Which Week 17 Game Should NBC Flex Onto National TV?

Eli ChesnerCorrespondent INovember 25, 2010

NFL Flex Offense: Which Week 17 Game Should NBC Put onto National TV?

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 21:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 21, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Every year, NBC chooses their game of the week before the schedule is released, much like ESPN and Monday Night Football. But NBC chooses their Week 17 game a week before the season ends. ESPN doesn't have a MNF game in Week 17. So NBC needs to get this right.

    Last year they chose the Bengals at the Jets. The Jets needed to win that game to make the playoffs while the Bengals were already in. New York won 37-0.

    This year, I am taking the Week 17 schedule and trying to make the decision for NBC and where to send Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.   

    THIS IS IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER.

Games That Have No Chance Of NBC Broadcast

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets looks to throw a pass against the Houston Texans on November 21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Bills @ Jets - Bills have no chance of making the playoffs.

    Vikings @ Lions - Vikings have fallen apart all year.

    Dolphins @ Patriots - Dolphins will most likely not make the playoffs.

    Panthers @ Falcons - Carolina is the worst team in football, and might still have only one win by the time this game comes.

    Cardinals @  49ers - I would have put this higher up, but the Cardinals have no chance of making it without good players.

Games With Little Chance Of NBC Broadcast

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 21:  Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs by Mike Mitchell #34 of the Oakland Raiders during the game on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    Bengals @ Ravens - The Bengals have struggled all year, but if the Ravens need to clinch on this day, the Bengals will give them their best effort.

    Steelers @ Browns - The Browns are playing spoiler right now, but the Steelers will have likely clinched a playoff spot already. 

    Jaguars @ Texans - The Jaguars are one of the surprise teams this year, but Houston has a problem.

    Cowboys @ Eagles - A rivalry renewed in the last week once again. Dallas has no realistic chance of making the playoffs.

    Giants @ Redskins - The Giants could be fighting for the division this week, but the Redskins have no chance of making it.

    Chargers @ Broncos - Chargers could make the playoffs by winning this game, but Denver has fallen apart this year.

    Rams @ Seahawks - This game should be higher, but it's not because the Rams probably will clinch the division the week before.

Games That NBC Should Really Consider

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 21:  Bruce Gradkowski #5 of the Oakland Raiders drops back to pass during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    Titans @ Colts - A possible division winner showdown here. It would get good rating for TV.

    Raiders @ Chiefs - Could we have imagined before the year started that the Raiders and Chiefs could be playing on Sunday Night Football at the same time?

    Buccaneers @ Saints - The Buccaneers have been the most surprising team this year in the NFL. Going up against the Super Bowl champion Saints quite possibly for a wild card birth, this game could be interesting. 

Game That NBC Will Most Likely Choose: Bears @ Packers

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 18:  Receiver Earl Bennett #80 of the Chicago Bears runs from linebacker Karlos Dansby #58 of the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 18, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
    Marc Serota/Getty Images

    This rivalry finally has some hope again. The Bears have shocked everyone this year so far and are tied with the Packers for the division lead. It could be a battle for who gets the Wild Card Round bye week in the playoffs.

    But whoever NBC chooses to be their two gladiators of the night, I'll be watching, and I'm sure you will be also.