This Sunday, the Green Bay Packers are once again back in the familiar early Sunday afternoon time slot, for what might be the last time this season. After playing the Bears this week at noon, they will face the Minnesota Vikings on Christmas Eve (a Saturday) before closing against the Detroit Lions.
For now, that Lions game is scheduled for noon as well, but there is a distinct chance that the game may end up settling the NFC North division; if that is the case, it would hardly be surprising to see the NFL decide to flex that game into the Sunday night timeslot and make it the final game of the 2016 regular season.
However, for that to happen, the Packers would need to win their next two games and see Detroit lose one of their next two. Detroit continues their stretch run today against the New York Giants, but this will be just the THIRD game that the Lions will have played outdoors all season long. Their only other games were losses - to the Packers in week 3 and the Bears in week 4. All of Detroit’s five other road games have been in domed stadiums: at Indianapolis, Minnesota, Houston, New Orleans, and Dallas.
Here’s your schedule of games to follow along with this week, and check out 506sports.com as always for your local broadcast maps.
Early Afternoon Games
1:00 PM ET/12 Noon CT
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills
New Era Field
Philadelphia Eagles at Baltimore Ravens
M&T Bank Stadium
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City, MO
Detroit Lions at New York Giants
East Rutherford, NJ
Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings
U.S. Bank Stadium
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Paul Brown Stadium
4:05 PM ET/3:05 CT
New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals
University of Phoenix Stadium
San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons
4:25 PM ET/3:25 CT
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers
San Diego, CA
Sunday Night Football
8:30 PM ET/7:30 CT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys