NFL Picks Week 17: 5 Bold Predictions for the NFL Season Finale

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIDecember 30, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets looks on during the game against the New York Jets on December 24, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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The 2011 NFL season is all but over as we have one more week to be played with a slate of intriguing matchups that will affect the playoff picture dramatically. 

In the AFC, we still have two seeds up for grabs; while in the NFC, there's just one seed left, and it's the NFC East divisional crown. 

The stakes are as high as they can get. In that spirit, here are five bold predictions for the NFL season finale. 


The New York Jets Will Make the Playoffs

If there's one thing that we have learned over the years, it's that we should never, ever count Rex Ryan and the New York Jets out—they will find a way to make the playoffs, it's almost a given.

With that being said, the Jets are on the outside looking in, and they no longer control their destiny. In order to make this happen, the Jets have to beat the Miami Dolphins while the Baltimore Ravens need to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, the Tennessee Titans need to lose against the Houston Texans, and the Oakland Raiders or the Denver Broncos have to lose. 

I know, it's complicated, but it will happen. 


The Kansas City Chiefs Will Beat the Denver Broncos, Who Will Still Make the Playoffs

Wait, how is this going to work?

Well, it's simple; Romeo Crennel's Chiefs will upset Tim Tebow and the Broncos, while the Oakland Raiders will lose against the San Diego Chargers. 


The New York Giants Will Make the Playoffs

This one is a bit less complex; it's as simple as it gets—the Giants will beat the Dallas Cowboys. 

However, I will add that Eli Manning and company will absolutely destroy the Cowboys—they will run them right out the city of New York. 

Why will the Giants dominate the Cowboys? Two names for you: Tony Romo and Jason Garrett—they're frauds, enough said.


Tom Brady Will Break Drew Brees' Record

This is as bold as it's going to get, but it will happen.

As of right now, Tom Brady currently sits with 4,897 passing yards while Drew Brees enters the season finale with a whopping 5,087 yards. However, Brady will surpass Brees when it's all said and done.

The New Orleans Saints will be playing against the Carolina Panthers, and I figure that they will completely dominate, which could result in Brees being pulled early. 

Here's how I'm seeing it: Brees will pass for about 200 yards, which will give him 5,287 yards, which means Brady will then have to pass for at least 391 yards. 


The Cleveland Browns Will Beat the Pittsburgh Steelers

This one does not affect the playoffs picture one bit—or at least in my predictions. 

However, it's bold, and it will happen. The Browns have nothing to play for, but they'll do whatever it takes to finish the season strong. So why not knock off one of your most-hated rivals?  


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