. Getting the ball out to Stefon Diggs downfield would go a long way toward keeping the Giants from stacking guys up in the box. A couple of touchdown tosses would surely help the cause as well.

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