Sunday, January 2, 2011

Week 17 picks

This post is my first in 2011, so Happy New Year, everyone. I finished 10-6 in Week 15, and Week 16's picks can be found here, here, here, and here. Yeah, that's a little confusing, but I couldn't put up a full picks post because of the holidays. Blame it on Santa.

For the most part, Week 17 is basically a crapshoot. Some playoff-bound teams will start resting their players, and there are already a ton of injuries since it's the last week of a long season. For what it's worth, I'm also not a fan of extending the regular season two games. Just take a look at some of the quarterbacks who will probably get playing time this week: Joe Webb, Stephen McGee, Jimmy Clausen, Brodie Croyle, Mark Brunell/Kellen Clemens, Kevin Kolb, Rex Grossman, Alex Smith/Troy Smith, John Skelton, Trent Edwards, and Charlie Whitehurst. It's hard to get excited about that. Some of them will end up playing only because their teams will be resting their regular starting quarterbacks, but most of them will be playing as a result of injuries. No wonder the league is trying to protect quarterbacks, especially its stars, so much.

Anyway, on to the picks. Enjoy the games!

Raiders (+3.5) over CHIEFS

PATRIOTS (-6) over Dolphins

Steelers (-6) over BROWNS

RAVENS (-10) over Bengals

Vikings (+3) over LIONS

Bills (+8) over JETS

FALCONS (-14) over Panthers

SAINTS (-7.5) over Buccaneers

COLTS (-10) over Titans

TEXANS (-3) over Jaguars

Giants (-4.5) over REDSKINS

PACKERS (-10) over Bears

EAGLES (-3) over Cowboys

Cardinals (+6) over 49ERS

BRONCOS (+3.5) over Chargers

Rams (-3) over SEAHAWKS

Last week: 9-7
Season: 109-125-6

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