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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Week 17: #NFL Game Predictions (w/ spreads & NO analysis): FINAL WEEK EDITION


 Playoffs??? Yes, for some. Not so much for others. Welcome to Week 17.



Week 17: #NFL Game Predictions (w/ spreads & analysis)
Week 17 results (season): 12-4 wins (170-85-1 .666); 9-7 v. spread (126-129-1 .494)

Week 17 Notes: Perhaps as hard to predict as Week 1, Week 17 comes with so many variables that it makes it nearly impossible to predict games. A majority of teams are going home after today, meaning several will be playing rookies or reserve players to get some idea of the direction they might head in the off season. Many teams have players under exorbitant contracts and will not risk injury in a meaningless game. Don’t let any football player convince you there is no such thing – this is a business first. Several teams are still in the playoff hunt. These teams will pull out all the stops. The teams that are in the playoffs still have decisions to make. Some teams will completely sit their starters, while some teams will play their starters in limited action. Some of these teams are even in position to increase their playoff seed, and their game plan could be dictated as the day – and other games – progress. All of this information can be summed up in one declaration: stay away. Put your wallets back in your back pocket. Unfortunately for me, I’m obligated to predict winners. What’s worse is the position of my ego: If I go 11-5 in both wins and v. the spread in Week 17, I will have officially predicted 67% of wins correctly and I’ll have called exactly 50% against the spread. That’s something to brag about. Too bad it’s Week 17. See you in the playoffs.

Buffalo Bills 8-7 (+5) @ New England Patriots 12-3 (43.5): Patriots 24-21 Bills 17-9
Sunday, 1 PM, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA (Weather: 80% rain, low 50s)

Carolina Panthers 6-8-1 (+3) @ Atlanta Falcons 6-9 (47.5): Panthers 27-24 Panthers 34-3
Sunday, 1 PM, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA (Weather: Indoors)

Cleveland Browns 7-8 (+13.5) @ Baltimore Ravens 9-6 (39.5): Ravens 27-21 Ravens 20-10
Sunday, 1 PM, M&T Banbk Stadium, Baltimore, MD (Weather: 80% rain, low 50s)

Dallas Cowboys 11-4 (-4) @ Washington Natives 4-11 (49): Natives 24-21 Cowboys 44-17
Sunday, 1 PM, FedEx Field, Landover, MD (Weather: 80% rain, low 50s)

Indianapolis Colts 11-4 (-7) @ Tennessee Titans 2-13 (46.5): Colts 27-24 Colts 27-10
Sunday, 1 PM, LP Stadium, Nashville, TN (Weather: 80% rain, mid 40s)

Jacksonville Jaguars 3-12 (-9.5) @ Houston Texans 8-7 (40.5): Texans 24-20 Texans 23-17
Sunday, 1 PM, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX (Weather: Indoors)

San Diego Chargers 9-6 (+1) @ Kansas City Chiefs 8-7 (40.5): Chargers 24-21 Chiefs 19-7
Sunday, 1 PM, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO (Weather: Sunny, high 30s)

New York Jets 3-12 (+6) @ Miami Dolphins 8-7 (42): Dolphins 24-21 Jets 37-34
Sunday, 1 PM, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL (Weather: Sunny, high 70s)

Chicago Bears 5-10 (+6) @ Minnesota Vikings 6-9 (42): Vikings 21-20 Vikings 13-9
Sunday, 1 PM, TFC Stadium, Minneapolis, MN (Weather: Sunny, low 20s)

Philadelphia Eagles 9-6 (+2.5) @ New York Giants 6-9 (44.5): Eagles 27-24 Eagles 34-26
Sunday, 1 PM, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (Weather: 80% rain, low 50s)

New Orleans Saints 6-9 (-4) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-13 (52.5): Saints 27-21 Saints 23-20
Sunday, 1 PM, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL (Weather: Sunny, high 70s)

Detroit Lions 11-4 (+7.5) @ Green Bay Packers 11-4 (47.5): Packers 28-20 Packers 30-20
Sunday, 4:25 PM, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI (Weather: Sunny, high 20s)

Oakland Raiders 3-12 (+14) @ Denver Broncos 11-4 (48): Broncos 28-24 Broncos 47-14
Sunday, 4:25 PM, Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO (Weather: Sunny, mid-30s)

Arizona Cardinals 11-4 (+6.5) @ San Francisco 49ers 7-8 (36.5): 49ers 21-17 49ers 20-17
Sunday, 4:25 PM, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA (Weather: Sunny, mid-50s)

St. Louis Rams 6-9 (+12.5) @ Seattle Seahawks 11-4 (41): Seahawks 24-17 Seahawks 20-6
Sunday, 4:25 PM, CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA (Weather: 40% rain, mid-40s)

Cincinnati Bengals 10-4-1 (+3.5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers 10-5 (48): Steelers 27-24 Steelers 27-17
Sunday, 8:30 PM, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA (Weather: Cloudy, high 30s)


Check back Saturday for Week 18: #NFL Game Predictions (w/ spreads & analysis): WILD CARD EDITION at ProFootballMedia.com!

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