Week 17 NFL picks | PhillyVoice


For the playing degenerates, listed below are my NFL Week 17 picks. Notice, the crew logos point out who I feel will win the sport, not cowl the unfold. On the finish of the picks, I am going to word some groups I like based mostly on the unfold.

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Cowboys (-12.5) at Titans: The Titans and Jaguars are in a bizarre scenario the place they play one another in Week 18 for the AFC South, however their Week 17 video games towards the Cowboys and Texans, respectively, do not matter. As such, the Titans are resting their finest gamers:

The Cowboys will in all probability have fun this win like they only gained the Tremendous Bowl.

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Saints at Eagles (-5.5): There are two matchups on this recreation which are extraordinarily tilted to the Eagles:

  1. The Saints’ offensive line needs to be overmatched, with (in all probability) a pair of backups at guard, and a replacement-level LT deal with protection making an attempt to interrupt the single-season NFL sack file.
  2. Assuming Marshon Lattimore (strained kidney) is out, New Orleans’ cornerbacks needs to be undermanned towards AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith.

The Eagles can be with out their two most vital gamers in Jalen Hurts and Lane Johnson, however additionally they have sufficient high quality depth to beat such losses towards a 6-9 crew.

The Eagles have not performed a house recreation since they smoked the Tennessee Titans 35-10 on Dec. 4. I count on them to win comfortably and clinch the No. 1 seed, giving Philly followers an opportunity to breathe simple.

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Cardinals at Falcons (-3): Did anybody watch the Cardinals’ in-season Onerous Knocks on HBO? That crew is useless inside. I imply, HBO discovered optimistic issues to say concerning the Colts throughout their epic choke job final season once they had been the inseason theme of Onerous Knocks in 2021. They’re struggling discover something optimistic with the Playing cards.

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Bears at Lions (-6): The Lions had been completely rolling, wanting like a crew that would make the playoffs, and perhaps put a scare right into a crew just like the Vikings or 49ers within the wild card… after which… they gave up 320 dashing yards to the. Carolina Panthers, lol.

My guess is they’ll maintain the Bears, however it is likely to be too little, too late.

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Broncos at Chiefs (-12.5): The Broncos fired their first-year coach in-season after an embarrassing 51-14 Christmas Day loss to the ass-sucking Rams. And with good motive!

I am a believer within the “new head coach pipe”, in that the firing of a coach can form of alert the crew as a complete that their jobs are on the road as nicely. However on this case, towards a Chiefs crew nonetheless competing for the 1 seed within the AFC, that new coach will not assist.

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Dolphins at Patri*ts (-3): At one level the Dolphins had been 8-3 and looking out like potential Tremendous Bowl contenders. Nonetheless, they misplaced 4 straight, and their probabilities of even making the playoffs altogether is at risk

Tua Tagovailoa is out together with his third concussion of the season, and Teddy Bridgewater will get the beginning.

The Patri*ts, in the meantime, are a large number themselves. They’ve misplaced 4 of 5, and have been one of many worst coached groups within the NFL this season. I am going to take the Dolphins and the factors.

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Colts at Giants (-6): The final time the Giants had been within the playoffs was the 2016 season, when the Packers made fast work of them after the notorious OBJ boat image. Solely two groups, the Jets and Broncos, have an extended playoff drought. The Giants can get again into the playoffs if they’ll maintain enterprise at house towards a dysfunctional Colts crew, and I imagine they’ll.

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Panthers at Buccaneers (-3): Each of those groups “management their very own future,” a dumb phrase, however one we use anyway. If the 7-8 Bucs win this recreation, they’re NFC South champions. They’ll relaxation starters Week 18, after which play a house recreation within the wild-card spherical. If the Panthers win this recreation, after which once more in Week 18 towards the Saints, then they’re NFC South champions. What a garbage division this season has been.

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Browns at commanders (-2): The Commanders had been a greater soccer crew below Taylor Heinicke this season than they had been below Carson Wentz. But when anybody is stunned they flip Heinicke in favor of Wentz, you then did not look once they traded some helpful picks for Wentz and accepted his $28 million in full wage when the Colts had no different legit suitors.

Heinicke is not a legit NFL starter, and Wentz stinks, so they are not going wherever. I am guessing the participant you are extra closely invested in as nicely.

The Commanders may even make it to the postseason with Wentz, too! They play the underdog Browns on Sunday, after which they’ll get the Cowboys to relaxation their starters in Week 18 (so long as the Eagles beat the Saints).

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Jaguars (-4.5) at Texans: At one level this season the Jaguars had been 2-6. Since then they’ve gained 5 of seven in addition to their final three.

As famous above, this recreation is only a rush in the way in which of the sport that issues subsequent weekend towards the Titans. Tennessee’s method is to relaxation its finest gamers, which is sensible for a crew limping towards the end line. The Jaguars appear to be taking part in their starters of their no-nonsense recreation, which I feel is sensible for a sizzling crew on a roster that does not wish to lose its momentum.

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49ers (-10) at Raiders: If Derek Carr had been to undergo a significant damage over the subsequent two video games, he can be assured $32.9 million subsequent season, plus one other $7.5 million in 2024, per OverTheCap . The Raiders determined as an alternative to maneuver on from Carr completely, they usually sat him to ensure his 2023 wage did not develop into assured. In case you’ll recall, Washington did one thing related with Robert Griffin III in the course of the 2015 season earlier than releasing him in March of 2016.

Carr will get a beginning job someplace subsequent season. Jets? Saints? Buccaneers if Tom Brady leaves? I’ll say Commanders.

Both means, the Raiders are going to start out Jarrett Stidham on this recreation, and they’ll get smashed.

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Jets (-1.5) at Seahawks: At one level this season, the Jets went 6-3 after beating the Payments, which was certainly one of their greatest wins in current franchise historical past. They’ve since misplaced 5 of six, and 4 straight.

Equally, the Seahawks bought off to a stunning 6-3 begin, earlier than additionally they misplaced 5 of six, together with three straight.

I assume we are able to name this the “Ferka the Mattress Bowl”. If the Jets lose, they’re finished. If the Seahawks lose, they’ll in all probability be finished ready for different outcomes across the league.

Mike White has been cleared to play for the Jets, so Zach Wilson goes again to the bench. The Jets no less than appeared practical with White at quarterback, so give me them on this pairing of scams.

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Vikings at Packers (-3): The Packers have gained three straight, and if they’ll win towards the Vikings and Lions (each house video games), they’ll nonetheless need assistance, however will seemingly make the playoffs. I’d guess that groups just like the Vikings and 49ers would fairly play groups just like the Giants or Commanders within the wild card spherical than Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

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Rams at Chargers (-6.5): The Chargers have already clinched a playoff spot, which is why I am guessing this line is just 6.5 factors. I do assume they nonetheless have one thing to play for. If they’ll catch the Ravens for the highest wild card seed, they might get to play the winner of the AFC South sweepstakes within the first spherical versus the Payments, Chiefs, or Bengals.

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Steelers at Ravens (-2.5): Are the Ravens even good? I assume they’re ok to beat the Steelers at house, however this is among the extra unimpressive 10-5 groups you may see.

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Payments (-1.5) at Bengal: That is clearly an enormous recreation that would form the AFC playoffs, and needs to be a enjoyable recreation to get pleasure from simply as a soccer fan. The Payments have gained six straight, whereas the Bengals have gained seven straight. I’ve extra religion in Joe Burrow to play good soccer than I do in Josh Allen, and this can be a wild crowd in Cincinnati.


• Picks towards the unfold: Eagles (-5.5), Jets (-1.5).

• Eagles picks: 12-3

• 2022 season, straight up: 145-94-2 (0.606)
• 2022 Season, ATS: 44-44 (0.500) 😬
• 2021 season, straight up: 179-105-1 (0.630)
• 2021 season, ATS: 46-40-1 (0.534)
• 2020 season, straight up: 169-81-1 (0.675)

• 2020 season, ATS: 45-37-3 (0.547)

• 2019 season, straight up: 160-107-1 (0.601)

• 2019 season, ATS: 42-35-3 (0.544)

• 2018 season, straight up: 173-94-2 (0.647)

• 2018 season, ATS: 41-36-2 (0.532)

• 2017 season, straight up: 181-86 (0.678)

• 2017 season, ATS: 36-32-2 (0.529)

• 2016 season, straight up: 171-94-2 (0.644)

• 2016 season, ATS: 41-34 (0.547)

• 2015 season, straight up: 163-93 (0.637)

• 2015 season, ATS: 46-30-2 (0.605)

• Final 8 years, ATS: 339-285-13 (0.542)


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