There are multiple playoff spots on the line in Week 17 NFL action. With so much at stake, people around the country want to know what games will be playing in their area.
Week 17 is one of the coolest weeks of the NFL season. It’s always nice to get together and watch the same Thursday or Monday night game, but there is something special about having every single game on the NFL schedule on the same day.
There are seven games in the 1 p.m. hour and eight games with a 4 p.m. start time. While that’s great for most of us, it might leave some people out of the best matchups of the week.
The networks both have an early and a late game, which is awesome. Usually, the NFL gives fans one game to watch in either the early or late afternoon time slot. This week, both FOX and CBS have two games in every single market. That means nobody will be stuck watching bowling or bull riding in those slots where football should be.
So, which teams will be playing in your market this week? Here is where we tell you! The maps provided by 506sports.com.
As you can see from the map, two playoff-bound teams dominate the CBS early slate. First, the Jets head to Foxborough to take on the Patriots. The Pats are fighting for a first-round bye, while the Jets look to spoil their dreams of a week off. That game is being played throughout the major markets in the Northeast, including New York City and Boston, obviously, but also Philadelphia. This game is also in almost every market west and north or Texas.
Speaking of Texas, the Texans-Jaguars matchup fills out most of the rest of the country. They obviously take Texas and the northern half of Florida, but they also get most of the markets south of the Mason-Dixon line and west to Oklahoma. Is Houston can win and the Patriots lose, they take the second seed in the AFC.
The only other game on CBS is a local broadcast only. The Miami, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers markets will be the ones in Florida to see the Dolphins play their last game of the season against the Bills. Most of western New York gets that game, too.
The FOX early slate has four games, but one is dominating the entire country. That’s because it sees two teams that have appeal in almost every single market. The Giants and Cowboys have fans everywhere. That’s why the game is being played everywhere out west, the entire Northeast, and even in parts of the Miami-West Palm Beach market.
The Panthers and Saints don’t have much to play for. It will see a matchup of Teddy Bridgewater vs. Kyle Allen for most of the game. That’s why you will only see it if you’re in those local New Orleans and Carolina markets.
The Falcons and Buccaneers are playing just to see if their head coaches can keep their job. While that can be compelling to watch, the NFL and FOX don’t think that will move the needle. That’s why it’s only playing from Tampa to the top of Georgia.
The Packers face the Lions, and the coverage spreads from the Dakotas to the state of Michigan, and not much else.
The CBS late slate has a lot of really interesting matchups. It’s spread pretty evenly throughout the country. The Browns are a fun team to watch, and they take on a Ravens team in need of a win.. The Southeast, Texas and many of the northern states will see this matchup. The Ravens are looking to hold off the Steelers, and Baker Mayfield is looking to solidify a possible Rookie of the Year campaign.
Speaking of the Steelers, they play a short-handed Cincinnati Bengals team. This game dominates the Northeast, and spreads through West Virginia and Ohio, ending in the east half of Kentucky.
The possible last game for the Raiders sees them taking on the top team in the AFC in the Chiefs. Most of the west will see this game, with it ranging from California to Wyoming, skipping the Rocky Mountains, then starting again in Middle America.
The Chargers and the Broncos will fill out the rest of the country. It takes the L.A. market, obviously, but also all the markets in the Rockies.
In FOX’s late slate, we see four matchups spread across the country. The Bears-Vikings game is playing in the biggest area. The game goes all the way east to Florida and the Carolinas, and west to Vegas, with hundreds of markets in between. The game has a lot on the line, with the Vikings playing a win-and-you-are-in game, and the Bears playing for a first-round bye.
The Eagles could make a miraculous drive to the playoffs off the backs of Nick Foles. First, they need to beat the Redskins. The entire Northeast, plus Oklahoma and Texas will see them try and continue their title defense.
The Cardinals and Seahawks take the Northwest markets, as well as the local Arizona television stations. That’s about it, as there isn’t a ton on the line in this one and it should be an easy win.
The 49ers look to continue their upset tour to end the season with the Rams. This game takes over most of California, and part of Nevada. That’s about it, however.
The Sunday Night Football game is a winner-take-all tilt where the Titans take on the Colts. This is the final nationally televised game of the regular season, and the winner gets the last spot in the AFC playoffs.