It might be difficult for most fans to get excited about Sunday Night Football in Week 16, especially for non-AFC teams.
There are some excellent matchups in Week 16. None are anywhere as close to the week's finale on Monday Night Football, which has three games on Christmas Day and will wrap up with two top seeds in their respective conferences who happen to be 11-3, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
The Dallas Cowboys visiting the Miami Dolphins is an excellent one, too, while an NFC North clash between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions should be provocative. And AFC West battles are always interesting, which makes the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs' matchup to kick off Christmas Day worth watching.
Fans may not quite be as excited about Sunday Night Football, though.
Broncos to host lowly Patriots on Sunday Night Football
Sunday night will feature one team that was awful early in the season but somewhat turned things around, while the other team is still just downright awful.
Yes, the 7-7 Denver Broncos, who got off to a 1-5 start before getting hot but have since lost two of their last three. They're going to be the host to one of the NFL's biggest disappointments this season, the 3-11 New England Patriots, who are boasting the league's worst offense and are staring squarely in the face of head coach Bill Belichick's era in Massachusetts.
With the Pats long eliminated from playoff contention, and Denver's playoff hopes on life support, Sunday's game isn't exactly going to be the high-stakes matchup that'll grace some of the other time slots over the holiday weekend.
That said, fans of both the Patriots and Broncos can tune in when both teams kick off on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 8:20 p.m. from Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.