The NFL regular season is almost over. Teams have had their byes, many teams know that they will not be going to the playoffs, while some teams have fixed positions in regard to playoff seeding right now. However, there are teams whose fates still hang in the balance. Those fates will be known by about this time next Sunday.

Week 17 NFL schedule: 1pm ET games

The Week 17 NFL schedule can be divided into three sections. There is no Thursday night game, there will be no games on Saturday (New Year's Day), and Monday night football is done with until next season. All games will be played on Sunday staggered into three starting times: either 1pm ET, 4:25pm ET, or 8:30pm ET.

The 1pm games are as follows:

  • Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
  • Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
  • Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
  • Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
  • Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts
  • New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins

Of the nine games listed above, only the game between New England and Miami has significant playoff implications. That's not to say that there aren't playoff teams involved in other action, but these teams don't need a win nor do other teams need them to lose. Some have discussed Tampa Bay's playoff chances however after losing on Saturday those chances were incredibly remote and required a tie game as part of a nine-event sequence of events.

Second wave of games at 4:25pm ET

When 4:25pm ET rolls around, six more games will start. In this group of six games there are five games that have implications for either seeding or playoff qualification.

  • Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
  • Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
  • Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
  • New York Giants at Washington Redskins
  • Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
  • New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

You can cross the Arizona/Los Angeles game off of your list of games to watch as neither team matters for the post-season.

KC can still finish 2nd, 5th, or 6th so they will be looking for a road win. Oakland can finish 1st, 2nd, or 5th so they will be looking for a road win too. Washington are in a win-to-get-in scenario so they'll try to dump the Giants. The Seattle Seahawks can finish 2nd, 3rd, or 4th so they'll be gunning for a win to hope for a bye.

Meanwhile the Atlanta Falcons want a win to get the No. 2 seed as well.

The last game of the season is a sort of main event. The Green Bay Packers will be in Detroit at 8:25pm ET. If Washington win earlier in the day then it's an elimination game (read more about GB/DET/Wash).

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