Week 17 NFL predictions

This is the final week of the Regular season and there are quite a few match ups with importance. There are some playoff clinching or playoff eliminating games.

Ravens 10-5 @ Bengals 9-6 at 1:00 p.m. – 6 This game has no playoff implications because both have already clinched their playoff positions. I would be very surprised if the Ravens play their starters past halftime. I think this game means more to the Bengals and will win this game 27-13.

Jets 6-9 @ Bills 5-10 at 1:00 p.m. – This game has no playoff implications but will have Draft implications. If the Bills lose they will leap into the top 10 maybe the top 8. If the Jets lose they would be around the top 12 pick. This game isn’t a game of powerhouses but of two of the bigger disappointments this year.

Texans 12-3 @ Colts 10-5 at 1:00- This game is one of the more important games of the weekend. The Texans can clinch home field advantage with a win, but with a loss the Patriots and Broncos will have first round bye. The Broncos will have Home Field Advantage. The Colts have said they will not sit players and now the Texans can not sit players. I have the Colts pulling the upset and winning 32-27.

Bucs 6-9 @ Falcons 13-2 at 1:00 p.m. – The Falcons have already clinched home field throughout the playoffs. The Bucs are ending the year on a very bad note and are playing bad. I have lost all belief that the Bucs will win this game even if Matt Ryan only plays a half. I have the Falcons winning 28-17.

Eagles 4-11 @ Giants 8-7 at 1:00 p.m. – The Giants have handed the division to the Redskins. The Giants had a 3 game lead in the loss column and have squandered it. The Eagles are just playing for Draft position. They are looking to have a top 5 pick at this point in the year. I have made arguments that Eli was better than Peyton but this year he just hasn’t looked like it. I am very disappointed in the Giants, and they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs the way they’ve played. The Eagles are starting Vick this week and he will playing to audition for a job next week. I think Vick won’t play extremely well and will come down to turnovers. With all that said I’m picking the Giants to win. I just can’t shake what they have done last year even if my better judgement tells me that I should. I pick the  Giants to win 31-23.

Panthers 6-9 @ Saints 7-8 at 1:00 p.m. – This match up is featuring a bright young star in Cam and a proven star in Brees. Though this game has no playoff implications it still should be a good offensive game to watch. Panthers want to improve from last year’s 6-10 record, so they will need to win this game to win 1 more game than last year and possibly save Rivera’s job. The Saints have been hit hard this season since they lost a few players in free agency and suspension from the ghost hunt of Bountygate. Sean Payton meant a lot more to this team then I thought. Both teams need help in the draft and need to look in free agency. I think the Saints will win this game in a shootout 35-31.

Browns 5-10 @ Steelers 7-8 at 1:00 p.m. – Neither teams will be in the playoffs. The Browns and Steelers are both playing for draft position a loss would help both clubs. The Steelers however are mad they are not going to the playoffs. The Steelers will come out and stomp the Browns, with Weeden and McCoy hurt, who might be down to their third string qb and win 31-10.

Bears 9-6 @ Lions 4-11 at 1:00 p.m. – This is a must watch game because it’s a must win for the bears. The Bears need a Vikings loss and they need to win to make the playoffs. The Bears started 7-1 and have went 2-5 in there last 7 games. Even if the Vikings win the Bears have to win to possibly save Lovies and the other coaches jobs. The Lions aren’t as bad as their record would indicate. Most of their games have been close so I won’t be surprised if the Lions make this a bail biter. I will have to pick the Bears to win 27-24.

Jaguars 2-13 @ Titans 5-10 at 1:00 p.m. – This game is strictly a draft position game. The Jags need to lose to have a chance at the number one pick in the Draft. The Titans have just struggled in every way this year. I think the Titans are just better than the Jags and will win this game 21-3.

Cardinals 5-10 @ 49ers 10-4-1 at 4:25 p.m. – This is the easiest match up this week. The 49ers are very angry after getting destroyed by the Seahawks last week. The Cardinals are just bad and will stand no chance in this game. The 49ers will win handily 37-3.

Chiefs 2-13 @ Broncos 12-3 at 4:25 p.m. This is another game with no real significance. The Chiefs will either have the number 1 or 2 pick in the Draft and the Broncos will have either a 1 or 2 seed in the AFC playoffs. The Chiefs offense is strictly Jamaal Charles or bust and he will struggle against this defense. Peyton should be able to move the ball on this defense. Broncos win this game 35-14.

Raiders 4-11 @ Chargers 6-9 at 4:25 p.m. – Two teams that have been disappointments this year. The Chargers should of been much more of a factor than they have been this year. The Chargers will look much different next year with head coach Norv Turner and GM AJ Smith possibly being fired. The Chargers should win this game in a close one 17-14.

Dolphins 7-8 @ Pats 11-4 at 4:25 p.m. – The Pats have to win and have the Texans lose to have a first  round bye. The Pats will come out and send a message against a division foe. Brady will look to put up big numbers to win the MVP this year. I don’t think the Dolphins will stand much of a chance this week. The Patriots win this game 38-17.

Rams 7-7-1 @ Seahawks 10-5 at 4:25 p.m. – The Seahawks have already clinched a playoff birth so they can’t get any worse. This Seahawks team is the hottest team in the NFL and will not let up any this week against a division rival. The Seahawks will win this game easily 42-9.

Packers 11-4 @ Vikings 9-6 at 4:25 p.m. – This is one of the most important games for me and all Bears fans. If the Vikings win this game then they clinch the number 6 seed. The Packers have already clinched the NFC North and could play spoiler to their arch rival Chicago by sitting their starters. I unfortunately see the Vikings winning this game 23-21.

Cowboys 8-7 @ Redskins 9-6 at 8:20 p.m. – This is the marquee game of the week. This game is win or go home for the division. The Redskins have been huge surprise this year. The Cowboys have been hot lately besides falling to the Saints last week. This game is going to be a high octane game. I will be more impressed with RG3 if he can win this game and win the division. Tony Romo has never been a clutch performer in his career. It’s more that I don’t trust Romo more than I trust RG3. I believe the Redskins will win this game 35-33.

That is my week 17 predictions so please follow and I will give my season awards and top 10 lists of all positions.

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