10 Bold Predictions For NFL Week 17
10 Bold Predictions for NFL Week 17
After a thrilling and action-packed NFL Week 16, Week 17 should follow suit. Most years, this week is where many of the seeds and playoff teams are set. Sure, some teams already know Week 17 is their last game, however, many are still playing with the playoffs in mind, and you definitely do not want to miss out on it.
Currently, the only seed set in place is the Kansas City Chiefs at the fifth seed. Additionally, there are still two conference titles up for grabs in the NFC North and East. Likewise, four teams on the AFC side are playing for the sixth seed. On the NFC side, a few teams are still fighting for home field advantage and first round byes in the playoffs.
For teams still in the playoff picture, the pressure is on. Players will need to step up in the spotlight, or they could tumble under the pressure and cause their teams to miss out on the postseason. Furthermore, other teams need to fill voids left by injured players. While injuries are a apart of the game, different teams respond differently to them. Some teams respond perfectly and fill the void well, while others can't recover from their star player missing action.
Week 17 will have it all, and will be must watch football. If you blink, you might miss a big play that affects the playoff race or outcome of the game. Click through to find out 10 bold predictions that are destined to happen in NFL Week 17 football action.
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10. Arizona Cardinals Defeat San Fransisco 49ers
After defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, the Arizona Cardinals will take down the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers needed a late fourth quarter interception to seal their win over a four-win Atlanta Falcons squad.
Earlier this season, Arizona lost to both Seattle and San Francisco by 12 before defeating the Seahawks by seven last week. The Cardinals sneak out a seven point win against San Francisco to keep their slim playoff chances alive. With a win, Arizona will need New Orleans to lose at home in Week 17, which I do not see happening.
9. Buffalo Bills Beat New England Patriots
In Week 1, Buffalo narrowly lost to the New England Patriots 23-21. This time around, Buffalo's pass rush, which is ranked fifth best in the NFL, harasses Tom Brady and leads the Bills to victory.
8. Carolina Panthers Win NFC South Title
The Carolina Panthers will not only reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008, but will win the NFC South title. They take on Atlanta during Week 17, and it will be no contest. Cam Newton and the Panthers could easily blow out the Falcons, but nonetheless, it will be an easy win.
7. Kyle Orton Throws Three Interceptions, Sacked Six Times
With Tony Romo nursing a back injury and his starting percentage very low, it looks like Kyle Orton will be taking his place. If you think Romo plays poorly in December, Orton's play will be wishing Romo was behind center.
Orton has limited mobility and the Eagles' defense will punish and pressure him all game long. As a result, Orton will be sacked six times and throw three interceptions.
6. Chicago Bears Defeat Green Bay Packers, Win NFC North
In Week 16, the Eagles humiliated Chicago 54-11. However, the Bears will play to their full potential on Sunday against Green Bay. With Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacey questionable and A.J. Hawk ruled out for the Packers, Chicago will come out as victors and win the NFC North.
Even if Rodgers returns for Week 17, he most likely won't be 100 percent and will be somewhat rusty. Due to the holiday week, teams had limited practice this week, which is bad news for the Packers and Rodgers alike.
You heard it here first. The Bears will beat the Packers and shock most of the NFL fans.
5. Minnesota Vikings End Mediocre Season On High Note
Minus a few quality wins to teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota's season has been mediocre at best, especially on defense. However, the Detroit Lions teams seems to be in a worst situation. As a result, Minnesota pulls out a win against Detroit to end their season on a high note.
4. Miami Dolphins Miss Playoffs In Heartbreaking Loss To New York Jets
Last week, the Bills defeated Miami in a surprising 19-0 scoreline. Ryan Tannehill's minor but nagging injury will affect the game again in Week 17. As a result, the Jets will beat out Miami, who will miss out on making the playoffs.
A season that looked so bright for Miami, ends in a sad fashion. Sorry, Miami fans, the Dolphins will disappoint them again, but they must be used to it by now.
3. Baltimore Ravens Defeat Cincinnati Bengals On Last-Second Field Goal
Baltimore is coming off their worst loss of the this season and John Harbaugh's tenure. As a result, they will be inspired and not want a repeat performance. Cincinnati is a quality division rival and will be a tough test. However, the Ravens' defense will pressure Andy Dalton more than the Vikings did last year
Just like they did back on Nov. 10, the Ravens will win by three points. This time, Baltimore will win again, but the game-winning field goal will come in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. Justin Tucker has missed only one field goal this season, and is easily the Ravens' MVP this season.
With the last-second win, Baltimore will also clinch a playoff spot due to Miami's loss.
2. San Diego Charges Defeat Kansas City Chiefs By Double Digits
Philip Rivers and the Chargers have played differently week to week. At the same time, they have found a way to play consistent football in the last few weeks. Riding on a three-game win streak that included a win against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, San Diego will come away with a win in Week 17.
With Kansas City losing four of the last six games, there seems to be some issues on the squad. San Diego beat the Chiefs 41-38 earlier this season. This time around, they will win by double digits, but the win still won't be enough to clinch a playoff spot.
1. Nick Foles Throws 400 Yards, Humiliates Dallas Cowboys' Defense
The Eagles vs. Cowboys game will be the most watched game this week. Not only are two NFC East rivals facing off on NBC's Sunday Night Football, but big implications are on the line as well. The winner wins the NFC East and makes the playoffs as the third seed, and the loser's season ends.
After a blowout victory over Chicago, Philadelphia is clicking on all cylinders, both offensively and defensively. As a result, the Eagles' offense will be all over the Cowboys' defense, especially with Sean Lee being officially ruled out with a neck injury.
Nick Foles threw 428 yards against Minnesota two weeks ago. The Cowboys are allowing 291 yards per game, but that will be higher against the Eagles. Philadelphia's offense features many receiving threats, and Dallas will not be able to keep up with the no-huddle offense.