We’ll have lots of playoff implication football on the air for you this long holiday weekend.

For local favorites the Dallas Cowboys (yes, we know not everyone is a Cowboys fan but we’re talking majority rule here) to make the playoffs they first need to take care of business in their final two games. Having Ezekiel Elliot back with a man on a mission attitude will help this objective. According to the Dallas Morning News, Dez Bryant’s exact words after a text exchange with Zeke- “I know he’s licking his chops.” However, even if the Cowboys win both remaining games, they can’t do it alone. Cowboys fans better hope the Falcons and Lions stumble their way across the 2017 season finish line.

That week-10 loss to the Falcons is looming a large cloud over the Cowboys playoff hopes. Because of the Falcons 27-7 annihilation of the ‘Boys, the head-to-head tie-breaker is with the Georgia boys and not the Cowboys. If Dallas is to make the playoffs it’s very likely it requires them winning both remaining games, while Atlanta needs to drop both remaining games. Both of those games mean something to the Falcons’ opponents so that’s a good thing.

This Sunday Falcons-Saints game means something extra special for New Orleans. Their first meeting ended up with the Saints on the short end of the 20-17 final. The Saints also dropped both 2016 matchup with Atlanta, so this becomes an important statement game for the Saints. It’s never good to see a potential playoff matchup coming against a team you haven’t beaten in a while. That game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso with the pre-game starting at 10:30, kick off at 11.

In week 17 on Sunday the 31st the Panthers travel to Atlanta. The first matchup between these division rivals resulted in Carolina winning 20-17, but that was a Panthers home game, not the one in the Falcons’ raucous Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This next time it will be home field advantage Atlanta.

Here’s our complete game schedule for this weekend.

12/23 Saturday: Indianapolis Colts AT Baltimore Ravens – Pre-game 2:00p/kick off 2:30p
12/23 Saturday: Minnesota Vikings AT Green Bay Packers – Pre-game 6:00p/kick off 6:30p

12/24 Sunday: Atlanta Falcons AT New Orleans Saints – Pre-game 10:30a/kick off 11:00a
12/24 Sunday: Jacksonville Jaguars AT San Francisco 49ers – 1:30 Pre-game/kick off 2:05p

12/25 Monday: Buffalo Bills AT Los Angles Chargers – Pre-game 2:00p/kick off 2:30p
12/25 Monday: Oakland Raiders AT Philadelphia Eagles – Pre-game 6:00p/kick off 6:30p

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