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NFL Week 17 Early Games - Live Blog

For the first time in five years, the Denver Broncos are not a part of the playoff hunt heading into Week 17.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL saved most of the drama of Week 17 for the later games. The only games that have any kind of playoff implications are the New England Patriots looking to ice homefield advantage with a win over the Miami Dolphins.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only other team fighting for their playoff lives. If they win, they will need to wait for the outcomes of the later games to find out where they end up.

In other words, the early games are meh.