This is the final week of the NFL season, and I have yet to get every game right for a week. I have come close on a couple of occasions, but the goal of a perfect week has since eluded me. Last week I didn’t do well at all, I had my worst week of picks ever with ten incorrect picks. I won’t let a bad week hinder my progress so here is my final shot at a perfect week. In the first games of week seventeen the Texans will defeat the Jaguars, the Steelers will beat the Browns, and the Jets will defeat the Bills. The Patriots will win against the Dolphins, the Titans will beat the Colts, and the Bengals will defeat the Ravens. The Redskins will beat the Cowboys, the Falcons will defeat the Saints, the Lions will beat the Bears, and the Giants will end their season with a win over the Eagles. In the late afternoon games of this week the Rams will blow out the 49ers, the Panthers will win a close game against the Buccaneers, the Chiefs will win against the Raiders, the Broncos will blow out the Chargers, and the Cardinals will defeat the Seahawks. On this last Sunday of the season, most of the games have little importance, almost every game features two teams with nothing to play for other than pride, the Sunday night game is possibly the only important game this week. On Sunday night the Packers and the Vikings will be playing for the NFC North title, and I expect the Vikings to come away with a big win. This is the final week of regular season football, after this the real tournament starts, I can’t wait for the playoffs.
There are two weeks left in this football season, and as the year dwindles down so goes my chances of perfection. Last week was one of my best weeks yet as I managed to select 12 correct games out of the 16, and I hope to build on that success as I race towards a perfect week. This week starts with a Christmas Eve matchup of the Raiders and the Chargers, I expect the Raiders to start their Christmas on a happy note with a big win. Saturday’s game features two teams vying for the NFC East title, with the Eagles facing the Redskins. I expect the Eagles to win the game and to keep their playoff chances alive. On the Sunday after Christmas the NFL gave to me, a full slate of action packed games. In the first Sunday game the Dolphins will defeat the Colts in a close one, the Buccaneers will defeat the Bears, and the Chiefs will dismantle the Browns in a blowout. In a northeastern grudge match between the Jets and the Patriots, I expect the Patriots to come home with a win. The Cowboys will defeat the Bills, the Panthers will beat the Falcons by a large margin, and the Lions will defeat the 49ers. The Texans will defeat the Titans in a shockingly playoff relevant game, and the Steelers will defeat their long time rival Ravens. The late afternoon games look to be quite exciting, even though all of the teams playing are not in playoff contention. In the first game, the electrifying Jaguars offense will win big against the porous Saints defense, the second game will be a defensive battle but the stronger Seahawks will defeat the Rams, and in the final afternoon matchup the Cardinals will defeat the Packers in a very close game. The Sunday night game features the Vikings and the Giants, and while my head wants to pick the Vikings, I must go with my fandom and choose the Giants, hopefully they can keep the playoff hope alive. In the final game of the week, we have a Monday night matchup of the Bengals and the Broncos, while both of these teams are playoff bound, injuries have considerably hurt their team depth. I expect the Broncos to win this game due to their strong defense, however this game will have an incredibly low combined score. There is only one week to go after this one, I think this week seems like a perfect time for a perfect week. Merry Christmas Everyone, enjoy the games.
Last week was not as perfect as I expected, I once again got seven out of sixteen games wrong. There are two more weeks of regular season football to go after this, so I still have more than enough chances for perfection. This week starts with a Thursday night matchup of the Rams and the Buccaneers, I expect the Bucs to put up a good fight, but the Rams will win. In the second game of the week we will be enjoying a late season Saturday night game featuring the Jets and the Cowboys, and with a playoff spot on the line the Jets will easily win this matchup. The first Sunday game features the undefeated Panthers and the streak killing Giants, I expect the Giants to win a close game and keep the playoff hope alive. As for the other Sunday morning games, the Vikings will beat the Bears, the Jaguars will beat the Falcons, and the Texans will beat the Colts with strong defensive play. The Patriots will blow out the Titans, the Bills will beat the Redskins, and the Chiefs will defeat a much weaker Ravens team. The Seahawks will beat the Browns, the Raiders will upset the Packers, and the Steelers will win against the Broncos. The Dolphins will win a close game against the hapless Chargers, and the Bengals will bounce back from a tough loss and defeat the 49ers. This week’s night games are not looking very interesting at all, but every team is still playing for pride, in the Sunday night game the Cardinals will win in a close game against the scrappy Eagles, and on Monday the Lions will put up a big score in a win against the Saints. This week I made mostly safe picks, so I honestly expect this to be the perfect one, but anything is possible on a football Sunday.
Last week’s NFL games were fun and almost all of them were actually exciting. I was especially intrigued by the endings of the primetime games on Sunday and Monday even though the game on Monday featured two of the league’s worst teams. I was correct on ten out of sixteen games this week, so while I still haven’t reached perfection, I am trending the right way and I am left with five weeks to go to hit my goal of a perfect week. The Week 13 games start with a surprisingly relevant matchup of the Packers and the Lions, and I expect the Lions to pull off a huge upset and win this game by a touchdown. As for Sunday, the Bills will defeat the Texans, the Dolphins will beat the Ravens, and the Bengals will take out the weak Browns team. The Bears will beat the 49ers, the Jaguars will defeat the Titans, and the Vikings will get a big win against the Seahawks. Sunday’s games are headlined by a rare inner city rivalry matchup of the Giants and the Jets, and as a Giants fan I will always pick the Giants in this match. The Cardinals will win a close game against the Rams, and the Buccaneers will upset the Falcons in what should be an interesting game. The afternoon games of this week feature some of the league’s best talent and these will be the games to watch for football fans. The Broncos will defeat the Chargers, the Raiders will defeat the Chiefs in a very close game, the Patriots will win a close one against the Eagles, and the undefeated Panthers will keep their record perfect against the Saints. The primetime games of this week may look boring, but after watching last week’s games I wouldn’t be surprised by a few interesting endings. The Steelers will win big against the Colts on Sunday night, and on Monday, the seemingly hapless Cowboys will play inspired football and get a win against the Redskins. With five weeks left in the season, every game counts, and this season is looking like it will end on an exciting high note.
The parity of the NFL when it comes to talent makes it one of the most difficult sports to predict. It is true that on “any given Sunday” the best team may not win, and my errant picks have shown that. Last week I was a day late on my picks so I missed the Thursday game, this week I will make sure that I get all of the action in this post. Just like in week one, I was correct on seven of my picks. Hopefully I will be able to get at least 10 this week. My Giants have let me down two weeks in a row in an inexplicable fashion, the mistakes they have been making late in the game are unacceptable. I just can’t see them losing three in a row to start the season, so the Giants will bounce back and defeat the Redskins. The Bengals will defeat the Ravens in a high scoring matchup, while the Panthers will defeat the Saints in a low scoring, run heavy game. The Buccaneers will beat the Texans, the reinvigorated Jets will crush the Eagles, and the Raiders will defeat the Browns. Tom Brady will continue to “thumb his nose” at the NFL commissioner, as the Patriots blow out the much weaker Jaguars. I have chosen against the Cowboys three weeks in a row, and now that they are suffering from injuries at key positions, I believe I will definitely be correct this time as I have the Falcons beating them in a surprisingly close game. The Colts will finally get a win and defeat the Titans, the Vikings will beat the Chargers, and the Steelers will easily handle the Rams. In the late Sunday games, The Cardinals will defeat the 49ers, the Bills will easily defeat the Dolphins, the Seahawks will finally win over the Bears, and the Broncos will beat the Lions in a very close game. The Monday night matchup pits two quarterbacks that competed to be the first overall pick in 2005 against each other, in a fun matchup for sports historians. Alex Smith, the eventual number one pick turned pseudo bust, and his Chiefs, will match up against the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, the slighted player that ended up becoming a league champion and MVP. The Packers will easily win this game, but it is always fun to speculate on how different the league would be if Rodgers went first in that draft. My picks are set and the games will soon begin, I would be happy if the only correct pick I made is a Giants win, but I will have to wait until tonight to see if they can deliver.