NFL Picks Week 17: Predicting All The Games With Playoff Implications
As the 2010 season comes down to a close, there are games in the last week that are meaningless, and games that mean everything to the team. The Patriots, Jets, and Chiefs are some of the teams that have nothing to play for, while the Colts, Jaguars, Giants, Packers, Rams, and Seahawks have crucial games ahead of them.
So here is a look at all the games that have playoff implications on the line for each team, and the final score of what they will be.
Games With No Impacts
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Dolphins @ Patriots- the Pats have already clinched the #1 seed in the AFC, so Tom Brady gets 2 weeks off. 24-14 Patriots
Bills @ Jets- The Jets have already clinched a wild card berth, and depending what happens with the Steelers or Ravens, the Jets will be playing next weekend. 21-10 Jets
Raiders @ Chiefs- The Chiefs have already clinched the AFC West and the #3 seed in the AFC. 26-21 Chiefs
Vikings @ Lions- Both of these teams have been eliminated a looooooong time ago. But If I had to make a prediction then I would say 28-14 Lions
Chargers @ Broncos- The Chargers have been the most disappointing team in the AFC this year. They should be in the playoffs. But they were eliminated last week when the Jets and Colts won. 24-23 Chargers
Cardinals @ 49ers- Lets just go to the prediction. 17-3 49ers
Bengals @ Ravens, Steelers @ Browns
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A fight for the AFC North will take place at the same time in 2 different cities. The Steelers right now hold the tiebreaker. So the only way the Ravens can win the North is if the Browns beat the Steelers and the Ravens handle the Bengals. These teams have already clinched a spot in the playoffs, but a bye week is on the line.
End Result: Steelers win AFC North
Panthers @ Falcons, Buccaneers @ Saints
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The Falcons looked like they were going to clinch the #1 seed in the NFC this past Monday. The Saints prevented that. Now that the Saints beat them, its do-or-die for Atlanta. If the Saints beat the Buccaneers this Sunday (Which would mean the Buccaneers will be eliminated), and the Falcons lose to the Panthers (which would be embarrassing) the Saints will clinch the NFC South title. And If the Bears lose to Green Bay, then the Saints get the #1 seed. So the Falcons must win to get the #1.
(Note: Buccaneers-Saints game will appear again on the next slide.
Buccaneers @ Saints, Giants @ Redskins, Bears @ Packers
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Right now, here are the Conference standings in the NFC from the #6 seed to the 8th place team:
#6- Packers (9-6, beat Giants)
#7- Giants (9-6)
#8- Buccaneers (9-6)
So looking at this right now, Green Bay holds the tiebreaker over New York, and Tampa is right behind. So if every team wins or losses, the Packers get the #6 seed. If the Bucs, and Packers lose and the Giants win, they get the #6 seed. And If the Bucs win, and Green Bay and New York losses, the Buccaneers get the #6 seed. So the Packers have it easy after their blowout win over the Giants. The Giants could have clinched 2 weeks ago, but fell apart against the Eagles. And the Buccaneers have had a superb season, even if they don't make the playoffs. So this should be very interesting to watch.
End Result: 1.Packers go to the playoffs.
2. The Falcons clinch the #1 seed in the NFC.
Cowboys @ Eagles
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Depending on Tuesday Nights Vikings-Eagles game, the Eagles could clinch the #2 seed in the NFC. They have already clinched the NFC East, and are looking for a bye week. They need the Bears to lose against Green Bay, and the Eagles need to win the next 2 games to do that.
Jaguars @ Texans, Titans @ Colts
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What a season the Jaguars have had this year. To bad it won't end they way they hoped for. Right now, the Colts own the better record. If the Colts lose and the Jags win, the Jaguars would win the AFC South because of better division record. If the Colts win or Jags lose, the Colts win the division. And in a must win game for Indy, there is no way they lose to the Titans at home.
Game Of The Week: Rams @ Seahawks (NBC)
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The battle for the marbles in the NFC West. Win and your in, and lose and go play golf for both of these teams. A lot of people predicted the Seahawks to win the division, but noone thought the Rams would. Both of these teams have a chance to clinch the division on Sunday Night, the 1st national TV games for both of these teams. What a game this is going to be in Seattle.
(Get it, seeds)
#1- Patriots -
(My early Super Bowl pick: Eagles beat Patriots)