Week 16 is nearly over and just a week from now, the regular season will be finished. In just six days, we will know the fate of the NFC playoff race and the postseason hopes for the Detroit Lions.
The playoff picture couldn’t be more clear for Detroit: Win and they’re in. That goes for Monday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys or the following game against the Green Bay Packers, which has now been flexed to Sunday night.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, have wrapped up their regular season by clinching the first overall seed in the NFC. While they gain nothing with a win over the Lions on “Monday Night Football” both Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones have said all week that they plan on playing their starters like a normal game.
Whether the Cowboys follow through on their word or not, it remains a tough challenge for the Lions. Vegas has the Cowboys favored by six in this game, even with the stakes being astronomically higher for the Lions. However, win or lose, the Lions will have the opportunity to clinch the NFC North next week against the Packers.
Here’s the gameday information for “Monday Night Football.”
Game time: 8:30 p.m ET on Monday, December 26, 2016
Location: AT&T Stadium — Arlington, TX
TV channel: ESPN, ABC for those in local Detroit market
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters
Week 16 TV coverage map: Click here
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Local radio: Find your affiliate (Dan Miller, Jim Brandstatter, Tony Ortiz)
Odds: Cowboys by 6