NFL Picks Week 17: 5 Teams Guaranteed to Lose

Dan Pizzuta@@DanPizzutaContributor IIIDecember 24, 2012

NFL Picks Week 17: 5 Teams Guaranteed to Lose

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    It is always strange to pick winners and losers for Week 17 in the NFL.

    By that point in the season, most playoff-bound teams have locked up their positions and are looking to rest their starters for the meaningless regular season finale.

    The NFL has helped decrease that by scheduling all divisional games in the last week of the regular season.

    Since a majority of playoff seeds still need to be determined, a majority of the teams that have qualified for the postseason will still have to play their starters in hopes for a better seed.

    While we should see normal game-planning from a lot of teams, it makes picking winners and losers a little easier.

Detroit Lions

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    vs. Chicago Bears

    The Lions haven't beaten anyone recently, so it may not be going out on too big of a limb suggesting they'll lose again.

    The Bears have to win this game to keep the hopes of a playoff berth alive.

    Detroit would love to play spoiler to a division rival, but nothing the Lions have done this season should give any reason to believe they can.

Miami Dolphins

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    at New England Patriots

    The Dolphins find their way onto this list because they have to play the Patriots in New England with the Pats possibly having a shot to clinch a first-round bye if Houston loses earlier in the day.

    This game has been moved to the late afternoon, so the amount of time the starters play will be determined by the result of the Houston-Indianapolis game at 1:00.

    If the Texans lose and the Patriots can grab the No. 2 seed and a bye with a win, the Dolphins will see New England's A-game and that won't go well for Miami.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    at Denver Broncos

    The Denver Broncos can clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win and a Houston loss. The Broncos will be playing for a win while hoping the Colts can beat the Texans.

    The Kansas City Chiefs are also a terrible football team and will most likely use this game to solidify their place for the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

    Even if the Broncos don't play their starters for the entire game, Denver is still a better team than Kansas City.

Arizona Cardinals

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    at San Francisco 49ers

    With the loss against the Seahawks, the 49ers have to beat the Cardinals to claim the NFC West. A loss to Arizona and a Seattle win at home against St. Louis gives the Seahawks the division title.

    Unfortunately for Arizona, San Francisco won't want that to happen.

    Don't be surprised if the 49ers beat up the Cardinals to make sure the division championship stays in San Francisco for the second straight season.

Dallas Cowboys

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    at Washington Redskins

    Congratulations to the Washington Redskins on being one game away from being the 2012 NFC East Division Champions.

    The Cowboys would win the division and get into the playoffs with a win in Washington and a 9-7 record, but with a loss, Dallas would fall to 8-8 on the season and that feels about right for this team.

    Has anyone said to themselves this season, man these Cowboys are a pretty good team?

    Dallas doesn't have a defining win this season and you can expect that to continue with a loss to the Redskins for the division Sunday night.