NFL Week 17 Sunday Night Football Preview: Can Washington pull off the NFC East title?

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Sunday Night Football Week 17 Matchup – Washington Football Team vs. Philadelphia Eagles

January 3, 2021, 8:20 pm EDT, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

It’s the final game of the NFL regular season here as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Football Team for a game that will decide who wins the NFC East. If Washington wins, they’ll clinch an improbable division title, if they lose, then the winner of the Cowboys/Giants game earlier in the day will get the playoff berth.

Will Jalen Hurts muster a strong performance in what is his final audition for the full-time job in 2021, or will Washington’s young defensive line dominate?

Be sure to check out our Washington vs. Eagles Sunday Night Football predictions for our expert handicapper’s picks, both ATS and O/U.

Sunday Night Football Betting Odds & Lines Preview 

This line has been steadily moving in Washington’s direction. The game opened with the Eagles as a slight favorite, but that quickly moved to a pick em. Then Washington became a slight favorite. Now as of Friday afternoon, Washington has moved out to a favorite of a full field goal. That likely has to do with the injury situation on both sides, as Alex Smith appears to be progressing nicely while the Eagles are banged up. Philly will be without key defensive back Jalen Mills, and likely other crucial players such as Dallas Goedert, Miles Sanders, and Fletcher Cox. If Smith gets ruled out and Washington is forced to start Taylor Heinicke, I would anticipate this line moving back down a bit.

The total has been somewhat static, hovering around 43.5 currently after opening at 43 at a lot of books. I’d expect this number to shift in either direction once we get more clarity on the injury situation however. There’s a lot still up in the air, including whether Smith, Antonio Gibson, or Terry McLaurin will play for Washington. I think we could see the total move either up or down a point or two depending on the status of those three, Goedert, and Sanders.

For the thoughts of our expert NFL handicappers, who look at the Sunday Night Football betting odds and lines each week to find the best value Sunday Night Football picks, head over to our NFL Picks page—where you’ll also find all of our picks for the rest of the Week 17 games.

2020 Season Sunday Night Football Schedule and Scores

Week 1
Los Angeles Rams 20, Dallas Cowboys 17

Week 2
Seattle Seahawks 35, New England Patriots 30

Week 3
Green Bay Packers 37, New Orleans Saints 30

Week 4
Philadelphia Eagles 25, San Francisco 20

Week 5
Seattle Seahawks 27, Minnesota Vikings 26

Week 6
San Francisco 49ers 24, Los Angeles Rams 16

Week 7
Arizona Cardinals 37, Seattle Seahawks 34 (OT)

Week 8
Philadelphia Eagles 23, Dallas Cowboys 9

Week 9
New Orleans Saints 38, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3

Week 10
New England Patriots 23, Baltimore Ravens 17

Week 11
Kansas City Chiefs 35, Las Vegas Raiders 31

Week 12
Green Bay Packers 41, Chicago Bears 25

Week 13
Kansas City Chiefs 22, Denver Broncos 16

Week 14
Dec. 13, 8:20 PM EDT, Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills (NBC)

Week 15
Dec. 20, 8:20 PM EDT, Cleveland Browns at New York Giants (NBC)

Week 16
Dec. 27, 8:20 PM EDT, Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers (NBC)

Week 17

Jan. 3, 8:20 PM EDT, Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)

How To Watch Sunday Night Football 

The Sunday Night Football schedule throughout the 2020 NFL season is straightforward. All 16 games (there is no Week 17 SNF game) kick off at 8:20 PM Eastern and are televised on NBC.

Of course, this is the year 2020 and consumers value different options. Being able to stream Sunday Night Football beyond the traditional means of a cable TV channel is important, and there are ways to do it. Here are four different streaming services:

  • fuboTV
  • Hulu Live
  • Sling TV
  • YouTube TV

Sunday Night Football Channel

While streaming Sunday Night Football is a popular way to watch the primetime games, TV networks still hold the majority of the viewership. So, what channel is Sunday Night Football on? Well, as mentioned earlier, NBC has every single game. There is no back-and-forth fluctuation like with Thursday Night Football.

What time does Sunday Night Football start?

Sunday Night Football kicks off at 8:20 PM Eastern each and every week.

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