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Week 13 Preview, schedule and TV listings

Playoff picture can come into focus.... or get muddied

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Miami Dolphins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

We’re entering the final turn of the 2016 season. Teams are starting to be eliminated from the playoffs, while others fall out of the picture and others make runs into it.

Thursday Time TV
Dallas at Minnesota 8:25 PM NBC
Sunday Time TV
Miami at Baltimore 1:00 PM CBS
San Francisco at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX
Houston at Green Bay 1:00 PM CBS
Kansas City at Atlanta 1:00 PM CBS
L.A. Rams at New England 1:00 PM FOX
Detroit at New Orleans 1:00 PM FOX
Philadelphia at Cincinnati 1:00 PM FOX
Denver at Jacksonville 1:00 PM CBS
Buffalo at Oakland 4:05 PM CBS
Tampa Bay at San Diego 4:25 PM FOX
Washington at Arizona 4:25 PM FOX
N.Y. Giants at Pittsburgh 4:25 PM FOX
Carolina at Seattle 8:30 PM NBC
Monday Time TV
Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets 8:30 PM ESPN

Coverage map by 506 Sports.

Game of the Week: Dolphins at Ravens. This game has the biggest playoff implications of Week 13. If the Ravens win, they at least keep pace atop the AFC North, and possibly regain control of it as the Steelers host the Giants. For the Dolphins, the stakes are even higher. Currently the 6th seed, a win could see them move up to the 5th seed if the Chiefs lose to the Falcons, while a loss could see them tumble to 8th if the Broncos beat the Jaguars and the Steelers beat the Giants. So both teams will be rooting for the Giants on Sunday.

Rest of the NFC East

As mentioned, the Giants visit the Steelers. A win by New York, currently the 5th seed, could give them a three game lead on the 6th seed if the Redskins lose to the Cardinals and the Vikings lose to the Cowboys.

The Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot (but not the NFC East) with a win over the Vikings and either a Redskins loss to the Cardinals or the Buccaneers to lose or tie the Chargers.

A Redskins win over the Cardinals would see them hold on to the 6th seed, a loss could drop them as far as the 8th seed if the Vikings beat the Cowboys and the Bucs beat the Chargers.

Vikings 1st Round Pick Watch

Minnesota lost to the Lions on Thanksgiving to keep pace with the Eagles. Currently the Eagles look to be getting a pick in late teens from the Vikings. A loss to the Cowboys and an Eagles win over the Bengals would see the Eagles get a better draft position than they traded to the Browns.

Jared Goff Watch

Goff did a few things on Sunday that Carson Wentz has yet to do: he threw three touchdowns, which is more in one game than Wentz has thrown, and he and the Rams lost by 28 points, which double the point deficit of Wentz and the Eagles’ worst loss of the season. Got to take the good with the bad?