Week Seventeen NFL Picks

Posted: December 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Baltimore Ravens (10-5) AT Cincinnati Bengals (9-6)

The Spread: Cincinnati by 3.5
The Pick: Baltimore
The Score: Baltimore, 23-20
The Rationale: I like Cincinnati this season. But, they’ve already clinched and I think that Baltimore has more of a reason to win after a woefully inconsistent December. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9) AT Atlanta Falcons (13-2)

The Spread: Atlanta by 7.5
The Pick: Tampa Bay
The Score: Atlanta, 28-23
The Rationale: Atlanta has nothing to play for, as they have already clinched HFA throughout the playoffs. Still, I have faith that the talent in the ATL can overcome a slip-sliding Tampa Bay unit.

Philadelphia Eagles (4-11) AT New York Giants (9-6)

The Spread: New York by 9.5
The Pick: Philadelphia
The Score: New York, 27-24
The Rationale: I would have picked the Eagles to cover even if Nick Foles had played. But, with Michael Vick under center, the urgency for Philadelphia to get one more signature victory is magnified. I don’t think they’ll get it. But, they should keep it close enough to cover.

New York Jets (6-9) AT Buffalo Bills (5-10)

The Spread: Buffalo by 3.5
The Pick: New York
The Score: New York, 17-14
The Rationale: Both teams are nose-diving to the finish. Mark Sanchez is expected to start in place of a concussed Greg McElroy. I’m not sure if this makes it more likely that the Jets win or lose. But, it can’t hurt. 

Chicago Bears (9-6) AT Detroit Lions (4-11)

The Spread: Chicago by 3.5
The Pick: Chicago
The Score: Chicago, 29-24
The Rationale: I’m not wholeheartedly confident in the Chicago offense if they reach the playoffs. But, the Detroit defense resembles my Holicong Middle School 7th grade football team’s defense….ole, ole, ole. 

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13) AT Tennessee Titans (5-10)

The Spread: Tennessee by 4.5
The Pick: Tennessee
The Score: Tennessee, 21-10
The Rationale: The Jaguars should clinch the #1 pick this week. Don’t expect them to take a QB with that pick, either. None of the current crop of prospects appear ready to turn around a down-trodden franchise. Not to mention the reports that Tim Tebow is “all but certain” to end up in Jacksonville. Enjoy more 3-13 seasons. 

Houston Texans (12-3) AT Indianapolis Colts (10-5)

The Spread: Houston by 4.5
The Pick: Indianapolis
The Score: Houston, 23-20
The Rationale: The Texans are reeling. But, they need a win over the Colts to clinch the #1 seed in the AFC. I think it’s too big a game for them to lose. Andrew Luck should keep it close, though.

Carolina Panthers (6-9) AT New Orleans Saints (7-8)

The Spread: New Orleans by 4.5
The Pick: Carolina
The Score: Carolina, 38-34
The Rationale: Has anyone seen how good Cam Newton has been since defeating the Eagles on Monday night last month? The man has been playing possessed. Now, imagine him against a defense as woeful as the Saints. Take the over here, folks.

Cleveland Browns (5-10) AT Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8)

The Spread: Pittsburgh by 3.5
The Pick: Cleveland
The Score: Pittsburgh, 20-19
The Rationale: Pittsburgh has faltered down the stretch. Surprisingly, this has all come since Ben Roethlisberger has returned from injury. Should they continue to swoon, it would mean that Cleveland will have swept Pittsburgh for the first time since 1988.

Kansas City Chiefs (2-13) AT Denver Broncos (12-3)

The Spread: Denver by 16.5
The Pick: Denver
The Score: Denver, 34-0
The Rationale: The end is here for Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli. The former Patriots’ executive arrived in 2008 with much fanfare and hope. But, he will be leaving with just one playoff berth and no postseason wins.

Green Bay Packers (11-4) AT Minnesota Vikings (9-6)

The Spread: Green Bay by 3.5
The Pick: Green Bay
The Score: Green Bay, 28-24
The Rationale: I don’t think Adrian Peterson will set the rushing record this week. But, he will surpass 2000 yards. 

Miami Dolphins (7-8) AT New England Patriots (11-4)

The Spread: New England by 10.5
The Pick: Miami
The Score: New England, 27-17
The Rationale: The Patriots have a shot at a bye week if they win and get some help. But, I don’t see it happening. They should be able to handle the Dolphins. But, 10.5 points is an awful lot against a game Miami bunch.

Oakland Raiders (4-11) AT San Diego Chargers (6-9)

The Spread: San Diego by 7.5
The Pick: San Diego
The Score: San Diego, 30-17
The Rationale: The Raiders are merely playing out another long, lost, rebuilding year. The Chargers, meanwhile, are just playing out another miserably disappointing campaign that will end with Norv Turner’s dismissal. 

Arizona Cardinals (5-10) AT San Francisco 49ers (10-4-1)

The Spread: San Francisco by 15.5
The Pick: San Francisco 
The Score: San Francisco, 38-13
The Rationale: The Cardinals have the worst offense in football. No chance.

St. Louis Rams (7-7-1) AT Seattle Seahawks (10-5) 

The Spread: Seattle by 10.5
The Pick: Seattle
The Score: Seattle, 53-13
The Rationale: Why not?

Dallas Cowboys (8-7) AT Washington Redskins (9-6)

The Spread: Washington by 3.5
The Pick: Dallas
The Score: Dallas, 27-24
The Rationale: RG3’s luck will run out as the Redskins will choke the division away in the final game of the season.

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Comments
  1. Janice - Aunt says:

    Who do you hate more, Dallas or Washington?

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