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NFL Week 16 Sunday games: Patriots rooting guide, how to watch, open thread

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The New England Patriots have been eliminated from playoff contention, meaning that for the first time since the 2000 (!) season they will have nothing to play for over the final two weeks of the regular season. A close eye should be kept on all games going on, nevertheless, if only when it comes to draft order or potential playoff seeding for other teams. Let’s take a look.

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1:00 pm ET

New York Giants (5-9) at Baltimore Ravens (9-5): FOX

Go Giants! A New York victory might not just help the team move past the Patriots when it comes to draft seeding, it also would hurt Baltimore’s chances of eventually ending up in the tournament. A win-win.

Cincinnati Bengals (3-10-1) at Houston Texans (4-10): FOX

Go Texans! The Miami Dolphins own the Texans’ first-round draft pick next year, meaning that a Houston win is the best-case outcome from New England’s perspective.

Chicago Bears (7-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-13): CBS

Go Bears! The Jaguars are on track to earn the number one overall draft pick next spring — a preferred scenario considering who they are competing against. Rooting for Jacksonville to lose out is therefore the way to go.

Atlanta Falcons (4-10) at Kansas City Chiefs (13-1): FOX

Go Falcons! Rooting against the NFL’s lovable losers or the reigning world champions? The losers have the edge in this one.

Cleveland Browns (10-4) at New York Jets (1-13): CBS

Go Jets! The Patriots’ division rivals are still competing for the top draft pick next year, but a win and corresponding Jaguars loss would put some breathing room between the two.

Indianapolis Colts (10-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3): CBS

Go Steelers! Think of this one as rooting against the Colts rather than rooting for the Steelers.

4:05 pm ET

Denver Broncos (5-9) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-9): CBS

Go good game! Both teams have a chance to end up behind the Patriots in the draft rankings so it doesn’t really matter who takes this one.

Carolina Panthers (4-10) at Washington Football Team (6-8): CBS

Go good game! Another late-window game with nobody to root for. You could root for Carolina, though, and thus more NFC East chaos.

4:25 pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles (4-9-1) at Dallas Cowboys (5-9): FOX

Go Eagles! The Patriots own the Cowboys’ sixth-round draft selection next year, courtesy of the Michael Bennett trade. That means another Dallas loss would help improve the standing of that selection.

Los Angeles Rams (9-5) at Seattle Seahawks (10-4): FOX

Go good game! Another contest with no real impact on the Patriots.

8:20 pm ET

Tennessee Titans (10-4) at Green Bay Packers (11-3): NBC

Go Titans! From Mike Vrabel to Malcolm Butler to Stephen Gostkowski there are a lot of Patriots connections in Tennessee. Rooting for them versus the Packers is a sound approach.