In Week 16, the Washington Football Team has a chance to do something special. With a win against the Carolina Panthers and a loss by the New York Giants, Washington will take home the NFC East title and clinch a spot in the playoffs. The game has been flexed to the 4 p.m. window to add to the importance.
In order to make Sunday as special as it could be, Washington will need a better performance than it put out last Sunday. While Antonio Gibson could potentially return, the bigger question mark remains under center.
Alex Smith, who missed last week's game with a calf injury, has a "real chance" of playing but nothing is guaranteed. Dwayne Haskins could once again get the nod if Smith is out, even as the quarterback deals with the fallout of violating COVID-19 protocols.
Carolina will not be at full strength either, as star running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss the contest.
For Rivera, the game will feature him taking on his former team in which he spent nine seasons at the helm. While he has a history with Carolina, he won't be making this game about him.
It's December football and Washington has a chance to win the division. Here's everything you need to know about the game.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM vs. PANTHERS WEEK 16
Who: Washington Football Team (6-8) vs. Carolina Panthers (4-10)
What: Week 16 of the 2020 NFL regular season
When: Sunday, December 27, 2020, 4:05 p.m. ET
Where: FedExField, Landover, MD
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: Stream on FuboTV
Spread: Washington, -1.5 (via PointsBet)
Over/Under: 44.5 (via PointsBet)
Weather: 42 degrees, sunny
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM vs. PANTHERS TV SCHEDULE:
3:00 p.m: Washington Football Kickoff (LIVE)
4:00 p.m.: Washington Football Team vs. Carolina Panthers (CBS)
7:00 p.m.: Washington Football Postgame Live (LIVE) (NBCSW+)
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL 2020 SEASON SCHEDULE:
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13, Washington Football vs. Eagles (W, 27-17)
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20, Washington Football @ Cardinals (L, 15-30)
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27, Washington Football @ Browns (L, 20-34)
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4, Washington Football vs. Ravens (L, 17-31)
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11, Washington Football vs. Rams (L, 10-30)
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 18, Washington Football @ Giants (L, 19-20)
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 25, Washington Football vs. Cowboys (W, 25-3)
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 8, Washington Football vs. Giants (L, 20-23)
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15, Washington Football @ Lions (L, 27-30)
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22, Washington Football vs. Bengals (W, 20-9)
Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 26: Washington Football @ Cowboys (W, 41-16)
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6, Washington Football @ Steelers (W, 23-17)
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13, Washington Football @ 49ers (W, 23-15)
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 20, Washington Football vs. Seahawks (L, 15-20)
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 27, Washington Football vs. Panthers
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3, Washington Football @ Eagles