The 6-8 Green Bay Packers head south to take on the 8-6 Miami Dolphins in the first of this Sunday's three NFL Week 16 games to be played on Christmas Day.
Later on, two 4-10 teams that began the season carrying high expectations face off at SoFi Stadium and Tom Brady looks to keep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on top in the NFC South when they travel to the flatlining Arizona Cardinals.
What: Green Bay Packers @ Miami Dolphins
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
When: 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT Sunday, December 25th
How to watch: Fox, Streaming via fuboTv
Odds (Money Line): GB Packers +170, MIA Dolphins -200
The Dolphins are 5-1 at Hard Rock Stadium and are looking to build on an encouraging performance in defeat at Buffalo against the AFC East-leading Bills last week.
In order to snap a three-game losing streak, the Fins must beat a Green Bay team that have won 14 consecutive games in December, tying the second-longest such streak in NFL history.
The Packers played complimentary football in downing the Los Angeles Rams last week, aided by a defense that sacked Rams QB Baker Mayfield five times and had an interception.
Now comes a potentially greater challenge in trying to slow down Miami's high-octane offense led by Tua Tagovailoa, who may be smarting from not receiving an invite to the Pro Bowl.
Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle may not have it all their own way against the Packers' No.2-ranked pass defense, but that will probably mean Miami lean on their efficient rush attack.
Raheem Mostert led the way with 136 yards on 17 carries against Buffalo as the Dolphins amassed 188 yards on the ground and averaged 7.5 yards per carry.
The Packers will no doubt respond by delivering a big dose of their two-headed monster in the backfield - AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones. After scoring two touchdowns early in the win over the Rams, Dillon left in the second-half to get evaluated for a concussion, but Packers coach Matt LaFleur says he passed and can face the Fins.
Green Bay's offense controlled the clock, but only produced 24 points against a banged-up Rams team without most of the stars of their Super Bowl run 12 months ago.
And the smart play here might be to go Under the 50.0 point Total at -110 as even Miami's vaunted offense is averaging a mere 21 points across the last three games.
What: Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Rams
Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
When: 4.25 p.m. ET/1.25 pm PT Sunday, December 25th
How to watch: CBS, Nickelodeon, Streaming via Paramount+
Odds (Money Line): DEN Broncos -150, LA Rams +130
Last Monday, Green Bay's defense held Los Angeles to its lowest single-game yardage total since Sean McVay took over as the Rams' coach in 2017.
The Super Bowl champions are shorn of star quality and on-field leadership due to injury and it looks like Aaron Donald will not be ready to return against the Broncos.
Conversely, Denver should get QB Russell Wilson back as he looks to capitalize on what was shaping up to be his best performance since the big offseason trade against the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago.
At the time of his concussion injury, Wilson had 247 passing yards, three touchdowns, and was leading the team in rushing yards with 57.
The Broncos are worth siding with here as favorites by less than a field goal and can cover the -2.5 Spread at -120.
What: Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals
Where: State Farm Stadium, Phoenix, Arizona
When: 8.20 p.m. ET/5.20 pm PT Sunday, December 25th
How to watch: NBC, Streaming via fuboTV
Odds (Money Line): TB Buccaneers -380, ARZ Cardinals +300
Like the Broncos and Rams, the Bucs brought high expectations into 2022 after Brady reversed his retirement decision, but only the failings of others are keeping them in the playoff hunt.
Todd Bowles is finding things as tough as he did latterly in his time as the New York Jets head coach and highly-rated OC Byron Leftwich is presiding over a unit that ranks 28th in scoring and 18th in yards gained.
However, there were signs in last week's 34-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals that the offense could be getting back on track. They outgained Cincy through the air and on the ground with a higher average per play, but were undone by turnovers.
The Bucs are favored to beat the crumbling Cardinals by more than a touchdown this week and they should cover the -7.5 Spread at -110.