Patriots-Broncos rematch could be playoff preview
The Seattle Seahawks kicked off Week 15 by securing another NFC West title. Three more teams can clinch division crowns while three others have a chance to earn a playoff berth.
The Patriots, Cowboys and Lions are playing to lock up division championships, while the Chiefs and Raiders are close to wrapping up a spot in the postseason.
With only seven teams eliminated from contention, every game on the schedule has playoff implications for at least one of the participants.
The Patriots-Broncos rematch of last year's AFC championship game could be a preview of yet another January meeting between the teams, though Peyton Manning is missing from this one.
Tom Brady is a win away from leading New England to its ninth straight AFC East title, while Denver is clinging to the sixth spot in the conference after losing two of three.
The Lions-Giants and Buccaneers-Cowboys games also will have a big impact on the playoff picture.
Dallas already got in, but needs a win and a loss by New York to secure the division. The Giants get in with a victory and losses by three other teams.
Detroit can win the NFC North with a win and a loss by the Packers. The Buccaneers are tied with Atlanta for first in the NFC South.