Although many fantasy football seasons have ended the NFL plays through Week 17 of the regular season. Each one of the games in Week 17 has huge implications in one-way or another.
Those teams that have clinched a playoff spot are playing to carry momentum into the playoffs. Who wants to go into the playoffs with a loss? Many of those teams can earn a better seed, and possibly home-field advantage with a win.
Week 17 will make the difference between division champion and wild card for some teams, which dramatically affects the playoff matchups.
For those teams who have no chance to make the playoffs, some may play the role of spoiler. If they can pull an upset, they could knock another team out of the playoffs.
Some would argue these teams might as well lose to give them a better draft pick come April, but as Herm Edwards said best, “You play to win the game!”
And for those teams fighting for their playoff lives Week 17 feels like, and basically is a playoff game. Everything is on the line for these teams, and they feel it.
No matter what the case, every NFL team is playing for something. Here are the five biggest NFL games of the Week 17 slate.