Sunday, January 3, 2010

Week 17 Game Predictions

I went a solid 11-5 on picks last week, giving me exactly two-thirds of the game this season correct. This week looks to be much harder, however, as some teams will be resting starters and not all the best teams are going to win.

Last week's record:11-5
Season record: 160-80 (66.7%)

Bills over Colts — I think the only thing that would upset Colts fans more than pulling starters at 14-0 would be not pulling starters at 14-1. I don't see the Colts' stars playing much, so I like the Bills in frigid Buffalo.

Jaguars over Browns
— In what looks to be the last hurrah for Eric Mangini, I don't see the Browns playing spoiler.

Bears over Lions
— Chicago has been a major disappointment this season, but I see Jay Cutler capping the season off with a big performance against the lowly Lions.

49ers over Rams
— The Niners' young play-makers in Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree are emerging, and they're going to put up too many points for whatever quarterback St. Louis runs out there to match.

Steelers over Dolphins
Both teams have something to play for, but the Dolphins are a long shot to make the playoffs and I think they'll fall short this year. Pittsburgh is the better team and I expect Ben Roethlisberger to lead the Steelers to victory.

Vikings over Giants New York fell flat on its face with a blowout loss to the Panthers in Week 16, so I expect them to be deflated against a better Vikings team.

Falcons over Buccaneers Raheem Morris might be on his way out, and I see Tampa Bay losing this week despite an upset win over the Saints last week.

Panthers over Saints Drew Brees will serve a the emergency third-string quarterback for New Orleans today, so I like the Panthers in a game gift-wrapped by a New Orleans team playing it safe.

Texans over Patriots This has the potential for a very good game, but New England has wrapped up the division and I might pick Houston anyway given their recent offensive play.

Cowboys over Eagles Dallas is finally finding its stride, and I'm taking them at home in this great division rivalry.

Broncos over Chiefs The Broncos will be without some of their offensive weapons in a crucial game after benching Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler, but I still like their chances against Kansas City.

Ravens over Raiders Oakland's quarterback situation is a mess right now, and I expect Baltimore to win this one no matter who they do or do not play.

Packers over Cardinals Both teams have a playoff spot locked up, so I'm going with the home team in Arizona.

Chargers over Redskins — Jim Zorn is a sitting duck, and I don't like his chances for one final win as Washington's head coach.

Titans over Seahawks
— Is there any reason to ever pick Seattle? I don't think so.

Jets over Bengals
New York desperately needs a win, and I say they get it against a Bengals team that doesn't have as much at stake this week.