Good Luck: Week 17 NFL Picks

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Last week, I went 8-8, which included correctly forecasting a Bengals win. That puts me one game under .500 for the year. As most of you probably don’t remember, I started 44-33 through Week 5, but it’s been all downhill since. Now, I’ve got just one week left to redeem myself and end the year with a winning record. In the final week of the season, several teams have nothing to play for, either because they’ve locked up their playoff spots or because they’re completely out of contention. That makes it harder to predict what might happen. For instance, if Aaron Rodgers doesn’t play, the Packers become much less attractive as a 3.5-point underdog against the Lions. On with the picks:

Bills (+10.5) over Patriots
Vikings (-1.5) over Bears
Saints (-8.5) over Panthers
Jets (+3.5) over Dolphins
Texans (+1.5) over Titans
49ers (-10.5) over Rams
Jaguars (-3.5) over Colts
Packers (+3.5) over Lions
Eagles (-8.5) over Redskins
Seahawks (+1.5) over Cardinals
Raiders (-2.5) over Chargers
Broncos (-3.5) over Chiefs
Falcons (-10.5) over Buccaneers
Steelers (-6.5) over Browns
Giants (-3.5) over Cowboys

Bengals (+1.5) over Ravens — The Ravens have struggled on the road, and it would be fun to see the Bengals in the playoffs. Plus, if Cincinnati loses by 1 on a last-second heartbreaker, I still win with the spread. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist twisting the tortured-franchise knife just a little.) Seriously though, I think the Bengals will win straight up, 21-20.

Record in Week 16: 8-8
Record overall: 112-113-2
Record picking Bengals games against the spread: 9-6
Record picking Bengals games straight up: 9-6

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