The other two games moving to and from those time slots are the Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars vs Tennessee Titans. All three games will be shown on CBS and all three games have playoff implications. For starters, the Ravens will clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Bengals.
These moves are in order to ensure that all games with playoff implications that impact each other are played at the same time. There will be no Sunday night game in Week 17.
“We felt that both from a competitive standpoint and from a fan perspective, the most fair thing to do is to schedule all Week 17 games in either the 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m. ET windows,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Broadcasting Howard Katz in a press release. “This ensures that we do not have a matchup on Sunday Night Football on New Year’s Eve that because of earlier results has no playoff implications for one or both of the competing teams.”
The following is the updated Week 17 NFL schedule (all times ET):
If you’re planning to watch the Bengals play on New Year’s Eve, make sure to adjust your calendars for what will now be a 4:25 p.m. ET game on December 31, 2017.