NFL Week 17 Picks 2016 NFL Predictions Week 17: Baltimore Ravens 8-7-0 VS Cincinnati Bengals 5-9-1 (-2.5), Houston Texans 9-6-0 VS Tennessee Titans 8-7-0 (-3), Carolina Panthers 6-9-0 VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8-7-0 (-6.5), Jacksonville Jaguars 3-12-0 VS Indianapolis Colts 7-8-0 (-4.5), New England Patriots 13-2-0 (-9.5) VS Miami Dolphins 10-5-0, Chicago Bears 3-12-0 VS Minnesota Vikings 7-8-0 (-5.5), Buffalo Bills 7-8-0 (-3.5) VS New York Jets 4-11-0, Dallas Cowboys 13-2-0 VS Philadelphia Eagles 6-9-0 (-4), Cleveland Browns 1-14-0 VS Pittsburgh Steelers 10-5-0 (-6), New Orleans Saints 7-8-0 VS Atlanta Falcons 10-5-0 (-6.5), New York Giants 10-5-0 VS Washington Redskins 8-6-1 (-8), Arizona Cardinals 6-8-1 (-6) VS Los Angeles Rams 4-11-0, Oakland Raiders 12-3-0 VS Denver Broncos 8-7-0 (-1), Kansas City Chiefs 11-4-0 (-5.5) VS San Diego Chargers 5-10-0, Seattle Seahawks 9-5-1 (-9.5) VS San Francisco 49ers 2-13-0, Green Bay Packers 9-6-0 (-3.5) VS Detroit Lions 9-6-0

2016 NFL Week 17 Predictions



Can Aaron Rodgers guide the Green Bay Packers to an NFC North Championship. He faces the Detroit Lions in week 17.





Chris Ransom Last Updated: December 29, 2016.



Baltimore Ravens 8-7-0
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Cincinnati Bengals 5-9-1


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I still lead and am now 149-91 despite going 8-8. Oren Shiri is now in second place with a 146-94 record. Jesse Lucas went 6-10 and is 145-95 dropping to third place. Tanya Holmes went 9-7 in week 16 and is now 145-95 on the year. Jason Bantle had back-to-back-to-back 8-8 weeks in week 14, week 15, and 16 leading with a 120-72 record heading into week 14, Jason is now 144-96 on the year.


Why the Baltimore Ravens Will Win: Jimmy Smith will not play against the Bengals again. That could be huge.


Why the Cincinnati Bengals Will Win: Andy Dalton looked useless without A.J. Green or Tyler Eifert against the Texans. He won't have either against Baltimore and their defense is much tougher than Houston's even though the Bengals are currently favored.


Prediction: Cincinnati is a 2.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $125 dollars, the maximum bet is $145 dollars with the average gambler betting around $135 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 41.5 points. Baltimore wins and covers with the under.


Final Score Ravens 27 Bengals 13





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Houston Texans 9-6-0
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Tennessee Titans 8-7-0


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Why the Houston Texans Will Win: Tom Savage faces a very weak Tennessee secondary with Jason McCourty injured and Perrish Cox being released from the team. Houston has already locked up the 4 seed so this game is meaningless.


Why the Tennessee Titans Will Win: Tennessee is favored to win this game even with Marcus Mariota injured. I think Houston should win this game.


Prediction: Tennessee is a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $140 dollars, the maximum bet is $160 dollars with the average gambler betting around $150 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 40 points. I am taking the over. The Texans win and cover.


Final Score Texans 21 Titans 20





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Carolina Panthers 6-9-0
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8-7-0


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Why the Carolina Panthers Will Win: Carolina faces a Tampa Bay team that has Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves at cornerback. Cam Newton is facing a tough team.


Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Win: Jameis Winston should pick apart Carolina's defense. Tampa Bay is still playing for a playoff berth even though the deck is stacked against them.


Prediction: Tampa Bay is a 6.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $240 dollars, the maximum bet is $290 dollars with the average gambler betting around $265 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 46.5 points. I am taking Tampa Bay to win and cover a shootout and the over.


Final Score Buccaneers 27 Panthers 20





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Jacksonville Jaguars 3-12-0
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Indianapolis Colts 7-8-0


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Why the Jacksonville Jaguars Will Win: Jacksonville needs to get pressure on Andrew Luck. I think the Jaguars will struggle against the Colts.


Why the Indianapolis Colts Will Win: Indianapolis has more weapons on offense. Neither team is really playing for anything though.


Prediction: Indianapolis is a 4.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $190 dollars, the maximum bet is $220 dollars with the average gambler betting around $205 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 47 points. I am taking the over. The Colts win and cover the spread.


Final Score Colts 27 Jaguars 20





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New England Patriots 13-2-0
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Miami Dolphins 10-5-0


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@CockyBelichick is my favorite Twitter user of all time. His twitter feed is that epic. He always inserts the #kisstherings hashtag and it is badass. I'm going to post his 5 best tweets on our site every week like David Letterman does with his top 10 jokes until the owner of this twitter feed requests I take them down because his tweets are that epic. I did this last year and plan on doing it once again in 2016. Let's go with the top 5 Tweets from the Patriots win over New York in week 16.



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Is that your pity gift to anyone on the Jets?




Awesome.




Take it easy on Northeastern. That's my moms alma matter.




Haha I cannot wait to see that.



Why the New England Patriots Will Win: New England is 0-2 in their last two games in Miami. This game is for home field in the AFC though. I have to think the Patriots will step up.


Why the Miami Dolphins Will Win: Miami should play their hearts out. I still don't think their best will be good enough to beat the Patriots. New England led Miami 31-3 at one point when Jimmy Garoppolo started.


Prediction: New England enters as a 9.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $340 dollars, the maximum bet is $440 dollars with the average gambler betting around $390 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 43 points. I am taking New England to win and the Dolphins to cover with the over in a offensive game.


Final Score Patriots 34 Dolphins 30





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Chicago Bears 3-12-0
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Minnesota Vikings 7-8-0


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Why the Chicago Bears Will Win: Chicago should get slaughtered. Minnesota has one of the leagues best defenses.


Why the Minnesota Vikings Will Win: Sam Bradford is the quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings. This game means very little to both teams, but you have to think Minnesota will do just enough to win.


Prediction: Minnesota enters as a 5.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $210 dollars, the maximum bet is $250 dollars with the average gambler betting around $230 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 41 points. Minnesota wins and covers with the over.


Final Score Vikings 28 Bears 14





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Buffalo Bills 7-8-0
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New York Jets 4-11-0


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Why the Buffalo Bills Will Win: Buffalo benched Tyrod Taylor. The team fired Rex Ryan and E.J. Manuel is starting.


Why the New York Jets Will Win: Ryan Fitzpatrick defeated Buffalo back in week 2. As crazy as it sounds, I think the Jets can sweep the Bills with Buffalo benching their quarterback.


Prediction: Buffalo is a 3.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $165 dollars, the maximum bet is $185 dollars with the average gambler betting around $175 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 42 points. New York wins and covers with the under.


Final Score Jets 17 Bills 16





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Dallas Cowboys 13-2-0
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Philadelphia Eagles 6-9-0


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The Dallas Cowboys are now 30-18 under Bill Lumbergh even after the Cowboys 4-12 season in 2015. Lumbergh went 12-3 after taking over for Stephen Jones following the week 1 loss to the 49ers back in 2014. Lumbergh now has to give Coach Garrett advice while dealing with more suspensions than he's used to. If Lumbergh cannot maintain a winning record after year 3, I am open to making a new fictional character the Cowboys GM. Right now Dallas is 13-2 and Lumbergh will keep his job another year.




Here is this weeks advice from Bill Lumbergh.

Hey Dak Prescott. What's happening? If you can sit on the bench and let Tony Romo play while we rest up for the playoffs that would be great.


Why the Dallas Cowboys Will Win: Dallas goes into Philadelphia with a very healthy offense. The Dallas Cowboys should take care of business against the Philadelphia Eagles.


Why the Philadelphia Eagles Will Win: Philadelphia will make this a shootout. Carson Wentz will put up some point s with a fulley healthy offensive line. Philadelphia may score enough points to pull off the upset, but it will be close.


Prediction: Philadelphia enters as a 4 point favorite. The minimum bet is $190 dollars, the maximum bet is $210 dollars with the average gambler betting around $195 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 43.5 points. I am taking Dallas to win and cover with the over in an upset.


Final Score Cowboys 31 Eagles 30





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Cleveland Browns 1-14-0
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Pittsburgh Steelers 10-5-0


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Why the Cleveland Browns Will Win: Cleveland finally won a game. They should play Pittsburgh's second team offense and defense now that the Steelers locked up the 3 seed. Maybe Cleveland can surprise the Steelers especially with Ben Roethlisberger, Le'veon Bell, and Antonio Brown expected to rest on Sunday.


Why the Pittsburgh Steelers Will Win: Pittsburgh has the 3 seed locked up. I think they will play their starters in the first half and their second team players in the second half.


Prediction: Pittsburgh is a 6 point favorite. The minimum bet is $240 dollars, the maximum bet is $280 dollars with the average gambler betting around $260 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44 points. Cleveland wins and covers with the under.


Final Score Browns 19 Steelers 17





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New Orleans Saints 7-8-0
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Atlanta Falcons 10-5-0


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Why the New Orleans Saints Will Win: New Orleans has quarterback Drew Brees. Brees is hoping the Saints will end the season 8-8 on a high note. Delvin Breaux can cover Julio Jones.


Why the Atlanta Falcons Will Win: Atlanta has more offensive talent than New Orleans. Even though Desmond Trufant is out, the Falcons have been fantastic on offense this season and should outscore the Saints. Atlanta is playing for a first round bye.


Prediction: Atlanta is a 6.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $250 dollars, the maximum bet is $300 dollars with the average gambler betting around $275 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 56 points. I am taking Atlanta to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Falcons 38 Saints 31





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New York Giants 10-5-0
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Washington Redskins 8-6-1


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Why the New York Giants Will Win: Janoris Jenkins and Jason Pierrre-Paul could both be back for the playoffs. Jenkins may play this Sunday, but I think Washington has more to play for with the New York Giants already securing the 5 seed.


Why the Washington Redskins Will Win: Washington can get he six seed and the final wild card with a win. Washington controls their own destiny right now and I expect a close game once again.


Prediction: Washington is a 8 point favorite. The minimum bet is $320 dollars, the maximum bet is $390 dollars with the average gambler betting around $355 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44 points. I am taking the under. The Redskins win and the Giants cover.


Final Score Redskins 23 Giants 20





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Arizona Cardinals 6-8-1
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Los Angeles Rams 4-11-0


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Why the Arizona Cardinals Will Win: This will likely be Larry Fitzgerald's final game with him retiring. I think Fitzgerald goes off against the Rams.


Why the Los Angeles Rams Will Win: Jared Goff still does not have a win. He may be motivated to win his final game of the year.


Prediction: Arizona is a 6 point favorite. The minimum bet is $240 dollars, the maximum bet is $280 dollars with the average gambler betting around $260 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 40.5 points. I am taking the over as Arizona wins and covers


Final Score Cardinals 35 Rams 17





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Oakland Raiders 12-3-0
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Denver Broncos 8-7-0


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Why the Oakland Raiders Will Win: The Raiders do not have Derek Carr. Denver's defense should be at full health even though the Broncos are out of the playoffs.


Why the Denver Broncos Will Win: Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will both play. Denver has a much better defense than Oakland and I am really torn on this game to be honest.


Prediction: Denver enters as a 1 point favorite. The minimum bet is $105 dollars, the maximum bet is $125 dollars with the average gambler betting around $115 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 40.5 points. I like Denver to win and cover with the under in overtime.


Final Score Broncos 23 Raiders 17 OT





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Kansas City Chiefs 11-4-0
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San Diego Chargers 5-10-0


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Why the Kansas City Chiefs Will Win: Kansas City is 5-0 VS AFC West teams in 2016. It's not just that. Kansas City is playing for a possible first round bye if they beat the Chargers.


Why the San Diego Chargers Will Win: This is San Diego's final home game of the season. It may be San Diego's final home game in the NFL with them possibly relocating.


Prediction: Kansas City is a 5.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $210 dollars, the maximum bet is $250 dollars with the average gambler betting around $230 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44.5 points. I am taking Kansas City to win with the over.


Final Score Chiefs 34 Chargers 20





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Seattle Seahawks 9-5-1
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San Francisco 49ers 2-13-0


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Why the Seattle Seahawks Will Win: Seattle schooled San Francisco coming off a loss to the Rams back in week 3. Seattle is coming off a loss to Arizona and needs this win to have any shot at a first round bye.


Why the San Francisco 49ers Will Win: I cannot see San Francisco winning this game. I think the 49ers are looking forward to a long and brutal offseason and another year of rebuilding.


Prediction: Seattle entered as a 9.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $375 dollars, the maximum bet is $475 dollars with the average gambler betting around $375 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 43 points. I am taking the under as Seattle wins and covers.


Final Score Seahawks 20 49ers 9





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Green Bay Packers 9-6-0
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Detroit Lions 9-6-0


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Pompieni: Welcome to Monday Night Football. Bob Pompieni along with Mark Madden and Andrew Filiponi covering ESPN Monday Night Football on KDKA from Ford Field. Mark what are your thoughts on this game?

Madden: It's a SUnday Night game and the Packers and Lions are playing for the NFC North division.

Filiponi: Matthew Stafford is gonna win this one and help the Lions capture the NFC North division.

Madden: No, Aaron Rodgers is gonna piss off the Lions fans with another clutch hail mary.

Pompieni: I think the Lions just may pull it off.

Madden: Green Bay wins Pompieni.

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Why the Green Bay Packers Will Win: Green Bay has Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers should get the win in Detroit.


Why the Detroit Lions Will Win: Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor have to get pressure on Aaron Rodgers. If Detroit does that and Matthew Stafford avoids turnovers the Lions have a chance to get the win.


Prediction: Green Bay is a 3.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $160 dollars, the maximum bet is $180 dollars with the average gambler betting around $170 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 49.5 points. Green Bay wins and covers. I am taking the over.


Final Score Packers 27 Lions 23





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