NFL Week 18 flexed schedule: Cowboys-Eagles meet Saturday, Chargers-Raiders close common season on 'SNF' - CBS sports

The NFL has introduced the final nationally televised contests of the regular season, two of which should be on Saturday and the together with the closing "Sunday evening soccer" matchup of the 12 months. listed here are the three matchups flexed for Week 18: 

Saturday, Jan. 8

Sunday, Jan. 9

The Saturday doubleheader is new for the ultimate week of the average season. ESPN's contract now comprises two Saturday games with playoff implications right through the final week of the season, involving groups taking part in to dwell alive for a wild card berth, division title, conference seeding, or first-circular bye. these video games may be played on ESPN and ABC simultaneously. 

The NFL has had the opportunity to flex the "Sunday evening soccer" finale when you consider that the 2006 television contract -- which gave NBC the rights to the Sunday night equipment. The 2017 season turned into the lone 12 months the league did not activity the choice to end the season on Sunday nighttime, due to the remaining Sunday of the season being on New year's Eve. 

The Week 18 game is decided completely with the aid of the league, which means neither CBS nor Fox can "offer protection to" that game. The league seeks to flex a matchup by which at least one group should win to be able to qualify for the playoffs, in spite of what happens in the other Week 18 video games -- hence why the Raiders and Chargers had been chosen for the "Sunday night soccer" matchup. 

The networks for each game may be announced Monday. 

Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m.Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m.Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m.Washington at big apple Giants, 1 p.m.Seattle at Arizona, four:25 p.m.New Orleans at Atlanta, 4:25 p.m.long island Jets at Buffalo, four:25 p.m.San Francisco at los angeles Rams, four:25 p.m.New England at Miami, four:25 p.m.Carolina at Tampa Bay, 4:25 p.m.

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