5 NFL Teams That Will Definitely Lose in Week 17

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5 NFL Teams That Will Definitely Lose in Week 17

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The final week of the NFL's regular season is upon us. Can you believe it? Believe it or not for quite a few teams everything is still on the line. The Chicago Bears/Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys/Philadelphia Eagles tilts feature winner take all scenarios.

The playoffs start a week early for those four teams, and there are also quite a few other squads fighting for their playoff lives. However, is the case almost every week, there are still a few lopsided affairs on the docket for this weekend.

In the AFC teams like the Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, and New England Patriots are all fighting for seeding and for the latter two a playoff bye. In the NFC it is even murkier. While a few teams like the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks have clinched playoff berths seeding is still totally up in the air.

Make no mistake about it; pretty much every team has something or another to play for in the season's final week. Expect some one sided match ups as the elite team's will not be fooling around when it comes to getting a top seed, home-field advantage, and a playoff bye with potential rest in the postseason.

Week 17 will be a great prerequisite to postseason football. Some juicy match ups will have fans of all kinds at the edge of their seats. Fasten your seat belts; it's about to get bumpy. Let's take a look at five teams that will definitely lose in Week 17.

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5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The reeling Buccaneers have to go into the Superdome, arguably the toughest place to play in football, to take on a New Orleans Saints squad that won't be happy after squandering its division lead to the Carolina Panthers. This looks like an ugly loss for the Bucs.

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4. Buffalo Bills

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The Buffalo Bills have to travel to Foxborough to take on the Patriots in a game the Pats need to clinch the No. 2 seed. Needless to say, the Bills will get the Pats' best shot, and it will be a knockout blow.

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3. Oakland Raiders

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The Oakland Raiders' defense has been all-time bad this season. Teams seem to put up crooked numbers on the scoreboard against them every week, and that won't change Sunday. Depending on how long the Broncos keep Peyton Manning in there this one could get ugly fast.

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2. Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars take on a Colts team that recently went into Arrowhead Stadium and thoroughly embarrassed a solid Chiefs team. Andrew Luck and company should win in a cakewalk on Sunday.

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1. St. Louis Rams

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The St. Louis Rams are playing some solid football right now especially on defense. They may have the best combination off the edge in football in Robert Quinn and Chris Long -- those two get after it. However, they have to go into Seattle in that noise box and try to win. The Seahawks also recently lost at home, but two in a row is highly unlikely. There's also the fact that this game means a lot for the Hawks. If they win they are the No. 1 seed and clinch a playoff bye and home-field. If they lose the Niners have the opportunity to overtake them. I don't see them losing in this big of a spot at home.


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