NFL Picks, Predictions for Week 17: Steelers Get Wild Card From Titans; The Cowboys get into the playoffs

Week 17 of the NFL season has arrived, giving us one last chance to pin a full slate of choices and predictions. As always, based on the matchups and spread points associated with them, some games are much easier to choose than others.

We are grateful to the Packers, Saints and Patriots, who opened up as double-hearted favorites over the Lions, Panthers and Dolphins, respectively. These relatively easy predictions are balanced by six games that open with lines of one pitch or less.

The results of these games will determine both the NFL playoffs slaughter and the order of the first 20 picks in the NFL 2020 Draft. If our predictions come true, the Cowboys and Steelers will win the last two postseason spots, and the Redskins and Lions will be cemented behind the Bengals in the selection process for April.

Here is week 17 of the NFL taking us straight, to the final of Sunday’s regular week in Seattle. All odds are courtesy of SportsInsider.com.

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NFL Drafts, Predictions for Week 17

  • Green Bay Packers (-9 1/2) at Detroit Lions

Sunday, 1 pm ET, Fox

Depending on the outcome of Monday night’s game this week, the Packers against the Lions in Week 17 will be moved to either secure a first round (and possibly the advantage of local NFC playoff spot) or win the NFC North . Detroit, on the other hand, is a loss away from closing out a top three pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. There will be no spoilers for either team.

Choose: Packers 27, Lions 13

  • Chicago Bears in Minnesota Vikings (TBD)

Sunday, 1 pm ET, Fox

This option will be added after the Vikings game on Monday night against the Packers.

Choose: TBD

  • The New Orleans Saints (-13) at Carolina Panthers

Sunday, 1 pm ET, Fox

With the Saints playing in the NFC playoffs and the Panthers just playing at this point in the season, that could be bad. Even if Carolina were not lifeless in a losing streak of seven games, that would be a bad fight against a New Orleans team that would have no trouble running the ball and controlling the flow of the game. The Panthers also have no chance of stopping Drew Brees-Michael Thomas, and their young QB starter will have a great day while playing catch-up.

Choose: Saints 30, Panthers 14

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  • Los Angeles Chargers to Kansas City Chiefs (-7 1/2)

Sunday, 1 pm ET, CBS

The 2019 Chargers’ disastrous season is about to end, as the division champions continue to sow in the AFC playoffs. While Philip Rivers and Co. would like to end the year (and possibly his Chargers’ career) on a high note, the late-season rise of Kansas City’s defense coupled with the ongoing remarkable endurance of the offense will be too much for Los Angeles to pay.

Choose: Chiefs 28, Chargers 20

  • New York Jets on Buffalo Accounts (-1 1/2)

Sunday, 1 pm ET, CBS

The accounts are locked in Seed No. 5 for the AFC playoffs and probably headed to Houston to play the Texans in the wild card round, so the Jets will have to take a break as Buffalo backs key starters ahead of the postseason. However, New York has played well enough lately that the upset full-strength Buffalo would not be a stunner.

Choose: Jet 20, Accounts 16

  • Atlanta Hawks in Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Pick ’em)

Sunday, 1 pm ET, Fox

The Falcons are still in the game for a top 10 pick in the NFL draft, despite winning three games. not that it matters to players struggling to save Dan Quinn’s job. They may already have achieved that goal. Likewise, Jameis Winston could have already won himself a contract extension with the Bucs, who have quietly become one of the NFL’s toughest teams to beat despite some major injuries. Statistically, Tampa Bay is better than Atlanta in almost all areas.

Choose: 30 Owls, 26 Hawks

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  • Miami Dolphins in New England Patriots (-16 1/2)

Sunday, 1 pm ET, CBS

The Patriots can’t win the No. 1 seed, but they certainly don’t want to drop to No. 2 and lose their first round of the AFC playoffs. This motivation is why the line in this game is huge. The Dolphins have played well in the second half of the season, but will end with a beatdown at Foxboro.

Choose: Patriots 34, Dolphins 13

  • Cleveland Browns (-2 1/2) at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, 1 pm ET, Fox

Imagine the Browns losing this game to cover their disastrous season with an exclamation of embarrassment. one would think that the result would almost certainly be Freddie Kitchens training after just one season. This scenario cannot be ruled out because, even though the Bengals have sealed their status as the worst team in the NFL, they are playing with the kind of toughness that almost led to a historic win last week. On the contrary, Cleveland seems lifeless.

Choose: Bengals 27, Browns 23

  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (-1)

Sunday, 4:25 pm ET, CBS

For once, the Steelers can be happy that the Ravens are so good. Because Baltimore has the seed and local advantage of all AFC playoffs, it will rest on key starters against a Pittsburgh team that needs a win to stay alive in the wild-card race. Of course, the Ravens would want to beat their opponents no matter who is on the field, but the Steelers will build enough points to stay alive while hoping for a Titans loss to the Texans in Houston.

Choose: Steelers 23, Ravens 21

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  • The Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (TBD)

Sunday, 4:25 pm ET, Fox

Because they have fallen to a sub-.500 record in an embarrassing way, it’s easy to forget that the Cowboys have the best NFL offense in yards per game. Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Co should have no problem getting back on the field against the Redskins and on the other side of the ball, the Cowboys’ inconsistent defense does not pose a major threat. Dallas will take care of his business and hope for some help in New York.

Choose: Cowboys 31, Redskins 17

  • Philadelphia Eagles (-4 1/2) at New York Giants

Sunday, 4:25 pm ET, Fox

We would have felt much better about the Eagles’ chances of winning the NFC title with a win over the Bad Giants if New York had not entered the game with the red-hot duo of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. Starting with the return of rookie QB Eli Manning, the Giants are healthier than they were two weeks ago when they took the Eagles overtime in Philly. And the Eagles, of course, are still dealing with their own damage issues. A loss to Philadelphia in conjunction with Dallas ‘victory would mark a vigorous end to the Eagles’ era, but this year it would be the same.

Choose: Giants 27, Eagles 24

  • Tennessee Titans (-5 1/2) at Houston Texans

Sunday, 4:25 pm ET, CBS

Texans playing their starters in Week 17 (or so they say) makes sense. They would like to help their compatriots get out of the playoff picture, and technically still have the opportunity to move on to seed no. 3 for the AFC playoffs. Assuming Deshaun Watson and other key Houston starters are in action, the Texans will have all the firepower they need to overpower the Titans.

Choose: Texans 28, Titans 21

  • Arizona Cardinals in Los Angeles Rams (TBD)

Sunday, 4:25 pm ET, Fox

This game is probably about whether Cardinal General Culler Murray is playing after his sword hit last week. With the leader in charge, Arizona showed flashes of what it hopes to be in the near future, the latest example coming from its Seattle victory. The Rams, who are now unlikely to return to the playoffs after reaching the Super Bowl last season, appear to be headed in the opposite direction.

Choose: Cardinals 30, Rocks 24

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  • Oakland Raiders in Denver Broncos (-4)

Sunday, 4:25 pm ET, CBS

The Raiders are still living up to the NFL playoffs as Week 17 arrives to be one of the biggest shockers of the season, looking at how bad they’ve been at times under stretch. Even here we are. Auckland obviously needs a win in Denver to reach the postseason, but it needs a lot of help elsewhere. The Broncos, the winners of their last three games, are playing well enough with Drew Lock as their starting QB to spoil the playoffs.

Choose: Broncos 20, Raiders 17

  • Indianapolis Colts (-3 1/2) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, 4:25 pm ET, CBS

With so many weekly races at the end of the weekend, this game will only be played on the Indianapolis and Jacksonville television markets. It’s fair to wonder if Colts fans and Jaguars fans are even interested in watching.

Choose: Colts 24, Jaguars 17

  • San Francisco 49ers (-3) at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, 8.20 pm ET, NBC

The NFL made it an easy call to inflate this matchup in the “Sunday Night Football” window and lift it up as the last game of the regular season. The scenario is simple: this is the NFC West championship game and while the winner will get the top three seeds in the playoffs (possibly the total number of sports seeds and / or a first round), the loser will have to hit the road for the wild card round. Both teams are hitting, but the younger Seahawks (and Chris Carson and Duane Brown in particular) are particularly important. San Francisco will avenge the loss of Week 10 in Seattle and secure its home advantage in all NFC playoffs.

Choose: 49ers 30, Seahawks 20

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