NFL Week 17 – Picks
Every Sunday I will be making picks for each game of every week. With the last week in the NFL upcoming today, here are all of the 16 games being played today, with my picks.
Week 17 (Winners in Bold and Italicized):
NYJ @ BUF – The Jets are going back with Mark Sanchez after Mcleroy hurt himself last week. Both teams have nothing to play for, so I’ll go with the home team being able to make Sanchez more miserable.
CAR @ NO – A game which means little to the outside world, both teams likely trying to end season on the right note. Saints will play hard trying to get to .500 after their poor season.
TB @ ATL – Falcons will likely be resting most of their players, and the Bucs will be playing most of their players. Why not go with the Bucs here?
CHI @ DET – The Bears really need this game, though I would not be surprised to see an upset here. Lions players may or may not play for the safety of their head coach though he may be out after this season regardless. I’ll go with the Bears.
PHI @ NYG – Vick could give the Giants defense, who has lacked a pass rush for the last few weeks, some big problems. However, Eli should play like the season is on the line today, and this win should give the Giants one last glimmer of the playoffs.
JAX @ TEN – Jaguars down to their 5th running back with Owens inactive. Likely would not have mattered. Titans are the better team but you never know.
BAL @ CIN – Both teams are virtually locked into their spots, so the Ravens will be sitting their key players. The Bengals are at home, should be playing their starters at least until the half.
CLE @ PIT – Browns will be without Weeden and Richardson and their isn’t much their for them to put up points. Steelers should win this one pretty easily.
HOU @ IND – Colts claim they will play their starters the whole game, but they probably won’t. Double that with the fact the Texans need this game for home-field throughout the playoffs, the Texans should win this one.
GB @ MIN – The Packers have something to play for which is delightful for Bears and Giants fans. AP will need to carry the Vikings and Ponder will need to step up big time today. However, Rodgers and the Packers will be playing for something and are the better team.
KC @ DEN – Broncos need the win, Chiefs need the loss.
OAK @ SD – I wonder if the Chargers will be playing hard for the win to show their support for Turner. Or have they also had enough of his ridiculousness?
ARI @ SF – 49’ers should win this one pretty easily as they will be fighting for a chance at the two-seed.
STL @ SEA – I believe the Seahawks still have a chance at the two-seed. Home game for the Hawks should be another easy win.
MIA @ NE – Patriots will likely know where they stand before game-time, but still expect most of their starters to play.
DAL @ WSH – The biggest game of the day, will likely come all the way to the end of the game. Romo has been really good this month, and I expect him to lead his team to victory.
That wraps up the picks for week 17. I will update my (hopefully) above .500 record every Tuesday or Wednesday. Looking forward to having a great Sunday. Good luck to your hometown team, and as always, Go Texans!
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