Week 17 Predictions

Posted: 12/30/2012 by levcohen in Football

Time for the last predictions of the NFL year. As you saw in my last post, there are plenty of playoff implications today.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9, 9-5-1) at Atlanta Falcons (13-2, 9-5-1)*:
Spread: Falcons favored by 3
Over/under: 46
My prediction: Buccaneers- 26, Falcons- 17.. The Falcons are going to rest their starters in all likelihood, hence the small 3 point spread. I’ll take the Buccos in an upset.
Buccaneers cover

New York Jets (6-9, 7-8) at Buffalo Bills (5-10, 6-9):
Spread: Bills favored by 3.5
Over/under: 41
My prediction: Bills- 20, Jets- 17… I don’t really see much reason to pick either team here, so I’ll take the Bills to win outright (Ryan Fitzpatrick should make fewer mistakes than Mark Sanchez and Bills RB C.J. Spiller should have a field day).
Jets cover

Baltimore Ravens (10-5, 6-8-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (9-6, 8-6-1)*:
Spread: Bengals favored by 3
Over/under: 42.5
My prediction: Ravens- 21, Bengals- 20.. This is a very difficult game to pick, as neither team really has much to play for. The Bengals are locked into the 6th seed, and the Ravens have an outside shot at the 3, but it’s probably beneficial to stay in the 4, as they would probably play a worse team in Houston in round two. With that said, I’ll take the team I think is better.
Ravens cover

Chicago Bears (9-6, 7-8) at Detroit Lions (4-11, 5-10):
Spread: Bears favored by 3
Over/under: 46
My prediction: Bears- 26, Lions- 21.. This game means a lot for the Bears, so I’m picking them against a team in the Lions who have less than nothing to play for (it would probably be beneficial for them to lose so they could get a better draft pick)
Bears cover

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13, 7-8) at Tennessee Titans (5-10, 5-10):
Spread: Titans favored by 5.5
Over/under: 43
My prediction: Titans- 28, Jaguars- 24.. The Jaguars are 5-2 covering on the road, while the Titans are 3-4 covering at home. These teams are both bad, but the Jags have shown a tiny bit of life recently.
Jaguars cover

Houston Texans (12-3, 9-6) at Indianapolis Colts (10-5, 10-5):
Spread: Texans favored by 6
Over/under: 47
My prediction: Texans- 31, Colts- 28.. The Texans have more to play for, as they need a win to lock up the #1 seed. The Colts are locked into the 5 spot, but have said they are going all out. This is coach Chuck Pagano’s return after missing most of the year, so I believe the Colts. Still, the Texans have more to play for so I believe they will win.
Colts cover

Carolina Panthers (6-9, 8-7) at New Orleans Saints (7-8, 8-7):
Spread: Saints favored by 4
Over/under: 53.5
My prediction: Saints- 33, Panthers- 27.. Both teams are hot, but the Saints are home and they’ll probably want to get .500, if only for their fans.
Saints cover

Philadelphia Eagles (4-11, 3-11-1) at New York Giants (8-7, 6-8-1)*:
Spread: Giants favored by 6.5
Over/under: 44
My prediction: Eagles- 27, Giants- 14.. Andy Reid’s last game as an Eagles head coach, and likely the same for QB Michael Vick. I’m feeling a big upset over a division rival.
Eagles cover

Cleveland Browns (5-10, 8-6-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8, 5-9-1):
Spread: Steelers favored by 10.5
Over/under: 36.5
My prediction: Steelers- 21, Browns- 14.. The Browns are starting 3rd stringer Thaddeus Lewis at quarterback with Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy injured. Still, 10.5 is a lot.
Browns cover

Kansas City Chiefs (2-13, 5-10) at Denver Broncos (12-3, 9-6):- Lock
Spread: Broncos favored by 17
Over/under: 41
My prediction: Broncos- 27, Chiefs- 16.. 17 points is a ton. The Broncos could use a win to possibly get a 1 seed, but they will probably rest starters after taking a double digit lead.
Chiefs cover

Green Bay Packers (11-4, 9-6) at Minnesota Vikings (9-6, 7-7-1):
Spread: Packers favored by 3
Over/under: 45.5
My prediction: Packers- 27, Vikings- 20
Packers cover

Miami Dolphins (7-8, 7-7-1) at New England Patriots (11-4, 8-6-1):
Spread: Patriots favored by 9.5
Over/under: 47
My prediction: Patriots- 26, Dolphins- 17
Dolphins cover

Oakland Raiders (4-11, 4-11) at San Diego Chargers (6-9, 7-8):
Spread: Chargers favored by 8
Over/under: 41
My prediction: Chargers- 23, Raiders- 17
Raiders cover

Arizona Cardinals (5-10, 6-8-1) at San Francisco 49ers (10-4-1, 9-6):
Spread: 49ers favored by 16.5
Over/under: 38.5
My prediction: 49ers- 27, Cardinals- 14
Cardinals cover

St. Louis Rams (7-7-1, 10-5) at Seattle Seahawks (10-5, 11-4):
Spread: Seahawks favored by 12
Over/under: 41.5
My prediction: Seahawks- 31, Rams- 13
Seahawks cover

Dallas Cowboys (8-7, 6-9) at Washington Redskins (9-6, 10-5)*:
Spread: Redskins favored by 3.5
Over/under: 49
My prediction: Cowboys- 27, Redskins- 24
Cowboys cover

Upset picks:Buccaneers over Falcons
Cowboys over Redskins
Eagles over Giants
Ravens over Bengals

Lock of the week:
Broncos over Chiefs

  1. philabundant says:

    Yes, I have the same feeling about the Eagles game.

  2. philabundant says:

    Or not.

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