NFL Week 17 Picks: Locks to End the Season on a Sour Note

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 23: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins runs through the line of players after being introduced prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills on December 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Bills 24-10. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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It is already the final week of the NFL regular season, and if you need one more set of picks that are locks to end the season on a sour note, we have you covered.

Week 17 is full of one-sided matchups with nothing on the line; take advantage of it.

With so much money being spent because of the holiday season, all of the following matchups are bets you can go all-in on. Hypothetically, of course!

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland at Pittsburgh

While the Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t looked great this season, they will find redemption in a blowout victory over their AFC North division foes the Cleveland Browns in Week 17.

Despite beating the Steelers earlier this season, the Browns have been decimated by injuries and continue to play like a team composed of rookies at key positions. While the future in Cleveland is bright, that won’t help in Week 17.

The Browns are allowing 253.5 yards per game through the air (27th in the NFL), and Ben Roethlisberger will be playing angry after being eliminated from the playoffs.

This all makes for a long day for the Cleveland faithful.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 27, Cleveland 13

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona at San Francisco

While the San Francisco 49ers have ended the season playing as mediocre as they have all year, the perfect remedy is a tired and broken Arizona Cardinals team destined for yet another loss.

After starting the season 4-0 and looking like the biggest surprise in years, the Cardinals have gone 1-10 since and will add another defeat to that statistic after being trounced by the 49ers in San Francisco.

With the 49ers predicated on the run and the Cardinals ranked 28th in the NFL allowing 137.5 yards on the ground per game, this matchup is shaping up to be a one-sided beating of epic proportions.

Prediction: San Francisco 24, Arizona 3

Miami Dolphins

Miami at New England

The New England Patriots struggled in Week 16 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but that will be the wakeup call that forces the team back to basics and helps them blow out the Miami Dolphins in a one-sided divisional battle.

While Miami has been stout against the run all year, the Dolphins have been awful against the pass, allowing 246.5 yards per game (25th in the NFL). Tom Brady will have a field day Sunday.

With Brady destroying the Dolphins' secondary early and often, Miami will be forced to drop more players into coverage and New England will utilize its above-average rushing attack.

The Dolphins always play the Patriots tough, but Sunday will not fit that mold.

Prediction: New England 34, Miami 17

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