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NFL Week 17 Picks: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, Titans vs. Colts

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 26:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after a throwing a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December  26, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Brandon RibakSenior Writer IDecember 28, 2010

Chicago Bears (11-4) vs. Green Bay Packers (9-6)

Preview: While the Chicago Bears have already clinched the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers are in desperate need of a victory in order to reach the postseason.

After losing by just four points to the New England Patriots (without Aaron Rodgers) the Packers came back with a clutch performance against the New York Giants (with Rodgers), beating them 45-17.

QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 404 yards against the Giants defense last week and will have to put up a similar performance if he expects to out-duel Chicago's defense, which ranks fourth in the NFL betting in scoring defense (18.4).

The Packers will attempt to exploit the Bears defense with Rodgers' precision passing.  Chicago's pass defense ranks a mediocre 17th in the league, but they hold opponents to just 92.1 rushing yards per contest.

Spread: Green Bay is giving up six points in this matchup.

Sportsbook Prediction: The Packers need this victory much more than Chicago does, and with Rodgers completing 65.5 percent of his passes (seventh-best) and throwing just 10 interceptions this season, I expect Green Bay to come out firing and winning by more than six points.

 

Tennessee Titans (6-9) vs. Indianapolis Colts (9-6)

Preview: The Colts enter Week 17 matched up against the 6-9 Titans. With a victory Indianapolis will clinch the AFC South.

Peyton Manning and Co. will dominate the passing game against Tennessee's 26th-ranked defense in the NFL odds.

Manning enters Week 17 leading the NFL in total passing yards this season, throwing for 4,436 yards. 

If the Colts were to fall apart and lose this game, the Jacksonville Jaguars would clinch the AFC South provided they win against the Houston Texans this Sunday. 

Spread: The Titans are getting nine points in this battle.

Prediction: Expect the Colts to dominate this game from the very beginning. A blowout could very easily be the outcome of this duel. 

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