Washington at Philadelphia Flexed to Sunday Night Football for Week 17

In a move that comes as no surprise, based on what’s at stake, the NFL announced late Sunday that the Week 17 Sunday Night Football finale will feature the Washington Football Team traveling to Philadelphia to take on rookie QB Jalen Hurts and the Eagles.

The game has great importance for Washington. It will either give them the rights to the NFC East title or the rights to an early vacation.

Washington falling to the Eagles would mean whoever wins Sunday’s 1pm EST matchup between Dallas and the New York Giants would take home the NFC East, a division that no team seems to want to win.

Following a 37-17 win at home over the Eagles Sunday, the Cowboys sit at 6-9, the same mark as Washington. The Giants are 5-10 after a 27-13 loss at Baltimore.

The big question about Washington this week will be the status of quarterback Alex Smith, who missed Sunday’s home loss to the Carolina Panthers with a calf injury.

Dwayne Haskins started Sunday’s game for Washington and was awful, going 14-for-28 for 154 yards and two picks before being pulled for unknown former Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who went 12-for-19 for 137 yards and a score.

Heinicke began 2020 as a quarterback on the roster for the XFL’s St. Louis BattleHawks.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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