NFL Picks Week 17: The Chosen Finale

Chris FarmerCorrespondent IDecember 31, 2009

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 13:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks is sacked by linebacker Brian Cushing #56 of the Houston Texans in the third quarter at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 34-7. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Chicago at Detroit - I don't like the Lions with anyone under center that is not named Stafford.

Pick: Bears


New England at Houston - LaMarr Woodley has a good point ; why would the Patriots and Bengals play all-out in their season finales, when winning would help the Steelers get in?

Pick: Texans


Jacksonville at Cleveland - I am picking the Browns only because Mike Holmgren is the new team president.

I am not sure what that will have to do with the actual game, but I've got nothing else, sorry.

Pick: Browns


Atlanta at Tampa Bay - Hey Tampa is pretty good, sort of, kind of.

Maybe there is a future for Raheem Morris after critics wrote him off long ago?

Pick: Buccaneers


Pittsburgh at Miami - I like the Dolphins to rebound from last week's loss and hand the defending Super Bowl Champs the last blow to their 2009-2010 aspirations.

Pick: Dolphins


San Francisco at St. Louis - St. Louis doesn't seem to be able to build on anything just yet, whereas the 49ers have improved this season and want to cap it off right.

Pick: 49ers


Indianapolis at Buffalo - This is one of those games that is hard to predict.

The Colts don't have anything to play for, but the Bills aren't that capable of putting up a ton of points no matter who is playing.

Pick: Colts


New Orleans at Carolina - Another tough one, but for different reasons.

Carolina has been on the type of roll many expected from them all season, and this undrafted gem QB Matt Moore is playing some great ball. Please don't tell me the Panthers are really planning on going back to Jake Delhomme next year?

The Saints suddenly can't win a game, so do they come out firing or will they continue to fall flat with nothing to be gained from a win?

Pick: Panthers


N.Y. Giants at Minnesota - I'd like for Minnesota to lose because that would give my Cardinals a chance to attain a higher seed, but the Giants look like a team in desperate need of some changes and I doubt their ability to rebound after a dismal performance last week.

Pick: Vikings


Philadelphia at Dallas - Everyone is on the Eagles bandwagon, touting them as the team to beat in the NFC. I am not on board that train.

While Philly has a ton of talent and will always be a tough out, they are no more scary than any of the other five NFC playoff teams. They are being championed for their six-game winning streak, but if you look at the scores and opponents of those games it is anything but dominating, so I am not buying into the logic.

They beat Chicago by four points, Washington by three, the Broncos by three, the Giants by seven, as well as beating the Falcons and 49ers. Of the bunch, the Broncos are the only playoff hopeful, and even then they need enough help that they probably won't get in.

Oh and did I mention the Cowboys have found their groove?

Pick: Cowboys


Green Bay at Arizona - If the Vikings win earlier in the day, neither team stands to gain much with a win, and the twist is that these teams may square off the following week in the first round of the playoffs on the same field.

However, both coaches are giving the indication that they plan to play to win the game.

The Cardinals are tied for the third most sacks in the league, and Aaron Rodgers has been sacked a league-high 50 times, though to be fair less than ten times in the past seven games.

Pick: Cardinals


Kansas City at Denver - Denver crushed Kansas City last time, and they need the win to have any shot at the playoffs.

Pick: Broncos


Tennessee at Seattle - Seattle's season ended a few weeks ago apparently, and Chris Johnson and the Titans are still gunning for him to surpass 2,000 yards. They should come out inspired.

Pick: Titans


Washington at San Diego - San Diego might rest some players, but I am not sure it matters.

Have you seen the way their backups play? Third string running back Mike Tolbert averages 5.9 yards per carry.

Pick: Chargers


Baltimore at Oakland - The Ravens are in if they win.

Pick: Ravens


Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets - Somehow the Jets can make the playoffs if they win. The Bengals will surely be playing it safe.

Pick: Jets


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