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2016 NFL Week 16 Live: Late Afternoon Games

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Four games to watch this afternoon. Join the conversation live on Battle Red Blog.

NFL: Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers
“Yo, what’s up, Mr. McNair?!!”
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Your Houston Texans hold the prime-time slot later tonight as they host the Cincinnati Bengals at NRG Stadium. The NFL has filled this Christmas Eve with as much football as possible, and there are four more games to go before Tom Savage takes to the field for his first career start at quarterback in the NFL.

COLTS (7-7) at RAIDERS (11-3)

Indy won’t likely be hoisting any meaningful banners this year, but Andrew Luck will certainly do his part to make it interesting for Derek Carr and Co., who have clinched a playoff spot. I’ll personally be pulling for Oakland against this AFC South team.

BUCCANEERS (8-6) at SAINTS (6-8)

Both of these teams are still technically in the hunt for a playoff berth, so this could be the most meaningful contest of the afternoon. Who wants it more?

CARDINALS (5-8) at SEAHAWKS (9-4)

If you looked at this match-up before the regular season started, you might have thought that this intra-division battle would have playoff implications for two teams that were thought to be contenders for a championship. However, Arizona has really struggled this year, while Seattle got hot at the right time to clinch their division. This should still be a good NFC West contest, and we’ll hopefully get to see some stock video of fish mongers tossing their wares.

49ers (1-13) at RAMS (4-10)

FOX should seriously just broadcast either of the other two games they have on contract and declare that there were technical difficulties with this one. Even the most die-hard fans of either team will likely not bother tuning in. Speaking of that, the Rams had better get the right coach to replace recently terminated Jeff Fisher, because if history is any indication, the fine people in the greater Los Angeles area are not going to support a stinker of a sports team.

There you have it, folks. Enjoy some afternoon football as a warm-up for tonight’s Texans-Bengals game! “Countdown To Kickoff” will post later this afternoon, so you can talk all the Texans you want in that thread.