A mere 13 of 16 games with playoff implications, a conference without a single division clinched. This is quite a Week 17 forming.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) December 26, 2013
Simply put, but boldly stated. Week 17 will be a dramatic week to remember. The winner between Chicago and Green Bay will decide the NFC North champ, the Cardinals can missed the playoffs with an 11-5 record because the Saints own the tie break over Arizona based on head-to-head win percentage, and for the third year in the row, the Cowboys playoff chances come down to the last game of the season.
Week 16 Predictions Results
Brooks: 10-6; Overall: 143-96
Perez: 10-6; Overall: 136-91
Wooten: 10-6; Overall: 130-107
|Week 17 Game Picks||Brooks||Perez||Wooten|
|Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons||CAR(W)||CAR)W)||CAR(W)|
|Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals||CIN(W)||CIN(W)||CIN(W)|
|Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans||HOU(L)||HOU(L)||TEN(W)|
|Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts||IND(W)||IND(W)||IND(W)|
|NY Jets @ Miami Dolphins||NYJ(W)||MIA(L)||MIA(L)|
|Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings||DET(L)||DET(L)||DET(L)|
|Washington @ NY Giants||NYG(W)||NYG(W)||WAS(W)|
|Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT(W)||PIT(W)||PIT(W)|
|Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears||GB(W)||GB(W)||GB(W)|
|Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders||DEN(W)||DEN(W)||DEN(W)|
|Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots||NE(W)||NE(W)||NE(W)|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints||NO(W)||NO(W)||NO(W)|
|San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals||SF(W)||SF(W)||SF(W)|
|Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers||SD(W)||SD(W)||KC(L)|
|St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks||SEA(W)||SEA(W)||SEA(W)|
|Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys||PHI(W)||DAL(L)||PHI(W)|
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals
After winning four games in a row, with three of their last four wins decided by a combined seven points, the Ravens 41-7 shellacking by the Patriots put a halt to the Ravens’ fluke-o winning streak.
This NFC North showdown will be the typical black and blue slugfest, or should I say black, blue and orange slugfest? The Bengals won the first matchup in an overtime victory in Baltimore. Both Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco had lackluster performances throwing a combined five interceptions, and both were sacked five times apiece.
Baltimore is currently in a three way tie in the Wild Card with San Diego and Miami who are all 8-7. Miami currently owns the tie-breaker between San Diego and Baltimore based on best win percentage in conference games.
The Ravens need this win, but the defending Super Bowl Champions will miss the playoffs.
Eddie P’s Philosophical Take
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
Chicago will be a tough to beat at home. They boast a 5-2 record when playing at Soldier Field this year. Bottling up Chicago’s top two receivers will be damn near impossible as well. Alshon Jeffrey leads the team in yards with 1,341 yards, along with seven touchdowns. Veteran Brandon Marshall brings in another 1,221 yards to go with his team leading 11 TDs.
Aaron Rodgers is back for the Packers. That’s huge for a team that has struggled at times with Matt Flynn running the offense. Even with outside linebacker Clay Matthews out on defense, I see Aaron coming back with a vengeance in the windy city.
Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers
This is one of the many games that can determine an entry into the playoffs or staying at home. The only they San Diego can do is win and hope the other cards fall into their hands.
Kansas City already has a playoff berth clinched. At 11-4, the Chiefs have the fifth-seed in the AFC. There is a chance, that Andy Reid rests some of his starting and key players, saving them for the playoffs. This can mean no, or a limited, Jamal Charles. It can also mean a defense without Tamba Hali or Justin Houston.
The Chargers having more on the line and absolutely need to win this game. Philip Rivers is an explosive QB and rookie Keenan Allen is a stud at receiver.
Words From Wooten
San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys
This has been on TV all week. We all want to know exactly what will happen here. Tony Romo is done for the season. Sean Lee isn’t playing as well. DeMarcus Ware is banged up. This isn’t looking too good for Dallas. For Philadelphia, it is looking right. Everyone is healthy and Nick Foles is playing at such a high level to where we all forgot about Michael Vick and his sub par performance. All in all, “America’s Team” will be sitting at home as they watch from the couch.