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Week 17 NFL Sunday Schedule & Game Picks: Battle for AFC’s #1 seed kicks off early

Somehow, Miami vs. Baltimore did not get moved out of the early time slot.

NFL: SEP 18 Dolphins at Ravens Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It is highly unusual for the biggest matchup on an NFL Sunday to be stuck in the early time slot, especially this late in the season. However, that’s what happened in week 17, as the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins will meet at 1:00 PM Eastern Time with the AFC’s top seed on the line.

Baltimore currently holds a one-game lead on Miami with two weeks to go. A Ravens win would clinch that top seed for Baltimore, giving them a meaningless (in terms of their playoff positioning) game against the Steelers in week 18. A Dolphins victory puts them in the driver’s seat and gives them a crucial head-to-head tiebreaker, though they would still need to beat the Bills at home or see Baltimore lose next Sunday to clinch the #1 spot and a playoff bye.

It’s especially surprising that this game did not get moved into prime time, given that the Sunday Night Football game this week features the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. The two 7-8 teams are both on the outside looking in at the NFC playoff picture, and the loser would be eliminated (at least effectively, and depending on other results earlier today, officially) from postseason contention.

Which AFC team will come out on top today to give them a great shot at a bye? Which NFC North team will stay in the race and which will find its season effectively over? Tune in all day to find out the answers to these questions and many more, and take a look at all of APC’s game picks below as well.

Week 17 Sunday Schedule

Visiting Team Home Team Venue City, State Time (CT) TV Network
Visiting Team Home Team Venue City, State Time (CT) TV Network
Arizona Cardinals Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA 12:00 PM FOX
Los Angeles Rams New York Giants MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ 12:00 PM FOX
San Francisco 49ers Washington Commanders FedEx Field Landover, MD 12:00 PM FOX
New Orleans Saints Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium Tampa, FL 12:00 PM FOX
Tennessee Titans Houston Texans NRG Stadium Houston, TX 12:00 PM FOX
Miami Dolphins Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium Baltimore, MD 12:00 PM CBS
New England Patriots Buffalo Bills Highmark Stadium Orchard Park, NY 12:00 PM CBS
Las Vegas Raiders Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, IN 12:00 PM CBS
Carolina Panthers Jacksonville Jaguars EverBank Field Jacksonville, FL 12:00 PM CBS
Atlanta Falcons Chicago Bears Soldier Field Chicago, IL 12:00 PM CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers Seattle Seahawks Lumen Field Seattle, WA 3:05 PM FOX
Cincinnati Bengals Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, MO 3:25 PM CBS
Los Angeles Chargers Denver Broncos Empower Field at Mile High Denver, CO 3:25 PM CBS
Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis, MN 7:20 PM NBC

APC Game Picks

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