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NFL Week 16 Open Thread

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We're into the second-to-last week of regular season action in the National Football League, ladies and gentlemen. Carrie Underwood herself has personally informed me that we, as Minnesota Vikings fans, are going to be waiting all day for Sunday Night. That means that, for many of us, this is another edition of RED ZONE SUNDAY as we wait for kickoff of the game that we care most about.

If you don't have the benefit of the Red Zone Channel, then let's go through which games are on the docket for this afternoon's action. You can check out the maps from 506 Sports for the games that will be shown in your neck of the woods.

Early Games on CBS

New England Patriots at New York Jets - Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens - Greg Gumbel, Trent Green
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs - Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans - Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots

Early Games on FOX

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons - Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch
Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills - Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions - Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins - Dick Stockton, David Diehl
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sam Rosen, Matt Millen

Late Game on CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints - Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker

Late Games on FOX

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals - Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks - Chris Myers, Ronde Barber

Games that have a bearing on the Vikings' playoff chances and/or post-season seeding are shown in italics. We could know before the late games even kick off whether or not the Vikings are in the playoffs if Carolina can push their record to 15-0. If the Falcons should pull the upset, the Vikings could still make the post-season before kickoff of the Sunday Night game if the Seahawks defeat the Rams.

We'll have the inactive lists for our game up approximately ninety minutes before kickoff, and the first quarter open thread will be up at approximately 6:30 PM Central time, an hour before kickoff.

Enjoy the early portion of your NFL Sunday, ladies and gentlemen!