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NFL Week #16: Playoff seeds at stake; Vikings-Saints on Christmas, 3 Saturday and 11 Sun games + MNF

At times it appears that the NFL season has trudged along. The weekly schedule has been improvised when needed to make things work. So it’s hard to believe that he we are, having reached week #16.

NFL Network and Amazon on Saturday will use CBS and Fox announcers this weekend on their scheduled play-by-play. Amazon runs two games in Week #16. NFL Network has two exclusively.

Alongside the FOX and NFL Network broadcast on Friday which will be worked by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer, the shopping behemoth’s usual Thursday night duo will call the game on the video stream.

On Saturday, Amazon Prime has a national exclusive. The San Francisco at Arizona game will be available on the Amazon stream only. The two local markets do get the game on over the air television. Instead of being assigned to a CBS regional game, Andrew Catalon and James Lofton, will be on the Amazon exclusive stream. You might recall that Yahoo had an exclusive NFL stream in the past.

This weekend, Fox has the doubleheader and CBS runs a single game.

Fox has 5 regional games on Sunday and CBS has 5.

As written last week, Chris Spielman is off the Fox NFL depth chart. He took an executive job with the Detroit Lions.

Fox’ Rams-Seahawks game on Sunday gets the largest regional distribution overall, 69%. CBS’ Indy-Pittsburgh goes to 53% of the country, the network’s widest swath on Sunday. No surprise, only 6% and 17 markets get Cincinnati at Houston.

Listings and regional markets are subject to change. This list is unofficial:

Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day

Minnesota at New Orleans , 4:30 p.m. – Fox/NFL Network/Amazon – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

NFL Network in 58 million homes. Amazon has 150 million Prime subscribers and Fox is in 99% of America.

Saturday, December 26

Tampa Bay at Detroit  1:00 p.m. – NFL Network – Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth

NFL Network in 58 million homes. Over the air stations in two local markets

San Francisco at Arizona, 4:30 p.m. – Amazon Prime – Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

Amazon has 150 million Prime subscribers. Over the air stations in two local markets

Miami at Las Vegas , 8:15 p.m. – NFL Network – Joe Davis, Kurt Warner

NFL Network in 58 million homes. Over the air stations in two local markets

Sunday, December 27

Atlanta at Kansas City , 1:00 p.m. – Fox – Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston

63% of US/151 markets

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Cleveland at NY Jets, 1:00 p.m. – CBS, Kevin Harlan, Trent Green

11% of US/10 markets

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Indianapolis at Pittsburgh , 1:00 p.m. – CBS – Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

53% of US/159 markets

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Chicago at Jacksonville, 1:00 p.m. – CBS – Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon

13% of US/30 markets

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NY Giants at Baltimore , 1:00 p.m. – Fox – Kevin Kugler, Brock Huard

30% of US/44 markets

Albany, NY-Austin-Baltimore-Binghamton-Bluefield-Boston-Buffalo-Burlington-Charlottesville-Cleveland-Dallas-El Paso-Elmira-Erie-Harrisburg-Harrisonburg-Hartford-Johnstown-Louisville-Miami-New York-Norfolk-Odessa-Philadelphia-Providence-Puerto Rico-Richmond-Roanoke-Rochester-Salisbury-Sherman-Shreveport-Springfield-Syracuse-Toledo-Tyler-US Virgin Islands-Utica-Washington-Watertown-West Palm Beach-Wichita Falls-Wilkes-Barre-Youngstown

Cincinnati at Houston, 1:00 p.m. – Fox – Chris Myers, Greg Jennings

6% of US/17 markets

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Denver at LA Chargers, 4:05 p.m. – CBS – Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta 

9% of US/18 markets

Albuquerque-Casper-Cheyenne-Colorado Springs-Denver-Durango-Grand Junction-Kansas City-Lander-Los Angeles-Montrose-Palm Springs-Rock Springs-Roswell-San Diego-Scottsbluff/Gering-St Joseph-Yuma

Carolina at Washington, 4:05 p.m. – CBS – Ian Eagle, Charles Davis

14% of US/19 markets

Philadelphia at Dallas , 4:25 p.m. – Fox – Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma

30% of US/57 markets

Abilene-Albany-Albuquerque-Amarillo-Austin-Baltimore-Beaumont-Binghamton-Birmingham-Bluefield-Charlottesville-Columbus-Corpus Christi-Dallas-El Paso-Elmira-Fort Smith-Harlingen-Harrisburg-Harrisonburg-Hartford-Houston-Jackson-Johnstown-Joplin-Laredo-Little Rock-Lubbock-Memphis-Monroe-Montgomery-New York-Norfolk-Odessa-Oklahoma City-Philadelphia-Puerto Rico-Richmond-Roanoke-Salisbury-San Angelo-San Antonio-Sherman-Shreveport-Springfield-Syracuse-Tulsa-Tyler-US Virgin Islands-Utica-Victoria-Waco-Washington-Watertown-Wichita-Wichita Falls-Wilkes Barre

LA Rams at Seattle , 4:25 p.m. – Fox – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

69% of US/155 markets

All US- except those markets carrying Philadelphia at Dallas

Tennessee at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. – NBC – Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

100% of the country

Monday, December 28

Buffalo at New England , 8:15 p.m. – ESPN, Steve Levy, Brian Griese, James Riddick

ESPN is in 83 million homes. Over the air stations in two local markets

Happy Holidays to all!

David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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