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AFC North Gameday Thread – Week 16

AFC North Gameday Thread – Week 16
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Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens

Saturday, Dec. 23, 4:30 pm EST, NFLN



With a favorable schedule, the Ravens are in good position to nab a Wild Card playoff seed if they remain focused.  As the Colts are jockeying for a seed of a different sort, they don’t expect to offer much resistance to a Baltimore squad trying to play their best football of the year now.  Look for lots of running by both teams, as Ravens RB Alex Collins should bounce back from a subpar outing last week and Colts RB Frank Gore continues his improbable march to 1,000 yards rushing at age 34.


Key Players:

Colts- Gore, WR T.Y. Hilton, CB Quincy Wilson

Ravens – Collins, DE Brandon Williams, CB Marlon Humphery



Detroit Lions @ Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, Dec. 24, 1:00 pm EST, FOX



In what’s likely Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’ last home game, Cincinnati welcomes the Lions, who at 8-6 believe their chances at a playoff spot are intact; this should be incentive enough for a Detroit win.  The listless Bengals have little to play for except the dignity of their lame-duck leader.  (Personally, I think Marvin deserves a lot of credit; he entered under tough circumstances and rebuilt the then-floundering Bengals into a respectable team.  Godspeed.)


Key Players:

Lions – WR Marvin Jones Jr., DE Ezekiel Ansah, SS Tavon Wilson

Bengals – QB Andy Dalton, RB Joe Mixon, LB Carl Lawson



Cleveland Browns @ Chicago Bears

Sunday, Dec. 24, 1:00 pm EST, CBS



The Browns get a look at what might have been had they drafted Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky instead of their own DeShone Kizer.  As Trubisky has improved in each of his starts, Kizer has shown little progress, making the expenditure of another high draft pick on a quarterback seemingly inevitable.  In this game, though, we’ll see a lot of limited offense by the current set.  We’ll also see Browns’  rookie defensive end Myles Garrett have his best game against a faulty Bears offensive line.


Key Players:

Browns – Kizer, RB Duke Johnson, S Jabrill Peppers

Bears – Trubisky, RB Jordan Howard, LB Danny Trevathan

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