Skip to comments.Week 17: NFL Game Picks
Posted on 12/26/2012 5:51:17 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT
Five NFC teams are fighting for two postseason spots, and the race for first-round byes in the AFC remains convoluted.
The Cowboys lost, but the Giants' loss later sets up a winner-take-all Cowboys-Redskins game on Sunday night for the NFC East title.
The Vikings remained in the No. 6 slot in the NFC but also were big winners, as the Giants and Cowboys' losses mean Minnesota doesn't require help to make the postseason.
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Thanks campaignPete R-CT.
I enjoy professional football.
I also enjoy watching the Detroit Lions play.
will the NFL ping list arrive?
As a Packer fan, I hope they win and get a bye but wonder if rival Minnesota at home whose season is on the line will be too much for them?
The Ravens Bengals game will be interesting to watch, Ravens fan here.
They may see each other again in the first round of the playoffs.
Houston exposed the weakness in GB offensive line that will be exploited by the Vikings, sadly.
YEA, and we might see CIN @ BALT and MINN @ GB in the first round. Boring.
I am glad somebody enjoys the Lions. At home, they may give Bears a real challenge. BTW, there are 2 CBS games (1pm EST and 4 pm) and 2 FOX games (1pm EST and 4pm) plus the NBC SUN nite (WA vs DAL). An extra game the final week.
10 a.m. football on the west coast must be less than ideal.
the NFL ping list is showing up in great numbers this week! (Except for the Jets fans.)
I don’t know, the Bengals are always tough to beat.
I like the flashes of talent they show, but I’m once again fed up with them, and am not sure I’ll waste time watching them next season. If they have a 4-0 or 4-1 start, then maybe. They have a red zone problem — they kick a lot of field goals instead of scoring from, say, the 3 yard line — that dates back to the 1990s. They didn’t lose by much in most of their losses this season, but they still lost; they had one victory margin of 17, but despite that and a bunch of close games (including consecutive losses by 4, 3, and 2) they’re -63 on the season (so far).
My guess is, they’ll end the season in an appropriate fashion, by eking out another hard-fought defeat, and having lost eight straight games. Last year’s flash of halfway-decency and a playoff berth was a distant memory before that losing streak started. It has been pathetic, IOW, it is no longer frustrating, because I haven’t expected them to *maybe* win since before Thanksgiving.
I’d be more patient, and optimistic about the 2013 season, because the new regime had to pull them out of a seven-year-deep hole dug by the reprehensible Matt Millen and the silver-spoon owner who seems blissfully unaware of his own inability to pick competent managers, but that’s been my usual stance for most of the seasons during my lifetime.
The fact is, the Lions are a losing franchise, and anyone in their right mind / anyone who has another option should not come to the organization in any capacity.
I thought for sure Detroit was on the way up three years ago. They looked like they were putting together the pieces, taking the long view, then...they just killed themselves.
I thought it would be interesting to have a resurgent Detroit Lions team, but their failure irritated me, and not because I am a Detroit fan (Pats here)
One thing that irritates me in all walks of life is self-wasted talent. I had a young guy working for me a few years back who was brilliant. I wished I had half the quickness, sharpness and innate ability this guy had. But he wasted it and we ended up firing him because he was lazy (not to mention a workplace wrecking ball)
That same feeling of disgust and irritation rises in me when I look at Detroit. They have some huge talent, but...they seem so darned undisciplined. It seems wasteful.
That seems like it is going to be a pretty good game. Bengals surprised me this year.
They were (and maybe are, still) on the way up. Last season would have ended better, perhaps with an outright division championship, definitely with a defeat of Green Bay, but Suh acted like an a-hole and got tossed from that game (Lions lost the lead and the initiative) and was suspended for some more games. He’s a playmaker, and this season he had just the one incidental contact with a QB’s babymakers, could have happened to anyone. His growth and maturity should be of great benefit to the Lions next season.
This season it hasn’t been the defense’s fault, or at least, they’ve had the least fault. Special teams has turned to wet tissue paper, getting back to their decade-long form of yesteryear. Offensively they can’t sustain drives, even when they look hot, something happens and suddenly, three and out. Or a turnover. Or a stupid penalty.
My guess is, someone will be getting fired, but it won’t be the head coach, and it won’t be fair. The team isn’t that far out, but a miserably bad losing record leaves everyone bitter, fatalistic, and wanting out. They have the best QB they’re likely to be able to get, and had better not waste any resources on getting one of the over-the-hill (or never got to the top) QBs likely to be out of a job, or already out of one, to serve as another backup. It might not be a bad idea to trade their 2nd and 3rd string QBs to grab some more muscle on offense. Calvin set a record, but he also had maybe what, two TDs all year? Ludicrous. With just a little help upfield, he’d get clear a lot more often.
Uh-oh, I’m sounding optimistic again. I’d better knock that off.
Hahahahaha...you are...a...FAN! "...so, you better get used to the idea!" (SLAP)
Lets go Redskins!!
I’m a Bengals fan, but I don’t see it being that interesting in that it is essentially meaningless. The Ravens have won the division, and the Bengals are the 5th seed no matter what.
Go Seahawks, go Cards, and go Vikings!! Need a #2 seed here...:-)
10 a.m. football is great over here! The really killer thing though is the 6 p.m. MNF.
Oops. I meant 6th seed no matter what. The Colts are 5th.
Indy is the 5 seed, not the Bengals. I thought I had read that ravens/bengals colts/texans were inconsequential to the seedings. Colts #5, no matter what, playing in Baltimore.
No way does this Ravens fan want to play any of our divisional rivals 2 weeks in a row.
Yes, GO SEAHAWKS!
It is unlikely that Baltimore will move up to the #3 seed, but it is possible, in which case it would be Cincy at Baltimore.
I can’t ever remember a final week situation like the top of the AFC — three teams that have clinched their divisions, but none of which is guaranteed a first-round bye yet, all coming down to results in week #17.
The NFC, of course, still has the drama at the bottom over who makes it into the #4 and #6 spots, culminating in a great Sunday night finisher where the Redskins will triumph over the Cowboys (team motto: brilliant in September, miserable in December, golfing in January).
Third time in five years, the Cowboys will go into the final game of the season knowing that if they win, they win the division, and if they lose, they’re out of the playoffs, so far they are 0 for 2....I predict it will be 0 for 3.
When the Packers beat Houston 42-24 on Oct. 4th??? LOL. Exposed what? The Packers racked up 427 yards on Houston!
>>Lets go Redskins!!<<
That is so freakin racist.....go BOY’Z!!
>>I predict it will be 0 for 3.<<
Please, don’t be a hater! lol
Agreed, Ravens in the 4 hole and that’s where they’ll stay.
In which game did the five or six sacks happen on the GB QB? i was remembering it as the Houston game. Might it have been the Seattle game which the refsdonated?
PATS have tiebreaker over DEN, so DEN loss could mean a #3 seed. Here is our tiebreaker thread:
Aaron has been sacked 47 times this season. 5 against the Giants in a loss. 7 in the first Bears matchup. 8 vs. Seattle. Against Chicago the second time it was 3. Quite improved in my opinion. Btw, against Houston he was sacked just twice.
Probably thinking of the Seattle game, which was a win actually but was stolen on that awful call. They should be 12-3 at this point and have won 9 of the last 10 games. Only Denver has done better the last 10 games.
CBS-Hartford-3 just posted that they are carrying the HOUS-INDY game at 1pm, not the JETS. (which is unusual) This is good news, that we won’t have the Jets game. Looks like NYJ is only carried in NY.
So in New England area we get
1pm CBS HOUS-INDY
1pm FOX NYG-PHIL
4pm CBS PATS-MIA
4pm FOX GB-MINN likely
It looks like most of the country gets GreenBay-Minn, with home areas getting AZ-SF and STL-SEA
I refuse to watch Jets, Giants or Cowboys games, period. Enough of the networks pumping up bad-to-mediocre teams.
HOU-INDY should be good...too bad we won’t get AZ-SF. STL-SEA should be good, too.
Corrected myself in post 24. :)
Greg Mclroy hurt, Sanchize to start.
Really? Come on Ryan just give Timmy the ball already, he sucks but Sanchize is even worse.
10-5 thus far, next week:
1/5 4:30 ET At Houston -4.5 Cincinnati
TBA At Green Bay -7.5 Minnesota
TBA sunday At Baltimore -6 Indianapolis
The Tebow Error is done.
MN and GB have a short week and get to play the late game 7pm CST to 10pm. FRIGID. I checked the forecast 17 degrees.
At least SEATTLE gets the late game so the fans don’t have to watch 10am football. Would not surprise me to see SEA roll thru WASH and ATL and get to the Conference Championship.
1/6 4:30 ET Seattle -3 At Washington
Redskins. Home Underdog.
The Vikings ran wild
Fudge pack defense played like girls
Now Bears hibernate
I was 14-2. (Packers, Saints)