NFL Changes Kickoff Times for Rams-Ravens, Panthers-Saints in Week 17

Devon Platana
The NFL has changed the kickoff times for the Rams-Ravens and Panthers-Saints Week 17 matchups.
The NFL has changed the kickoff times for the Rams-Ravens and Panthers-Saints Week 17 matchups. / Jim McIsaac/GettyImages

As we near this year's postseason, it's not unusual for the NFL to make some schedule adjustments — especially if a matchup has important playoff implications.

With that being said, the NFL announced Monday that the Week 17 Los Angeles Rams vs Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints matchups have been rescheduled.

Rams vs Ravens Week 17

The Rams (11-4) and Ravens (8-7) were originally scheduled to play at 4:25 p.m. EST on Jan. 2, however, that's been bumped to 1 p.m. EST.

This matchup has major implications for both teams. On one hand, the Rams are still in contention for a first-round bye in the NFC bracket. With how much COVID-19 and injuries have ravaged the football world this season, playing one fewer game could make a world of difference now more than ever.

On the other, the Ravens have lost four games in a row and are watching their AFC North title aspirations slipping out of their hands. A loss to the Rams would likely squash any postseason dreams.

Panthers vs Saints Week 17

Meanwhile, the Panthers (5-10) and Saints (7-7) will have their game moved from 1 p.m. EST to 4:25 p.m. EST.

The Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday following a 32-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Keeping that in mind, this game is more about pride for Carolina than anything.

Meanwhile, the Saints' chances of a playoff berth are still alive despite a rocky season. New Orleans is one game back of the final NFC playoff spot and could gain a serious edge with a win over the Miami Dolphins in their Week 16 Monday Night Football matchup.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.