NFL Picks Week 17: Predictions for Every Regular-Season Finale
Week 17 of the 2011 NFL regular season brings major playoff implications, possible NFL draft changes and a whole slate of games that should excite fans of every team.
Who will win in the final week of the season? We've broken down the games in this space every week, giving you not only the final score but also the keys for each team.
Not one to break tradition, let's get started.
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
What's at Stake:
When Washington Has the Ball:
The Washington Redskins get most of their points through the air, with Rex Grossman having some great weeks mixed in with horrible play. To beat the Philadelphia Eagles, the Skins' best chance for points will be on the ground.
Roy Helu should be questionable again this week with a toe injury. If he can't go, Washington will be in a load of trouble against an aggressive defense that loves to get after the quarterback.
The Eagles should get a big game from defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole against a Washington offensive line that has allowed 40 sacks this season.|
When Philadelphia Has the Ball:
The Philadelphia Eagles are gaining almost 400 yards per game this season. With Michael Vick healthy and the offense clicking, 400 yards should be easy to reach this week.
LeSean McCoy has had a great season, and he'll be asked to perform multiple roles this week against the aggressive Washington outside linebackers and safeties. When the Redskins see the pass they come to the backfield full force. If McCoy can chip and release into the flats, he'll find himself open for easy dump-offs from Vick.
Washington has to keep Vick corralled, and with talents like Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, that's possible.
Prediction: Philadelphia 35, Washington 20
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
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