Sunday, January 3, 2010

NFL Picks - Week 17

Last week of the season! 25-23 overall after a 1-2 showing last week. At least the 1 was the one that mattered as the Jets took care of the Colts. Not displeased that the Jaguars got destroyed either. This last week is a bit hard to predict with how hard certain teams will play, but here goes nothing.

New York Giants +8 over Minnesota Vikings
The Giants were horrendous last week, but the Vikings are a mess right now. They picked it up late, but the Giants have a chance to get a winning season and show their fans that they didn't just completely mail it in. Many players will be playing for their jobs next year, and the Giants' passing game is good enough where they can put some points on the board against a reeling Viking secondary.
Vikings 31, Giants 27

Atlanta Falcons -3 over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Falcons have even more incentive to climb over .500 despite being out of the playoffs. Why? Atlanta has NEVER finished back-to-back years above .500, and it's a weight that's been on their chest all year. Losing this game would mean they had to wait an extra year or two. Tampa Bay is coming off back-to-back wins, shockingly enough, but the Falcons won't lay down like their last two opponents.
Falcons 28, Bucs 20

Carolina -7 over New Orleans
The Mark Brunell show will not be pretty for the Saints. Two straight losses are a sign New Orleans is slipping, and Drew Brees on the sideline means the Saints bandwagon has crashed to a halt for now. The Panthers are physical, and they will pound away at the Saints. Matt Moore wants to prove he should be the quarterback next year, so he's plenty motivated. New Orleans would love to end their losing skid, but at this point, staying healthy is key, so the Panthers should roll.
Panthers 28, Saints 17