Somebody has to win the NFC East, and it appears to be like just like the NFL desires us to all discover out collectively who’s going to take residence the division crown. For Week 17, the sport between Washington and Philadelphia has been flexed to Sunday evening.
The ultimate week of the NFL season is nearly at all times one of many wildest weeks of the yr, and that normally occurs for 2 causes: For one, it is the one week of the common season the place each crew performs on the identical day; and two, it is the week the place the race for the ultimate few playoff spots (and ultimate seedings) will lastly come to an finish.
To make issues honest in the course of the ultimate week of the season, the NFL waits so long as potential earlier than saying the kickoff occasions for Week 17, and people occasions have been lastly introduced on Sunday evening, with the NFC East getting the headline recreation.
Primarily based on the brand new kickoff occasions for Sunday, it is wanting like we’ll get a wild end to the NFL season.
For the Sunday evening recreation, the NFL desires at the least one crew in a do-or-die scenario and that shall be taking place with Washington. It doesn’t matter what else occurs on Sunday, Washington will clinch the NFC East title with a win, but when the Soccer Workforce loses, then the division championship will go to the winner of the Cowboys-Giants recreation. Placing the NFC East in primetime is the proper loopy technique to finish this completely loopy season.
The 1 p.m. ET slot has been given to principally AFC groups. Heading into Week 17, there are 5 groups — the Titans, Colts, Browns, Dolphins and Ravens — battling it out for 4 spots. The Browns, Dolphins and Ravens will all be kicking off at 1 p.m. ET.
After the early video games, the 4:25 p.m. ET will give us the battle for the ultimate two playoff spots within the NFC. On that facet of issues, the Rams, Cardinals and Bears shall be duking it out for the 2 remaining wild card spots. The highest seed within the NFC may also be up for grabs in the course of the 4:25 p.m. ET window.
In previous years, you may have had a state of affairs the place the Bears kicked off at 1 p.m. ET and the Rams-Cardinals recreation kicked off at 4:25 p.m. ET. In that occasion, if the Bears kicked off first and lose, the Rams may merely have rested their starters within the later recreation since they’d have clinched a playoff berth with Chicago’s early loss. The NFL desires to keep away from conditions like that, which is why the league waits so lengthy to announce the kickoff occasions.
The AFC South may also be up for grabs at 4:25 p.m. ET, with the Colts (vs. Jacksonville) and the Titans (at Houston) each scheduled to kick off within the late window.
Here is a have a look at all the kickoff schedule for Week 17. For an up to date have a look at the playoff image, make sure to click on right here.
1 p.m. ET
4:25 p.m ET
8:20 p.m. ET
Washington at Philadelphia (NBC)