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NFL picks, predictions for Week 17: Browns edge Steelers; Packers dash Bears’ playoff hopes; Washington wins NFC East

Six playoff spots are nonetheless open heading into the ultimate week of the NFL common season.  

The AFC wild-card race and NFC home-field benefit race are among the many massive storylines heading into the ultimate week.  

There are 4 video games between groups with successful information, and people are among the more-interesting items of the puzzle. Pittsburgh and Cleveland meet at 1 p.m. with the Browns trying to clinch their first playoff berth since 2002. Miami is also trying to make the AFC playoffs with rookie Tua Tagovailoa, however they should beat rival Buffalo to get there.  

Within the NFC, Arizona and Los Angeles meet in an enormous NFC West showdown; one Jared Goff might miss with a thumb harm. Chicago is making an attempt to sneak into the NFC playoffs too, however Inexperienced Bay is on the lookout for home-field benefit with MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers.  

Week 17 must be unbelievable because of this, and it is one final probability to enhance our straight-up picks file:  

  • Final Week: 11-5  
  • Season: 116-72

With that because the thoughts, beneath are our picks and predictions for Week 17:  

NFL POWER RANKINGS:
Cowboys, Ravens, Bears rising at right time; Browns, Washington slip

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NFL picks, predictions Week 17

  • Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-6)   

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX   

Tom Brady averages 311.3 passing yards with eight TDs and no interceptions in his final three video games. He is warming up in time for the playoff run, and Tampa Bay fingers Atlanta its tenth one-score lack of the season.  

Decide: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 24  

  • Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) at New York Giants   

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX   

The winner within the NFC East conflict will put strain on Washington to win within the prime-time spot. The Cowboys have averaged 36 factors per sport the final three weeks. The Giants have struggled to attain. Andy Dalton places Dallas on the cusp of a playoff berth. Will they get a bit assist?  

Decide: Cowboys 30, Giants 20  

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  • New York Jets at New England Patriots (-4.5)  

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS  

The opening line has dropped 5.5 factors; a nod to the development from the Jets the final two weeks. The Patriots offense has slumped down the stretch, and Invoice Belichick has an attention-grabbing offseason coming. New England closes with a victory.  

Decide: Patriots 23, Jets 13 

  • Minnesota Vikings (-6.5) at Detroit Lions   

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX  

Detroit has little incentive to play Matthew Stafford right here. Dalvin Prepare dinner is not going to play, but it surely’s one other probability for Kirk Cousins to attach with Justin Jefferson. The Vikings end it off within the fourth quarter. 

Decide: Vikings 30, Lions 23  

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  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (-7.5)   

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS  

The road has jumped up 3.5 factors, which is a bit eye-popping contemplating the Steelers gained the primary assembly 38-7. Which Cleveland gamers might be out due to COVID-19? Will the Steelers sit their starters or attempt to get rid of their AFC North rivals? This can be a sport we’d avoid due to these variables, however there isn’t a higher time for the Browns to interrupt via than now.  

Decide: Browns 26, Steelers 23  

  • Baltimore Ravens (-11) at Cincinnati Bengals   

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS  

The Ravens want this one to maintain their playoff hopes alive, and rookie J.Okay. Dobbins has provided a spark within the operating sport to go with Lamar Jackson. Cincinnati has not folded the final two weeks and is able to being a spoiler. Jackson simply will not let it occur.  

Decide: Ravens 34, Bengals 21  

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  • Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Payments (-4)   

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS  

Miami wants a win to get within the playoffs, and this might be each bit the thriller the 31-28 shootout in Week 2 was between the groups. The Dolphins pull the primary actual upset of the day, and Tua Tagovailoa enjoys his first signature victory.  

Decide: Dolphins 28, Payments 24  

  • Seattle Seahawks (-3.5) at San Francisco 49ers   

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX 

The Seahawks gained the primary assembly 37-27, however they should watch out right here. C.J. Beathard threw three TD passes final week, and Jeff Wilson and George Kittle may give Seattle’s protection issues. Russell Wilson delivers a clutch drive, nevertheless, and that places the strain on the Packers and Saints within the afternoon window.  

Decide: Seahawks 28, 49ers 25 

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  • Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams (-5)  

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS 

The Rams are favored now, however this line might shift dramatically if Jared Goff (thumb) is unable to play. John Wolford is the Rams’ backup, and Los Angeles faces the duty of maintaining with Kyler Murray. The Cardinals have their very own points, however Murray does sufficient to scratch out a victory.  

Decide: Cardinals 24, Rams 19 

  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (-13.5)   

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS 

The Colts are in a must-win state of affairs, and they’re going to depend on rookie Jonathan Taylor in opposition to a shaky Jaguars’ run protection. Jacksonville has the No. 1 decide locked up, so the way forward for this AFC South rivalry is way brighter. Philip Rivers performs a clear sport.  

Decide: Colts 31, Jaguars 20  

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  • Tennessee Titans (-4.5) at Houston Texans  

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS 

The Titans nonetheless management their playoff future, and they’re going to want a win in opposition to the rival Texans to get there. Houston ranks thirty first in run protection, and Derrick Henry wants 223 yards to get to 2,000 dashing yards for the season. It isn’t not possible.  

Decide: Tennessee 31, Houston 23  

  • Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos (-3)  

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS 

The Broncos have gained one among their final 5 video games, and the Raiders have misplaced three straight video games. Derek Carr leads Las Vegas to a .500 file in Jon Gruden’s third season, and that may enhance expectations for 2021.  

Decide: Raiders 28, Broncos 21  

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  • Los Angeles Chargers (-2.5) at Kansas Metropolis Chiefs  

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX 

The Chiefs have little incentive to play starters on this sport, and that makes it robust to go in opposition to the Chargers and rookie quarterback Justin Herbert – who completes a record-setting season in type with a fourth straight victory.  

Decide: Chargers 29, Chiefs 24  

  • Inexperienced Bay Packers (-4.5) at Chicago Bears   

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX  

Within the first assembly on Nov. 29, the Packers jumped out to a 27-3 lead within the first half, however Mitchell Trubisky discovered one thing within the second half of a 41-25 loss. He is been sizzling ever since and the offense is clicking. The issue? Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are clicking too, they usually want this win for home-field benefit. Trubisky is 1-5 in opposition to Inexperienced Bay. The Packers pull via within the fourth quarter, however it is going to be shut.  

Decide: Packers 33, Bears 26  

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  • New Orleans Saints (-4) at Carolina Panthers  

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX 

The Saints nonetheless have a shot at home-field benefit with a bit assist. Alvin Kamara had 148 whole yards within the first assembly, and he would be the distinction on the highway in yet one more one-score loss for the Panthers.  

Decide: Saints 30, Panthers 23  

  • Washington Soccer Group at Philadelphia Eagles (-1)    

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC  

Washington wants a highway victory right here, however the query stays whether or not Alex Smith might be wholesome sufficient to begin at quarterback in a must-win state of affairs. Jalen Hurts has an opportunity to play spoiler, and with the Cowboys watching carefully, it is going to be shut. Washington, nevertheless, comes up with a late turnover to clinch the division.  

Decide: Washington 24, Philadelphia 21 

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