If you don't have DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket, you will be spending Christmas Eve at the mercy of network selections, just like me. But that's OK, we humble viewers have been provided with the hometown team playing early, and then the team everyone who roots for the hometown team hates in the late game. With a bonus terrible game thrown in, free of charge. This might be a good time to remind Santa you asked for DirectTV's NFL Sunday Ticket for next year. After the jump, your NFL Week 16 television schedule:
Early Game, FOX, Minnesota @ Washington: The Redskins are coming off an impressive win over the NY Giants last week, while the Vikings are a woeful 2-12 and possibly on their way to the worst season in franchise history. Rex Grossman should have a huge day against a Vikings secondary that has allowed 31 touchdown passes this season. Chris Myers and Tim Ryan have the call.
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Early Game, CBS, Cleveland @ Baltimore: This game does not interest me in the least. If Baltimore were to somehow falter today, it would allow Pittsburgh to have a chance at stealing the division crown. Spero Dedes and Rich Gannon will oversee this snorefest.
Late Game, FOX, Philadelphia @ Dallas: Looks like FOX gave Troy Aikman his Christmas gift early, the opportunity to call a late season Dallas game with a playoff berth possibly on the line. I suggest muting Mr. Aikman and his partner Joe Buck during this one, and throwing on some holiday tunes as the backdrop for Vick vs. Romo. The Eagles need to win at Jerrydome to have any shot at stealing an improbable NFC East title.