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PFT’s Week 17 picks

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Well, it’s officially over.

With an eight-game gap and one week of games left, MDS and yours truly disagree on only five games.  Which means that, even if MDS sweeps, I’ll still be three games ahead.  (Math continues to be my strong suit.)

Of course, if I sweep I’ll finish with a 13-game lead.  And based on the five disagreements, I think I will.

Read on to see our picks and our takes for the final week of the regular season.  It all re-sets to 0-0 for the playoffs, at which time MDS will have a chance to exact revenge.  Or to fail again.

Last week, I was 11-5 and MDS went 10-6.  For the year, I’m now at 157-82-1, good for 65.4 percent.  MDS is 149-90-1, which keeps him at 62.0 percent.

Buccaneers at Falcons

MDS’s take: The Falcons wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, but they say they’re playing to win in Week 17. They shouldn’t have much trouble winning against the Bucs, who have collapsed at the end of the season.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 34, Buccaneers 13.

Florio’s take:  The Bucs haven’t been the same team since they nearly beat the Falcons in Tampa.  The Falcons are still trying to prove that they’re one of the best teams in the league.

Florio’s pick:  Falcons 27, Buccaneers 17.

Jets at Bills

MDS’s take: Football fans, the Greg McElroy-Ryan Fitzpatrick quarterback matchup you’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Fitzpatrick will throw a couple of touchdown passes in what may be his final start in Buffalo.

MDS’s pick: Bills 20, Jets 10.

Florio’s take:  The Jets have folded the tents, even though the circus is still in town.  Buffalo celebrates the news of a new lease with a home win to end the season, just in time for plenty of changes.

Florio’s pick:  Bills 27, Jets 14.

Ravens at Bengals

MDS’s take: At first glance this might look like a big game, matching up two playoff teams. But with the Bengals locked into the No. 6 seed and the Ravens highly likely to end up with the No. 4 seed, neither of these teams has a lot to play for. I think the Ravens, however, will be a little more motivated to build on the momentum from last week’s win over the Giants and will take this one.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 21, Bengals 14.

Florio’s take:  This meaningless game has plenty of meaning for the Bengals, who need to convince themselves that they can beat the Ravens, in order to obtain the confidence that they can do something else they haven’t done in an even longer time — win in the playoffs.

Florio’s pick:  Bengals 27, Ravens 20.

Bears at Lions

MDS’s take: In 2000, the Lions were 9-6 heading into Week 17 and needed only to beat the 4-11 Bears to make the playoffs. Instead, the Bears pulled the upset and Lions owner William Clay Ford cleaned house and began the disastrous Matt Millen era. This year it’s the 9-6 Bears who need to beat the 4-11 Lions to have a shot at the playoffs. I’ll take the Lions to get their revenge in an upset.

MDS’s pick: Lions 28, Bears 24.

Florio’s take:  Rodney Harrison declared while watching the Lions lose to the Falcons that Detroit’s body language suggests the Lions have quit.  The Bears haven’t.  Sometimes, it’s that easy.

Florio’s pick:  Bears 24, Lions 10.

Texans at Colts

MDS’s take: The Texans are playing for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, while the Colts are already locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC. Houston has more to play for and is a better team and will win this one going away.

MDS’s pick: Texans 36, Colts 17.

Florio’s take:  The Texans have never won in Indianapolis.  They need it this time more than ever.  But the Colts will have coach Chuck Pagano back, and even if the Colts leave so much on the field that it will make it harder to win in the playoffs, they’ll leave it all on the field to beat the Texans.

Florio’s pick:  Colts 27, Texans 23.

Packers at Vikings

MDS’s take: This is the biggest game played in Minnesota since Brett Favre led the Vikings to a divisional playoff win over the Cowboys three years ago. Unfortunately for Vikings fans, they’re hosting a Packers team that’s peaking at the right time. I like Aaron Rodgers to lead the Packers to a high-scoring win.

MDS’s pick: Packers 35, Vikings 27.

Florio’s take:  The Vikings are playing for a postseason berth.  The Packers are playing for a bye.  The Packers remain the better team, and they have every reason to demonstrate that on Sunday.  To the delight of the Bears.

Florio’s pick:  Packers 34, Vikings 21.

Dolphins at Patriots

MDS’s take: A win probably won’t be enough to earn New England a first-round playoff bye, but the Patriots will be motivated to try — and to wash out the bad taste of back-to-back disappointing performances, in a loss to the 49ers and a close win over the Jaguars.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 41, Dolphins 14.

Florio’s take:  The Pats still have a crack at a bye.  That’s all the incentive they need to take out the Dolphins for the second time this month.

Florio’s pick:  Patriots 34, Dolphins 17.

Panthers at Saints

MDS’s take: It’s a meaningless game for both teams, but that doesn’t make it a bad game: Both of these teams have been playing good football in recent weeks, despite falling short of the playoffs. I like the Panthers to keep their winning streak going and make a statement that they’re a team to keep an eye on in 2013.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 24, Saints 21.

Florio’s take:  New Orleans is trying to finish on a high note.  And they are succeeding.

Florio’s pick:  Saints 34, Panthers 10.

Eagles at Giants

MDS’s take: The Eagles quit on Andy Reid months ago. The Giants have looked in the last couple weeks like they quit on Tom Coughlin. Both of these teams are slouching toward the end of the season, but the Giants have more to play for.

MDS’s pick: Giants 14, Eagles 10.

Florio’s take:  The Giants are playing for pride, along with a sliver of hope that they could make it to the playoffs if enough other teams lose.  If the Giants find a way in, there’s a pretty good chance they won’t lose again.

Florio’s pick:  Giants 27, Eagles 20.

Browns at Steelers

MDS’s take: This game is meaningless, and I’m tempted to pick the Browns on the theory that the Steelers will be feeling a hangover from their disappointing Week 16 loss. But the Browns have gone in the tank over the last couple of weeks, and at this point I’m not sure I’d pick them to win on the road against anyone.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 17, Browns 9.

Florio’s take:  The Browns haven’t swept the Steelers since 1988, 11 years before the current edition of the Browns was born.  With rampant changes looming in Cleveland, the Steelers still have enough gas in the tank to avoid getting punked by the franchise they’ve owned since 1999 (even though the Browns are now technically owned by a guy who still owns a chunk of the Steelers).

Florio’s pick:  Steelers 20, Browns 10.

Jaguars at Titans

MDS’s take: Last time the Titans suffered a humiliating blowout loss and were called out by their owner, they responded by winning the next game. I think they’ll do it again.

MDS’s pick: Titans 24, Jaguars 14.

Florio’s take:  Bud Adams isn’t happy with his coaching staff.  He’ll be slightly less unhappy after Sunday, but still unhappy enough to clean house.

Florio’s pick:  Titans 27, Jaguars 16.

Chiefs at Broncos

MDS’s take: Knowing they need to win in order to earn a first-round playoff bye, the Broncos will pound the Chiefs, who have nothing to play for other than the first pick in next year’s draft — which Kansas City will earn by losing.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 27, Chiefs 10.

Florio’s take:  With 10 straight wins each by at least seven points, the Broncos could be the best team in the playoff field.  They’re definitely good enough to continue chasing a bye week.

Florio’s pick:  Broncos 34, Chiefs 10.

Raiders at Chargers

MDS’s take: With Norv Turner virtually assured of being fired after the game, his team will send him out a winner in an AFC West contest that doesn’t really matter for much of anything.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 24, Raiders 10.

Florio’s take:  Norv Turner has one last chance to change the owner’s mind.  It won’t matter.

Florio’s pick:  Chargers 24, Raiders 10.

Cardinals at 49ers

MDS’s take: San Francisco will shake off Sunday night’s thrashing in Seattle to clinch the NFC West.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 28, Cardinals 3.

Florio’s take:  The Niners are on the brink of squandering the NFC West title that we were ready to hand them back in September.  If they can’t beat the Cardinals and Brian Hoyer at home, San Fran doesn’t even deserve to be in the playoffs.

Florio’s pick:  49ers 31, Cardinals 13.

Rams at Seahawks

MDS’s take: No one wants to play the Seahawks right now. They’re destroying everything in their paths. The Rams will be no different.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 45, Rams 7.

Florio’s take:  The Seahawks, who lost their first round of NFC West games, have been exacting revenge in a big way.  They finish the job on Sunday.

Florio’s pick:  Seahawks 41, Rams 17.

Cowboys at Redskins

MDS’s take: In the biggest game of the day, the Cowboys will ride Tony Romo and Dez Bryant to a high-scoring win. I suspect that Robert Griffin III is hurting more than he’s letting on and won’t be able to move as effectively as he did in the Redskins’ Thanksgiving win over the Cowboys. Dallas will take the NFC East crown.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 31, Redskins 28.

Florio’s take:  For the second straight year, the NFC East title game returns to prime time in Week 17.  For the second straight year, the home team advances.  For the second straight year, the Cowboys come up short.

Florio’s pick:  Redskins 24, Cowboys 21.

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59 Responses to “PFT’s Week 17 picks”
  1. purpblooded says: Dec 27, 2012 7:13 AM

    OK Packerfans, that proves it, your team will win. Good luck with the Seahawks.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 27, 2012 7:36 AM

    The Redskins are gonna win by 21+. Lombardi #4 awaits.

  3. Mad Ox says: Dec 27, 2012 8:13 AM

    RG3 won’t be as slow as last week, so at this point his knee is of no concern. If in fact something did happen Capt. Kirk will send Tony & Dez back to Dallas empty handed… HAIL!

  4. crush22 says: Dec 27, 2012 8:22 AM

    Colts over Texans for Chuck.
    The magic year keeps getting better.

  5. hendawg21 says: Dec 27, 2012 9:17 AM

    someone doesn’t like being criticized…they removed my post shame, shame, shame a bit sensitive are we? I still say your prediction is wrong my friend…

  6. dtrb10 says: Dec 27, 2012 9:17 AM

    VIkings win on Sunday. They will be playing like some crazed dogs with the roar of the thunderdome. Good Luck Rodgers hearing in that.

  7. mungman69 says: Dec 27, 2012 9:20 AM

    Can Dallas win again in December? Tony Romo has a lot of weapons so Washington will win again.

  8. rockthered1286 says: Dec 27, 2012 9:45 AM

    Texans D has allowed 27.5ppg in their 6 matchups against playoff bound teams in 2012 (Pats, Ravens, Colts, Vikes*, Packers, Broncos). Their 3 losses were absolute blow outs by a combine score of 107-44 (Pack,Vikes*,Pats). Colts have Luck and Chuck on their side, as well as home field advantage. As a 5th seed locked in, this SHOULD be their last home game of the year and I can surely see them pulling this on out against a team that peaked too early.

  9. blackout81 says: Dec 27, 2012 9:46 AM

    The redskins fans every year get a little hope because of a decent player & they just think that no one can stop them. It happens every year and it just ends in disappointment.

  10. 7ransponder says: Dec 27, 2012 9:47 AM

    That’s right, keep underestimating the Vikings against good opponents, that’s clearly worked for you guys all season!

  11. oldladykillaz says: Dec 27, 2012 9:51 AM

    to think that the redskins have a chance is pathetic. has nobody besides me been watching the cowboys play? theyre amazing. i understand a lot of games have been won close and lost close, but so have the colts and everyone is praising them. romo and the offense is getting better every week, and this year they have what theyve been lacking every year prior, CONFIDENCE! they know they will win this game, and thats why theyre going to come out swinging and march toward lomardi #5!

    how bout them cowboys!

  12. EJ says: Dec 27, 2012 10:00 AM

    I have a feeling that this weeks games are going to be very unusual. I’m thinking that more than 3 underdog’s will show up Sunday with extra motivation to take home a W.

  13. juliodamfoolio says: Dec 27, 2012 10:03 AM

    “If the Giants find a way in, there’s a pretty good chance they won’t lose again.”

    Couldn’t disagree more. They have been crushed on the road twice lately and would obviously be on the road in the playoffs if they managed to back in. This isn’t last year.

  14. avoidtheboyd says: Dec 27, 2012 10:34 AM

    Each time the Texans have been embarrassed, they’ve cone back the next week and won. Handily, I might add. They respond well to being down. It’s their level of play when they’re on top that I’m worried about. Maybe I don’t want the #1 seed after all…dammit…

  15. vicnocal says: Dec 27, 2012 10:47 AM

    As a Bears fan, I am well-versed with Lovie’s inability to win a big game. I expect the Bears to lose to Detroit just like they lost to Houston about 4 years ago on the final day of the season when a W would’ve gotten them in.

  16. wludford says: Dec 27, 2012 11:05 AM

    Well, just like last week, I’m not surprised you both picked the Vikings opponent (Texans last week, GB this week) to beat the Vikings in a blow-out.

    And just like last week, would not be surprised if you’re both wrong. Again.

    Against the Packers at home, the Vikings could be just as dominating as they were against the Texans on the road last week.

    The Packers running up the score against a Titans team that mailed it in is not necessarily a sign of peaking at the right time.

    Facing a tough, determined division rival on the road will be a better test.

  17. vikingcross says: Dec 27, 2012 11:11 AM

    I don’t know if I’d bet against the Vikings this week. They have played 3 out of 4 games on the road in December. At GB, St. Louis, and Houston. They were in the game at GB and had a chance if it weren’t for the 2 turnovers in the red zone. They controlled Rams and Texans on the road and throw in another solid win at home against the Bears. They started the season strong but in my opinion are ending it even stronger. GB is in regardless. Minnesota has to basically win to get in. In the dome the way their defense is playing and AP, whether he gets the record or not, is gunning for it and will be even harder to stop. Doesn’t look like Woodson will be back. Ponder doesn’t need a lot of stats but if he plays mistake free I like the Vikings chances in this one.

  18. kmartin173 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:23 AM

    I hope I’m wrong, but its way past time for Romo to pull a Romo.

  19. piratefreedom says: Dec 27, 2012 11:39 AM

    If the Patriots are looking at the difference between 3rd and 4th seed when they play at 4:30 then we may see the 2005 scenario where they threw the final game of the season in Miami so they would start off against the Jags rather than the red hot (eventual SB winning) Steelers.

    Denver is looking a lot more dangerous than the Texans are right now.

  20. jrmbadger says: Dec 27, 2012 11:57 AM

    Every year its the same story, the Vikings put up one solid victory and every Minnesotan suddenly is a Viking “fan” and flocks to this site to spread their crazy. I’ve never seen a group of worse fairweather fans than Viking fans. I suppose its worse this year becausetheir attention isn’t distracted by how bad the Minnesota Wild are.

    I got news for Viking fans – the Packers beat the Texans worse than you did. It’s not really that big of a deal. The Texans are overrated. Stop using that as evidence of anything. That’s right, you are still the third best team in the division.

  21. techvet says: Dec 27, 2012 12:09 PM

    When AP ran wild against GB earlier this year, #52 was out with an injury, wasn’t he?

  22. xerocc says: Dec 27, 2012 12:31 PM

    tip: both of you pick different teams that way one of you will always be right!!!

  23. 7ransponder says: Dec 27, 2012 12:35 PM

    Every year it’s the same story, the Vikings put up one solid win after another and Viking fans preposterously come out to support their team (imagine that) and the Packer trolls flock to this site to try and deflate their pride. I’ve never seen a group of worse closet rival fans than Packer fans. I suppose it’s bad every year because they aren’t distracted by actually, you know, HAVING an NHL team in the first place.

    I got news for you Packer fans: Any. Given. Sunday.

  24. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:41 PM

    If the vikings win they will most likely end up back at Lambeau and get destroyed there next week. Losing to the packers in the playoffs is much worse than losing in the regular season…or at least I assume it is…maybe I should ask packer fans.

  25. blacknole08 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:43 PM

    Sunday’s game is a MUST-WIN for the Texans. If they lose and both NE and DEN win, the Texans have to play on wild-card weekend.

    I don’t see them beating the Colts in INDY (0-10 all-time).

    Also: Vikings will beat GB, Bengals over Ravens, Eagles upset the Giants, Redskins probably will win division.

  26. justintuckrule says: Dec 27, 2012 12:44 PM

    When your season is riding on the Lions, you know you’re screwed.

  27. anyonebutbrady says: Dec 27, 2012 12:46 PM

    I’m sure they’ll find a way to blow it this week, but the Cowboys were 3-0 in December heading in to last week’s game for the first time since 2000 or something like that. Don’t let facts get in the way of your blind hatred of the franchise…

  28. ruvelligwebuike says: Dec 27, 2012 12:49 PM

    I talked to some of Viking fan friends and they are pumped for Sunday. I’ll be there myself. They were more interested in the proper Minnesota dress code to make sure they show the aire of what Minnesotans think is cool and makes them the Paris of the United States.

    1. Authentic Adrian Peterson jersey, purchased originally when they started off 2-0 in 2009. Then sold after a loss. Now repurchased after the good start this year.

    2. Hiked up Girbaud jeans. These are a hot new trend in Minnesota, since everything is 20 years behind. But trust me, you aren’t cool unless you wear them right now.

    3. Brand new Viking hat, purchased after wins at St. Louis and Houston.

    4. Most importantly. A smug face with nose turned up, with a slight clap upon positive plays by the Vikes. One 3.2% alcohol Mich Golden may be consumed…if they can handle it. Afterall, they don’t want to get drunk and loud like those hicks who actually follow their team and buy tickets to away games. Those people are sheep lovers and have no business in a state with such an aire of POWER like Minnesota.

  29. gregmorris78 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:58 PM

    Playing in Fed Ex is a little different than years past

    Ask Ravens and Giants

    Redskins to beat Dallas in another thriller and that Romo-esque play we’ve been waiting for – long over due…

  30. thetokyosandblaster says: Dec 27, 2012 1:01 PM

    7ransponder says:
    Dec 27, 2012 9:47 AM
    That’s right, keep underestimating the Vikings against good opponents, that’s clearly worked for you guys all season!

    —-

    It seemed to work for them when the Packers played them last time. Without Matthews, CJ Wilson, & Woodson.

    Don’t see why it wouldn’t work for them again. I mean, you still have ponder playing QB, right?

  31. jrmbadger says: Dec 27, 2012 1:21 PM

    @7ransponder

    No argument here, any given Sunday. But don’t act like you aren’t the underdog.

  32. justintuckrule says: Dec 27, 2012 1:25 PM

    GB may just pull a 1989 SF move and lose to the Vikings on purpose just to avoid the remote possibility of another Eli invasion.

    (For the teenie boppers on here, SF was in the same situation going for a higher seed but chose to lay down to the LA Rams to keep the Giants out of the playoffs because the Giants were in SF’s head then just as they’re in GB’s head now.)

  33. lemfaxx says: Dec 27, 2012 1:27 PM

    Dallas will win by 8pts, but dont bring it to the overtime and they gonna lose this one…

  34. melissachambers says: Dec 27, 2012 1:45 PM

    All I know is that it will be a close game against the Vikings. I know you won’t see them giving up in the 3rd quarter and crying on the sidelines…maybe that’s why I care way more about the Packer-Viking rivalry than I have ever cared about beating the Bears. At least it will be an entertaining game.

  35. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Dec 27, 2012 2:25 PM

    The Vikings have been the underdog the last four weeks.

  36. mannyicey says: Dec 27, 2012 2:29 PM

    Hi!

    I wouldn’t pick the Falcons over the Bucs. The reason why is because the Falcons have nothing to play for. So I don’t expect for their starters to play much in this game.

    It’s a Preseason game, as far as the Falcons are concerned. The #1 objective for the team will be to stay healthy and no one gets hurt.

  37. dukemarc says: Dec 27, 2012 2:52 PM

    dtrb10 says:
    Dec 27, 2012 9:17 AM
    VIkings win on Sunday. They will be playing like some crazed dogs with the roar of the thunderdome. Good Luck Rodgers hearing in that.

    ———————-

    You mean Aaron Rodgers the best indoor QB in the league right now? Yeah, you’re boys are going to lose by 20+ points. They’ll be giving the ball to AP in the 4th Qtr just to try and get him to 2000 yards.

  38. dukemarc says: Dec 27, 2012 2:56 PM

    taintedsaints2009 says:
    Dec 27, 2012 12:41 PM
    If the vikings win they will most likely end up back at Lambeau and get destroyed there next week. Losing to the packers in the playoffs is much worse than losing in the regular season…or at least I assume it is…maybe I should ask packer fans.
    ———————–

    You don’t recall from losing in the regular season that past two years to the Packers?

  39. thetokyosandblaster says: Dec 27, 2012 3:10 PM

    icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    Dec 27, 2012 2:25 PM
    The Vikings have been the underdog the last four weeks.

    —-

    The Packers have been the favorite the last 5 weeks.

    So…

  40. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:11 PM

    The one great thing about the Steelers being out of the running is not having to listen to the wishy-washy and annoying Phil Sims.

  41. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Dec 27, 2012 4:18 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Dec 27, 2012 3:10 PM
    icecubeusedtobeangry says:
    Dec 27, 2012 2:25 PM
    The Vikings have been the underdog the last four weeks.

    —-

    The Packers have been the favorite the last 5 weeks.

    So…
    ————————————————

    It was in response to an above comment.

  42. washstnative says: Dec 27, 2012 5:16 PM

    Seahawks = Beast Mode

    GO Hawks!

  43. wludford says: Dec 27, 2012 7:36 PM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    Dec 27, 2012 12:49 PM
    I talked to some of Viking fan friends and they are pumped for Sunday. I’ll be there myself. They were more interested in the proper Minnesota dress code to make sure they show the aire of what Minnesotans think is cool and makes them the Paris of the United States.

    1. Authentic Adrian Peterson jersey, purchased originally when they started off 2-0 in 2009. Then sold after a loss. Now repurchased after the good start this year.

    2. Hiked up Girbaud jeans. These are a hot new trend in Minnesota, since everything is 20 years behind. But trust me, you aren’t cool unless you wear them right now.

    3. Brand new Viking hat, purchased after wins at St. Louis and Houston.

    4. Most importantly. A smug face with nose turned up, with a slight clap upon positive plays by the Vikes. One 3.2% alcohol Mich Golden may be consumed…if they can handle it. Afterall, they don’t want to get drunk and loud like those hicks who actually follow their team and buy tickets to away games. Those people are sheep lovers and have no business in a state with such an aire of POWER like Minnesota.

    ——————-

    That’s cute. What isn’t cute is the noticeable rise in domestic abuse, depression and suicide in the Green Bay area when the Packers have a bad year. Get a life buddy.

  44. mrba4775 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:11 PM

    hi florio i;m baaack, i have to agree with MDS on the Sunday Nite football game between the deadskins an America’s Team. All the pressure will be on the deadskins to win on sunday nite, simply because the nation will be waiting to see tony romo fail, he will not in fact romo will thrive on the big stage with deep an intermediater routes to dez bryant ( the deadskins can not cover this man, he’s a beast, he should have been voted for the Pro Bowl, so dez will take out his frustration on the deadskins secondary), for the intermediate routes Pro Bowl TE jason witten will be killing the deadskins over the middle. with the cowboys offensive line improving, expect demarco murrary to rush for over 100yds. romo will have more passing yards than RG3, who will probably get hurt an won’t be able to finsh the game, because of the cowboys no-name defense). I see murrary, bryant, witten, an the sleeper of the game miles austin getting td’s on the deadskins secondary with a field goal to put the icing on the cake. America’s Team upset the deadskins 31 to 10, yes, that right a blow out, the cowboys are super bowl bound baby, riding the arm of their fearless leader qb tony romo. the deadskins will have to come to Big D for the wild card game, which of course, America’s Team will sweep again on their way to New Orleans to meet the Manning Broncos who will be representing the AFC.

  45. theobamaphones says: Dec 27, 2012 11:35 PM

    Hey jr. Dallas already has 5 lombardis. I’m a cowboys fan and that’s just sad that you don’t know that. On another note, can we please beat the redskins so logicalvoices can start typing about how RG3 will win it all next year, garçon is an elite receiver, and other non-truths?

  46. vikingfan1971 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:50 AM

    okay the last 3 games the vikings have played these people picked the opponent to win, what was the outcome oh yeah the vikings won so that means the vikings will win on sunday not the pack, tokyo and other packer fans get ready to have another L in your column.

  47. greymares says: Dec 28, 2012 9:16 AM

    Whether either team is good or bad the Giants don’t beat the Eagles period.

  48. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 28, 2012 11:06 AM

    The Texans offense HAS to wake up this week or this will be a short playoff run. 1 offensive TD in the last 8 qtrs…

    Last year after clinching the division the team went into kind of a slumber mode and then turned it up in the playoffs. Lets hope that happens again…

  49. thetokyosandblaster says: Dec 28, 2012 1:47 PM

    vikingfan1971 says:
    Dec 28, 2012 1:50 AM
    okay the last 3 games the vikings have played these people picked the opponent to win, what was the outcome oh yeah the vikings won so that means the vikings will win on sunday not the pack, tokyo and other packer fans get ready to have another L in your column.

    So, for the last 4 games these people have picked the Packers to win. Guess what. They did. This game will be no different. Packers 45, Vikings 12.

  50. mooreman338 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:19 PM

    What is with some of the people on here acting like Viking fans are bandwagon jumpers. The Metrodome has been selling out for years. I watched every game last year even though we won three games. Packer fans(not all but most) act like it is absurd we are excited for a chance at the playoffs just because we play the almighty Packers. I didn’t think we would be in this position but it is absurd to think that the Vikings have no chance in this game.

  51. skinsrollyou says: Dec 29, 2012 10:15 AM

    Dallas fans are the dumbest in sport, hands down

  52. joeyd524 says: Dec 29, 2012 12:31 PM

    Giants fan here,when they lost to redskins 3 weeks ago I knew they were in trouble,I’m gonna watch these games and hope it comes down to Sunday night skins-Dallas..the eagles backed in a few years ago with a lot more things having to happen,I believe it will happen,but there not winning it this year,and that’s all that matters,winning it all..

    Packers 31
    Minn. 19

    Giants 24
    Birds. 23

    Detroit 38
    Bears. 31

    Skins. 27
    Dallas. 25

  53. barrenreich says: Dec 29, 2012 1:08 PM

    I remember a few years ago all the writers and media from new york were feeding us some hogwash about an all new york super bowl. I’m sure the ratings would have been incredible, it’s all about the money, isn’t it? You pigs.

  54. hor2012 says: Dec 29, 2012 9:17 PM

    This is just a gut feeling but I think the Cowboys are going to win big and the Vikes are going to upset the pack. I also think Dallas is going to win it’s home playoff game

  55. richwizl says: Dec 29, 2012 11:13 PM

    A lot of tough picks this week; all I know is the Giants and Lions are two of the most disappointing teams this season and their fans should be fed up.

  56. txnative61 says: Dec 30, 2012 1:38 AM

    I’m not sure the winner of the NFC LEast is worth worrying about, since they will likely host the Seahawks in the Wild Card and lose anyway. My game of the week is Packers-Vikes. After choking to the Giants last year, the Pack definitely have it in them. The Vikings looked hungry last week against the Texans, and have finally learned that just because Peterson gets few yards on 3 carries, it doesn’t mean he won’t break one for a touchdown the next. Tough pick, but I’m thinking the Pack plays an extra game in the playoffs.

  57. txnative61 says: Dec 30, 2012 2:03 AM

    Revised comment—-IF my pick is correct, the Pack wouldn’t face their own division in the Wild Card, and the NFC LEast winner MIGHT beat the Vikes. Packers vs Seahawks in GB would be worth watching!

  58. flsnupe says: Dec 30, 2012 9:59 AM

    Everyone has forgotten that the giants loss to the skins in week 16 last yr and then went on to win the Super Bowl. I would not count the texans out or anyone in the tournament yet. Remember, the so called nfl least conf has the team of the last sb champ too. No one knows what is going to happen!

  59. nicepak381 says: Dec 30, 2012 12:42 PM

    NFC Championship game: Seahawks vs Packers
    AFC Championship game: Broncos vs Patriots
    Super Bowl Champion: ???

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