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Redskins can join NFC East buddies in playoffs with win and no tie in Detroit

Quarterback Kirk Cousins can’t believe the Redskins are still in the playoff hunt despite losing three of their last five games.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins can’t believe the Redskins are still in the playoff hunt despite losing three of their last five games. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Giants (10-5) at Redskins (8-6-1)

3:25 p.m., KDFW/4

Line: Redskins by 7 1/2

Despite losing to Philadelphia, New York was able to clinch the NFC’s fifth seed last week and will play the fourth seed on wild-card weekend. Washington, after defeating the Bears 41-21, faces a win-and-in scenario (unless Detroit and Green Bay tie). If Washington makes the playoffs, it would be the third time (with 2006, 2007) the NFC East qualified three teams for the playoffs in a single season since the move to four-team divisions in 2002.

Ravens (8-7) at Bengals (5-9-1)

Noon, DirecTV/705

Line: Pick ’em

Pittsburgh eliminated Baltimore from playoff contention last week. The Ravens have failed to make the playoffs in three of the past four seasons following five consecutive postseason appearances (2008-2012). Cincinnati, which lost in Houston after missing a last-second field goal, lost to the Ravens 19-14 in Week 12. Baltimore receiver Steve Smith, one of 11 NFL players in history with 1,000 catches and 14,000 yards receiving, said this probably will be his final game.

Panthers (6-9) at Buccaneers (8-7)

Noon, DirecTV/713

Line: Bucs by 4

Tampa Bay still has a chance to make the playoffs, but you could get better odds on being struck by lightning. To win the NFC’s final playoff spot, Tampa Bay has to beat Carolina then have the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys win. Plus, the New York Giants-Washington Redskins game has to end in a tie. The Bucs will be without running back Doug Martin following his suspension for violating the league’s drug policy.

Texans (9-6) at Titans (8-7)

Noon, KTVT/11

Line: Titans by 3

In Tom Savage’s first start at quarterback, the Texans narrowly defeated Cincinnati 12-10, securing the South division title and the AFC’s fourth playoff seed. Houston’s win eliminated Tennessee from the playoff hunt. To add injury to insult, quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered a broken leg. Matt Cassel will start the finale for the Titans.

Browns (1-14) at Steelers (10-5)

Noon, DirecTV/709

Line: Steelers 6

Pittsburgh beat Baltimore in the closing seconds last week to win the NFC North and lock in the AFC’s No. 3 seed. The Steelers will rest several starters, including QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell and WR Antonio Brown. Cleveland, which won its first game last week, will get first shot at Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett in the 2017 draft if they lose.

Bills (7-8) at Jets (4-11)

Noon, DirecTV/708

Line: Bills by 3 1/2

Rex Ryan’s tenure as Buffalo coach ended Tuesday, less than two full seasons after it began. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve in the interim a week after the Bills put up a franchise best 589 yards of offense but lost to Miami in overtime. Quarterback E.J. Manuel, a 2013 first-round pick, will make his first start of the season. New York will start Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback following a shoulder injury to Bryce Petty.

Bears (3-12) at Vikings (7-8)

Noon, DirecTV/711

Line: Vikings by 6 1/2

Since starting 5-0, Minnesota has lost seven of nine and is fighting to finish .500. The Vikings had their playoff hopes dashed last week despite Sam Bradford’s career-high 382 passing yards against the Packers. Chicago quarterback Matt Barkley is coming off an awful day on which he was intercepted five times, giving him nine turnovers in the past two weeks.

Jaguars (3-12) at Colts (7-8)

Noon, DirecTV/706

Line: Colts by 4 1/2

Jacksonville is 1-0 under interim coach Doug Marrone. Quarterback Blake Bortles is coming off his highest-rated game this season, in which he posted a 103.5 passer rating. Indianapolis has been eliminated from playoff contention, but running back Frank Gore needs just 36 yards to become the first back 33 or older to rush for 1,000 yards since 35-year-old John Riggins in 1984.

Patriots (13-2) at Dolphins (10-5)

Noon, DirecTV/707

Line: Patriots by 9 1/2

In Week 17 last season, New England traveled to Miami with a chance to win the AFC’s top seed and squandered the opportunity. The stakes are the same, as a win would give the Patriots the AFC’s No. 1 seed. Miami, led by Jay Ajayi who is coming off his third 200-yard game of the season, could move from the sixth seed to the fifth with a win and a Kansas City loss.

Chiefs (11-4) at Chargers (5-10)

3:25 p.m., DirecTV/715

Line: Chiefs by 4 1/2

Kansas City stands to gain more than any AFC team in Week 17. A Chiefs win paired with an Oakland loss would give the Chiefs the No. 2 seed and a playoff bye. If the Chiefs lose and the Dolphins win, the Chiefs will fall to the sixth seed. Standing in their way is a San Diego team that the Chiefs beat 33-27 in a Week 1 overtime thriller.

Cardinals (6-8-1) at Rams (4-11)

3:25 p.m., DirecTV/718

Line: Cardinals by 6 1/2

Arizona is coming off one of its best performances in a win over Seattle. David Johnson is a game shy of breaking the record for consecutive games with more than 100 scrimmage yards (15). Receiver Larry Fitzgerald has hinted at retirement after this season and could be playing in his final game. Los Angeles has lost 10 of 11 after starting 3-1.

Raiders (12-3) at Broncos (8-7)

3:25 p.m., KTVT/11

Line: Broncos by 1 1/2

Oakland suffered a huge blow last week, losing quarterback Derek Carr to a broken leg. Matt McGloin will attempt to lead the Raiders to a win and the AFC’s second seed. If the Raiders lose and Kansas City wins, the Raiders will fall to the fifth seed and lose a playoff bye. Denver will become the third team in the past five years to miss the playoffs following a Super Bowl win.

Seahawks (9-5-1) at 49ers (2-13)

3:25 p.m., DirecTV/719

Line: Seahawks by 10

Seattle came into last week undefeated at home with control of its own destiny for a playoff bye. A 350-yard, four-touchdown day from Russell Wilson against Arizona was not enough to keep the Seahawks from relinquishing the No. 2 seed. Seattle will need a win paired with an Atlanta loss to regain the No. 2 seed and its spoils. San Francisco is coming off its first win since the opener.

Saints (7-8) at Falcons (10-5)

3:25 p.m., DirecTV/TBA

Line: Falcons by 7

When these top-two offenses met in Week 3, 77 points were scored and 916 yards were gained. Similar results are expected as both teams have maintained the explosive pace. Atlanta, which has outscored opponents 116-43 over the past three weeks, can clinch the NFC’s No. 2 seed with a win, or a Seattle loss paired with a Detroit loss or tie.

Packers (9-6) at Lions (9-6)

7:30 p.m., KXAS/5

Line: Packers by 3

Five weeks ago, sitting at 4-6, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers said the Packers would run the table, and he has delivered to this point. The winner of this matchup is the NFC North champion and, depending on how events from earlier in the day unfold, the loser could be out of the playoffs. Even with a loss, the Packers can sneak in as a wild-card if Washington and Tampa Bay lose, as could Detroit if Washington loses or ties.

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