Who plays on Sunday night football tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 16 game

Tonight’s Sunday Night Football matchup has playoff implications for one side and NFL Draft implications for the other.

The New England Patriots were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs after Week 14 but are in contention for a top three pick in the spring. If the season ended before Week 16, the Patriots would pick No. 2.

The Denver Broncos’ big loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 15 didn’t completely sink their playoff hopes, but it dampened them quite a bit. The Broncos sit at No. 11 in the playoff seedings and need a win plus a few other teams’ losses to sneak into the playoffs. Denver has a 24 percent change to make the postseason, per the New York Times, and would get a seven percent boost with a win in Week 16.

This game features two opposite teams. The Patriots have the worst scoring offense in the NFL with an an average  of 13.3 points per game, while the Broncos have allowed the 30th most points in the league with an average of 25.1 points per game. Alternatively, the Patriots still have a solid defense that allows just 21.6 points per game (16th in the league) while the Broncos have scored just 21.7 points per game (16th in the league).

However, the Broncos had been on the upswing before the buzzsaw that was the Lions this past week. Denver had won six of seven games from Weeks 7-14 with a defense that forced 18 turnovers. The offense still has some work to do, but Russell Wilson has looked better as the season has moved forward while running back Javonte Williams totaled at least 70 yards of offense in six of his past eight games.

The Patriots will look once again to Bailey Zappe under center and potentially another start from veteran running back Ezekiel Elliott behind him. Elliott didn’t look good against the Kansas City Chiefs this past week, but tallied 132 total scrimmage yards and a touchdown in the previous two games. The Patriots will look to keep this game close, at they have in the past six games, if they want a shot at another win.

Here is everything you need to know about Patriots vs. Broncos, including TV and streaming options for the game.

Who plays on ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight?

  • Matchup: Patriots vs. Broncos
  • Location: Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado

The Patriots travel to Denver for a Week 16 clash against the Broncos.

Heading into Week 16, New England sits last in the AFC East at 3-11 and was mathematically eliminated from the playoffs in Week 14. Denver is second in the AFC West at 7-7 but 11th in the conference standings because of their record and tiebreakers.

What time is ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight?

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 24
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET | 5:20 p.m. PT

Patriots vs. Broncos will kick off around 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 24. The game will be played at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.

What channel is ‘Sunday Night Football’ on tonight?

Patriots vs. Broncos will air on NFL Network, but will also be simulcast on local ABC affiliates. Viewers in the Boston area can watch on WCVB (Channel 5) while those in Denver can watch on KMGH (Channel 7).

Rich Eisen (play-by-play announcer) and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner (color analyst) will be on the call.

Viewers can also stream the game on Fubo TV. For a limited time, new subscribers can save $40 on Fubo’s Pro, Elite and Premier plans. Fubo has a free trial, so you can try before you buy.

Fans in Canada can watch Patriots vs. Broncos on DAZN, which carries NFL Game Pass.

New England Patriots schedule 2023

Week Date Opponent/Result Kickoff time (ET) TV channel
1 Sept. 10 Eagles 25, Patriots 20
2 Sept. 17 Dolphins 24, Patriots 17
3 Sept. 24 Patriots 15, Jets 10
4 Oct. 1 Cowboys 38, Patriots 3
5 Oct. 8 Saints 34, Cowboys 0
6 Oct. 15 Raiders 21, Patriots 17
7 Oct. 22 Patriots 29, Bills 25 
8 Oct. 29 Dolphins 31, Patriots 17
9 Nov. 5 Commanders 20, Patriots 17
10 Nov. 12 Colts 10, Patriots 6
11   BYE    
12 Nov. 26 Giants 10, Patriots 7
13 Dec. 3 Chargers 6, Patriots 0
14 Dec. 7 Patriots 21, Steelers 18
15 Dec. 17 Chiefs 27, Patriots 17
16 Dec. 24 at Broncos 8:15 p.m. NFL Network
17 Dec. 31 at Bills 1 p.m. CBS
18 Jan. 7 vs. Jets TBD TBD

Denver Broncos schedule 2023

Week Date Opponent/Result Kickoff time (ET) TV channel
1 Sept. 10 Raiders 17, Broncos 16
2 Sept. 17 Commanders 35, Raiders 33
3 Sept. 24 Dolphins 70, Broncos 20
4 Oct. 1 Broncos 31, Bears 28
5 Oc. 8 Jets 31, Broncos 21
6 Oct. 12 Chiefs 19, Broncos 8
7 Oct. 22 Broncos 19, Packers 17
8 Oct. 29 Broncos 24, Chiefs 9
9   BYE    
10 Nov. 13 Broncos 24, Bills 22
11 Nov. 19 Broncos 21, Vikings 20
12 Nov. 26 Broncos 29, Browns 12
13 Dec. 3 Texans 22, Broncos 17
14 Dec. 10 Broncos 24, Chargers 7
15 Dec. 16 Lions 42, Broncos 17
16 Dec. 24 vs. Patriots 8:15 p.m. NFL Network
17 Dec. 31 vs. Chargers 4:25 p.m. CBS
18 Jan. 7 at Raiders TBD TBD


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