Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills Sunday January 3, 1:00 PM ET
The Miami Dolphins are heading north in Week 17 to take on the Bills. Miami has not clinched a playoff spot yet and will need to win to get in. The Bills are also fighting for a chance to earn the two seed if they can get a win this Sunday over the Dolphins. Last week, Ryan Fitzpatrick came in for Tua Tagovailoa and knocked off the Dolphins on the road. This allowed them to stay in the driver's seat of their playoff destiny. They have the edge over Buffalo, who is playing on Monday night, and the Dolphins played on Saturday.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals Sunday January 3, 1:00 PM ET
If the Baltimore Ravens can win their Week 17 matchup over the Cincinnati Bengals, they make the playoffs. The Ravens have won four in a row to steam back into a playoff spot. However, they face a Bengals team that has been playing very well without Joe Burrow at quarterback. Cincinnati knocked off the Steelers and Texans in their last two games. Baltimore's defense will need to ready to go if they want to get into the postseason for the third straight season.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns Sunday January 3, 1:00 PM ET
The Cleveland Browns have a daunting task in front of them in Week 17 if they want to get into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. They have to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, looking to earn the number two seed in the AFC playoff race. Why wouldn't the Steelers not want to knock out a divisional rival for a playoff spot? Since the Browns lost to the 1-13 Jets on Sunday, they missed their chance to clinch a playoff and make it more difficult on themselves for this week. Browns fans continue to suffer, and there is a good chance that the Browns will miss the playoffs in they cannot beat the Steelers on Sunday.
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions Sunday January 3, 1:00 PM ET
One of the few meaningless games on Week 17 comes between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions. Both teams are eliminated from the playoffs and looking to earn bragging rights to finish the season. The Vikings were bounced this past week after a terrible showing against the New Orleans Saints. Now, Minnesota fans will hope that there are big changes this offseason to get the Vikings back to winnings ways. Detroit will also be making moves this offseason after firing their head coach and general manager earlier this season.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs Sunday January 3, 1:00 PM ET
With a win over the Falcons on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs secured home-field advantage. The Chiefs have a chance to finish off an incredible season at 15-1, a year removed from winning the Super Bowl. Kansas City also has a chance to rest starters, so there is no risk of injuries. The Chargers also have a chance of finishing the season out strong with four straight wins. Los Angeles has won four of its last six and could save Anthony Lynn's head coaching job, although it's probably in the Chargers' best interest to find a better play-caller and game manager in the offseason.
New York Jets @ New England Patriots Sunday January 3, 1:00 PM ET
Another game that has no playoff implications is between the New York Jets and New England Patriots. Usually, the Patriots are on the opposite end in Week 17, potentially locking up home-field advantage for the playoffs. However, with Tom Brady gone and multiple players sitting out in 2020, the Patriots will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008. They could also finish the season by losing to the Jets, considering how New York has been playing. The team just rattled off another win against the Browns on Sunday and could end the season on a three-game winning streak.
Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants Sunday January 3, 1:00 PM ET
The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are still fighting for a playoff spot, despite being below .500. The Cowboys and Giants will need to win and need the Football Team to lose to the Eagles on Sunday night to get in. However, a win will at least keep the playoff hopes alive for a few more hours. The most interesting playoff scenario will be the Giants winning and the Football Team losing meaning the 6-10 Giants will be hosting a playoff game during Wild Card Weekend.
Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday January 3, 1:00 PM ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will secure the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs with a win over the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday or a Rams loss to the Cardinals. Either way, Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are in, and they should take care of Atlanta this week at home. These two matched up two weeks ago, with the Buccs coming from behind and knocking off the Falcons on the road. As much as the Falcons would like to even the series, it feels unlikely how good the Buccas have been playing as of late.
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans Sunday January 3, 1:00 PM ET
After losing to the Packers on Sunday night, Tennessee
will now need to beat the Texans on the road to get into the playoffs. The Colts could also lose to Jacksonville on Sunday, but the Titans still control their own destiny. This might not be as easy after J.J. Watt's postgame press conference after Sunday's loss. The Texans could finish the season strong putting the Titans divisional title in jeopardy. Tennessee hopefully learned from the Sunday night beatdown it took and will be ready to go for the upcoming matchup.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts Sunday January 3, 4:25 PM ET
Although the Colts do not control their own destiny heading into Week 17, they are fortunate to be taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are 1-14 and clinched the number one overall pick for the upcoming draft. Indianapolis needs some help outside of winning themselves. If the Titans or Browns lose this Sunday, then they will get in. First, the Colts have to take care of business after collapsing in the second half to the Pittsburgh Steelers. They will now be rooting for the Steelers on Sunday, along with taking care of the business themselves.
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears Sunday January 3, 4:25 PM ET
Another chapter in the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears rivalry will be written on Sunday. The Packers need to win to earn the number one seed in the NFC for the playoffs. The Bears need to win to get into the playoffs. Both will have to do it against their biggest rival. Of course, the Packers and Bears can still get what they want this final week of the season with a loss, but it makes life a lot easier winning the final game of the season. Earlier this year, the Packers had no problem beating Chicago at home. They will now head to Soldier Field to seep the Bears and hopefully knock them out of the postseason. In 2013, the Packers knocked the Bears out of the playoffs and could do it again this Sunday.
Las Vegas Raiders @ Denver Broncos Sunday January 3, 4:25 PM ET
Another one of the few meaningless football games this Sunday will be between the Broncos and Raiders. Las Vegas was knocked out from the playoffs last week after suffering a brutal loss to the Dolphins. They will need to take on a Broncos team that has struggled for a majority of the year. Denver and Las Vegas could have new coaches after this offseason, and there is a chance a loss on Sunday will seal the fate of either Jon Gruden or Vic Fangio.
Arizona Cardinals @ Los Angeles Rams Sunday January 3, 4:25 PM ET
The Arizona Cardinals lost control of their playoff destiny after losing to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday. They will travel to Los Angeles in Week 17 to beat the Rams and get into the postseason. However, the Rams do not have a playoff spot clinched yet and are also looking for a win to get in. This game has huge playoff implications on it, as both teams look for a playoff spot. The Cardinals have struggled to finish out the season, but the Rams might also be missing Jared Goff with a broken thumb this Sunday.
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers Sunday January 3, 4:25 PM ET
There is still hope for the New Orleans Saints to secure the number one seed in the NFC, but it will be a longshot to happen. If the Seahawks win and the Packers lose on Sunday, along with a Saints win, then that sets up a three-way tie at 12-4. New Orleans holds the tiebreaker over the three-way tie despite the Packers beating New Orleans earlier this year. Carolina will definitely be playing the Saints tough to end the season, however. Despite the Panthers sitting at 5-10, they have been playing teams tough and have been in one-score games the last five weeks, winning two of them. This is going to be no easy cakewalk for New Orleans.
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers Sunday January 3, 4:25 PM ET
The Seattle Seahawks clinched the division with a win over the Rams on Sunday and now have an outside shot at getting a first-round bye with a win over the 49ers and the Saints and Packers both losing on Sunday. It is a long shot, but it can happen. Regardless, the Seahawks are in the playoffs and host a home game in the first round, but there is no telling who it will be yet. They could see the Rams again in the following round. Sunday January 3, 8:20 PM ET
If the Washington Football Team wins on Sunday, they will make the playoffs at 7-9. They will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, who just got bounced out of the NFC East playoff race. With how bad the division is, the Giants have a shot at getting into the playoffs at 6-10 if the Eagles beat the Football Team and the Giants win. Yes, it's that bad. However, Washington has an interesting season with changing its name from the Redskins, playing a quarterback that almost lost his life in surgery, and having a head football coach receiving cancer treatments. All of this, and the Football Team could play in the postseason and host a win-win playoff game.