NFL Picks Week 17: Philadelphia Eagles and Winners with Nothing to Play For

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 31, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 11:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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When you are talking about a professional sports franchise, it seems a little off to say that team has nothing to play for. Realistically, the team always has something to play for. There isn't any player who wants to lay down before the season is over.

Players in the NFL don't care about what draft pick the team they are on gets. They don't care about the fans thinking about the offseason. They care about their job security, which means they have to show up and play every single week.

Here are three teams eliminated from postseason play that will win this weekend.


Philadelphia Eagles

The Dream Team is finally playing like everybody expected them to this season. The problem is that they are already 7-8 and out of playoff contention.

The defense, which really struggled early in the season, has been on fire in recent weeks. The offense is one of the most explosive and dangerous in the league.

The Eagles will cap off their disappointing year by disappointing fans even further. Those hoping for a better draft pick won't get it. Those hoping for Andy Reid or Juan Castillo's head won't get it.

A win over the Redskins will put the Eagles at an 8-8 record. Chances are there won't be many changes before next season.


Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs may not have anything to play for, but starting quarterback Kyle Orton does. Earlier this season, the Denver Broncos chose to go in a different direction and start Tim Tebow over Orton.

After success with Tebow, Orton was released. The Chiefs then signed him.

Now, Kyle Orton has the opportunity to be the reason the Broncos fail to make the playoffs. There is nothing better than revenge.

The Denver defense has fallen on its face in recent weeks. The Chiefs defense, though, has been on fire. The combination of these two factors, along with the drive that Orton will possess, will be the reason Kansas City pulls off the upset.


Indianapolis Colts

You can start crying now, Colts fans. This pathetic season was all for nothing.

The Colts do have something to play for this weekend. With a loss, they get the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Say bye to Andrew Luck.

The Colts have played with determination the last few weeks. Quarterback Dan Orlovsky has actually looked decent under center.

Like I said earlier, there is not one player on this roster that cares about getting the No. 1 draft pick. They care about winning. They all know after this season they could be out of a job. They need to perform.

The Colts were able to shut down Jacksonville the first time the teams met. With the offense showing signs of life they will pull off a win to end the season.