N.F.L. Christmas Schedule: What to Watch For in Today’s Games – The New York Times

It’s not a misprint.

If you’re scrolling through your television listings on Christmas Day, you’ll see two N.F.L. games on the schedule, which could be a bit of a reprieve from the holiday meal and festivities (or from the slate of N.B.A. games).

One of the matchups, on paper, should be better than the other, but both games will feature high-profile stars, including Aaron Rodgers, the league’s reigning most valuable player, as well as Davante Adams, Kyler Murray, Myles Garrett and Jonathan Taylor.

Below is everything you need to know about the N.F.L.’s games on Saturday.

4:30 p.m., Fox and NFL Network

Facing a coronavirus outbreak, the N.F.L. rescheduled Cleveland’s game last week, and the Browns (7-7) narrowly lost to the Raiders on Tuesday thanks to a walk-off field goal. But Cleveland’s roster was depleted by coronavirus absences, including its top two quarterbacks, Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum, as well as Coach Kevin Stefanski. The Browns’ postseason chances stand at 21 percent, the result of an up-and-down season with injuries and inconsistent play from Mayfield. One of the few bright spots has been Garrett, who is tied for third in the league in sacks with 15. But even he is questionable to play with a groin injury.

As of Wednesday morning, neither Mayfield nor Keenum had cleared the health protocols, putting Nick Mullens, the team’s third-string quarterback, in line to start again. But regardless of who is starting at quarterback, the matchup against Green Bay will be tough. The Packers (11-3) arguably have the best home-field advantage in the league, and forecasts call for the temperature to be near freezing with winds at 10 miles an hour.

Aaron Rodgers, as usual, is playing efficiently, completing nearly 68 percent of his passes, and he has thrown for 3,487 yards and 30 touchdowns. Eight of those touchdowns were caught by Davante Adams, who ranks third in the league in receiving yards (1,248) and fourth in catches (96).

The Packers defense has also played well, allowing only two teams to rush for more than 150 yards and allowing an average of 217.9 passing yards per game. The Packers have already clinched the N.F.C. North and currently hold the conference’s No. 1 seed, meaning the road to the playoffs runs through Lambeau Field.

Green Bay is justifiably a 7.5-point betting favorite, and if the Browns, short-handed or not, falter in any area of the game, it could get ugly.

8:15 p.m., NFL Network

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PC, XB1, PS4, Switch

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