The NFL wraps up the season on Sunday with plenty of playoff implications in Week 17. seven playoff spots are left to be earned. in the AFC, the Chiefs are the No. 1 seed and have the only bye, but in the NFC, the Packers, Saints and Seahawks all have a shot at that No. 1 seed.
Given the nature of Week 17, some teams will be going all out and other teams are just looking to get through the weekend without players getting hurt. The Chiefs are the only team that has absolutely nothing to play for and are planning to sit several starters.
This will impact traditional and daily fantasy decisions, but also sports betting decisions. We’ll track it all here throughout the week leading up to the regular season finale.
Coach Bruce Arians says his team will play to win against the Falcons. We can’t take a coaches word on this usually, but the Buccaneers can take the 5 seed with a win. The 5 seed would mean getting to face the winner of the NFC East, which is of course a team with a losing record.
Falcons COVID-19 IR: C Alex Mack
Falcons OUT: WR Julio Jones, WR Brandon Powell, DB Darqueze Dennard, WR Julio Jones, CB Tyler Hall, DT Deadrin Senat, RB Qadree Ollison, TE Jared Pinkney
Bucs COVID-19 IR: OLB Shaq Barrett, ILB Devin White
Bucs OUT: CB Carlton Davis, QB Ryan Griffin, TE Tanner Hudson, DL Jeremiah Ledbetter, RB LeSean McCoy
Mike Tomlin says that Mason Rudolph will start over Ben Roethlisberger Week 17 against the Browns, per Bob Pompeani.
Browns S Denzel Ward placed on COVID-19 IR list.
Steelers OUT: QB Ben Roethlisbeger, K Chris Boswell, S Terrell Edmunds, C Maurkice Pouncey, OLB T.J. Watt, DE Cam Heyward
Steelers COVID-19: CB Joe Haden, TE Eric Ebron, DE Cassius Marsh
Browns OUT: S Tedric Thompson, C Nick Harris, G Blake Hance, T Kendall Lamm, WR Alexander Hollins, DE Joe Jackson
Browns COVID-19: S Denzel Ward, TE Harrison Bryant, CB Kevin Johnson, LB BJ Goodson, S Andrew Sendejo, LB Malcolm Smith
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick won’t play due to a positive COVID-19 test, per Ian Rapoport.
Bills OUT: WR Cole Beasley, TE Reggie Gilliam, CB Tre’Davious white, DE Jerry Hughes, DE Mario Addison, QB Jake Fromm, RB Taiwan Jones, OL Ty Nsekhe
Game day update:
My understanding is Matt Barkley will get “meaningful snaps” per source. Starter Josh Allen is just 40 yards away from breaking the team’s single season passing record. Bills also following similar formula to last year’s week 17, when they rested key starters.— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) January 3, 2021
Based on my conversations here in Buffalo, some info: The Bills are keeping their plans for the starters close to the vest, and there’s a few different factors in play, but the most important thing to understand... They want the 2 seed.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 3, 2021
They are playing for the 2 seed.
Dolphins OUT: QB Jake Rudock, WR Jakeem Grant, RB DeAndre Washington, LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, T Adam Pankey, WR Kirk Merritt, DT Benito Jones
Giants OUT: FB Eli Penny, WR Golden Tate (calf), P Ryan Santoso, CB Madre Harper, OT Kyle Murphy, OT Jackson Barton, DL R.J. McIntosh
Cowboys OUT: CB Rashard Robinson, LB Leighton Vander Esch, OG Zack Martin, QB Ben DiNucci, RB Sewo Olonilua, DE Bradlee Anae
Bengals OUT: C B.J. Finney, CB William Jackson, LB Logan Wilson, CB Mackensie Alexander, K Randy Bullock, OL Keaton Sutherland, TE Mitchell Wilcox, OL Alex Redmond.
Bengals COVID-19 IR: DT Mike Daniels, per Mike Garafolo
Ravens OUT: WR James Proche, WR Willie Snead IV, C Patrick Mekari, OLB Yannick Ngakoue, DL Broderick Washington, NT Justin Ellis, CB Jimmy Smith.
QB Matthew Stafford will play.
Lions OUT: WR Kenny Golladay, LB Jamie Collins, OT Tyrell Crosby, OL Joe Dahl, G Logan Stenberg, DT Albert Huggins, S Bobby Price
Vikings OUT: LB Eric Kendricks, DE Jalyn Holmes, DE Ifeadi Odenigbo, CB Cameron Dantzler, CB Chris Jones, RB Dalvin Cook
Patriots OUT: C David Andrews, RB Damien Harris, OG Shaquille Mason, C David Andrews, LB Terez Hall, LB Anfernee Jennings, QB Brian Hoyer, CB D’Angelo Ross, CB Dee Virgin
Jets OUT: QB James Morgan, CB Bless Austin, TE Ross Travis, OL Jimmy Murray, DL Trevon Coley, WR Lawrence Cager
Andy Reid told reporters that they will likely see backup quarterback Chad Henne on Sunday instead of Patrick Mahomes. He didn’t go into detail, but that would mean they will rest other starters as well.
Keenan Allen has been placed on the COVID-19 list and won’t play against the Chiefs, per Field Yates.
Darwin Thompson is expected to get the bulk of the carries, per Ian Rapoport.
Chiefs OUT: WR Tyreek Hill, OL Mike Remmers, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LB Ben Niemann, WR Sammy Watkins
Chargers OUT: DE Joey Bosa, S Rayshawn Jenkins, OT Bryan Bulaga, CB Casey Hayward, DE Malik Jefferson
WR Cooper Kupp has been placed on the Covid-19 list due to a positive test and will not play.
QB Jared Goff is out. John Wolford will start.
RB Darrell Henderson is likely out with a high ankle sprain.
RB Cam Akers is dealing with a high ankle sprain, but has a chance to return this week.
DL Michael Brockers placed on COVID-19 IR.
WR Larry Fitzgerald unlikely to play
Rams OUT: QB Jared Goff, LB Micah Kiser
Rams COVID-19: Cooper Kupp
Cardinals COVID-19: Christian Kirk
Colts OUT: S Khari Willis, CB Rock Ya-Sin, OT Will Holden
Jaguars OUT: WR D.J. Chark, WR Collin Johnson, RB James Robinson
Titans OUT: LB Derick Roberson
Texans OUT: OT Brent Qvale
Texas DOUBTFUL: OT Laremy Tunsil
Packers OUT: OT David Bakhtiari, DL Kingsley Keke
Bears OUT: DB Buster Skrine, DB Jaylon Johnson
RB Christian McCaffrey and RB Mike Davis won’t play. RB Rodney Smith should get the start.
Saints OUT: TE Josh Hill, S Marcus Williams
Panthers DOUBTFUL: DE Brian Burns, RB Mike Davis, RB Christian McCaffrey, OT Russell Okung, CB Troy Pride
WR Brandon Aiyuk won’t play with a high ankle sprain.
K Robbie Gould will not play due to COVID-19. Team is adding K Tristan Vizcaino off Vikings practice squad, per Nick Wagoner.
OT Trent Williams placed on IR.
49ers OUT: WR Brandon Aiyuk, DT Javon Kinlaw, WR Deebo Samuel, CB Richard Sherman, CB K’Waun Williams, DT Kevin Givens, LB Dre Greenlaw
Seahawks OUT: RB DeeJay Dallas, CB Jayson Stanley
Raiders OUT: OT Trenton Brown
Broncos OUT: WR K.J. Hamler
Coach Ron Rivera believes QB Alex Smith has a good chance to start.
WR Terry McLaurin is recovering from a high ankle sprain and is iffy to play.
Eagles COVID-19 IR: S Jalen Mills
Eagles OUT: DE Derek Barnett, LB Shaun Bradley, DT Fletcher Cox, TE Dallas Goedert, WR DeSean Jackson, OT Jordan Mailata, LB Duke Riley, TE Richard Rodgers, RB Miles Sanders
Washington OUT: LB Thomas Davis