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.
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.)
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.
Browns – Kizer, RB Duke Johnson, S Jabrill Peppers
Bears – Trubisky, RB Jordan Howard, LB Danny Trevathan