For the second year in a row, the NFL will hold a doubleheader on Saturday during the last week of the regular season and for the second year in a row, the NFL waited until the Sunday games concluded in Week 17 to reveal who would play in that doubleheader.
The league announced that the Saturday schedule would look like this in Week 18:
The biggest surprise is that the Titans-Jaguars. With the AFC South title on the line, there was some speculation that the NFL might move this game to Sunday night in Week 18, but instead, the league decided to put it on Saturday night.
The Jaguars probably won’t be happy to hear the game is moved to Saturday because the Giants will get more rest from them. Not only are the Jaguars playing in a shortened week, but Tennessee played Thursday in Week 17, which will give them three full days of extra rest for the showdown.
Although the winner of the Titans-Jaguars match-up will win the AFC South title, the loser will not necessarily be eliminated. If the Titans win Saturday, the Jags can still get a wild card berth if it is Steelers lose to Brownthe Patriots lose to Invoices and the dolphins lose to Planes In Week 18. On the other hand, if the Jaguars win, Tennessee’s season will be over.
As for the early game, the Chiefs will likely be picked as they are still fighting for the top seed in the AFC. No matter what happens monday night in between Bengals And the Bills, the Chiefs will go into Saturday’s game knowing they need to win if they are to have any chance of a top seed. If the Raiders pull off an upset, the Bills-Bengals winner will be in the driver’s seat to land the top seed in the AFC.
If you’re wondering why there’s a doubleheader this week, it’s now a permanent part of the schedule going forward because it’s part of the ESPN media deal.
For Sunday night’s game, the NFL decided to highlight the Lions-Packers, which means we’ll have Aaron Rodgers play in prime time with the Packers’ season on the line. The only problem with putting this game into prime time is that blackThe chances of the playoffs may be dead by the time the match begins. if it was Seahawks hit the rams at 4:25 p.m. ET, then the Lions will be eliminated from the playoff game.
For the full Week 18 schedule, be sure to click here.
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