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Week 17 Pro Football Predictions

Posted on: December 28th, 2017 by Rob Popeleski No Comments

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Carolina @ Atlanta

In one of the few meaningful games this week, Atlanta can clinch a playoff berth with a win or Seattle loss while Carolina can clinch a divisional title with a win and New Orleans loss or tie. Carolina beat Atlanta 20-17 in their first meeting but have lost in their last two visits to Atlanta. Taking the more desperate team at home. Atlanta 27-24

Washington @ NYG

Washington has won 2 out of the last 3 meetings with New York including a 20-10 win at home last month. It’s been a miserable year for New York, ranked at the bottom of the league on offense and defense to go along with a 2-13 record. And now Landon Collins is openly criticizing teammate Eli Apple in the media. Evan Engram and Sterling Shepherd are questionable to play. Washington 27-20

Houston @ Indianapolis

Indianapolis won the first meeting as Jacoby Brissett threw for 308 yards and 2 touchdowns. Houston has lost 5 in a row and has been held to under 17 points in each of those games. This is probably Chuck Pagano’s last game as Indianapolis coach. Indianapolis 23-17

Green Bay @ Detroit

Green Bay has won 3 out of the last 4 meetings but that was with Aaron Rodgers. Without Aaron Rodgers, Detroit beat Green Bay 30-17 back in week 9. Detroit is just 2-3 in their last 5 games to fall out of playoff contention. Detroit 30-20

NYJ @ New England

A win and New England gets home field advantage and the number one seed so this game is meaningful for them. New England has won 6 out of their last 7 meetings with New York and the last time they lost to New York at Gillette Stadium was back in 2011. New England 31-13

Chicago @ Minnesota

Minnesota can clinch a first-round bye with a win. Minnesota beat Chicago 20-17 earlier in the season as Case Keenum took over for the injured Sam Bradford. Minnesota is 6-1 at home this year. The Minnesota defense has allowed a total of 7 points in the last 2 games. Minnesota 28-10

Cleveland @ Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh can get the number one seed and home-field advantage throughout with a win and New England loss or tie. Cleveland has beaten Pittsburgh just twice since 2009 and their last win in Pittsburgh was back in 2003. Looks like a winless season for Cleveland. Pittsburgh 27-7

Dallas @ Philadelphia

A month ago and this was looking like a must-see game but not anymore with Philadelphia locked in as the number one seed and Dallas out of playoff contention. Philadelphia needs Nick Foles to be better than he was on Monday night when he had just a 59 quarterback rating against a weak Oakland defense. Not sure what to expect from Dallas. Dallas 24-19

San Francisco @ LAR

Los Angeles has already won the division so this game is meaningless for them. It remains to be seen if they rest some of their starters. My guess is they will at some point. San Francisco has 4 in a row and is rejuvenated with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. San Francisco 24-20

Oakland @ LAC

Los Angeles needs a win and a Tennessee and Buffalo loss or a win and Tennessee loss and Baltimore win to get in the playoffs. Oakland has lost 3 in a row and has scored just 42 points in their last 3 games. They’ve also turned it over 9 times in the last 3 games. San Diego beat Oakland 17-16 back in week 6. LAC 24-14

Kansas City @ Denver

With the division title wrapped up and locked into the 4th seed, Kansas City will give the start at quarterback to Pat Mahomes. One thing Denver has been good at is on defense, where they are ranked 4th against the pass and 3rd against the run. Hard game to predict though, with Kansas City playing backups. Denver 20-17

Jacksonville @ Tennessee

Jacksonville has clinched a division title while Tennessee needs a win to clinch a playoff spot. Tennessee has struggled lately, losing their last 3 games. With DeMarco Murray doubtful to play Derrick Henry will carry the load for Tennessee. Jacksonville is ranked just 21st against the run so Henry could be in line for a big game. Tennessee beat Jacksonville 37-16 back in September. Tennessee 23-16

New Orleans @ Tampa Bay

New Orleans can clinch a division title with a win. Tampa Bay is one of the biggest disappointments in the league. They have lost 5 in a row but have played competitively the last two weeks with back to back 3 point losses to Atlanta and Carolina. New Orleans 27-23

Buffalo @ Miami

Buffalo is still alive but they need a win and a Baltimore loss or LAC and Tennessee loss. Buffalo beat Miami 24-16 two weeks ago. Miami is 4-3 at home while Buffalo is 2-5 on the road. Miami has been inconsistent as we’ve seen in their loss at home to Tampa Bay and win over New England. Miami 23-20

Arizona @ Seattle

Seattle needs a win and Atlanta loss to clinch a playoff berth. They beat Arizona in week 10 in a game in which both offenses were held to under 300 yards. Arizona has held 4 out of their last 5 opponents to under 300 yards of total offense. Unfortunately, their offense has been held to under 300 yards in the last 3 games. Can’t see Seattle losing a must win at home to a team under .500. Seattle 23-14

Cincinnati @ Baltimore

Baltimore needs a win or Buffalo loss or Tennessee loss to clinch a playoff spot. I’d be surprised if Baltimore loses at home against their divisional rival with so much on the line. Baltimore won the first meeting 20-0 in Cincinnati. Baltimore 23-20

 

Record: Last week 13-3, Season 155-83

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