NFL Week 17 Picks: Predicting Winners for Playoff-Deciding Matchups

Brandon Galvin@bgny3Featured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 18:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes against the Washington Redskins during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 18, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Week 17 has big-time playoff implications as teams are fighting for their Super Bowl hopes.

Win and you're in for some teams, while others (like the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans) desperately need the football gods to work in their favor.

Let's dive right in to the playoff-defining matchups.


Jets vs. Dolphins: New York Jets all the way!

Reggie Bush is out, and the Jets are playing for their Super Bowl lives. Rex Ryan is too good of a coach to give in to Matt Moore and rookie RB Daniel Thomas.

Jason Taylor may want to go out with a bang, but he'll wish he stayed with the Jets to get one more shot at a ring. More importantly for New York, they'll want to get LaDainian Tomlinson one last opportunity for a ring before he makes his decision on retiring

Final Score: 21-10, NYJ

Titans vs. Texans: Just wasn't meant to be for Tennessee.

It doesn't matter whom the Texans trot out there, they know they need this game. Look for a heavy dose from the running attack and a lot of defensive pressure on Matt Hasselbeck.

The Titans may not be playing for their lives, but Gary Kubiak knows he needs momentum heading into the franchise's first playoff game.

Final Score: 20-17, HOU

Ravens vs. Bengals: Cinci will wish they could hide behind their stripes.

The Bengals shocked the NFL world this season, but they'll fall flat of a playoff berth. Cinci fans can raise their heads high, as Andy Dalton and A.J. Green proved to be a dominant young force.

Still, the Ravens have their eyes set on the Super Bowl and will look to gain a ton of momentum heading into their run. Joe Flacco is finally ready to take care of business.

Final Score: 21-20, BAL

Chiefs vs. Broncos: Playoffs = Tebow Time!

After losing two straight and putting together the worst performance of his life, Tim Tebow will complete his mission—lead the lowly Broncos to the postseason.

Tebow thrives off the controversy and haters, so expect him to redeem his turnover-filled performance vs. Buffalo last week. At home, the Broncos clinch the AFC West vs. their division rival.

Final Score: 28-24, DEN


Chargers vs. Raiders: Norv Turner makes one last bid to keep his job.

The Raiders were up and down this season, which will ultimately cost them their AFC West title. They managed to beat KC last week in overtime, but they will manage to blow it against San Diego today.

Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates have nothing to play for except for pride. They'll play spoilers as they look to save Turner's job.

Final Score: 31-28, SDG

Cowboys vs. Giants: Yeah, Tony Romo and Jason Garrett fail again!

The Giants needed a blocked FG by Jason Pierre-Paul weeks back to beat the Cowboys at Jerry's World. This week will be another nail-bitter, albeit a bit closer.

Eli Manning is in a zone and will dismantle Rob Ryan's defense. Brandon Jacobs has been talking too much smack recently not to back it up.

The refs tried to screw the G-Men last week against the Jets, but the ball bounces the right way for Big Blue tonight.

Final Score: 24-20, NYG