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NFL picks, predictions against spread Week 17: Eagles help Cowboys clinch playoffs over Washington; Bills dump Dolphins

Week 17 brings the ultimate slate of regular-season video games for the 2020 NFL season to ring within the new yr. That is yet 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 maintaining in thoughts the ultimate week is bizarre with groups resting and taking part in for various issues, this is the ultimate salvo of 16 picks:

MORE: Week 17 NFL power rankings | Picks straight up

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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 begin over Taylor Heinicke, however Washington will probably 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 exhibiting at residence for the sake of coach Doug Pederson. Washington will maintain taking part in exhausting defensively for Ron Rivera however the offensive shortcomings maintain 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 can 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 fireplace 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 probably the most stunning improvement of the season, the Cowboys, by way of all their troubles with out Dak Prescott and with Mike McCarthy, one way or the other 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 will likely be taking part in for the No. 1 seed, hoping the Packers stumble and Seahawks win on the identical time to create a three-way tie. Their working sport 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 desires to march into the playoffs with some momentum, whether or not or not it has a bye.

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

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

Let’s leap on this early line whereas the quarterback questions exist. Jared Goff will likely be out for the Rams along with his damaged thumb, with John Wolford beginning. In the meantime, Kyler Murray is anticipated to play along with his leg damage with a wild-card spot on the road. The Rams additionally will likely be down younger working 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 along with his working 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 might select to relaxation gamers coming off a brief week realizing they can not get the No. 1 seed. However for a younger playoff crew but to get a postseason win with Josh Allen, it is vital they maintain taking part in with that mentality towards the Dolphins, who will likely be combating exhausting 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 working sport, with extra pop within the passing sport besides. The Bengals labored exhausting to get their wins over the Steelers and Texans, however Baltimore is laser-focused on maintaining 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 exhausting to learn in realizing what they’re going to do relating to 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 damage points they’ve had over the course of the season. The Browns will welcome that, after their broad receiver COVID-19 outbreak proved to be very pricey 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 examine to how unhealthy the Lions are defensively submit 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 ability 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 appeared 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 yr 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 17-0 lead towards the Buccaneers simply two weeks in the past. The Buccaneers have rolled for the reason that second half of that sport, additionally destroying the Lions in Week 16. The Falcons fought exhausting to scare the Chiefs and it is good to see Matt Ryan taking part in higher. However Tom Brady appears to be like 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 the most effective soccer of his Corridor of Fame profession with how simple he is made it look of late. The excellent news is that their working sport and protection have gotten higher assist 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 standard.

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

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

Derek Carr and Drew Lock are exhausting to belief from week to week. They’ll appear to be franchise QBs at instances with their fearless and gritty passing and working. Different instances, they power the playmaking that is not there. The Broncos will deal with working all around the Raiders, however Carr has extra trusty ability 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 general choose 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 maintain issues easy right here with a heavy dose of the working sport and well timed massive performs from Philip Rivers to avenge a Week 1 loss. It is exhausting to consider Jacksonville hasn’t received something since however while you have a look at its horrible protection and inconsistent offense, then it is a lot simpler to know.

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 model, not apprehensive about points with rust for the reigning Tremendous Bowl champs. realizing getting nearly two weeks off from motion are extra vital to get everybody as wholesome as potential. That stated, the Chiefs are nonetheless gifted sufficient to win this sport towards the Chargers, who could also be a bit 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 by way of some latest points for and round Russell Wilson. Getting again to an NFC West title was large final week. The 49ers have extra accidents piling on after their spectacular efficiency towards the Cardinals. The Seahawks will use this sport 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 nevertheless 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 can assist Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill get again on monitor big-time. However Watson, David Johnson and Brandin Cooks will convey 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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