Buehler’s Week 17 NFL Picks
The final week of the regular season is here which means jubilation for the likes of the Colts and Seahawks who are surprise playoff teams playing for seeding rather than a spot, and relief for Raider fans and Jaguar fans who’s seasons have been hard to watch…
Bucs at Falcons
Falcons have won 7 of the past 8 and while most of their starters could sit, as they’ve wrapped up the 1 seed in the NFC, they’re in the mood to keep rolling until they prove their doubters wrong. Falcons win 31-28.
Jets at Bills
I feel bad for Bills fans. Feel worse for Jets fans. But feel terrible for anyone that has to watch this game. Res Ryan is 6-1 against Buffalo while Gailey is 0-6. Throwing a flier for the Bills, they win 17-7.
Ravens at Bengals
Each team have their playoff spot clinched, but rivalry is heated and the Bengals are still clawing for some respect. This game is the first time the Bengals are favored over the Ravens since 2008, which makes sense since the Ravens have beaten the Bengals the past 4 times including a 44-13 demolition of Cinci in September. Fun game to watch, but Ravens get the edge in the running game. Ravens win 20-17.
Bears at Lions
Sheesh. Week 17, Lions an unimpressive 4-11, Bears need to win to get in. Lions are 0-5 in division play this year, Cutler is 6-1 with 11 TDs, 1 INT versus Detroit. Easy game. Bears win 31-21.
Texans at Colts
The Colts have done things few NFL franchises have accomplished with Peyton Manning at the helm. Took a breathtakingly disastrous turn last year, only to rebound once again in historic fashion this year. Coach Pagano has been a reverberating inspiration for the whole league. Want to see them win, but they’re the 5 seed regardless of outcome. The Texans are no longer a scary team, and Houston has never won in Indy. Ever. That streak continues. Colts win 27-24.
Panthers at Saints
Read about the Super Bowl Curse. That will help explain how the Saints lost to the Panthers in September. They won’t this week, but Cam Newton will still have a monster game. Saints win 35-28.
Eagles at Giants
It’s amazing to me this game is meaningless. Eagles have won 7 of the past 8, Coughlin has a 9-12 record against this team, Vick is back in the fold, and who knows what that means… Giants, at home, I like their chances. Giants win 21-17.
Browns at Steelers
It’s amazing to me this game is meaningless. The Browns will undergo a facelift, saying goodbye to their head coach and GM, and the Steelers will miss the playoffs. Amazingly, Coach Tomlin has NEVER lost when taking the field with a losing record. And don’t see how he does Sunday. Steelers win 27-21.
Jags at Titans
Awesome. Jags lost to the Pats last week, but not nearly as badly as the Titans lost to the Packers. Jags have won 3 of the last 4 in this matchup and I don’t know if I should lay any more ink to this contest. No one watching this game wins, but the Titans at home do. 21-14.
Chiefs at Broncos
The Broncos, hosting the Chiefs, are the biggest favorite EVER in Denver’s recorded spread history that dates back to 1978. And Broncos could earn a first round bye with a win. So they will. Broncos 35-10.
Packers at Vikings
The Vikings are a great story, AD running for more yards per attempt than Ponder can throw for, beating out the Bears for a potential playoff spot, and having to host the Packers to do so. A Packer team that Leslie Frazier has never beaten. Packers have won the past 5 and with a win, earn a 2 seed in the NFC. Giving this one to Rodgers. No discount double check for division play. Packers win 28-20.
Dolphins at Pats
The Dolphins always seem to play the Pats tough. They haven’t won in the past 5 matchups, but the games aren’t usually blowouts. Still Pats win. 27-14.
Raiders at Chargers
Norved. Both teams are that is. Pryor getting the start is going to provide a spark, for a quarter. Then San Diego’s defense will figure him out. Chargers win 31-13.
Cardinals at Niners
It’s a bad day for teams that have to face the Niners after a loss. But it’s even worse for a team who doesn’t have a quarterback. Division on the line, Niners win 27-3.
Rams at Seahawks
The Seahawks are an absolute buzzsaw right now. They’ve scored 173 points in the month of December, winning all 4 games. That’s 44% of their season’s offense in 4 weeks. They emasculated the Niners. Destroyed the Cardinals’ will to live before that. Now what happens against the Rams who are unbeated in their division at 4-0-1? Can’t bet against the Hawks at home (like I did last week). Seahawks win 31-14.
Cowboys at Redskins
Some fun games this week, but none better than this one. The Boys MUST win to snag a playoff spot. The Redskins can get in as a wildcard, with the Bears and Vikings losing, but the Cowboys have not been known to be solid under pressure and couldn’t stop Brees last week at home. Most impressive part of the Redskins turnaround is how good their defense has been playing. I’m taking the DC over the Big D. Redskins win 27-24.
Enjoy the final week of the season!! Went 13-3 last week, hope to bat 1.000 this week!