NFL Week 17 Picks: Teams That Will Improve Draft Position by Losing Sunday

Austin GreenCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2017

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 30:  Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams looks to get rid of the ball befre getting sacked by  Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome on September 30, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The NFL is not a place for moral victories, but every once in awhile, the team that loses the game is actually the winner.

That will be the case in Week 17, as half the league's teams will improve their draft position by losing on Sunday. Whether they are tanking on purpose or losing with dignity, you can count on the following teams to rise up the draft boards this week.

 

St. Louis Rams

The Rams have had a decent season, as they are 7-7-1 entering Week 17. They have beaten several good teams, and they owned the San Francisco 49ers, who may end up winning the Super Bowl. 

Despite their success, look for the Rams to get blown out this week in Seattle. The Seahawks are undefeated at home this season, and they've been absolutely wrecking teams the past few weeks.

Seattle is on a four-game winning streak, outscoring opponents 173-47 during that stretch. They've scored at least 42 points in each of their last three games, and they haven't given up 20-plus points since Week 12.

With Seattle looking to continue their strong play heading into the playoffs, you can expect them to dominate St. Louis on Sunday.

 

Miami Dolphins

Like the Rams, the Dolphins have had a pretty good year. They currently sit at 7-8, which isn't bad at all considering they have a rookie quarterback and first-year head coach.

They will also get a decent draft pick in April, as they will undoubtedly fall to 7-9 this week.

Miami travels to Foxboro on Sunday to take on the 11-4 New England Patriots. New England has disappointed each of the last two weeks, so Tom Brady and Co. are practically guaranteed to come out firing against the Dolphins.

The Patriots will want to end the season on a positive note, and they can still earn a first-round bye with a win. Look for a motivated and hungry New England team to dominate Miami this Sunday.

 

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals completely collapsed after their 4-0 start, dropping 10 of their last 11 games. They will likely finish the season with another loss, as they will face the 49ers this Sunday.

San Fran beat Arizona 24-3 back in October, and I'm expecting a similar result the second time around. The Niners will be looking to recover from last week's embarrassing 42-13 loss to Seattle, and with the NFC West title on the line, they will show no mercy to the struggling Cardinals.