Week 17 NFL … the show’s not over yet.
Lot’s of action still in the league as teams jockey for position in the playoffs. Point in case is that there is not one NFC division decided.
Last week: 9-7
Carolina Panthers over Atlanta
Despite Cam Newton’s lesser show on the road he can still get it done, even if he has to run the ball himself, which he does. Atlanta can’t get to there from there because the Panther D won’t let them.
Tennessee Titans over Houston Texans
Houston can’t score their way out of wet paper bag and even though the Titans aren’t top notch they should be able to hand Houston a loss and keep the Texans at the absolute bottom of the league.
Pittsburgh Steelers over Cleveland
Pittsburgh needs this game to stay in the race for anything. They’ll get it as Cleveland’s record against them in Pittsburgh is a no go. However Pittsburgh also needs the cards to fall in all the correct win loss categories throughout the league for it to actually mean anything for them. Still, they’re not just going to give it up.
New York Giants over Washington
Washington does not have a hope in hell of making the playoffs, how well they play may be determined by how determined Cousins is to keep the play spotlight on himself. Manning would like to end this less than stellar season with a win at home.
Cincinnati Bengals over Baltimore Ravens
Actually I just like the Bengals. They have more to gain with a win over Baltimore as they’re playing for the AFC’s No. 2 Seed; Baltimore is just trying to get an invite to the dance. Actually, I just like the Bengals. Did I say that already?
Indianapolis Colts over Jacksonville Jaguars
Indy has already clinched the Division but I don’t expect that will stop them from handing the Jaguars their final loss of the season.
Miami Dolphins over the New York Jets
This should be a hard fought battle. Miami needs the win and Baltimore to lose to get in on the post-season fun. The Jets don’t do so well on the road…
Minnesota Vikings over Detroit Lions
Despite the Lions dismal display of on and off field team togetherness they’ve somehow managed to hold on to…oh, they haven’t held on to anything. Minnesota may be without their go to guy in Peterson and Detroit’s Megatron is questionable (at point of writing) but both of these teams have shown the ability to pull a surprise win or loss out of their collective jockstraps. Taking Minnesota at home.
Green Bay Packers over Chicago Bears
Rodgers returns to the fold and the question is whether he’ll play cautiously (a la RG111) or pull out all the stops. I’m thinking he’s gonna give it all he’s got and all he’s got will be enough to stop The Bears in their own corner of the forest.
New England Patriots over Buffalo
This is down to a battle of the QB’s. Brady can do it and I really hope that he doesn’t wait to the last 2 minutes of the game to actually get it done.
New Orleans Saints over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans wants and needs this game and Tampa is beyond all help. Tampa should just let their hair down and play like they’re fighting it out in the field behind the school to see who gets to date the Head Cheerleader. That’d be a good game to watch.
Denver Broncos over Oakland Raiders
Good night Oakland. Thank goodness this isn’t the Sunday Night game. Doing laundry would be more entertaining.
San Diego Chargers over Kansas City
Even though Kansas looks better on paper and can win on the road, their play of late hasn’t been what we’d expect. San Diego is hot these last few games and the fire’s not going out just yet.
It’ll be a well-fought battle to the last seconds of the game.
Seattle Seahawks over St. Louis
Seattle is still smarting from their loss at home last week to Arizona, but not enough to lose focus and lose this one as well.
Dallas Cowboys over Philly
It’s the end of the season and I don’t have anything to lose with taking the hapless Cowboys over Philly. I’m not a Romo fan neither do I subscribe to the premise that a team is based solely on the strength of one man. Dallas at home it is.