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Washington vs. Philadelphia set for Sunday Night Football in Week 17

Washington controls their playoff hopes, as a win over the Eagles gets them into the 2020 NFL playoffs.

Defensive end Chase Young #99 of the Washington Football Team looks on against the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField on December 20, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Washington Football Team will face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football in Week 17. It’s fairly odd to say that Washington, at 6-9, can punch their ticket to a home game in the playoffs and a NFC East championship with a win, but it’s true. Of all the games going in Week 17, this one is the only matchup that gives the winner their division and a playoff game.

We’ve watched the futility of the NFC East all season, but one of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants or Washington all have a shot of getting in on Sunday, while the Philadelphia Eagles can play spoiler.

The early NFC East matchup is a big one as well, as the Cowboys head to the Meadowlands to take on the Giants. The winner of that game will win the NFC East if the Eagles can beat Washington on SNF. All of their records are awful, but at least it gives us some drama to end the season.

Washington hopes to have Alex Smith back, as Dwayne Haskins was erratic and replaced by Taylor Wieneke in their loss to the Panthers in Week 17. Smith is close to returning from his calf injury, but it is to the same leg he had a catastrophic injury to, which has caused some trouble.

The Eagles lost to the Cowboys in Week 16, but have been playing better with Jalen Hurts under center. And one of Dallas or New York will be big fans of Hurts on Sunday night.