|Could we see the Cowboys play for the NFC East|
title in the Week 17 flex game again?
Just two weeks remain in the season and it is time to look at the prime candidates for the possible flex game for the final game of the NFL season. If you don't know, a few years ago the NFL starting flexing the best game to the Week 17 Sunday Night Football time slot on NBC. The game has always had playoff implications with a usual matchup of two teams needing the win to get into the postseason.
Let's assume one thing is likely: two of the mix of the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers or Arizona Cardinals will be the NFC Wildcard teams. Not an absolute, but it is most likely.
So here is who it could be:
1-EAGLES (8-6) AT COWBOYS (7-7): Most likely the best choice. Most likely it would be a game where the winner is the NFC East champion and the loser goes home. It would pit the very TV-genic Cowboys who will gain interest from the hordes of their fans as well as the loads of people wanting the see them fail again. The last two Week 17 flex games have involved the Cowboys playing for the NFC East title. In 2011 (Giants) and 2012 (Redskins) they lost. The NFC East ... say what you want ... is the top division draw in the NFL. The only way this game doesn't happen is if the Cowboys lose to the Redskins in Week 16 and the Eagles beat the Bears. [Cowboys won first meeting and own the division tiebreaker]
2-PACKERS (7-6-1) AT BEARS (8-6): This would be another great game to have. The longest rivalry in the NFL with a division title on the line. Packers. Bears. Icy cold. Two teams who have navigated through a season filled with their QB injuries. The only thing that could derail this ... or even make this a bit odd ... is the Detroit Lions.
3-RAVENS (8-6) AT BENGALS (9-5): Cincinnati's meltdown in Pittsburgh helps this game move up the chart.
4-49ERS (10-4) AT CARDINALS (9-5): It would take a lot for this game to happen, but it could happen. If the Niners lose to the Falcons and the Cardinals win in Seattle. Probably not happening. If it did, then the Niners and Cardinals would be tied at 10-5 with their Week 17 matchup as the winner getting that final NFC wildcard spot. [49ers won first meeting and own division tiebreaker]
5-JETS (6-8) AT DOLPHINS (8-6): A million things need to happen for this game to mean something.
WAY OFF POSSIBILITIES:
-Chiefs at Chargers: San Diego may be fighting to get in the playoffs while KC may be trying to get the No. 1 seed.
-Panthers at Falcons: Carolina may need this win for either a playoff spot or the NFC South title
-Buccaneers at Saints: See above. The Saints could have to win this just to get into the playoffs.
-Lions at Vikings: As explained above, the Lions have an outside shot of still winning the NFC North
-Broncos at Raiders: Denver could be playing for the No. 1 seed or the No. 5 seed.
-Bills at Patriots: New England could be fighting for a bye week or even the No. 1 seed in the AFC
-Jaguars at Colts: Colts are already in but their seeding could ride on this one
-Rams at Seahawks: Seattle should have the top seed in the NFC locked down by now
NO CHANCE AT ALL:
-Redskins at Giants
-Texans at Titans
-Browns at Steelers