This is it. The final week of the NFL season. As always there is much to be settled when it comes to the playoff picture. The NFC is particular is a mess and this week’s games will clean up the muddled playoff picture. Here are the picks.
Chicago at Detroit
The Bears need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Lions have been one of the biggest disappointments of 2012. However, if there is one game I want my Lions to win it is when the Bears make their annual sojourn to Ford Field. So I go with my heart here. Upset special. Detroit wins.
New York Jets at Buffalo
Ugh. Can someone tell me why Tim Tebow is worth the trouble? Does anyone care anymore? The Jets deserve to lose for subjecting us to this horrible drama that would make trashy soap operas proud. Buffalo wins.
Baltimore at Cincinnati
Two playoff bound teams meet up in a game that doesn’t mean too much. The Ravens can move up from a 4 to a 3 seed but that’s about it. Expect both teams to play backups. Cincinnati wins.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh
The only thing that is interesting about this game is can the Browns sweep the Steelers for the first time since 1988? I’m saying no. Pittsburgh wins.
Philadelphia at New York Giants
A must win for the Giants as their playoff hopes hang by a thread. A loss by the G-Men would eliminate the defending Super Bowl Champions. It hasn’t helped that the Giants have lost their last 2 games by a combined score of 67-14. The Eagles are playing the spoiler role, but I think they will play so that Andy Reid is fired on Black Monday. New York Giants win.
Tampa Bay at Atlanta
The Falcons have already wrapped up the number one seed in the NFC and will try to stay healthy, going into the postseason. The Buccaneers are playing for next season. Atlanta wins.
Houston at Indianapolis
The Texans need a win to wrap up the number one seed in the AFC which means home field throughout the playoffs. The Colts have been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this season, going from a 2-14 season in 2011, to the playoffs in 2012. Could be the best game of the week. Houston wins.
Carolina at New Orleans
Two teams playing well down the stretch, but are looking ahead to 2013. The scoreboard operator could be busy with this one. New Orleans wins.
Jacksonville at Tennessee
Ugh. Less said the better. Tennessee wins.
Kansas City at Denver
A Broncos win would give them a coveted first round bye in the playoffs. The Chiefs are simply dreadful. This might be the biggest blowout in NFL history. Denver wins.
Oakland at San Diego
Two struggling teams finish their season. At one time, this was a great rivalry with meaning. Those days are long gone. San Diego wins.
Miami at New England
The Patriots need a win if they have any chance of getting a first round bye. The Dolphins have shown signs of life this season, but I don’t like their chances in Foxboro in December. New England wins.
St. Louis at Seattle
There is no hotter team in the NFL than the Seahawks. Seattle has won their last 4 games by a combined score of 173-37. Russell Wilson has progressed into a star quarterback in the NFL and will only get better. Add to the fact the Seahawks still have a chance at the NFC West title and a first round bye makes them more dangerous. And I haven’t mentioned they are 7-0 at home where the craziest fans in the NFL exist. The Rams have no chance. Seattle wins.
Arizona at San Francisco
The 49ers were embarrassed in Seattle last week and need a bounce back performance. San Francisco can win the NFC West with a win, and with the lowly Cardinals coming into town, this should be the tonic that cures the 49ers woes. San Francisco wins.
Green Bay at Minnesota
Big game in the NFC North. The Vikings need a win to secure a playoff berth. The Packers need a win to secure a first round bye. There is more at stake than playoff positions. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson needs 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson’s single season record of 2,105 yards rushing. Oh yeah, these two teams despise each other with a passion. Should be a beauty. Minnesota wins.
Dallas at Washington
The game of the week. First place in the NFC East is on the line. We all know about the rivalry. To say these two teams don’t like each other is like saying it’s cold in the North Pole. The Redskins haven’t won the division since 1999, but rookie sensation Robert Griffin III is trying to change that. The Cowboys have been playing well this December, but recent history suggests the Boys will collapse at some point. Injuries on the defensive side of the football will hurt the Cowboys in this one. Plus home field will benefit the Redskins as FedEx Field will be a madhouse. Washington wins.
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