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PFT’s Week 17 picks

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The Colts need nine games to fall their way in order to get to the postseason. In comparison to that, I feel pretty durned good about my chances of overcoming the two-game lead in the picks contest to which MDS clings.

I feel even more durned good about it given that, after two weeks of no disagreements, we differ on five games this weekend.

And so the chips are in to the middle of the table. If I sweep the five games or go 4-1, the season title is mine. If I win 3-2 or if he prevails by any margin, it’s his.

Whatever the outcome, one thing is clear: MDS and I are the only people on the planet who give a durned about it.

With that said, here are our picks for the last weekend of the regular season.

(Before I get to that, here’s the part where I point out that last week we were both a pathetic 8-8. For the year, he’s 153-87 (63.75 percent), and I’m at 151-89 (62.9 percent).)

Saints at Falcons

MDS’s take: Both of these teams showed last week that they’re still playing hard late in a rough season. This should be a fairly entertaining game, as meaningless Week 17 games go, and I’ll take the Falcons to win at home.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 24, Saints 21.

Florio’s take: The Falcons won their bowl game last week against the Panthers. The Saints are committed to finishing strong.

Florio’s pick: Saints 24, Falcons 20.

Jets at Bills

MDS’s take: Can Rex Ryan knock his old team out of the playoffs? I don’t see it. The Jets are playing very well on offense, and Rex’s defense has struggled. The Jets will win and clinch a wild card.

MDS’s pick: Jets 28, Bills 17.

Florio’s take: The Bills are giving off the vibe of a franchise that already has given up on the season, making a victory that could keep the Jets out of the playoffs less likely. New York has continued to improve in recent weeks, and coach Todd Bowles’ calm demeanor will keep the team from getting too freaked out by the unlikely opportunity they now have.

Florio’s pick: Jets 27, Bills 20.

Buccaneers at Panthers

MDS’s take: The Panthers are no longer undefeated, but they are one win from home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They’ll get that win on Sunday.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 24, Buccaneers 16.

Florio’s take: The Bucs have lost three in a row, and they may as well make it four in order to enhance their draft position. The Panthers are trying to get their swagger back before the postseason, and to ensure that they get the top seed in the NFC.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 31, Buccaneers 21.

Lions at Bears

MDS’s take: In the battle for last place in the NFC North, the Bears’ defense will turn in a good game and win a low-scoring affair.

MDS’s pick: Bears 13, Lions 10.

Florio’s take: Adam Gase makes his closing argument for a head-coaching job. Jim Caldwell makes his closing argument to keep the one he has.

Florio’s pick: Bears 27, Lions 21.

Ravens at Bengals

MDS’s take: The Bengals need to win and get help for a first-round bye. I don’t think they’ll get the help they need, but I do think they’ll win.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 24, Ravens 17.

Florio’s take: Coach John Harbaugh is trying to instill a culture of winning among the various losers who remain available to play. The Bengals are sliding toward another potential one-and-done playoff berth.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 27, Bengals 20.

Steelers at Browns

MDS’s take: Last week’s loss to the Ravens means the Steelers are now a long shot to make the playoffs. They’ll take their frustrations out on the Browns and dominate, winning a game that does nothing more than show Pittsburgh is the best team not to make the playoffs.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 38, Browns 10.

Florio’s take: The Steelers can only blame themselves for missing the playoffs, if the Bills don’t beat the Jets.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 30, Browns 13.

Washington at Cowboys

MDS’s take: It’s a meaningless game for Washington, which is locked into the NFC No. 4 seed, which means they may rest many of their top players. But I still think they should beat a Kellen Moore-led Cowboys team.

MDS’s pick: Washington 20, Cowboys 12.

Florio’s take: The Cowboys beat Washington in their building. Washington now gets a chance to return the favor. It’s a meaningless game for both teams, but it’s one last chance for the Cowboys to do something positive in one of the most negative seasons the team has had in recent years.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 17, Washington 13.

Jaguars at Texans

MDS’s take: The Texans can clinch the AFC South with a win, and that’s exactly what they’ll do. Although the injury-plagued offense has its problems, the Texans’ defense is pretty good and should force Blake Bortles into some game-changing turnovers.

MDS’s pick: Texans 17, Jaguars 14.

Florio’s take: Houston storms into the postseason with the kind of momentum that should make their first-round playoff game not a blowout loss.

Florio’s pick: Texans 27, Jaguars 17.

Titans at Colts

MDS’s take: The Colts may be starting a quarterback who’s been on the team less than a week. But I just can’t pick a Titans team that is one loss away from the first overall pick. The Colts’ defense will find a way to win this one.

MDS’s pick: Colts 13, Titans 10.

Florio’s take: The Titans only need to lose one more time to get the No. 1 overall pick. Even they can’t screw that up, right? Right?

Florio’s pick: Colts 17, Titans 6.

Raiders at Chiefs

MDS’s take: The Chiefs are playing as well as anyone in the AFC right now and will keep their winning ways going with a big regular-season finale.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 35, Raiders 20.

Florio’s take: The Chiefs have won nine games in a row. The Raiders stand in their way of finishing the season with 10. And the Raiders are good enough to do it. It’s Oakland’s bowl game, with a chance to send Charles Woodson into retirement with a win, to end the season 8-8, and to lay the foundation for a run at the postseason in 2016.

Florio’s pick: Raiders 27, Chiefs 24.

Patriots at Dolphins

MDS’s take: The Patriots are a win away from home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, and they should get that win against a Dolphins team that looks beaten up and ready to pack it in.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 34, Dolphins 14.

Florio’s take: The Patriots are vulnerable, but the Dolphins gave up on this season a while ago.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 30, Dolphins 17.

Eagles at Giants

MDS’s take: There’s nothing to play for but pride on Sunday, and I think the Giants’ players will be playing to show they haven’t quit on Tom Coughlin, against a team that quit on its coach long ago.

MDS’s pick: Giants 31, Eagles 10.

Florio’s take: Giants coach Tom Coughlin still has a sliver of hope. The Eagles are turned upside down. Advantage, team that hasn’t gotten its coach fired yet.

Florio’s pick: Giants 23, Eagles 16.

Seahawks at Cardinals

MDS’s take: There’s no team in the NFL I’d pick to win at Arizona right now. The Cardinals are a dangerous team heading into January.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 30, Seahawks 20.

Florio’s take: Arizona treats every game like a playoff game, and this one could give them the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Florio’s pick: Cardinals 27, Seahawks 24.

Chargers at Broncos

MDS’s take: The Broncos can secure the division and a bye with a win, and that’s exactly what they’ll do against an overmatched Chargers team.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 28, Chargers 17.

Florio’s take: The Broncos are on a short week after an emotional, overtime win that clinched a playoff berth. The Chargers had four extra days to get ready for this one. And Peyton Manning will be looming over Brock Osweiler’s shoulder. But the importance of a bye will be enough to help the Broncos overcome what should be a stiffer challenge than expected.

Florio’s pick: Broncos 23, Chargers 17.

Rams at 49ers

MDS’s take: In a meaningless game to end the season, Jeff Fisher will get the Rams to eight wins for the first time since 2006.

MDS’s pick: Rams 21, 49ers 20.

Florio’s take: The climb to 8-8 is complete for the most up-and-down team in the league.

Florio’s pick: Rams 27, 49ers 13.

Vikings at Packers

MDS’s take: The Packers have been an inconsistent and at times disappointing team this year, but they played well in their previous game against the Vikings and should wrap up the NFC North with a win at home.

MDS’s pick: Packers 28, Vikings 21.

Florio’s take: The Vikings lose by winning, with an NFC North crown giving them the right to host the Seahawks again. But the Vikings desperately need the burst of confidence that comes from beating the Packers at Lambeau Field. If the Lions and Bears can do it, so can the Vikings.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 27, Packers 20.

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  1. romophobic says: Dec 31, 2015 8:29 AM

    I’ve got to give Florio some serious credit for sticking by his loser Ravens who had proven prior to their major losses to be pretty terrible. Florio ranked them in the top 5, I believe 3rd, in his pre-season power rankings. Even as Flacco looked awful, he still refused to move them down all that far. Now, they have proven to be the 3rd worse team in the league behind Cleveland and Dallas and he’s STILL picking them to win this weekend against a Cincinnati team that looked pretty darn good last Monday. I get blind allegiance to teams, I know I have mine, but when you work as a “journalist” you have to remove that bias when making an analysis. Clearly Mr. Florio has refused to do that all year long with his Ravens.

  2. slvrnblk72 says: Dec 31, 2015 8:29 AM

    there is no way in hades that the Raiders will lose.. if the Chiefs somehow upset the Raiders this Sunday, i’ll eat my iPhone and post the video on YouTube..

  3. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 31, 2015 8:31 AM

    Seeing as how I want the Bills to lose (for draft position) and they never do anything I want them to do, combined with the fact Rex hand picks what games he wants to actually buckle down and prep for, it wouldnt shock me to see the Bills win this one. So far Rex properly prepped for 5 games this year: Indy, Miami x2, Jets, New England Round 2. It would be so fitting of the Bills to have a 4-2 divisional record in an 8-8 terrible season.

    I hate this team so much.

  4. Rdog says: Dec 31, 2015 8:39 AM

    I may have to tune in to the Jaguars-Texans game to see how the Jaguars defense can force Blake Bortles into some turnovers.

  5. logicalvoicepft says: Dec 31, 2015 8:40 AM

    Top 5 QBs in Professional Football : Robert Griffin III, Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton. In that order.

  6. logicalvoicepft says: Dec 31, 2015 8:42 AM

    Top 5 WRs in Professional Football : DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Antonio Brown, AJ Green and Julio Jones. In that order.

  7. logicalvoicepft says: Dec 31, 2015 8:45 AM

    Top 5 Teams in the NFL heading into the playoffs : Washington Redskins, the Arizona Team, the Kansas City Team, the Cincinatti Team and the Green New York team.

  8. tvguy22 says: Dec 31, 2015 8:45 AM

    Redskins.

  9. lscottman3 says: Dec 31, 2015 8:47 AM

    you know the Jets are going to lose, it’s the Jets, it’s in their DNA

  10. vottorific says: Dec 31, 2015 8:54 AM

    Florio. Such a Steeler fan.

  11. cowboysallday says: Dec 31, 2015 8:59 AM

    #sweeptheskins

  12. thefootballgodssay says: Dec 31, 2015 9:01 AM

    Go GIANTS #55 years and counting BTW chip Kelly set your franchise back 10 years egirls will never win a super bowl in this century

  13. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:02 AM

    The Bills are just to beat up to win against a hot Jets team with a chance for the Playoffs. 12 Starters Out, along with 12 Reserves Out. Last week 11 players who were on the practice squad this year played in the game against the Cowboys.

  14. sobceo75 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:07 AM

    He just cant pick the REDSKINS to win no matter what!

  15. dayglo80 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:07 AM

    Skol Vikes – time to get a Division Crown. We can worry about next week… Next week😉

  16. annes22 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:10 AM

    The Dolphins would love to beat the Patriots, even though they have given up. Don’t think they will not be trying, Suh will be after Tommy if he plays, you can be sure of that.

  17. nyneal says: Dec 31, 2015 9:10 AM

    Imagine that. Rex Ryan, the greatest coach in NFL history (just ask him), gets a chance at beating the team he kept losing with and knock them out of the playoffs.
    Personally, I hope the Jets crush the Bills. I am not in any way a Jets fan, but the minute the Bills signed Blowhard Ryan, they became a team I root against.
    The Jets can’t win this game by enough points, to suit me. I want to see Ryan throw his head set and curse at the officials, which are the two best things he did as Jets head coach.
    Sorry, Bills fans. It isn’t your fault and I feel bad for you. But signing this guy made you an instant target for me. His father was a classless jerk, and a lousy head coach. And so is Rex. And oh by the way, his brother Rob is a jerk and lousy defensive coordinator, too.
    Rex Ryan accomplished a lot in his first season with the Bills. He took one of the better defenses in the NFL and turned it into just another defense. Good job, Rex! Tell us more about how great you are!!!

  18. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 31, 2015 9:11 AM

    “Florio’s take: Coach John Harbaugh is trying to instill a culture of winning among the various losers who remain available to play. The Bengals are sliding toward another potential one-and-done playoff berth.

    Florio’s pick: Ravens 27, Bengals 20.”
    —————————————————–

    wow… just wow. because of your love of Pitt you are really unable to think rationally about certain things aren’t you.

    Pitt’s defense stinks, Cincinnati has one of the best in the league. Ryan Mallet is not putting up 27 on Cincy.

  19. codythao35 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:14 AM

    Packers have no chance against the Vikings, “says” Aikman, again.

  20. ad28bestever says: Dec 31, 2015 9:14 AM

    MDS is a Packer Backer, what makes you think the Vikings can’t/won’t go into Lameblow and whoop the Cheese?

    I will say this, if Chicago and Detroit can go in there any lay it on them, the Vikings can go in there and flat out embarrass them.

    #MinnesotaoverGB
    #SkolVikings
    #NoPackNo

  21. camdenyard says: Dec 31, 2015 9:16 AM

    Florio’s take: Coach John Harbaugh is trying to instill a culture of winning among the various losers who remain available to play.

    =================================
    Losers?

    You mean that team that beat your Steelers twice this year.

  22. steelpenguin6687 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:17 AM

    Hope you’re right on the Steelers…However, I see something more along these lines…

    The Chessmaster will devise a game plan, and put all of the pieces in place to fail. Something along the lines of punting on first down to confuse the opponent, and “taking what the defense gives us”… The pieces themselves will also do their part to complete another debacle.

    Obviously, tongue in cheek…I love the Steelers, but the lack of preparation/execution for sub .500 teams it alarming, and the Coach speak is falling on deaf ears…

    I hope they win and the Jets lose, but I just don’t see it happening…

  23. dickshotdogs says: Dec 31, 2015 9:18 AM

    Redskins.

  24. pocketcow says: Dec 31, 2015 9:19 AM

    The Eagles and Giants actually do have something to play for. The loser gets a better draft pick, but also has to play a game in London.

    I am not sure if either winning or losing this game is a benefit to either team.

  25. kingpel says: Dec 31, 2015 9:28 AM

    Saints, Raiders, Cowboys, Ravens and Vikings.

    You need to go 4-1.

    Got it.

  26. chubbyboy93 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:28 AM

    Florio can never give the Redskins credit for anything. They were projected by him to be the worst team in football, then this site used speculation not facts and created articles on it like it was the later. And as soon as they clinch the NFC East (people can say the division is terrible and what not but when a team was supposed to be laughingly bad according to some “experts” and they proved them wrong time to give em some credit) not Florio he talks about then having a slim chance to get past the 1st round. Can he just admit he hates the Redskins and biased against them. This stuff is getting ridiculous. Kellen Moore though? Really?? Smh.

  27. timmyp716 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:35 AM

    “The Bills are giving off the vibe of a franchise that already has given up on the season”- This easily could have been said after Rex won the Superbowl……in week 10

  28. stellarperformance says: Dec 31, 2015 9:40 AM

    I keep expecting “the next game” to be the one the Packers finally shake it off and get on-track. They’ve had several good moments and bad alike this season, a real Jekyll and Hyde act. Rodgers needs to play like a top five QB, they need to keep mistakes and poor decisions to a minimum, and create at least two turnovers. The Vikings are good. The Packers need to play better, nothing will come easy.

    Oh……and if the Vikings want the ref’s to play it straight, then they need to play within the rules. Pretty simple.

  29. redripper says: Dec 31, 2015 10:00 AM

    After all the brash talk from their head coach. This game is the superbowl for the bill’s and the cool aid guzzling fans. And yes we already know ONLY the bill’s have players on ir and suffer from bad officiating.

  30. amaf21 says: Dec 31, 2015 10:07 AM

    I’d like to see the REDSKINS win a playoff game or two this season simply to see what excuses Florio would come up with to explain it away.

    “Oh the whole NFC was weak this year.” “Oh the whole league was weak this year.” BlahBlahBlah

  31. bassplucker says: Dec 31, 2015 10:08 AM

    There’s actually a lot for my Bears to play for. Staying out of the division cellar for one, avoiding yet another sweep by the Lions for another, and actually winning at home which has been as rare this season as an honest political ad. That all being said, with 13 people or whatever on IR now – including many who were starters when the season opened – I think a Bears win would be quite the upset. Not to mention Martha Ford is evaluating everything at this point and with no job safe in that organization I expect the Lions to be focused and highly motivated.

  32. wikidpissah says: Dec 31, 2015 10:13 AM

    Other than the Patriots (if their health improves), the most dangerous team in the AFC is the Jets. I keep hearing that no one wants to face the Steelers, but offensive teams rarely win in the post season. Look at the Manning Colts, whose one win was when the defense played out of their minds, and the Patriots, who for several years between 2004 and 2014, led the league in offense yet didn’t close the deal.

    The Jets have a very solid defense and great balance on offense. Add to that, Bowles looks like a very good coach.

  33. firerogergoodellnow says: Dec 31, 2015 10:17 AM

    REDSKINS at Cowboys

  34. darkneptune73 says: Dec 31, 2015 10:20 AM

    I actually hope Green Bay wins the division so that they have to face the Seahawks. Green Bay never has good luck against that team from the West.

  35. flbills says: Dec 31, 2015 10:20 AM

    Spoiler Alert*** BILLS WIN!!

  36. saraiders2016 says: Dec 31, 2015 10:22 AM

    REDSKINS should win easily

  37. spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says: Dec 31, 2015 10:27 AM

    Yeah ok MDS. Get ready for the Lions to sweep the Bears FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR

  38. hendawg21 says: Dec 31, 2015 10:30 AM

    Way to go FLO-rio…you didn’t let me down..

    MDS’s take: It’s a meaningless game for Washington, which is locked into the NFC No. 4 seed, which means they may rest many of their top players. But I still think they should beat a Kellen Moore-led Cowboys team.

    MDS’s pick: Washington 20, Cowboys 12.

    Florio’s take: The Cowboys beat Washington in their building. Washington now gets a chance to return the favor. It’s a meaningless game for both teams, but it’s one last chance for the Cowboys to do something positive in one of the most negative seasons the team has had in recent years.

    Florio’s pick: Cowboys 17, Washington 13.

    You just can’t bring yourself to pick the Redskins can you? The cowdashians didn’t beat the Redskins, they got a gift from Desean Jackson that gave them the win.

  39. usdcoyotesfan says: Dec 31, 2015 10:35 AM

    Packers 31 Vikings 24

  40. shlort says: Dec 31, 2015 10:40 AM

    Odds are Florio and MDS will get 1 of 3 correct.

  41. hyzers says: Dec 31, 2015 10:42 AM

    The last time the Bears beat the Lions was way back in 2012.

  42. mjd08501 says: Dec 31, 2015 10:42 AM

    Bills are gonna make it 5 straight over the Jets. The Jets are the better team at this point in the season, but there would be no more Jets-like way to disappoint than by missing the playoffs because they lost to Rex twice and for Fitzpatrick to come crashing back to Earth and go back to being his normal self in the stadium he used to call home.

  43. joedskins1959 says: Dec 31, 2015 10:58 AM

    I guess if you keep picking against the Redskins you have to eventually win one, but it will be next year before they lose another game. On to victory for their 4th Superbowl. HTTR!!!!!!

  44. wildinminny says: Dec 31, 2015 11:01 AM

    It looks as though logicalvoice may have started celebrating the new year early today with the top 5 rankings.

  45. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Dec 31, 2015 11:04 AM

    Sorry Steelers. You blew it. The team that swept you will see you on draft day. Don’t worry about getting there early. Your name won’t be called for a looooooonggggg time. LOL.

  46. baddegg says: Dec 31, 2015 11:08 AM

    Let’s face it the Redskins could win the Super Bowl and Florio would still say they sucked.

  47. wimpyburgers says: Dec 31, 2015 11:14 AM

    Normally at this time of year, I am mocking Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys for their 8-8 record.

    This year I am at a loss for words.

    So is Jerry Jones

  48. romophobic says: Dec 31, 2015 11:15 AM

    If anyone can make you like the Redskins it’s Mike Florio. If it’s the name change, the idea that not saying the name makes him better than those who do, etc. it makes you want to see the skins win. And I’m a Cowboys fan.

  49. bleck5 says: Dec 31, 2015 11:28 AM

    As a Pats fan the two wild card team are looking like the scarriest teams come post season. Jets have always been major pests and always play us tough I see them doing major damage…and the Chiefs look unbeatable since their lousey start. The steelers never scared me. But overall the scariest team in the league right now is definitely Arizona. Im certain they will be the NFC champs.

  50. imodan says: Dec 31, 2015 11:35 AM

    No team lays down against the Patriots. They hate them for their success. NE gets everyone’s maximum effort. That game won’t be easy.
    Now let’s be real. Given the Jets and Steelers histories is it wise to think that the Jets will actually win when they need to? Balls bounce right for the Steelers while the wackiest things happen to derail the Jets. My money is on Pittsburgh seeing the playoffs and the Jets fans being stopped from jumping off the closest bridge.

  51. mmack66 says: Dec 31, 2015 12:07 PM

    annes22 says:
    Dec 31, 2015 9:10 AM

    The Dolphins would love to beat the Patriots, even though they have given up. Don’t think they will not be trying, Suh will be after Tommy if he plays, you can be sure of that.
    ———————————-

    Mmm-Hmm. Sure he will.

  52. thun2der says: Dec 31, 2015 12:13 PM

    Imodan really? You don’t understand football if you think the Miami is going to give the Pats a game. The Patriots are a true professional organization, the Fins are not. Read the comments yesterday from the Miami Herald beat writer. Reported how immature and non professional the Fins players were yesterday. Plus, they are really banged up, and the Pats will be getting back several players, mainly because they want to lock up the #1 seed. Brady has said a couple of times this week how big a game this is for them, they WANT the #1 seed. This game will be close until the opening kickoff. Biggest blowout of the day, 45-10 Pats

  53. lexd75 says: Dec 31, 2015 12:16 PM

    imodan said it best – no team lays down against the Patriots.

    This banged-up version of the Pats offense really has its work cut out for it. Banged up o-line, no-name receiving corps, less-than-average run game since Lewis went down.

    Now it looks like Nink is out as well.

    I expect the Phins will show up and the Pats will be playing from behind for the most part on Sunday. It will be a very close game.

    Of course, if you listened to BB’s presser this week, you’d think the Phins were the best team in the league bar none.

    Pick ’em.

  54. wvtbred says: Dec 31, 2015 12:27 PM

    For the first time in my life I could care less if my Redskins loss to the cowgirls!
    Enjoy the off season Jerrah!

  55. wvtbred says: Dec 31, 2015 12:29 PM

    As for the Ravens having a bad year in my best Nelson from the Simpson’s voice…….
    ……Ha ha!

  56. thedingo8 says: Dec 31, 2015 12:34 PM

    florio has changed his tune.. just a few weeks ago.. buffalo was superior, in his limited view, to washington in every department..

  57. thedingo8 says: Dec 31, 2015 12:38 PM

    florio thought that tyrod taylor was better than cousins.. oops.. that is called a poor opinion..

  58. thedingo8 says: Dec 31, 2015 12:40 PM

    btw mike the fins gave up when they signed suh.. its called incompetence..you do relate..

  59. johnnyblumpkin says: Dec 31, 2015 1:01 PM

    Florio’s take: Coach John Harbaugh is trying to instill a culture of winning among the various losers who remain available to play.
    ———————————————————————
    Losers? And what position did you play in the NFL Florio? 3rd string towel boy? Official Steeler fluffer?

  60. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 31, 2015 1:10 PM

    thedingo8 says:
    Dec 31, 2015 12:34 PM
    florio has changed his tune.. just a few weeks ago.. buffalo was superior, in his limited view, to washington in every department..
    …………….
    Hence why Florio said “at this point”. A few weeks ago, was not this point, was it? It’s obvious that beginning with the Skins game the Bills totally mailed it in. The Bills team at their best is one of the best in the league; at their worst they’re one of the worst in the league capable of losing to anyone. The result: a mediocre 7-9 or 8-8 team. Which, is coincidentally, what the Skins are. At different times, each has shown themselves to be way better than the other, and the Bills have more talent on paper.

    Why are you picking nits over something so meaningless, anyways? The Skins are in, the Bills are not, who cares?

  61. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 31, 2015 1:13 PM

    slvrnblk72 says:
    Dec 31, 2015 8:29 AM
    there is no way in hades that the Raiders will lose.. if the Chiefs somehow upset the Raiders this Sunday, i’ll eat my iPhone and post the video on YouTube..
    ……………………..
    How exactly would the Chiefs, a 10-5 team and winners of 9 straight, beating the 7-8 raiders be “upsetting” them?

  62. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 31, 2015 1:14 PM

    ohnnyblumpkin says:
    Dec 31, 2015 1:01 PM
    Florio’s take: Coach John Harbaugh is trying to instill a culture of winning among the various losers who remain available to play.
    ———————————————————————
    Losers? And what position did you play in the NFL Florio? 3rd string towel boy? Official Steeler fluffer?
    ……………………………
    Calm down. You dont play in the NFL either. It’s a blog. It’s said tounge and cheek. Seriously, just relax.

  63. Knute's Knuggets says: Dec 31, 2015 1:19 PM

    “Florio’s take: Coach John Harbaugh is trying to instill a culture of winning among the various losers who remain available to play. The Bengals are sliding toward another potential one-and-done playoff berth.

    Your hatred towards any non-perogie munching non-IClight guzzling AFCN institution is staggering. Did Rooney loan you law school money or what?

  64. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 31, 2015 1:36 PM

    “Top 5 QBs in Professional Football : Robert Griffin III, Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton. In that order.”

    Laughable that anyone even still considers RGFragileEgo an nfl QB. He’s the practice squad safety lolz and the worst draft choice since Ryan Leaf.

    I can only conclude that logical either is RG himself or some 5 or 6 year old cousin or relative.

  65. girgandsonsllp says: Dec 31, 2015 2:07 PM

    Lets put it this way. If the Bills lose to the Jets, the Jets are even worse than we thought they were. Here is a run down of what we are missing on Sunday:

    7 defensive starters (K Williams DT, A Williams S, Gilmore CB, Darby CB, Rambo S, Dareus DT, Bradham MLB)

    6 defensive depth players (Powell LB, Wynn DE, Carrington DE, Steward LB, Johnson DE, Brooks CB)

    6 offsensive starters (Goodwin WR, Harvin WR, Henderson OT, Woods WR, Clay TE, McCoy RB)

    3 offensive depth players (Gray TE, Wood RB, Easley WR)

    Thats border line insane. No team with that many injuries sustained midway through the season can win. Not even the patriots (2-3 in their last five due to injuries).

  66. steelcurtainn says: Dec 31, 2015 2:10 PM

    Hoping the bills win and the Steelers roll in ad the number 6 seed.

  67. nyneal says: Dec 31, 2015 2:11 PM

    darkneptune73 says:
    Dec 31, 2015 10:20 AM
    I actually hope Green Bay wins the division so that they have to face the Seahawks. Green Bay never has good luck against that team from the West.

    ______________________________________

    Uh, the Packers beat them earlier this year.

    And you remember the scab officials game, right? Worst call in NFL history stole that one from the Packers. But they took one for the team as the NFL brought back the real officials and sent those scabs packing.

    And they kicked the Seahawks butts for 56 minutes last year in that playoff game until Mike McCarthy lost control of the game.

    And lest we not forget, the Seahawks aren’t putting fear into anyone these days. Witness their loss to the Rams last week.

    I respect the Seahawks and realize the Packers aren’t as good as they were last year, but if that game happens, bring it on. Right now though, the Packers are focusing in on the Vikings.

  68. chawk12thman says: Dec 31, 2015 2:23 PM

    I wonder how each of you would have done compared to the spread each week? Maybe including that info next season would make this even more interesting…….

  69. Knute's Knuggets says: Dec 31, 2015 3:03 PM

    steelcurtainn says: Hoping the bills win and the Steelers roll in ad the number 6 seed.
    ========
    In other words . . . our 6 rings are too rusty to roll, can you give us a push Buffalo to squeak into the playoffs as the lowest seed? If we go all the way we’ll be sure to give you all the credit!

  70. floriostoupee says: Dec 31, 2015 3:15 PM

    chawk12thman says:
    Dec 31, 2015 2:23 PM
    I wonder how each of you would have done compared to the spread each week? Maybe including that info next season would make this even more interesting…….

    My god man, they can’t pick a healthy average straight up, against the spread they’d easily be sub .500

  71. styro1 says: Dec 31, 2015 3:26 PM

    I don’t care if the Pats win Sunday I just want them to stay healthy.

    But I am looking forward to reading Dolphins DB Brent Grimes wife Miko’s Tweets! Should provide some entertainment!

  72. thegenghiskahn88 says: Dec 31, 2015 3:27 PM

    Unless McFadden rushes for 250 yards and 3 tds, the Cowboys have no chance in hell with the mini Water Pistol at QB.

  73. golforepar says: Dec 31, 2015 10:09 PM

    Vikings fans smack talking?? I suppose they can they did 1 out of the last 12 vs the Packers!

  74. tebow420 says: Dec 31, 2015 11:08 PM

    AFC Spoilers: Jets win over Texans behind backup Geno Smith

    NFC Spoilers: Redskins win over Panthers behind backup RG3

    Redskins 23, Jets 14 – Desean Jackson SB 50 MVP

  75. bills99 says: Jan 1, 2016 6:24 PM

    Bills just too banged up. Won’t be close.

    16 years and counting.

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