NFL Game Rankings: Week 16

12/18/13 in NFL   |   BlakeLovell   |   61 respect

Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs with the ball in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans defeated the Panthers 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY SportsOnly two weeks remain in the 2013 NFL regular season, and there are still divisional races and playoff spots to be decided. After a terrible slate of games (record-wise) last week, we've got some big time matchups on this week's slate.

Let's take a look at the five best games on the Week 16 schedule:

5. New England Patriots (10-4) at Baltimore Ravens (8-6) - 4:25 PM ET, CBS

We knew that the Patriots were going to be a different team with Rob Gronkowski out of the lineup for the remainder of the year. The downfall started with a loss last week in Miami, and my guess is that it will continue this week in Baltimore. The Ravens have all the momentum in the world now after earning their fourth straight win on Monday night against the Lions. For whatever reason, this has never been a good matchup for New England, and I can't see that changing here with the Ravens in control of their destiny for the AFC North crown.

4. Arizona Cardinals (9-5) at Seattle Seahawks (12-2) - 4:05 PM ET, FOX

Arizona may be the least talked about 9-5 team in NFL history. The Cards managed to knock off the Titans in overtime a week ago despite almost giving the game away by losing a 17-point lead with under seven minutes remaining. Meanwhile, the Seahawks followed up their tough loss at San Francisco by blanking the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Playing the Seahawks in Seattle is by far the toughest challenge in the league. So, don't be shocked if this is yet another blowout win for the best team in the NFL.

3. Chicago Bears (8-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (8-6) - 8:30 PM ET, NBC

Jay Cutler's return to the Bears' starting lineup was a questionable one given how well backup quarterback Josh McCown had been playing. But Cutler managed to lead Chicago to a road win in Cleveland and now has the Bears in good position to win the NFC North. On the other hand, the Eagles are coming off of a bad loss in Minnesota. Luckily for Philly, the rest of the NFC East (looking specifically at you, Dallas) is crumbling around them. This one should go down to the wire.

2. Indianapolis Colts (9-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) - 1 PM ET, CBS

After losing three straight following the surprise 9-0 start to the season, the Chiefs have rebounded with back-to-back wins over inferior teams. The competition steps up quite a bit this week as Andrew Luck and the Colts come to town having already locked up the horrendous AFC South. Indianapolis is 3-3 in their last six, winning every other game, so if the pattern stays the same, we should expect a loss at Arrowhead.

1. New Orleans Saints (10-4) at Carolina Panthers (10-4) - 1 PM ET, FOX

It's no longer a secret that the Saints are a bad road team. New Orleans is 3-4 on the road this season, and now prepares to take on a Carolina team that hasn't lost at home since the first game of the season. The Panthers couldn't find any offense a few weeks ago at the Superdome in losing the first meeting of the year between these two teams. Drew Brees had a huge game with four touchdowns through the air. So, basically, Cam Newton and Carolina will need the exact opposite to happen this time around.

Which NFL game are you most looking forward to in Week 16? Let us know by commenting below! For more NFL talk, follow @FanIQ or myself on Twitter!
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