Even some of the teams that have been eliminated from the playoff race have something to play for during Week 15 of the NFL season.
When the Los Angeles Rams host the New York Jets on Sunday, for example, both teams have very different motivations.
The 9-4 Rams are tied with the Seattle Seahawks for the top spot in the NFC West division. Over the final three weeks of the regular season, the Rams can secure a division title and a home playoff game.
The 0-13 Jets are in sole possession of the worst record in the NFL as the only winless team remaining this season. Over the final three weeks, the Jets can avoid making history as just the fourth team in NFL history to not win a game all season.
It's been debated throughout the season whether the Jets' ownership and front office actually wants the team to succeed. (No one seriously questions the players' desire to win.) In full rebuilding mode, New York can almost taste the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, with which they can hit the "reset" button and draft a franchise quarterback like Clemson's Trevor Lawrence or Ohio State's Justin Fields to begin a new era.
Normally, a team wouldn't have to go winless to secure the top pick, but the Jacksonville Jaguars are 1-12 and won't give the Jets any wiggle room to at least win a game and keep that top draft pick. So fans and media have wondered aloud if the Jets' leadership is tanking the season and setting their players up to keep losing.
The Jets and Rams kick off at 4:05 p.m. EST Sunday on FOX.
NFL Week 15 Coverage Maps
NFL Week 15 TV Schedule and Channels
Thursday, Dec. 17
FOX, NFL Network
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m. EST
Saturday, Dec. 19
Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos, 4:30 p.m. EST
Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. EST
Sunday, Dec. 20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. EST
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. EST
Seattle Seahawks at Washington, 1 p.m. EST
New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. EST
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. EST
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. EST
Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. EST
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. EST
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. EST
Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. EST
Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. EST
Cleveland Browns at New York Giants, 8:20 p.m. EST
Monday Dec. 21
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals, 8:15 p.m. EST