Day: December 28, 2014

Jacked Up Picks: Week 17

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Posted by Jack Tumen

It’s the final week of the season and with plenty of playoff scenarios, there are some huge match-ups to pick with all divisional games. I’m 140-82-1 on the year.

Bills (8-7) @ Patriots (12-3): Buffalo has been a tough outing this year and they were closer to the playoffs than they’ve been in some time. Unfortunately they’ll have to wait until next year for another bid and I think New England closes out strong on their regular season. NE 24, BUF 21

Browns (7-8) @ Ravens (9-6): Baltimore let a big one get away last week to Houston and now need some help to get in the playoffs. The Browns are going with my boy, Connor Shaw, as their starting QB this week. Amidst the poor finish for Cleveland, I think they go into Baltimore and squash the Ravens’ chances altogether. CLE 23, BAL 19

Bears (5-10) @ Vikings (6-9): Marc Trestman is getting his pink slip tomorrow and Chicago is in the running for biggest disappointment this season. Vikings win with heart at home. MIN 28, CHI 13

Cowboys (11-4) @ Redskins (4-11): Dallas clinched the NFC East last week so Washington has no chance to play spoiler. It should still be a good game but the ‘Boys take care of business. DAL 27, WAS 21

Jaguars (3-12) @ Texans (8-7): Houston did right by beating the Ravens last week and are still in the running for a Wild Card spot. The Jaguars would love to play spoiler but Houston is just a better team. HOU 25, JAX 20

Colts (10-5) @ Titans (2-13): Andrew Luck wants to finish the season on a high note heading into the playoffs. The Titans were dismal this season with no veteran leadership in the first year of the Wiz regime. The future should be brighter. IND 33, TEN 17

Chargers (9-6) @ Chiefs (8-7): This is one of the most interesting games of the day with both teams still vying for a playoff spot. San Diego just needs to win and they’re in, while KC needs a bit of help. Alex Smith is out for this one but I still think Chase Daniel will surprise many. Arrowhead is a tough place to play for division rivals. Chiefs with a stunner. KC 23, SD 20, OT

Jets (3-12) @ Dolphins (8-7): Miami collapsed down the stretch and now everyone remembers why Joe Philbin’s job status was on thin ice to begin with. Despite some progress from Ryan Tannehill this year, Miami needs help on offense to get over the hump. In Rex Ryan’s final game as a Jet, his boys send him off on a high note. NYJ 24, MIA 19

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Saints (6-9) @ Bucs (2-13): New Orleans was another massive disappointment this year. Tampa Bay can secure the top pick in the draft with a loss at home today. I think they do just that. NO 26, TB 24

Eagles (9-6) @ Giants (6-9): Philly fans were hoping for a more meaningful finale in a season that went up in smoke. The Giants have a great young core of players for the future and I think the lack of weight in this game leaves the Eagles flat. NYG 24, PHI 21

Panthers (6-8-1) @ Falcons (6-9): This game is for the NFC South crown. Carolina has been quietly strong this month but the Falcons have dome field advantage in this one. Mike Smith’s tenure ends on a low note and the Panthers make the dance for the second year in a row. CAR 29, ATL 24

Raiders (2-13) @ Broncos (11-4): Oakland has a bright future with Derek Carr at the helm but this isn’t a game worth paying attention to today. DEN 27, OAK 17

Lions (11-4) @ Packers (11-4): This is an epic matchup for the NFC North crown. Detroit beat the Pack earlier this season but Aaron Rodgers at home is a different beast. Packers take the division on their home turf. GB 27, DET 23

Cardinals (11-4) @ 49ers (7-8): Arizona is still fighting for the division and the number one overall seed in the NFC. Ryan Lindley has his work cut out for him in Jim Harbaugh’s last game as a 9er. It’s a quarterback-driven league and the Cards are lacking in that department right now. SF 20, AZ 17

Rams (6-9) @ Seahawks (11-4): It’s been a full-season effort for Seattle to be back in position to re-claim the NFC West. A win at home today does just that and I don’t see any way the Rams can win this game with the Seattle home crowd behind them. SEA 23, STL 21

Bengals (10-4-1) @ Steelers (10-5): The AFC North has been one of the best battles all season long and it comes down to this bout between two heavy-weights. Pittsburgh’s offense has been the story of its season while the Bengals have been up-and-down all year despite losing only four games. It’ll be a playoff atmosphere in Pittsburgh and I think the home-field is what breaks the bank for the Steelers in this one as they snag the division title. PIT 33, CIN 27