2012 Week 17 NFL picks

There are only 16 games left to be played in 2012 regular season. In Week 17, all 16 games will be divisional battles as has been the case since 2010 season. In the AFC all 6 playoff teams are locked and for the first time ever any conference repeated all 4 division winners from previous season (New England, Baltimore, Houston, Denver). In the NFC there are still 2 playoff spots left and 2 divisions up for grabs, NFC East and NFC West, Green Bay clinched NFC North and Atlanta clinched NFC South weeks ago. As usual I’ll try to pick winners in the NFL, here’s the way I see it how AFC and NFC playoff picture should look like after final week in the NFL,

W17 playoff picture

and here are my picks for all games in the final Week 17:

11Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Falcons have already clinched No.1 seed in the NFC playoffs but don’t plan to rest their starters against the Buccaneers this week. The Bucs have lost the last 5 games and will finish another season with a losing record no matter what they do in the final game. Falcons win and finish the season with 14-2 record.
Pick: Falcons 28-22, Result: Buccaneers 22-17
Against The Spread: Falcons (-3.5)

12New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Before the season started, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills were among teams that could make the playoffs. Obviously, both teams have disappointed big time and will finish with losing records. The Bills are at home, that’s way I’m going with them in this game.
Pick: Bills 24-17, Result: Bills 28-9
Against The Spread: Bills (-3.5)

7Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Ravens are coming off an impressive win against the Giants last week and could still move up to No.3 seed in the AFC playoffs. The Bengals on other hand can’t move up from 6th seed even if they beat the Ravens this week. I still think the Bengals will be motivated enough and win their final home game.
Pick: Bengals 23-20, Result: Bengals 23-17
Against The Spread: Bengals (-2.5)

6Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). WR Calvin Johnson got the record last week and will look to surpass the 2000 receiving yards mark with another big game this week. He will have to do it against the Bears who are playing great defense yet again. The Bears have a lot to play for and will come out of this game victorious.
Pick: Bears 26-23, Result: Bears 26-24
Against The Spread: Lions (+3.5)

9Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Titans were embarrassed last week in a 55-7 loss to the Packers, the Jaguars on the other hand played good game against the Patriots. I have no idea how both teams will respond after Week 16 losses, that’s why I’m going with a home team again.
Pick: Titans 20-17, Result: Titans 38-20
Against The Spread: Jaguars (+4.5) 

8Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). This will be another emotional game for the Colts as their coach returns on the sideline for the final regular season game but I think the Texans are much better team and will look to lock the No.1 seed.
Pick: Texans 27-20, Result: Colts 28-16
Against The Spread: Texans (-3.5)

2Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Panthers have won the last 3 games and will look to end the season with another win against the Saints. I anticipate high-scoring game in which Carolina scores enough points to beat New Orleans.
Pick: Panthers 34-30, Result: Panthers 44-38
Against The Spread: Panthers (+4.5)

5Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Giants have to win this one to have any chances to make the playoffs. They probably will beat the Eagles who will start Michael Vick at quarterback, the question is, will it be enough to get them into the playoffs.
Pick: Giants 24-21, Result: Giants 42-7
Against The Spread: Eagles (+7.5)

3Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). With a loss last week against the Bengals the Steelers put to rest any hopes to make the playoffs this season. But I think they will want to end the season with a win at home against the Browns.
Pick: Steelers 24-16, Result: Steelers 24-10
Against The Spread: Steelers (-6.5)

1Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). Anything but Broncos’ win in this one would be a major shock. Denver has to win to secure first-round bye and I really don’t see any chances for the Chiefs to spoil Denver’s plans. The Broncos will jump to an early lead and control the game the rest of the way.
Pick: Broncos 30-17, Result: Broncos 38-3
Against The Spread: Chiefs (+15.5)

10Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). This is a chance for the Vikings to get into playoffs with a win against the Packers. Not am easy task as the Packers seem to be peaking at the right time. Green Bay must win to get first-round bye and I think they will.
Pick: Packers 31-20, Result: Vikings 37-34
Against The Spread: Packers (-3.5) 

4Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). The Patriots almost lost to the 2-13 Jaguars last week. Now they are back at home to face the Dolphins who will be looking to steal one away from New England. In the end I think the Patriots will do enough to win and finish with 12-4 record.
Pick: Patriots 30-21, Result: Patriots 28-0
Against The Spread: Dolphins (+10.5)

13Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). Hopefully for Chargers fans this is the last game for Norv Turner as head coach of San Diego Chargers. In a game that means nothing to both teams I’ll go with a home team yet again.
Pick: Chargers 23-15, Result: Chargers 24-21
Against The Spread: Chargers (-4.5)

14Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). The last couple of weeks were as brutal as it gets for San Francisco 49ers. Playing at New England and at Seattle this late in the season would be tough for any team in the NFL. The 49ers now have to beat the Cardinals to win NFC West division and I think they will.
Pick: 49ers 26-17, Result: 49ers 27-13
Against The Spread: Cardinals (+14.5)

15St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). Right now the Seahawks look like the best team in the NFC, by far. They secured at least No.5 seed in the NFC playoffs, no matter the result of this game against the Rams. Seattle will try to end the season on high note and finish the season 8-0 at home.
Pick: Seahawks 30-16, Result: Seahawks 20-17
Against The Spread: Seahawks (-10.5)

16Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins, Sunday 8:20 PM (ET). The NFL moved this game to primetime and rightfully so. The winner gets the NFC East title and No.4 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Redskins could still sneak in even if they lose to the Cowboys but I think with RGIII back in the lineup the Redskins will do enough with their ground attack to beat the Cowboys.
Pick: Redskins 27-24, Result: Redskins 28-18
Against The Spread: Cowboys (+3.5)

Week 16 record straight-up: 12-4
Week 17: 13-3
Season: 167-88-1, 65.4%

Week 16 record Against The Spread: 10-6
Week 17: 6-10
Season: 132-124, 51.6%


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