2011 NFL Week 17 Picks

Friday December 30, 2011

Welcome to the last week of the 2011 NFL season. Playoffs are nearly set. Only three spots remain with seven teams still alive. Plus, home field advantage is on the line for the AFC Playoffs.

Who will set the tone for the AFC: New England, Baltimore or Pittsburgh? Will the Giants or the Cowboys take the NFC East? Will the Broncos or Raiders take the AFC West? Will either team be the last Wild Card team in the AFC? Will the Titans, Jets or Bengals take that last slot? These questions will be answered this Sunday.

I went 12-4 last week, bringing my record to 152 wins and 88 losses. I also got my third shutout of the season thanks to Pittsburgh blanking St. Louis. Here’s a look back at what I got wrong.

THU, DEC 22 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
Houston at Indianapolis 8:20 PM

NFL

Lucas Oil Stadium X
SAT, DEC 24 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
Oakland at Kansas City 1:00 PM

CBS

Arrowhead Stadium
Jacksonville at Tennessee 1:00 PM

CBS

LP Field
Miami at New England 1:00 PM

CBS

Gillette Stadium
Arizona at Cincinnati 1:00 PM

FOX

Paul Brown Stadium
Denver at Buffalo 1:00 PM

CBS

Ralph Wilson Stadium X
St. Louis at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM

FOX

Heinz Field (s.o.) *
NY Giants at NY Jets 1:00 PM

FOX

MetLife Stadium X
Minnesota at Washington 1:00 PM

FOX

FedEx Field X
Tampa Bay at Carolina 1:00 PM

FOX

Bank of America Stadium
Cleveland at Baltimore 1:00 PM

CBS

M&T Bank Stadium
San Diego at Detroit 4:05 PM

CBS

Ford Field
Philadelphia at Dallas 4:15 PM

FOX

Cowboys Stadium
San Francisco at Seattle 4:15 PM

FOX

CenturyLink Field
SUN, DEC 25 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
Chicago at Green Bay 8:20 PM

NBC

Lambeau Field
MON, DEC 26 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
Atlanta at New Orleans 8:30 PM

ESPN

Superdome

Here are my picks for this week. Also look out for the AFC Wild Card games and the AFC West games. See Oakland hosting San Diego, the Jets visiting Miami, Denver hosting Kansas City and Tennessee taking on Houston. Plus, pay attention to a potential AFC shift in power. The Ravens face Cincinnati, another potential Wild Card team. The Steelers face Cleveland while New England hosts Buffalo. The entire AFC postseason picture could be rewritten once more.

SUN, JAN 1 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
Carolina at New Orleans 1:00 PM

FOX

Superdome
Buffalo at New England 1:00 PM

CBS

Gillette Stadium
Chicago at Minnesota 1:00 PM

FOX

Mall of America Field
NY Jets at Miami 1:00 PM

CBS

Sun Life Stadium
San Francisco at St. Louis 1:00 PM

FOX

Edward Jones Dome
Detroit at Green Bay 1:00 PM

FOX

Lambeau Field
Tampa Bay at Atlanta 1:00 PM

FOX

Georgia Dome
Baltimore at Cincinnati 1:00 PM

CBS

Paul Brown Stadium
Pittsburgh at Cleveland 1:00 PM

CBS

Cleveland Browns Stadium
Dallas at NY Giants 8:20 PM

NBC

MetLife Stadium
Washington at Philadelphia 1:00 PM

FOX

Lincoln Financial Field (s.o.)
Indianapolis at Jacksonville 1:00 PM

CBS

EverBank Field
Tennessee at Houston 1:00 PM

CBS

Reliant Stadium
Seattle at Arizona 4:15 PM

FOX

U of Phoenix Stadium
Kansas City at Denver 4:15 PM

CBS

Sports Authority Field at Mile High
San Diego at Oakland 4:15 PM

CBS

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Game of the Week:

How fitting that a season is on the line with one game! Too bad neither team has a quarterback that they completely trust.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo has a bruised hand after his loss to the Eagles last week. The Giants won, but Eli Manning did not play to the high standards he set for himself. Their seasons are in their hands as they meet again for the NFC East. Did I mention it’s also a primetime game, again?

The Giants iced the Cowboys to win in a thriller on Week 14. Both are tied at 8-7, with the Giants holding the tiebreaker because of that victory. It’s simple. Whoever wins gets the NFC East and will host a playoff game in their arena. Who will step up?

Go with the more reliable defense. The Giants defense is terrible. However, they have the playmakers that can close games. The Cowboys only have one in LB DeMarcus Ware. Expect another high scoring game with defense winning in the end.

Prediction: Giants 30-28

Good luck with your teams and picks this week. Remember to follow me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/SebastianTSU) and like the Update on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Todays-Sports-Update/136729589760548?sk=wall&filter=1). See you in the playoffs, hopefully.

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

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