By the time they take the field on Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns the New York Giants will know exactly where they stand in the tightly-bunched chase for the NFC East title. The Washington Football Team, Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles all play Sunday afternoon and the results of their games will be known before the Giants and Browns kick off.
Let’s go through the NFC East standings and playoff picture entering the day, look at the games involving the Giants’ three division rivals and offer you a look at what games will be broadcast on Sunday afternoon wherever you live.
NFC East standings
The Giants enter the day in second place behind the Washington Football Team.The percentages don’t favor the Giants winning the division, but an upset of the Browns tonight and a loss by Washington to the Seattle Seahawks would put the Giants back in control. Remember, the Giants own the tie-breaker advantage since they won both games with Washington this season.
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team
Game time/TV channel: 1 p.m. (FOX)
Washington (6-7) will be without starting quarterback Alex Smith, who is out with a calf injury. That means Dwayne Haskins will start. Seattle admitted taking the Giants for granted in their upset loss a couple of weeks ago. It’s hard to imagine the Seahawks taking another NFC East foe lightly just two weeks later.
The Seahawks are 6-point favorites.
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys
Game time/TV channel: 1 p.m. (CBS)
The 49ers are 5-8. The Cowboys are 4-9. Both teams had much higher expectations this season. The defending NFC champion 49ers were once 4-4, but have lost four of their last five. The Cowboys still have a chance in the middling NFC East. As of now, Giants fans just hope the Week 17 Dallas-Giants game at MetLife Stadium has meaning for New York.
The 49ers are 3-point favorites.
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
Game time/TV channel: 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
The Eagles are still hanging around in the race for the division crown, and they have that annoying tie that factors in.
This will be the second start at quarterback for Jalen Hurts. Let’s hope the same Arizona team that beat up on the Giants shows up against Philadelphia.
The Cardinals are 6-point favorites.
What’s on where you live?
Here is a look at the broadcast maps for Sunday’s 1 and 4 p.m. games, per 506sports.com.
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