Whether the NFL fans around the nation can believe it or not, Week 17 of the regular season is upon us. The time really does fly when we’re having so much fun.
One week left on the schedule has bettors desperate to win big. This is the last full slate of games fans will get until September of 2014, and finding the most accurate picks for all of Sunday’s games is imperative.
Here are the predicted winners and final scores for every Week 17 game and a closer look at two of the more interesting battles.
|Week 17 Schedule, Predicted Winners and Final Scores|
|Sunday, Dec. 29||Time (ET)||TV||Predicted Winner||Final Score|
|Carolina at Atlanta||1 p.m.||Fox||Panthers||20-10|
|Baltimore at Cincinnati||1 p.m.||CBS||Bengals||42-31|
|Houston at Tennessee||1 p.m.||CBS||Titans||24-23|
|Jacksonville at Indianapolis||1 p.m.||CBS||Colts||30-10|
|NY Jets at Miami||1 p.m.||CBS||Jets||13-7|
|Detroit at Minnesota||1 p.m.||Fox||Lions||24-14|
|Washington at NY Giants||1 p.m.||Fox||Redskins||31-28|
|Cleveland at Pittsburgh||1 p.m.||CBS||Steelers||34-17|
|Green Bay at Chicago||4:25 p.m.||Fox||Bears||24-14|
|Denver at Oakland||4:25 p.m.||CBS||Broncos||52-31|
|Buffalo at New England||4:25 p.m.||CBS||Patriots||30-17|
|Tampa Bay at New Orleans||4:25 p.m.||Fox||Saints||27-24|
|San Francisco at Arizona||4:25 p.m.||Fox||49ers||24-23|
|Kansas City at San Diego||4:25 p.m.||CBS||Chiefs||42-31|
|St. Louis at Seattle||4:25 p.m.||Fox||Seahawks||37-10|
|Philadelphia at Dallas||8:30 p.m.||NBC||Eagles||42-41|
|Schedule information via NFL.com.|
Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) vs. Dallas Cowboys (8-7)
When the Philadelphia Eagles travel to Jerry’s World to play the Dallas Cowboys, the NFC East title will be on the line. While Dallas was able to win the first matchup this season, Philadelphia is red hot and looking to steal the division title.
Led by the league’s leading running back LeSean McCoy—who has 1,476 rushing yards and another 536 yards through the air—and one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the NFL this season in Nick Foles, the Eagles offense has become incredibly dangerous.
The Cowboys are ranked dead last defensively, allowing 418.6 yards per game. With Philadelphia winning six of its last seven games and averaging 34.6 points over that span, Dallas is in serious trouble.
Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray will still be able to put up points of their own on the lackluster Eagles defense, but Philadelphia’s inspired performance against the Chicago Bears' vaunted offense will give the team confidence heading into Sunday’s pivotal game.
Add in the back injury to Tony Romo that will keep him out of Sunday’s game, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and it’s clear the Eagles will steal the win on the road and shock the NFC East.
Predicted Final Score: Philadelphia 42, Dallas 41
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11) vs. New Orleans Saints (10-5)
The New Orleans Saints are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 16, but the team will be offered redemption in the form of a winnable matchup against NFC South rivals the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
New Orleans held on for a tough 16-14 win in the first matchup between these two teams in 2013, but each is in a much different place now. While Tampa Bay has been much better, three losses in the last four games will have the Buccaneers doomed to failure.
Not only did the Saints lose to the Panthers in the penultimate week, but the team has also lost three of its last four games and has struggled offensively. Tampa Bay has a tough defense, and Drew Brees and the New Orleans pass and rush attacks must be at their finest to beat the Buccaneers Sunday.
If Brees can help the Saints offense reach the 394.9 yards per game average it has amassed this season, there is no way Mike Glennon and Tampa Bay will be able to outscore their divisional foes.
New Orleans will get the victory it desperately needs.
Predicted Final Score: New Orleans 27, Tampa Bay 24
*All stats via NFL.com.