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Eagles vs. Giants Week 17 game can't be flexed to prime time, per NFL scheduling rule

The game might not even need to be flexed at all.

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The Philadelphia Eagles will not be playing the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football in Week 17, if the NFL's scheduling rule holds up. As Dan Graziano points out, the Eagles have already been maxed out on prime time games with six. Philadelphia's sixth and final prime time game is set to take place this Sunday night when they play the Arizona Cardinals.

Depending how the NFC East race shakes out, the Eagles and/or Giants could potentially be playing for a playoff berth in Week 17. Then again, it's also possible the Giants could be eliminated by then. If that's the case, the Eagles would be able to rest their starters. So not having the flex option might not be the worst thing.

The Week 17 Eagles-Giants game is currently scheduled to start at 1:00 PM ET on FOX. It's not impossible for that game to get flexed to a late afternoon start, however. The San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams are set to play starting at 4:25 PM on Sunday, Jan. 3. Perhaps that NFC West matchup could get flexed out to feature a more competitive and meaningful Eagles-Giants game instead, but who knows.