With the NFL playoffs just around the corner, Week 17 provides a number of key matchups which could dictate the postseason fate of many teams. This is why we created our list of the most important NFL matchups to look out for in Week 17.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs. Carolina Panthers
This division game has everything to play for. The bucs are currently sitting at the top of the NFC south with a record of 7-8, while the Panthers are a game behind at 6-9. The Panthers hold the tiebreaker between the two teams, so if they can win on Sunday they would overtake the Bucs into first place, with only a week to go.
Both teams will treat this game like a playoff game and the Panthers may have a slight edge playing at home, where their record has been 5-4. On the other hand, Tom Brady and the Bucs have gone 4-4 on the road so far.
Miami Dolphins Vs. New England Patriots
Both the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots are vying for one of the three Wild Card spots in the AFC Division. Miami is currently in possession of the third Wild Card entry into the playoffs with a record of 8-7 but have lost four games straight. New England are just holding on to their playoff hopes with a record of 7-8, dropping their last two games.
The AFC East division rivals will be facing off at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, with everything to play for. Note that the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers are also in the race for the last Wild Card spot with records of 7-8.
Jacksonville Jaguars Vs. Houston Texans
What seems like a low impact game on paper, has some serious playoff implications for the Jacksonville Jaguars. While the Houston Texans have been eliminated from playoff contention a number of weeks ago, they could play spoiler if they can beat the Jaguars.
The Jags go into the game with a record of 7-8, sitting just half a game above the Tennessee Titans for the top seed in the AFC South. If they can pull out a win, they will solidify their status at the top with just one week left to play.
Betting on NFL Games
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