Picking Winners for Week 17 in the NFL
Dallas at Tennessee Dallas. The Titans just didn't have enough healthy players to challenge the Cowboys.
Jacksonville at Houston Jacksonville. It really doesn't matter if Jacksonville wins this game or not. The AFC South winner will be determined next week when the Jaguars face the Titans, but the Jaguars are playing very well lately and might still have just enough to hold off the Texans who are also playing the best they have played all year.
Miami at New England Miami. These are two teams who are struggling. If Teddy Bridgewater can give the Dolphins just a little offense, I think they will pull this one out.
Indianapolis at New York Giants New York Giants. Neither team impresses me very much, but the Giants are just the better team overall.
Denver at Kansas City Kansas City. The Chiefs keep the pressure on Buffalo and Cincinnati for the number 1 seed in the AFC.
Carolina at Tampa Bay Tampa Bay. Can the Panthers win this one? You bet they can. They have a strong running game, and the Buccaneers are not scoring very many points. Will the Panthers win it? With the game being in Tampa, I doubt it.
New Orleans at Philadelphia Philadelphia. I don't care who plays quarterback, the Eagles will almost certainly win this game.
Chicago at Detroit Detroit. The Bears have nothing to play for. The Lions have everything to play for and are at home.
Cleveland at Washington Washington. The Commanders can win two games and get into the playoffs. With Carson Wentz at quarterback, I think they win the first one here. Barely.
Arizona at Atlanta Atlanta. The Cardinals are playing a guy at quarterback that even I have barely heard of. The Falcons are no juggernaut, but they should be able to win.
New York Jets at Seattle New York Jets. This is a huge game for both teams. The loser is almost certainly out of the playoffs. The winner might be out as well, but they will have a chance. Seattle is a tough place to play for an inexperienced quarterback like Mike White, so this game really is a toss up in my mind.
San Francisco at Las Vegas San Francisco. Derek Carr has scrubbed the Raiders from his social media accounts after the Raiders told him he would sit out the last two games, even though the Raiders are mathematically alive for the playoffs. The fact they are sitting him tells me they don't want him injured, which would trigger a lot of guaranteed money, and are done with him. Looks like the feeling is mutual. Good luck to QB Jarrett Stidham who is replacing Carr. All he has to do is face the best defense in the league. It's hammer time!
Minnesota at Green Bay Green Bay. The Packers really don't deserve to be in the playoffs with the way they have played this year, but they have a chance if the Commanders slip up. The Vikings can score a lot of points, but they can also give up a lot of points. They are 11-0 in one score games this year. Luck has to run out sometime, doesn't it?
Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers. This is the battle of Los Angeles. It's too bad the Rams have about half of the team they expected to be on the field when the season started.
Pittsburgh at Baltimore Baltimore. The Steelers have to win their last two games to avoid Mike Tomlin's first losing season. He has the record of 15 seasons without a losing one. That's truly incredible, but I think the Ravens defense will be just a little too much to overcome.
Buffalo at Cincinnati Cincinnati. This is one of the two or three best games of the year. I have no idea who will win, but I do know that the Bengals are very, very hard to beat at home. Turnovers will probably decide it. I can't wait to watch it!
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