Week 17 Picks

Week 17 is finally upon us and I know, personally, I will be watching all day long from a local Buffalo Wild Wings with my good buddy and some family. Please enjoy these mediocre picks!

1:00 EST Slate

Dolphins at Bills (Buf -5.0): Josh Allen has been running all over defenses all year long (yes, you heard that right). This game is at Buffalo and Miami is never great in the cold. This game has no real implications from a playoff standpoint, but division games are always important for bragging rights. A somewhat stingy Buffalo defense limits Miami’s subpar offense well, and Allen makes a few plays; The Pick: Bills 19 Dolphins 7

Lions at Packers (GB -8.0): Again, another game with absolutely no playoff implications, but Aaron Rodgers has garnered my respect for continuing to play despite having little to no motivation to do so. I think Rodgers will pick apart a weak Lions defense, and although Stafford might put up a few numbers and points, Packers take this one easily; The Pick: Packers 31 Lions 10

Jaguars at Texans (Hou -7.0): The Texans have quite a bit to play for, and although this has been an incredibly disappointing year in Jacksonville, pride is most definitely on the line. This could result in a hard fought battle from the big-name Jags D (and the once again starter Blake Bortles), or a complete meltdown. Regardless, Watson is hot right now, and getting the ball to Hopkins has been a major part of that. I’m taking the Texans in a semi-blowout; The Pick: Texans 28 Jags 12

Jets at Patriots (NE -14.0): Wow, look at that line. I think we can all agree that the Pats haven’t been AS good as we’re used to seeing, but with a chance to lock up a first round bye and POSSIBLY a 1 seed, Brady will shine against a poor Jets D. While Darnold has shown flashes of good quarterback play this year, I think a very motivated Pats D shuts him down reasonably well. Pats big; The Pick: Patriots 38 Jets 7

Panthers at Saints (NO -8.0): Just a few weeks ago, this game looked as if it would have had major playoff implications. Now, Carolina is starting Kyle Allen at QB, and the Saints are sitting almost everyone, including Brees, Kamara and Cam Jordan. I still expect Teddy Bridgewater to prove what he is capable of against a fairly rugged Carolina D, and McCaffrey will look to finish off his strong year. Plus, this is a division rivalry after all so pride is on the line. Expect a fairly close game; The Pick: Saints 32 Panthers 24

Cowboys at Giants (NYG -7.0): Dallas, having already clinched the division and is locked into the 4 seed in the NFC, has absolutely nothing to play for other than bragging rights against a major rival. The Giants, who have been playing BETTER of late, would love nothing more than to end another disappointing season on a high note with a win, at home, against their hated foe. Dallas has already announced that Zeke will sit this one out, indicating that maybe other starters will not see as many snaps. I expect the G-men to win this one big; The Pick: Giants 35 Cowboys 17

Falcons at Buccaneers (ATL -2.5): Another mud bowl, division game with little to no interest outside of fans of these teams and fantasy owners still alive. The Falcons have more weapons offensively than the Bucs do, but the inconsistency of this team is unreal. Possibly playing for a job next year, I think James will do just enough to cover for a bad defense who will not be able to stop Julio; The Pick: Buccaneers 21 Falcons 10

4:25 EST

Browns at Ravens (BAL -7.0): This matchup has quite a bit of intrigue for a lot of reasons. First off, the playoff implications for Baltimore cannot be understated. Second, Cleveland has ACTUALLY been fun to watch this year with the Baker show coming into effect. I expect Baker to make a few plays, but this Baltimore D is nasty, and will lead them to victory, and a division title. I think it will be close, plus who wouldn’t want to watch Baker Mayfield vs. Lamar Jackson (no, not sarcasm); The Pick: Ravens 20 Browns 17

Eagles at Redskins (PHI -6.0): This is a crucial, crucial game for Philly. With a win and some help, they are back to defend their title, with that good ole Foles magic. The Skins, on the other hand, had their season effectively ended last week, but always look forward to division matchups. Expect to see some life out of that Redskins D, but expect Foles to make enough plays to come put on top; The Pick: Eagles 21 Redskins 17

Raiders at Chiefs (KC -14.0): Can you say blowout? I understand the Raiders have shown signs of life lately, but they are no match for this KC offense, with a lot to play for still. At Arrowhead, it will be close for all of about a quarter. Way too much Patty Mahomes; The Pick: Chiefs 41 Raiders 17

Bears at Vikings (MIN -6.0): The fact that Minnesota is favored by a TD is laughable. The Bears clearly have the best D in the NFC and maybe the whole NFL and are playing for a bye. However, if the Rams game gets out of hand, Chicago will take starters out. the Vikes have everything to play for, but I think the Bears ruin their party; The Pick: Bears 17 Vikings 10

Bengals at Steelers (PIT -14.0): At home, with everything to play for, against a terrible Bengals D, the Steelers win this one over the Driskel led Bengals by a huge margin; The Pick: Steelers 38 Bengals 10

Chargers at Broncos (LAC -6.5): It is always hard to win on the road in Denver, and with the Chiefs likely to win their game, one might think that the Chargers would have little motivation and might come out flat. They’re wrong. I think Rivers elevates his game even more today, and pulls out a close one against a Lindsay-less Broncos squad; The Pick: Chargers 20 Broncos 17

49ers at Rams (LAR -10.5): With the Bears breathing down their neck for the coveted first round bye (2 seed) in the NFC, the Rams will have to survive a 49er squad who has been playing hard, despite their record. Expect a close one in the Coliseum, with Goff making just enough plays to come away with a win, and a bye; The Pick: Rams 24 49ers 13

Cardinals at Seahawks (SEA -14.0): Seattle, playing for seeding, still has every reason to win. Coming off a big win last week, momentum carries over into this one and they, fairly easily, beat a bad Cardinals team; The Pick: Seahawks 27 Cardinals 13

8:20 EST

Colts at Titans (IND -5.0): Road favorites in an essentially win-or-go-home game, I think Andrew Luck has one of the best games of his season, and puts his team into the playoffs scorching hot; The Pick: Colts 31 Titans 23

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