NFL 5 Things to Know Week 16: Broncos-Bengals Best Game, Panthers Undefeated, NFC East Division Battle, Browns, Cowboys, Titans Get Top Draft Pick?

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Dec 23, 2015 09:01 PM EST
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Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers in action against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey."

The NFL Week 16 schedule has a number of games that will be important for AFC and NFC playoff seeding, including the Broncos and Bengals facing off on Monday night. There are division titles still not settled in the AFC West and NFC East, while the bottom of the standings has teams like the Cleveland Browns, Titans and Dallas Cowboys battling for the top draft pick.

Here are 5 things for Week 16:

Can the Carolina Panthers stay undefeated against the Falcons?

The Panthers stayed undefeated at 14-0 with a win over the Giants on Sunday and now they will play against a division rival in the Falcons. The Panthers held off the Giants after a big comeback and now the team is in position to improve to 15-0. Cam Newton has had an MVP season and the Falcons have been very inconsistent and would love to give Carolina their first loss of the year.

The Broncos and Bengals both are battling for playoff position in the AFC

The Bengals and Broncos are playing on Monday night football in the matchup of the week and both teams are looking to keep position in the AFC standings. The Bengals have clinched a playoff spot already, but not the division title, while the Broncos have not clinched anything yet. The Chiefs are just a game back of the Broncos in the standings.

The NFC East title can be clinched

The Washington Redskins are in position to clinch the NFC East with a win over the Eagles, as the team has tiebreakers over the Giants and Eagles. The Redskins are 7-7 coming into Week 16 and a win would clinch the title.

The AFC West is close

The Chiefs have won eight straight games this season and they are now just one game back of the Broncos in the division standings. The Broncos are playing the Bengals and the Chiefs finish the season with the Browns and Raiders, giving Kansas City a strong chance at the division title if Denver slips up.

Who will get the number one pick?

The Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns are both 3-11 heading into Week 16 and they are looking like they are the likely options to get the number one pick. The Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens are all 4-10 and also in contention.

Check here for the NFL Week 16 schedule.

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