NFL Week 17 Picks

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Week 17 Picks

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We’re down to the last week in the NFL and there is still plenty on the line for a bunch of teams, they’ve played 15 games but it all comes down to this final week. Think about this, there have been months of mini-camps, training camp, practices and games and it’ll all come down to three hours on Sunday for five teams. Of course, there are plenty more teams with more than just their playoff lives on the line; there are playoff seeding’s and draft spots that can be locked into place as well. So if you want your favorite team to avoid a certain team or to lock down a division title, this is the most important week of the season for you.

Every single game in week 17 is a divisional matchup and there is plenty on the line in many of these games. The most intriguing matchup is the final game of the day when the Dallas Cowboys travel to D.C. to play the Washington Redskins. The winner gets an NFC East title and the loser could end up on the outside of the playoffs. Actually in the Cowboys case, they will be out of the playoffs for sure if they lose. There are also some games that have no actual meaning in the standings but do affect the draft and it’s always fun to watch fans root against their favorite in order to blow a higher draft pick.

So grab your favorite beverage and some buffalo wings because I’m about to pick all the games in this week’s picks. *I went 11-5 last week:

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Buccaneers Win

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The Buccaneers travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons who have sewn up home field advantage in the NFC. Bucs win in a game the Falcons could care less about.

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Bills Win

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The Jets travel to Buffalo to play the Bills in a game for pride. Bills win because the Jets stink more than the Bills.

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Bengals Win

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The Ravens and Bengals battle in Cincinnati and it could have meant the division but Baltimore clinched the AFC North last week with their win. However, the Ravens could clinch a higher playoff spot and they could wind up playing the Bengals again next week. Don’t expect too many fireworks since they could play in back-to-back weeks after not meeting since week 1 of the season. Bengals win.

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Bears Win

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The Bears and Lions battle in Detroit and there is plenty at stake. The Bears can lock up a playoff spot by simply winning the game. Lose and they put their fate in the hands of other teams. Win and in situation favors the Bears since the Lions stink. Bears win.

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Colts Win

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In Indianapolis the Colts host the Texans with their head coach Chuck Pagano back on the sidelines. The Texans have said they will play to win but who knows how it will unfold late in the game with nothing on the line. Colts win with Pagano back.

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Saints Win

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Panthers and Saints meet in New Orleans with nothing on the line. Saints are hot and win.

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Giants Win

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The New York Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles with a playoff spot on the line if they win and get some help. They face off against Mike Vick, who returns after a long absence. New York wins because they will play well and hope for help, Giants win.

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Steelers Win

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The Browns and Steelers battle for pride. Steelers are home and will win.

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Titans Win

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The Jaguars travel to Tennessee to play the Titans, with nothing on the line. Unless you think having the first pick in the draft means nothing? Titans ensure Jags stick to top pick in draft, Tennessee wins.

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Packers Win

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Green Bay travels to Minnesota to hold onto the second spot in the NFC playoff race. For the Vikings its simple, win and they’re in the playoffs. They can also get Adrian Peterson the rushing record. Packers have too many weapons for the Vikes and will win the game, kicking the Vikings out of the playoffs. Packers win.

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Patriots Win

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The Pats host the Dolphins and the Patriots look to lock down the number 3 seed in the AFC. I see no reason why the Patriots won’t win the game, New England wins.

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Broncos Win

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In Denver, the Broncos are on a roll and I can’t see the Chiefs winning on the road in Denver unless they rest players. Broncos win.

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Chargers Win

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Another AFC West game is going to be played in San Diego where it appears the swan song will be sung for the Norv Turner and AJ Smith. They host the Raiders, who can also lock up the top pick in the draft. Chargers win and send out Turner on a winning note.

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49ers Win

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In San Francisco, the Niners need to win at home against the Cardinals in order to win the NFC West. The Cards will be starting their fourth quarterback on the year. 49ers win game and take the NFC West title.

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Seahawks Win

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The Seahawks host the Rams in Seattle and can win the NFC West with a win and a 49ers loss. See above, Niners will win and so will the Seahawks, so it won’t matter. Seahawks stay as top wild card team and the 5 seed in the NFC, Seahawks win.

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Cowboys Win

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The Cowboys go on the road with a shot an NFC East title for the second year in a row and this time it’s against the Redskins. I can’t see Washington beating the Cowboys with the same game plan they had on Thanksgiving. Rob Ryan will have something different for him and the Dallas offense will run the ball with DeMarco Murray, who didn’t play last time these teams played. The Cowboys will play well, control the clock and keep the defense off the field. Cowboys win the game, the NFC East title and will host a playoff game next week. Cowboys win.