Week 17 Predictions

Jonathan+Massaquoi+Carolina+Panthers+v+Atlanta+QqtxoeQ5X46lIt’s sad to say, but the regular season is coming to a close this weekend. Between the play on the field and the social issues off of it, 2014 has been a crazy year for the NFL. With so many teams already clinched playoff spots, week 17 an extremely tough week to predict. There’s no way of knowing how long teams who have clinched will play their starters which only adds to the difficulty. Regardless, it should be an interesting week and hopefully I can finish my regular season picks on a high note.

Last week: 8-8, Season: 158-82

Last week against the spread: 8-8, Season: 119-121

Game of the weak: Saints vs Buccaneers: This game is evidence as to why it’s funny to look back at preseason predictions. Just four months ago, the Saints were a Super Bowl contender while the Buccaneers were a team on the rise. Now, the Saints are fighting for second place the dumpster fire known as the NFC South, while the Buccaneers “control their own destiny” for the number one pick. Saints 30 Buccaneers (+3.5) 23

Game of the week: Panthers vs Falcons: In week 17, all viewers can ask for are “win or go home” games. Unfortunately, this is the only game where that applies. The winner of this one will have seven wins and host a home playoff game. Even crazier is that the winner here will probably be favored to win in the wildcard round. With the Cardinals predicted to get the 5th seed, would you bet on Ryan Lindley to win a road playoff game?

It’s been a rough season for both the Panthers and Falcons. Both teams have had to deal with big injuries and the Panthers also had the whole Greg Hardy saga. However, when it’s all said and done, I’m expecting Matt Ryan and company to pull it out here. Panthers 20 Falcons (-3.5) 26

Browns 16 Ravens (-8.5) 27

Cowboys 27 Redskins (+6.5) 21

Colts 31 Titans (+6.5) 17

Jaguars 14 Texans (-10.5) 23

Chargers 24 Chiefs (-2.5) 17

Jets 16 Dolphins (-5.5) 23

Bears 20 Vikings (-7.5) 27

Bills 17 Patriots (-10.5) 24

Eagles 24 Giants (-2.5) 28

Lions 20 Packers (-7.5) 31

Raiders 17 Broncos (-14.5) 30

Cardinals 13 49ers (-4.5) 17

Rams 17 Seahawks (-12.5) 28

Bengals 23 Steelers (-3.5) 30





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