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NFL: Week 16 Preview - Christmas Day & Boxing Day Games


The NFL hits week 16, we have huge playoff stories, games on Christmas Day and a whole lot more to get excited about. Here is our NFL week 16 preview.

Packers Host Browns on Christmas Day

The first of two games on Christmas Day sees the Green Bay Packers host the Cleveland Browns. The Packers have won their last three games, and not only that, but they have scored 36, 45 and 31 points in those wins, they are flying offensively right now. They go up against a Browns team who can mix it with the best on their day, but are a team that really struggle for consistency.

Points may be the bet here for most people, with the Packers sure to open this game up and make it an end to end battle, the line set at 45.5 seems fair, with the over appealing most.

Cardinals Look to Bounce Back after Surprise Defeat

Ask anyone what the biggest surprise of week 15 was and they will tell you it was the Detroit Lions beating the Arizona Cardinals. They are no longer leading the way in the NFC due tot hat, and will want to find a way in which they can reclaim that spot. A game at home to the Colts on Christmas Day will give them the chance to do that and put things right.

How INSANE is the Lions win over the Cardinals?

It is the first time in NFL HISTORY, a team with 1 win or fewer beat a 10+ win team by double-digits. pic.twitter.com/lgWEUvZZlR

— NFL on CBS ? (@NFLonCBS) December 19, 2021

The Colts were excellent last weekend, beating the New England Patriots, which adds even more intrigue to this contest. However, there is no doubt that the Cardinals are one of the best teams in the league if back to normal, and have the quality to beat the Colts on Christmas Day.

The Best of Boxing Day NFL

12 games take place on Boxing Day, the traditional Sunday football schedule, and there are some big clashes, with playoff implications.

The 10-4 LA Rams travel to face the Minnesota Vikings, who are 7-7 and desperately clinging on to their playoff place right now. This game could not get any bigger for both, the Rams want top seed, while the Vikings are playing for a playoff spot, with many teams chasing them.

While the Vikings have everything to play for, the Rams may prove to be too strong, even after their shortened rest period due to playing on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, first and second in the AFC East, the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills, take each other on and again, this is a huge game for the playoffs. Winner of this division will gain the advantage, while the team finishing second may find themselves out of the playoffs, despite a strong season record.

Given how disappointing the Patriots were last weekend, despite home field advantage in this one, they could struggle against the Bills, who recorded a wide margin win over the Panthers last weekend.

Craig Jones

Craig Jones

US Sports lover and watcher of the EFL, Craig will guide you through the NFL, NHL and English football