Week 16 of the 2020 NFL season has 11 games on Sunday
After a post-Christmas tripleheader, Week 16 of the NFL season continues on Sunday, Dec. 27, with a lively slate of 11 games. The early, late afternoon, and night timeslots will each have a game featuring teams with at least nine wins facing off, and there is more than enough playoff and draft positioning drama to be had.
The marquee games of the day will no doubt be Colts-Steelers for the 1 p.m. window, Rams-Seahawks for the later games, and Titans-Packers on “Sunday Night Football.” Two of the three could well be Wild Card Round previews, while the nightcap is a plausible Super Bowl matchup.
But don’t sleep on the rest of the schedule. You surely won’t be if you made your fantasy football championship game. The Jets and Jaguars each have early games that could determine Trevor Lawrence’s new home, while the NFC East could finally eliminate some teams in the 4 o’clock slate — or must make the division more muddled.
So if you’re wondering “What NFL games are on today?” know this: There are 11 scheduled for today, Sunday, Dec. 27.
Note: Games are ordered by start time. All times are ET.
NFL Games on TV Today
Atlanta at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on FOX
As the lone 13-1 team in the NFL, the Chiefs have a chance to clinch the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a win or loss by the Steelers and Bills. Being able to rest starters in Week 17 on top of their bye could help keep their stars ready for the grueling playoffs. All that stands in their way is a Falcons team that has lost three straight and four of five since their bye.
Cleveland at New York Jets, 1 p.m. on CBS
The Jets won perhaps the most improbable game of the seasons as winless 17-point underdogs, and they’ll have a chance to make it a winning streak at home against the Browns. Consider Sam Darnold motivated because the more he wins, the less likely the Jets are to draft his replacement. Cleveland also will be short-handed, primarily at wide receiver, due to a player testing positive for COVID-19.
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. on CBS
Can you win a title with a veteran quarterback on his last legs and an elite defense? Maybe throw in a few young, dangerous skill-position players? Both of these teams are trying to prove that this season, making this matchup of similar teams fascinating.
Chicago at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. on CBS
Things are really coming apart for the Jags, who lost four of their first five games after the bye by four or fewer points. Jacksonville lost its last two games by a combined 47. Arizona’s stunning loss to San Francisco on Saturday keeps Chicago alive in the wild-card chase as long as Mitchell Trubisky doesn’t revert to his early-season form.
New York Giants at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on FOX
Both teams likely need to win out to make the playoffs, but only the Ravens are playoff-quality because of their play. The Giants are banged up with Daniel Jones (hamstring/ankle), Evan Engram (calf), and Golden Tate (calf) limited at practice, so there’s good reason why the Ravens are double-digit favorites.
Cincinnati at Houston, 1 p.m. on FOX
The Bengals are coming off a shocking upset over the Steelers, while the Texans have lost three straight. With Joe Burrow out and a combined seven wins between the teams, this game is probably most interesting because of the draft positioning, although Miami owns Houston’s first-rounder.
Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
The Broncos narrowly won these teams’ first matchup in Week 8 at Mile High, but this Chargers team looks revitalized in the second half on the back of rookie Justin Herbert. Both teams would like to escape the AFC West basement at 5-9.
Carolina at Washington, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
The Riverboat Ron Revenge game has finally arrived! Rivera has done an admirable job turning Washington’s season around and can clinch the division with a win and Giants loss. Carolina has lost three straight, but all have been by one score, so this should be competitive.
Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
A Washington win eliminates both of these teams from the playoff hunt, but don’t count out these underachievers just yet. Jalen Hurts has the Eagles looking fun again, and the Cowboys have quietly won two in a row for the first time all year.
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
First place in the NFC West is on the line when these rivals meet at Lumen Field. The Rams won their first matchup in Week 10 after a bye and now will have to do it without rookie running back Cam Akers. Los Angeles has to be smarting after handing the Jets their first win of the season.
Matt LaFleur was just OK in his lone season as the Titans’ offensive coordinator in 2018, but he’s turned around the Packers the last two seasons with an emphasis on play-action. Expect plenty of that in prime time as each team looks to secure its playoff seeding.