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Week 17 NFL game plans for every must-win matchup, including how the Bears, Browns and Rams can win and make the playoffs


#Week 17 of the NFL season is here, and there are still seven playoff spots up for grabs. There are several teams facing win-or-go-home games. The #Browns need a victory at home against a #Steelers team that will rest #Ben #Roethlisberger. The #Cardinals and #Rams need to beat each other to get into the postseason, and L.A. will be without #Jared #Goff, who broke his thumb last week. The #Colts have a home game against a one-win #Jaguars team with nothing to play for. #It’s a huge week as we head into next weekend’s wild-card matchups.

#Let’s run through some key matchups on the final day of the regular season, focusing on game-plan keys, scheme, personnel and coaching for all of the teams facing must-win games.

#We’ll start with the two games in which both teams need to win to make the playoffs, with the NFC #East and NFC wild-card spots still undecided:

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#Jump to a matchup:
DAL-NYG | WSH-PHI | ARI-LAR
MIA-BUF | PIT-CLE | BAL-CIN
GB-CHI | HOU-TEN | JAX-IND

#Why this matchup matters: The winner of this game (1 p.m. ET, #Fox) will be the NFC #East champ … if #Washington loses to #Philadelphia on #Sunday night. #If #Washington wins, both the #Cowboys and #Giants will miss the playoffs.

#What #Dallas needs to do to win: #Attack the #Giants’ zone coverage schemes

#Unlike last week, when #Dallas saw a lot of single-high man-coverage and favorable matchups in a blowout win over the #Eagles, #Patrick #Graham’s #New #York defense will play more zone coverage against the #Cowboys’ talented pass catchers. #Think #Cover 3 and #Cover 2 here, mixing in some 2-Man on critical down situations. I would anticipate more boot with quarterback #Andy #Dalton, which caters to his ability to throw on the run, plus #Hi-Lo reads to influence the #Giants’ underneath defenders. #That allows the #Cowboys to run intermediate in-breakers and flood concepts with both #Amari #Cooper and #CeeDee #Lamb, plus take shots on long balls to #Michael #Gallup, who had two scores against #Philadelphia. The #Cowboys will also need running back #Ezekiel #Elliott to get going on zone runs out of 12 (two tight ends) and 11 (one tight end) personnel, and I would give backup #Tony #Pollard some touches as well. #He has explosive traits as a runner and receiver.

#Defensively, I look at the linebacker position. #Both #Jaylon #Smith and #Leighton #Vander #Esch (or #Sean #Lee, if #Vander #Esch misses the game with his ankle injury) need to fit their run gaps and be violent at the point of attack. #Stack, shed and find the football — #New #York is going to run power right at them.

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#What #New #York needs to do to win: #Pound the ball and set up play-action for QB #Daniel #Jones



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