2013 NFL Week 17 Picks

December 26, 2013

tom brady, new england patriots,
It would be deja vu if Tom Brady and the Patriots took first place in the AFC again. Photo Credit: Keith Allison, Flickr.com

Here we are, the end of the road.

Welcome to Week 17 of the NFL season, the last week of the regular season.

Many teams have clinched a playoff spot. Before we get to the convoluted playoff picture, let’s take a look at the picks. I went 12-4, bringing my total record to 150-90.

Dolphins over Bills X

Panthers over Saints

Jets over Browns

Colts over Chiefs

Rams over Buccaneers

Cowboys over Redskins

Broncos over Texans (s.o.)

Bengals over Vikings

Titans over Jaguars

Seahawks over Cardinals X

Lions over Giants X

Steelers over Packers

Chargers over Raiders

Patriots over Ravens

Bears over Eagles X

49ers over Falcons

jim harbarugh, san francisco 49ers, seattle seahawks
Jim Harbarugh and his San Francisco 49ers could steal home field away from the Seattle Seahawks. Photo Credit: Adam Rifkin, Flickr.com

Overwhelming scenarios take over the NFL. Let’s start with the NFC.

1)    Seattle needs to win to clinch the NFC West and home field advantage. If they don’t, all San Francisco needs to do is win for the division and at least a first round bye. They own the tiebreaker over Seattle, and they also need Carolina to lose for home field advantage.

2)    The Eagles and Cowboys will battle for the NFC East. Whoever wins gets in, although the Cowboys will have to win without Tony Romo. His season could be over as he suffered a herniated disc in his back against Washington. Dallas signed Jon Kitna as a third string quarterback, with Kyle Orton likely starting.

3)    The last wild card spot is up for grabs. The Packers, Cowboys, Cardinals and Saints all vie for the spot. All New Orleans needs to do is win. Otherwise, the Cardinals have the best spot to sneak up and take the sixth spot. Yes, you read that right.

The AFC is a little easier. However, it’s all about where each team will stand by the playoffs.

1)    Denver clinched the AFC West and a first-round bye but not home field. If they lose and New England wins, the Patriots will host the playoffs in Foxborough. They hold the tiebreaker after a comeback victory over the Broncos a few weeks ago.

2)     Miami could be in the playoffs, if they don’t play like last week against Buffalo. If they lose, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and San Diego have a chance to sneak up and take that last Wild Card spot.

Check out the Los Angeles Times for more on these complicated playoff scenarios. Now, here are my picks. Remember, the s.o. is my shutout pick and the home teams are in bold.

Panthers over Falcons

Bears over Packers

Bengals over Ravens

Eagles over Cowboys

Colts over Jaguars

Dolphins over Jets

Lions over Vikings

Patriots over Bills

Saints over Buccaneers (s.o.)

Giants over Redskins

Steelers over Browns

Titans over Texans

49ers over Cardinals

Broncos over Raiders

Chiefs over Chargers

Seahawks over Rams

Let me know in the comment section below if you disagree or not. Remember to check out the Facebook page for the Update. Don’t forget to like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter and keep on reading. Until then, see you next time sports fans.

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

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