Week 17No Playoff Teams OR No Changes to Seeding
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
Dallas Cowboys at New York GiantsAt least One Playoff Contender
New York Jets at New England Patriots
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston TexansPhiladelphia Eagles
at Washington Redskins
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
"Oakland" Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle SeahawksSunday Night FootballIndianapolis Colts
at Tennessee Titans
So really, there are only four teams fighting for playoff spots. The Colts and Titans in the AFC, and the Vikings and Eagles in the NFC. The Steelers are technically in the hunt, but they need the Colts and Titans to tie in Nashville, so they are effectively out. I did pick the Saints in a meaningless game, but I think that this is a battle of 2nd string players on both sides, and it's a good game for Tayson Hill and/or Teddy Bridgewater to get some free experience. Philly need help to sneak back into the playoffs, but they are still improving week-to-week, and Washington are depleted at QB, so the Eagles will take this one. It doesn't really
matter if Seattle are seeded #5 or #6, but I still like them at home against the league's worst offense.
That just leaves the finale pick in Nashville. I like the Colts in this one even if Mariota is healthy, in part because the run defense has consistently performed from Week 2 to Week 16. Unfortunately for the Titans, Mariota has been struggling with injury all season. This one should stay close to put on a show for everyone, but Indianapolis should ride out of Nashville with Frank Reich's first ticket to the playoffs as Head Coach.
Beyond some of those games mentioned, be sure to check in on the Browns/Ravens and Jaguars/Texans games. The Browns are the last obstacle between the Ravens and an AFC North Title, so while the Ravens *should* win, Cleveland can put one final touch on their 2018 turnaround. Also, while the Texans are locked in the playoffs, they need a win to ensure an AFC South title. A loss paired with a Colts win sends them to Indy for the Wild Card round.
If you aren't watching the "important" games, tune into the Packers game instead. Retired NFL punter turned professional funnyman Pat McAfee
makes his NFL broadcasting debut in Green Bay. I am sure Vegas has betting for him dropping an F-bomb on live TV.
EDIT: meant to pick the Chiefs, too.
On second thought, let's not go to TechReport. Tis a silly place.