So here we are at the end of another season and still some drama left to play out. In the NFC, who is going to be those final two spots? With every game this week on Sunday, we will have to wait until then to have our knowledge filled. Onto the picks!
CHI at MIN Sunday Noon CST FOX
Barkley had been playing well for the Bears until he threw five interceptions against Washington. The Vikings, on the other hand, had played well until week five and has just derailed since then. Both of these teams are looking for a moral victory to hang their hats on going into another long offseason.
Bears 28 Vikings 24
JAX at IND Noon CST CBS
Jacksonville showed life last week against Tennessee, dropping them from the playoff chase. Indianapolis has to be very disappointed with how their season went. In the wide open AFC South, both of these teams had playoff aspirations that have now been extinguished. However, these are two rivals who do like to play each other tough.
Jaguars 24 Colts 21
DAL at PHI Noon CST FOX
Dallas has nothing to play for and should be having a lot of backups play, while the Eagles are playing for the moral victory. The only problem is, the Cowboys cannot, for any reason, put Romo into this game because of all the controversy that would be brewing in Dallas. That means Prescott or Sanchez to play. The Eagles are playing well and almost beat Dallas in Dallas earlier this year. Given the situation…
Eagles 28 Cowboys 27
NE at MIA Noon CST CBS
Both teams are in the playoffs, and the Patriots are playing for the number one seed. The Dolphins are hurting and should be resting some of their players this week. This game could get ugly as the Patriots put the hurt to the Dolphins and demoralize them before the playoffs even begin.
Patriots 38 Dolphins 13
BUF at NYJ Noon CST CBS
Two teams that are just limping into the offseason. The Jets have looked lifeless and the Bills are now without the Ryan brothers. Even with that, the Jets lack of will is going to show up one more time this season.
Bills 17 Jets 3
CAR at TB Noon CST FOX
Tampa is on life support, and the Panthers can yet again play spoiler. There is a little bit of turmoil in the Buccaneers locker room with the issues with Doug Martin. The Panthers would like to end the season on a high not ending the Buccaneer’s season. They manage to do this.
Panthers 28 Buccaneers 17
HOU at TEN Noon CST CBS
Houston is locked in at the number four seed after the Titans failed to do much against the Jaguars last week. This is a completely meaningless game against two teams that share history in Houston. Houston will be coming out resting players while Tennessee wants to show they will be back in the AFC South discussion in the coming years.
Titans 21 Texans 18
BAL at CIN Noon CST CBS – LOCK PICK OF THE WEEK
The Ravens played tough last week in their loss to the Steelers, nearly winning the game before a last second Antonio Brown touchdown. They will continue to play for their coach this week and keep their heads high as they walk into the offseason themselves.
Ravens 24 Bengals 21
CLE at PIT Noon CST CBS
Okay, I used a one liner last week and got burned by it. Not going to get burned this week as the Steelers look to gain more momentum going into the playoffs.
Steelers 35 Browns 10
NO at ATL 3:25 PM CST FOX
Atlanta is still playing for the number 2 seed and need this win to secure it. They will come out flying high against the Saints team that was close to winning, but not close enough to making the playoffs this year. Another high offensive show by two of the best offenses this year.
Falcons 35 Saints 30
NYG at WAS 3:25 PM CST FOX – UPSET PICK OF THE WEEK
The Giants have nothing to play for? Right, they have the chance to keep their division rival out of the playoffs, and that does matter. Big Blue will come out playing good defense as the Redskins are fighting for their lives. Even with a playoff game coming up, do not expect the Giants to roll over and have two bad losses and then another road game. They will need to play this game and they will.
Giants 28 Redskins 20
KC at SD 3:25 PM CST CBS
The Chiefs are rolling, and the Chargers are not. Bad loss last week at Cleveland and everything has gone wrong for the Chargers this season. They will try to put up a fight against the Chiefs, but it will not come close enough to being a fair game.
Chiefs 35 Chargers 17
OAK at DEN 3:25 PM CST CBS
Can Oakland’s defense play well enough to make up for the offensive woes that are going to happen? This week will be a good test going into the playoffs for them. Even given how poorly the Bronco’s offense has played this year, they still will fine enough of a spark to win this last home game on a dismal season.
Broncos 21 Raiders 20
SEA at SF 3:25 PM CST FOX
Seattle could still get the number two seed and they do love to destroy San Francisco. This is going to make a long day for the whole 49ers organization. The big question is going to be, how many people show up to this game? Over/under set at 10,000 on this one folks.
Seahawks 31 49ers 10
ARI at LA 3:25 PM CST FOX
Arizona, your dismal season is coming to an end, and the worst part is you showed great life last week. Tell you what, no one retire from your core and you will be a contender yet again next year. As for you Rams, just hurry up and get to your new stadium because the outlook down the line is bright, but you are a few years away still.
Cardinals 30 Rams 7
GB at DET 7:30 PM CST NBC
As a football fan, you almost have to feel for the Lions, unless you live in Wisconsin like this blogger is. The Lions have not won the division since 1993 while the Packers of dominated since the NFC North has come into existence. The Lions are having their typical end of the year falter while the Packers are getting hot at the right time. The one thing that should worry the Packer fans is how easily the Lions moved the ball the first half of the Cowboys game. The Packers have allowed teams to throw against them lately, and the Lions are better than both the Vikings and the Bears who put up big numbers in that department. However, the Lions do also have the worst secondary of the group meaning Rodgers will have his choice of open receivers. This game does come down to the fourth quarter, but not a Hail Mary, and with the Giants win earlier, these two teams will both advance to the playoffs.
Packers 38 Lions 30
NFC: Falcons, Giants, Seahawks, Cowboys
AFC: Steelers, Texans, Chiefs, Dolphins, Patriots, Raiders
NFC: Saints, Vikings, Panthers, Cardinals, Eagles, Rams, Bears, 49ers
AFC: Ravens, Titans, Broncos, Colts, Bills, Bengals, Chargers, Jets, Jaguars, Browns
Playoff football starts on Saturday, look for the blog to be posted Friday for the playoff rounds. Until then –
Last week 10-6
Upset pick of the week 6-10
Lock pick of the week 14-1-1