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Week 15 Saturday NFL tripleheader: How to watch, TV schedule, odds and more

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With the college football season nearing its end, it’s time for the NFL to once again take control of the Saturday airwaves. There will be three games televised throughout the day on NFL Network, starting at 1 p.m. and ending with a primetime matchup at 8:15.

Remarkably, five of the six teams playing on Saturday have 7-6 records, meaning the three-game slate will likely have huge implications on the Wild Card race.

The Detroit Lions are the only one of those six teams who can clinch a playoff berth with a win, though they’ll need a couple of other games to play out favorably on Sunday for that to happen. They’ll have their hands full against the Denver Broncos, who have won six of their last seven games but remain outside the playoff picture.

However, the Lions can’t clinch the NFC North this week. That’s because the resurgent Minnesota Vikings are just two games behind them in the division race. The Vikings and Lions play each other in Weeks 16 and 18, and those games will likely decide the division winner if the Vikings can beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday.

Unfortunately, the three-game schedule also features four teams who have lost their starting quarterback to injury.

Cincinnati is on a two-game win streak with Jake Browning filling in for Joe Burrow, which includes an overtime victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Browning will face Nick Mullens, who will be starting his first game of the year after replacing Josh Dobbs. Kirk Cousins tore his Achilles earlier in the campaign.

The Steelers-Colts matchup features a similar story. Indianapolis has remained in the hunt with Gardner Minshew starting in place of Anthony Richardson, who injured his shoulder in Week 5. The Steelers will be led by Mitch Trubisky while Kenny Pickett recovers from ankle surgery.

Pittsburgh and Indianapolis currently hold the No. 6 and 7 seeds in the AFC, but whichever team loses could get replaced by the Broncos or another team.

Use this as your open thread to discuss what is sure to be a thrilling Saturday.

How to watch Vikings-Bengals

What: Minnesota Vikings (7-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-6)
When: Saturday, Dec. 16
Where: Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Game time: 1 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network
Announcers: Chris Rose, Jason McCourty, Steve Wyche
Radio: National Radio: Westwood One; Sirius channels: 82 & 226 (Vikings), 81 & 226 (Steelers), 104 & 227 (national)
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Bengals -3.5
Weather: 55 degrees, cloudy

How to watch Steelers-Colts

What: Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) at Indianapolis Colts (7-6)
When: Saturday, Dec. 16
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
Game time: 4:30 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network
Announcers: Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, Jamie Erdahl
Radio: National Radio: Westwood One; Sirius channels: 82 & 226 (Steelers), 83 & 225 (Colts), 88 (national)
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Colts -1.5
Weather: 50 degrees, cloudy

How to watch Broncos-Lions

What: Denver Broncos (7-6) at Detroit Lions (9-4)
When: Saturday, Dec. 16
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
Game time: 8:15 p.m.
TV: NFL Network
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins
Radio: National Radio: Westwood One; Sirius channels: 82 & 226 (Broncos), 83 & 225 (Lions), 88 (national)
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Lions -4.5
Weather: 46 degrees, cloudy