Cliff Notes: LET IT RIDE – Week 17 matchups with the highest stakes

by Cliff Gibson

This post was initially published in The Cliff Notes by CSN contributor Cliff Gibson.

The 2021 season has been one to remember and based on the slate of games on tap for Sunday, 2022 is gonna kick the door down with some serious attitude. If you thought the playoff race has been crazy, just wait until Week 17 gets going. This will be a Sunday to remember. LET’S GO!!


Eagles (8-7) at Washington (6-9)

Philly currently holds the last spot in the NFC and can’t afford a slip-up against a divisional foe coming off an embarrassing loss. However, if the Eagles win, their ticket is punched.

Rams (11-4) at Ravens (8-7)

This is a huge chance for the Rams one week after leapfrogging Arizona for the NFC West lead. If they win at Baltimore and the Cardinals fall to the Cowboys, Los Angeles claims the division title. The Ravens have lost four straight and a fifth will pretty much ensure they watch the playoffs from home.

Dolphins (8-7) at Titans (10-5)

Tennessee can clinch the AFC South with a win over Miami or an Indianapolis loss. The Dolphins – the first team to have streaks of 7 wins and 7 losses in the same season – now control their own destiny.

Raiders (8-7) at Colts (9-6)

Indianapolis is a near-lock to make the playoffs and can clinch with a win over the Raiders. Las Vegas is on the outside looking in, but still holds an 18% chance of making the postseason.

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Chiefs (11-4) at Bengals (9-6)

Cincinnati can clinch the AFC North with a win over Kansas City plus a Pittsburgh loss. The Chiefs can clinch home field in the AFC playoffs with a win plus a Titans loss.

Falcons (7-8) at Bills (9-6)

Every game is big for Buffalo since they’re tied for the AFC East lead with New England. With the Patriots hosting the Jags, assume this is a must-win for the Bills. Neither Buffalo nor New England can clinch the AFC East in Week 17.

Cardinals (10-5) at Cowboys (11-4)

Dallas is in the playoffs. They’ve won the NFC East. They still have a slim chance at home-field advantage if they can win out and the Packers drop one of their final games. Arizona is at the opposite end of the spectrum, having lost three straight and the lead in their own division. This game is all about improving position in the wild-card round.

Vikings (7-8) at Packers (12-3)

A win by Green Bay plus Dallas loss would mean the NFC path to the Super Bowl will go through Lambeau Field, where the Packers are 7-0 this season. Minnesota’s chances to sneak in are low (>18%) and the Vikings will have to pull off a huge upset here to avoid elimination.

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