The Washington Redskins were eliminated from playoff contention long ago, and the only on-field impact Week 17 will have on the organization is in the form of draft order.
Still, there are plenty of reasons to tune in, including some real motivation for the players to perform well in their final appearances of the season. We've all been following the Kirk Cousins contract saga for years, and he will definitely want to show out in what amounts to a final audition before his big pay day.
He's not the only one playing for his next contract, whether in D.C. or elsewhere. Even for those whose financial futures are secure, there's something else on the line: pride.
It may seem like a 1-game difference in the final standings doesn't matter too much, and those who are looking ahead to mock draft season may even be pulling for another loss to improve the team's position. But nobody want wants to play for a losing team, and pulling the team's record to 8-8 would mean something to the players who came in and gave it their all for the last 6 months.
With final records of 8-7-1 and 9-7 the last two years, a .500 season doesn't exactly represent growth. Still, it's far preferable to a losing season, especially if the final statement is a win over a division rival.
If nothing else, enjoy getting to watch your favorite players represent your favorite team while you can. Nothing lasts forever in the NFL, and we as fans only get 16 football Sundays each year.
Even in a lost season marred by injury and tough luck, there's something special about every NFL season, and watching the Redskins win their 3rd straight game would leave a much better taste in our mouths heading into the long, cold offseason.
But before the Redskins visit the Giants on New Years Eve, here's everything you need to know about their final game of the season.
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Week 17 Redskins at Giants
Who: Washington Redskins at New York Giants
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
What: Week 17 of the 2017 NFL season
When: Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (Try for free)
Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Betting Odds: According to OddsShark.com, the Redskins are 3-point favorites over the New York Giants.
Washington Redskins 2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Week 1 (Sun. 9/10): 30-17 loss vs. Eagles (0-1)
Week 2 (Sun. 9/17): 27-20 win at Rams (1-1)
Week 3 (Sun. 9/24): 27-10 win vs. Raiders (2-1)
Week 4 (Mon. 10/2): 29-20 loss at Chiefs (2-2)
Week 5 (Sun. 10/8): BYE WEEK
Week 6 (Sun. 10/15): 26-24 win vs. 49ers (3-2)
Week 7 (Mon. 10/23): 34-24 loss at Eagles (3-3)
Week 8 (Sun. 10/29): 33-19 loss vs. Cowboys (3-4)
Week 9 (Sun. 11/5): 17-14 win at Seahawks (4-4)
Week 10 (Sun. 11/12): 38-30 loss vs. Vikings (4-5)
Week 11 (Sun. 11/29): 34-31 OT loss at Saints (4-6)
Week 12 (Thurs. 11/23): 20-10 win vs. Giants (5-6)
Week 13 (Thurs. 11/30): 38-14 loss at Cowboys (5-7)
Week 14 (Sun. 12/10): 30-13 loss at Chargers (5-8)
Week 15 (Sun. 12/17): 20-15 win vs. Arizona Cardinals (6-8)
Week 16 (Sun. 12/24): 27-11 win vs. Denver Broncos (7-8)
Week 17 (Sun. 12/31): at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m.
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