In a holiday week packed with meaningful NFL games, the AFC West division showdown between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs will have as much impact as any.

A Kansas City home victory would lift the Chiefs into a tie atop the division, and give San Diego an opening to join them. It would endanger home-field advantage in the conference for Denver, which it has owned for the past two years, making the Super Bowl last season.

It also would atone, in part, for the Chiefs' flop at Oakland on Nov. 20, handing the Raiders their first victory this season.

And it would be a moving tribute to safety Eric Berry, one of the franchise's most popular players who was found to have a mass in his chest that doctors believe could be lymphoma.

"I would go back to what Eric said to the team," coach Andy Reid says. "He said, 'Listen it's about the Broncos now and let's move on.' And the guys have taken that to heart. They're focused in and ready to go."

They'll need to be against Peyton Manning and Denver's high-powered offense. A Broncos win would keep them within striking distance of New England for the AFC's best record.

Still, can they do it in a hostile environment? The Broncos are unbeaten in six games at home, but they're just 2-3 on the road, including a stunning loss to St. Louis recently.

The New England Patriots meet the Packers in Green Bay having won seven straight games to take the top spot in the AFC, doing it with a variety of offensive approaches. One week, Tom Brady tears apart defenses. The next, New England runs roughshod over an opponent.

It's likely they will need a lot of points at Lambeau Field, where the Packers have scored at least 31 points in all five contests, and tallied 108 in their past two home games.

"This is not the team you want to get behind," Brady says. "You get behind 14-0, and then it's 21-0, then it's 28-0, and before you know it, they've just got the game so well under control that you have no chance. You've got to be able to stay close to them."

As good as Brady has been in the past two months, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been even better. His stats this season: 228 of 342 (66.7 percent) for 2,957 yards, 30 touchdowns, and three interceptions.

"I always love watching him play because he does things that a lot of guys in the league can't do well, that nobody can really do except him," Brady says. "For a quarterback, I really know how hard it is to do that, especially on a consistent basis, and he's been as consistent as anybody who has ever played the position."

On Monday, the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets meet in a rivalry that rarely fails to disappoint.

The previous time these teams met, the Jets finished off an 8-8 record last December with a win at Miami to knock the Dolphins from playoff contention. Rex Ryan's bunch has been a flop since then.

Their awful performance last Monday in a 38-3 loss to Buffalo in Detroit — the Bills didn't seem bothered by the change of venue because of massive snowstorms in Western New York — bodes very poorly for Ryan.

Miami is inconsistent, but plays everyone tough. For any chance to remain a wild-card contender, the Dolphins have to win this prime-time affair.

The holiday weekend began with the Thanksgiving Day tripleheader.

Philadelphia grabbed sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 33-10 rout of Dallas, Seattle's defense was dominant for the second straight week, shutting down San Francisco 19-3, and Detroit kept its NFC North hopes strong by beating Chicago 34-17.

Also on Sunday, it's Arizona at Atlanta, New Orleans at Pittsburgh, Carolina at Minnesota, Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, Cleveland at Buffalo, San Diego at Baltimore, Tennessee at Houston, Oakland at St. Louis, Washington at Indianapolis, and New York Giants at Jacksonville.