NFL picks, predictions towards unfold Week 17: Eagles assist Cowboys clinch playoffs over Washington; Payments dump Dolphins


Week 17 brings the ultimate slate of regular-season video games for the 2020 NFL season to ring within the new 12 months. That is another probability to dive into an entire group of picks and predictions towards the unfold earlier than the playoffs.

Final week was fairly good in getting again on monitor above .500 ATS with some stable outcomes straight up, too. That ought to make us really feel extra assured about our newest fearless forecast.

With out additional ado and protecting in thoughts the ultimate week is bizarre with groups resting and taking part in for various issues, here is the ultimate salvo of 16 choices:

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NFL picks towards the unfold for Week 17

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

There is a good probability Alex Smith returns at quarterback to start out over Taylor Heinicke, however Washington will possible be with out Terry McLaurin. The Eagles got here all the way down to earth offensively with Jalen Hurts in Dallas and their protection fell aside, too. Philadelphia wants a robust all-around displaying at residence for the sake of coach Doug Pederson. Washington will hold taking part in onerous defensively for Ron Rivera however the offensive shortcomings hold hurting it as Philly performs spoiler in prime time.

Decide: Eagles win 23-20.

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Earlier than Washington performs, the Cowboys and Giants will battle to see who could be in place to steal the NFC East ought to Washington really lose. The Cowboys have lastly discovered their offensive groove with Andy Dalton because the play-calling of Kellen Moore has been on hearth the previous two weeks. The protection is bending extra with out breaking once more. The Giants’ offense is within the tank no matter quarterback play. In essentially the most stunning growth of the season, the Cowboys, via all their troubles with out Dak Prescott and with Mike McCarthy, some means get into the playoffs.

Decide: Cowboys win 24-17 and canopy the unfold.

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Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Saints shall be taking part in for the No. 1 seed, hoping the Packers stumble and Seahawks win on the similar time to create a three-way tie. Their operating recreation is rolling with Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. The Panthers stay weak in run protection. Teddy Bridgewater will see his weapons restricted once more with out the assistance of Christian McCaffrey. New Orleans needs to march into the playoffs with some momentum, whether or not or not it has a e.

Decide: Saints win 34-17 and canopy the unfold.

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

Let’s soar on this early line whereas the quarterback questions exist. Jared Goff shall be out for the Rams together with his damaged thumb, with John Wolford beginning. In the meantime, Kyler Murray is anticipated to play together with his leg harm with a wild-card spot on the road. The Rams additionally shall be down younger operating backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson, to allow them to’t bail out Wolford on the bottom. Murray finds sufficient holes within the Rams’ protection together with his operating and short-to-intermediate passing to make his first NFL playoffs.

Decide: Cardinals win 20-17 and canopy the unfold.

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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Payments may select to relaxation gamers coming off a brief week understanding they cannot get the No. 1 seed. However for a younger playoff crew but to get a postseason win with Josh Allen, it is necessary they hold taking part in with that mentality towards the Dolphins, who shall be combating onerous to affix them within the playoffs. The Payments have actually stepped up defensively and can proceed to ship for Sean McDermott. The Dolphins have been lucky to beat the Raiders they usually will not have the identical luck or Fitzmagic this week.

Decide: Payments win 24-20 and canopy the unfold.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Ravens are again to “regular” with Lamar Jackson and the operating recreation, with extra pop within the passing recreation in addition. The Bengals labored onerous to get their wins over the Steelers and Texans, however Baltimore is laser-focused on protecting a playoff berth after its division disappointment. The Ravens roost whereas the Bengals are tamed, considering extra about how they will help Joe Burrow within the 2021 draft.

Decide: Ravens win 30-14 and canopy the unfold.

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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Steelers are onerous to learn in understanding what they’re going to do concerning chasing the No. 2 seed over the Payments. They will lean towards desirous to relaxation gamers, given what number of veterans they’ve on their crew and the appreciable harm points they’ve had over the course of the season. The Browns will welcome that, after their large receiver COVID-19 outbreak proved to be very expensive towards the Jets.

Decide: Browns win 22-17 however fail to cowl the unfold.

  • Vikings (-6.5, 44.5 o/u) at Lions 

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Vikings’ offense retains doing its greatest to gentle up the scoreboard with Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Prepare dinner. The protection, due to inexperience and accidents, has hit new lows with Mike Zimmer. However that does not evaluate to how dangerous the Lions are defensively put up firing Matt Patricia. The Vikings will transfer the ball at will with Prepare dinner, Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. The Lions can not match that with D’Andre Swift and the remainder of their talent gamers.

Decide: Vikings win 34-27 and canopy the unfold.

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  • Jets at Patriots (-3.5, 43 o/u)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Adam Gase is doing his late-season sudden-winning factor once more for the Jets with the huge victories over the Rams and Browns. Invoice Belichick’s Patriots have seemed horrible since obliterating the Chargers. These developments meet someplace within the center right here. Belichick cannot presumably lose to a lame-duck Gase, can he? Gase cannot additionally outwit Belichick after getting the higher of Sean McVay and coach of the 12 months candidate Kevin Stefanski, can he? Let’s get logical right here.

Decide: Patriots win 17-14 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Falcons blew a 17-Zero lead towards the Buccaneers simply two weeks in the past. The Buccaneers have rolled for the reason that second half of that recreation, additionally destroying the Lions in Week 16. The Falcons fought onerous to scare the Chiefs and it is good to see Matt Ryan taking part in higher. However Tom Brady seems to be a passer possessed in relation and is loaded with extra dependable weapons.

Decide: Buccaneers win 31-20 and canopy the unfold.

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Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Packers are watching Aaron Rodgers arguably play one of the best soccer of his Corridor of Fame profession with how simple he is made it look of late. The excellent news is that their operating recreation and protection have gotten higher help for him. The Bears have discovered their greatest offense, too, with Mitchell Trubisky, to rally again into playoff rivalry. Rodgers delivers with the highest seed on the road whereas Trubisky makes one too many errors per traditional.

Decide: Packers win 28-24 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

Derek Carr and Drew Lock are onerous to belief from week to week. They’ll seem like franchise QBs at occasions with their fearless and gritty passing and operating. Different occasions, they drive the playmaking that is not there. The Broncos will concentrate on operating all around the Raiders, however Carr has extra trusty talent gamers round him. Jon Gruden saves some face with a slim victory over Vic Fangio. 

Decide: Raiders win 27-24 and canopy the unfold.

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  • Jaguars at Colts (-14, 50 o/u)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Jaguars have locked up the No. 1 total decide within the 2021 NFL draft. The Colts want a win and hope for some assist to make the AFC playoffs after their second-half meltdown towards the Steelers. The Colts will hold issues easy right here with a heavy dose of the operating recreation and well timed huge performs from Philip Rivers to avenge a Week 1 loss. It is onerous to imagine Jacksonville hasn’t received something since however once you have a look at its horrible protection and inconsistent offense, then it is a lot simpler to grasp.

Decide: Colts win 31-14 and canopy the unfold.

  • Chargers (-3.5, 44 o/u) at Chiefs 

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Chiefs are planning to relaxation key gamers, and that ought to embrace Patrick Mahomes. That is Andy Reid’s fashion, not apprehensive about points with rust for the reigning Tremendous Bowl champs. understanding getting nearly two weeks off from motion are extra necessary to get everybody as wholesome as attainable. That mentioned, the Chiefs are nonetheless proficient sufficient to win this recreation towards the Chargers, who could also be just a little shorthanded on either side of the ball once more and have a tendency to lose shut video games they need to win towards higher opponents in hostile environments.

Decide: Chiefs win 20-17.

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  • Seahawks (-4.5, 46.5 o/u) at 49ers 

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Seahawks are placing all of it along with their protection and their offense is slowly combating via some latest points for and round Russell Wilson. Getting again to an NFC West title was enormous final week. The 49ers have extra accidents piling on after their spectacular efficiency towards the Cardinals. The Seahawks will use this recreation as a tuneup and hope they get the breaks elsewhere to steal the No. 1 seed.

Decide: Seahawks win 24-17 and canopy the unfold.

  • Titans (-7.5, 56 o/u) at Texans 

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Titans will rebound from getting ripped in Inexperienced Bay however it will not be simple with Deshaun Watson decided to play. The Texans’ protection is horrible all-around (see the Vikings, Lions and Jaguars) and that may assist Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill get again on monitor big-time. However Watson, David Johnson and Brandin Cooks will carry it once more and the protection will reply to J.J. Watt’s name to avoid wasting face.

Decide: Titans win 27-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Stats of the Week

Week 16 straight up: 10-6

Week 16 towards the unfold: 9-6

Season straight up: 152-88

Season towards the unfold: 125-108





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