Thursday night football will have to wait until next season. As we come down to the last two weeks of the regular season, there are still a lot of teams that can get those final playoff berths.
Week 16 will kick off Saturday with the Titans hosting the Redskins, followed by the Chargers hosting the Ravens. The Titans are currently 8th in the AFC, though they have the same 8-6 record as the Colts and Ravens, who are the two teams ahead of them, so Tennessee is still very much alive. Washington is 7-7, also 8th in their conference- NFC. They are essentially a game behind Philadelphia and Minnesota, so they too still have a very good shot at the playoffs. The Chargers beat Kansas City this past week, so they are now tied at the top of the AFC, though the Chiefs still hold the tie breaker. LA clinched a playoff berth already, but they will be a wild-card team unless they win their division. To do that, they will need to win one more game than the Chiefs in the next two weeks.
Poor Chargers! They have the best record in the AFC at 11-3, but are behind Houston, New England, and Pittsburgh- all of who have worse records. Baltimore is holding down that 6th seed in the AFC. If they can win out, they will get that final AFC berth. One team that will not make the playoffs this year are the Green Bay Packers.
After last week's loss at Chicago, they were mathematically eliminated. Who would've thought the Pack would be out before the Browns. Cleveland, at 6-7-1, is a long shot to make the playoffs, but after winning in Denver last week, their playoffs hopes are alive, though slim. They need to win out and get a lot of help. So just these first two games Saturday should answer a lot of playoff questions.
The final Monday night game will be played on Christmas Eve, when the Oakland Raiders host the Denver Broncos, in a game that will have zero playoff implications as both teams have been eliminated. So by Christmas Day we should know a lot more of who is in and who is out. Until then, enjoy the penultimate regular season week, and Happy Holidays!