Superfan's NFC Week 17 Picks

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2008

One week left and Super Fan will tell you who will win this week and advance to the post-season.

Let's Start with the NFC South.

Atlanta hosts the horrid St. Louis Rams. QB Matt Ryan is having a MVP-like season and I like the Falcons in a big way at the Georgia Dome 35-13 to go to 11-5. Now Atlanta awaits the outcome of the Saints-Panthers game.

Carolina visits the Louisiana Superdome to face the Saints. With a win the Panthers will clinch the division and get a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs. QB Jake Delhomme loves playing against his old team and the one-two punch of Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart is the best in the business. Panthers have won five of six and I like them today as they beat Brees and New Orleans 31-24 to clinch the division and go to 12-4.

The Buccaneers host the Oakland Raiders and it is a no-brainer. They lost last week to San Diego to go to 6-1 at Raymond James Stadium and it is the Raiders. Tampa stomps Oakland 27-7 to go to 10-6 and await the conclusion of the Dallas-Philly game.

Now moving on to the NFC North.

The Chicago Bears head south to Houston to face the Texans. The Bears are just 3-4 on the road, but Da Bears are playing for something big today. I like them to get a huge win on the road 24-14 to go to 10-6.

Moving on to Minnesota, the Vikings host the New York Football Giants. The Giants clinched home-field, but Tom Coughlin said the starters will play and they play to win. I like that. However, they will not risk injuries heading into the playoffs and Minnesota is stellar at home. The Vikes will top the G-men but only by the skin of their teeth. Minnesota clinches the North with a 28-24 win at home to go to 10-6.

Let's head up the coast.

The Dallas Cowboys play the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field this afternoon in the late games. Dallas is fresh off a loss in their final game ever at Texas. The Eagles are still alive but need a win and help. It is in Philly and they would love nothing more than to keep Dallas out of the playoffs. Romo and the Boys are a mess and I do not like their chances today. The Eagles win 24-20 to knock Dallas out.

Based on the outcomes, here will be the seedings for the NFC Playoffs:

1) New York Giants 12-4
2) Carolina Panthers 12-4
3) Minnesota Vikings 10-6
4) Arizona Cardinals 9-7
5) Atlanta Falcons 11-5
6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6

The NFC South gets three teams and Dallas goes home. Have a nice New Year's at home Mr. Owens. Enjoy the games this week.