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Elsewhere in the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles overtook the Dallas Cowboys in the race for the NFC East title, after defeating their divisional rivals 17-9 at home. The Eagles would win the division and qualify for the playoffs with a win over the New York Giants next week, while Dallas’ season is on the verge of reaching the most disappointing of ends.
“The fact that we didn’t get any [touchdowns], the fact the game turned out the way it did, they played well. Not a lot to say about anything else other than it’s very disappointing. We all expected to leave here as NFC East champs. We’re not. We’ll just go to Washington.”
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings secured a playoff berth without even playing thanks to the Rams’ loss in San Francisco and the New Orleans Saints temporarily took control of the second seed in the NFC with a 38-28 in Tennessee over the Titans.
Elsewhere in the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens clinched home advantage throughout the playoffs with a 31-15 win in Cleveland, while the New England Patriots won the AFC East for the 11th consecutive season after defeating the Buffalo Bills 24-17 on Saturday.
The Houston Texans, meanwhile, won a fourth AFC South title in five seasons with a 23-20 win in Tampa Bay and the Kansas City Chiefs kept alive their hopes of securing a first-round bye with a 26-3 win in Chicago on Sunday night.
The Chiefs must beat the Chargers at home on Sunday and hope the Patriots lose to the Dolphins to leapfrog them in second spot.All games were initially scheduled to be played on Sunday afternoon in Week 17, with 13 games slated to kicking off at 1 p.m. and a further three kicking off at 4:25 p.m.
The NFL, however, announced a change of schedule after Week 16. The NFC West decider between Seahawks and 49ers has been pushed to the Sunday Night Football slot on NBC.
The Cowboys game against Washington and the Eagles game against the Giants have both been moved to the 4:25 p.m. slot, as has Pittsburgh’s trip to Baltimore, Tennessee’s road game in Houston and Indianapolis’ trip to Jacksonville.
Two teams in today’s early window are locked into their playoff seeds: the Bills (AFC No. 5) and the Vikings (NFC No. 6). So it’s not surprising that both are benching many of their top-line players for their meaningless games.
The Vikings deactivated running backs Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, and left tackle Riley Reiff. Quarterback Kirk Cousins isn’t expected to play much if at all against the Bears, either.
The Bills, meanwhile, deactivated receivers Cole Beasley, John Brown and Andre Roberts, along with cornerback Tre’Davious White and pass rusher Shaq Lawson.
Here’s what the playoff standings look like before we get underway today:
1. Baltimore Ravens (13-2)
2. New England Patriots (12-3)
3. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)
4. Houston Texans (10-5)
5. Buffalo Bills (10-5)
6. Tennessee Titans (8-7)
In the hunt: Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7), Oakland Raiders (7-8)
1. San Francisco 49ers (12-3)
2. Green Bay Packers (12-3)
3. New Orleans Saints (12-3)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (8-7)
5. Seattle Seahawks (11-4)
6. Minnesota Vikings (10-5)
In the hunt: Dallas Cowboys (7-8)
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If you’re not preparing for the playoffs in Week 17, you’re jockeying for position in the 2020 draft. The first pick is already spoken for: The Bengals have locked it up and will likely use it to select LSU’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow.
Here’s how ESPN’s Football Power Index projects the top 10, with the Broncos and Falcons having the best chances to move up if an unexpected series of results occurs today. The full 32-team projection is here.
1. Cincinnati Bengals (1-14)
2. Washington Redskins (3-12)
3. Detroit Lions (3-11-1)
4. New York Giants (4-11)
5. Miami Dolphins (4-11)
6. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10)
7. Los Angeles Chargers (5-10)
8. Carolina Panthers (5-10)
9. Arizona Cardinals (5-9-1)
10. New York Jets (6-9)
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“Play Football” incorporates TV and radio messages during all nationally-televised NFL preseason games, “Captain’s Packs” for youth football leagues nationwide and more than 100,000 NFL team-donated preseason game tickets for youth football players. NFL preseason games will also feature in-stadium promotion through “USA Football” field stencils, banners, public address announcements, JumboTron video messages and youth football scrimmages played at halftime.
Former U.S. Congressman and Buffalo Bills QB Jack Kemp is the chairman of USA Football.
Serving as “Play Football” spokespeople are former NFL All-Stars Boomer Esiason and Rod Woodson, both of whom are “Football Dads” with children currently playing the sport on the youth or high school levels.
Through its “I Played” public service announcement, USA Football features six everyday professionals in their respective work environments united by the leadership and strong character traits they gained by playing football -â a sport that employs teamwork to attain success. The “I Played” television message invites viewers to usafootball.com to share memories of playing football and how the game has enriched them as people.
The NFL strengthens independent non-profit USA Football’s initiative with more than $2 million in television and radio inventory during all national telecasts and broadcasts of NFL preseason games, incorporating NFL media partners CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, and NFL Network as well as the CBS/Westwood One Radio Network. More than 100 million Americans will watch or listen to NFL preseason national game telecasts.
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In addition to promoting football’s values, the Play Football campaign also celebrates the sport’s rising participation figures. According to independent sports marketing firm The Bonham Group, 3.2 million youngsters ages 6-14 played tackle football in 2007, up from 3.0 million (6.1 percent) in 2006.
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs: Kansas City already has locked down the AFC West, but more can be had. It can clinch the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a win and a Patriots loss on Sunday. It’ll be the No. 3 seed with a win and a Patriots win, or a loss and a Texans loss. But the Chiefs will fall to the No. 4 spot with a loss and a Texans win. Meanwhile, the FPI is projecting the Chargers to pick No. 7 overall in the 2020 draft.
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings are locked into the No. 6 seed no matter the outcome of this game, and the Bears have been eliminated and don’t have a first-round pick in the 2020 draft. Not much to see here, except perhaps a Week 17 high note to close the regular season.
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs. According to the FPI, the Falcons have a 10% chance of moving up into the top 10 of the 2020 draft, whereas the Buccaneers are currently projected to pick No. 17 overall. But there will be plenty more at stake. With Quinn’s job reportedly safe for the 2020 season, the Falcons can knock the Bucs out of second place in the NFC South. And the Bucs will be watching Jameis Winston, who could become the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season. Tampa Bay will have to make a call on Winston and its future at the position in the offseason.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots: The Patriots can clinch the No. 2 seed with a win or a Chiefs loss. They won’t be seeded any lower than No. 3. And the Dolphins are currently in the No. 5 spot for the 2020 draft, with only a 2.5% chance of falling lower than that, according to the FPI.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions: The Packers can clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a win and a 49ers loss. They’ll be the No. 2 seed with a win and a 49ers win, or a loss and a Saints loss. But they’ll fall to the No. 3 seed with a loss and a Saints win. Meanwhile, the FPI projects the Lions to get the No. 3 overall pick of the draft.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills: The Bills already have clinched the No. 5 seed regardless of the outcome of this game, and the FPI projects the Jets to pick No. 10 overall in the draft. Also worth watching: Buffalo’s Josh Allen needs one rushing touchdown to become the third player since the 1970 merger with 20 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs in a single season.
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are already locked in to the No. 1 pick in the draft, so they have every reason to try to win this game. The FPI is projecting the Browns to pick No. 13 in the draft, but they have a 14.7% chance to move up into the top 10.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans: The Titans can clinch the AFC’s No. 6 seed with a win or losses by the Steelers and Colts. And at the forefront of their bid will be Ryan Tannehill. It’s perhaps his last opportunity to give Tennessee a reason to re-sign him in the offseason. The Texans, already AFC South champs, will be the No. 3 seed if they win and the Chiefs lose. Otherwise, they will be the No. 4 seed.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens: Pittsburgh can clinch the AFC’s No. 6 seed via three different scenarios: (1) a win and a Titans loss, (2) losses by the Titans and Raiders with a Colts win, or (3) wins by the Colts and Raiders along with losses by the Bears, Lions, Chargers and Patriots. The Ravens already have clinched home-field advantage and plan to hold out most of their key players for this game. Get ready for Robert Griffin under center.
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams: Both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs. The FPI projects a Cardinals loss boosting them to the No. 9 pick in the draft. The Rams traded their pick to the Jaguars (projected to be No. 20 overall).
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys need a victory and an Eagles loss to win the NFC East. Otherwise, they will be eliminated from the playoffs. Garrett could be coaching for his job Sunday. Meanwhile, the FPI is projecting the Redskins to lose and wind up with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars: Both teams are eliminated, but the outcome could impact tiebreakers for the AFC’s No. 6 seed. The FPI projects the Jaguars to pick No. 6 and the Colts to pick No. 16 in the draft.
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants: Win, and in. The Eagles will clinch the NFC East and the No. 4 seed, with a win or a Cowboys loss. They’ll be eliminated if they lose and the Cowboys win. The FPI projects the Giants to have the No. 4 pick in the draft.
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos: So you’re telling me there’s a chance. The Raiders are still alive for the AFC’s No. 6 seed! They’ll need a win, combined with losses by the Titans and Steelers, as well as a Colts win and a win by at least one of the following teams: the Bears, Lions, Chargers or Patriots. And on the other side, the FPI gives the Broncos a 20.6% chance of moving into the top 10 of the draft.