Week 17 NFL picks against spread: Colts take down Titans; Vikings survive Bears | NFL

And there was one. Make that 16. That’s what variety of video video games are left to pick out throughout the 2018 NFL frequent season, and the whole thing comes down to the final word week.

OK, it truly wouldn’t because of we’ll most likely be making our skilled pigskin prognostications proper by way of Super Bowl 53. So don’t worry, there’s lot additional for us to each get correct or mistaken.

Without extra ado, proper right here is this week’s fearless forecast. (Game traces courtesy of Bovada and can most likely be updated.)

Week 17 NFL picks straight up

Week 17 NFL picks against the unfold

(All events ET)

AFC Game of the Week: Indianapolis Colts (-3.5) at Tennessee Titans

Sunday 8:20 p.m., NBC

This is the first playoff recreation of the season, as a result of the winners will survive to advance to the wild-card spherical against, most positively, the Texans — as each host AFC South champions or company. The Colts dominated the first meeting in Indianapolis. Marcus Mariota have to be once more in there for the Titans, who will try to make this a run-heavy battle of attrition. But lastly, Andrew Luck will open points up throughout the passing recreation, and Indy’s safety could be the one making the game-changing play.

PICK: Colts win 27-20 and cover the unfold.

NFC North Game of the Week: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (-4.5)

Sunday 4:25 p.m., Fox

The Bears would possibly nonetheless get the No. 2 seed throughout the NFC with a win proper right here and an unlikely Rams loss to the 49ers. But the Vikings have far more on the highway to confirm the Eagles don’t sneak in as a wild card ahead of them. Chicago’s offense has not impressed lots of late, and this hostile setting against Minnesota’s safety gained’t help. Look for Kirk Cousins to proceed his good play in time for the playoffs.

PICK: Vikings win 20-17 nonetheless fail to cowl the unfold.

Lock of the Week: Pittsburgh Steelers (-14.5) over Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday 4:25 p.m., CBS

The Steelers will keep up their end, as they all the sudden want help to every win the AFC North and get into the playoffs. Pittsburgh gained’t fiddle proper right here, passing to a lead with Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster after which working over the Bengals’ overmatched safety with a heavy dose of the run. Cincinnati will bear the brunt of Pittsburgh’s frustrations.

PICK: Steelers win 45-10 and cover the unfold.

AFC North Game of the Week: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-5.5)

Sunday 4:25 p.m., CBS

The Browns beat the Ravens in Cleveland earlier throughout the season, nonetheless that was against Joe Flacco and a pass-happy workforce. Now it’s a duel between the assured working Lamar Jackson and guaranteed passing Baker Mayfield, who’ve turned out to be the additional worthwhile rookie first-round QBs than these drafted in between. The Browns’ safety is inclined against the run, whereas the Ravens’ safety is highly effective against the transfer. Done and completed, with the reward of an AFC North title.

PICK: Ravens win 23-17 and cover the unfold.

MORE: Updated NFL playoff picture

Rest of the Week
Atlanta Falcons (-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday 1 p.m., Fox

The Falcons and Buccaneers proceed to point quite a few battle offensively, primarily with their explosive passing video video games, to aim to make up for his or her all-around defensive deficiencies. Matt Ryan has carried out increased wire-to-wire than Jameis Winston has all season, and that will current up as soon as extra proper right here. They play a second shut shootout to close disappointing seasons on every ends.

PICK: Falcons win 34-27.

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (off)

Sunday 1 p.m., Fox

The Panthers gained’t have Cam Newton as soon as extra, and the NFC top-seeded Saints are sure to rest Drew Brees and completely different key starters based on their historic previous of participating in with “nothing to play for.” This recreation, then, will flip into a superb showcase for Teddy Bridgewater with additional of Taysom Hill in quite a few positions and situations. New Orleans’ safety at home will most likely be prideful for the sweep of Carolina, even when Cameron Jordan isn’t in there for prolonged.

PICK: Saints win 23-20.

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (-5.5)

Sunday 1 p.m., Fox

Don’t anticipate the Cowboys to play any regulars proper right here, each. They have quite a few players battling accidents and mustn’t have to hazard hurting Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott in a meaningless road recreation, significantly after they’ve so much elevated stakes at home subsequent week. That supplies the Giants an opportunity to finish sturdy in Pat Shurmur’s debut season with a great deal of Saquon Barkley and safety.

PICK: Giants win 26-10 and cover the unfold.

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-8)

Sunday 1 p.m., Fox

Aaron Rodgers reminded everyone he nonetheless has it, even when accidents, instructing and supporting personnel don’t go his means. Instead of worrying about what may need been, he’ll help the Packers delicate it up and Lambeau Leap into increased points for 2019. Also, Detroit’s safety has fallen apart under Matt Patricia, and Green Bay can do one thing it wishes.

PICK: Packers win 31-20 and cover the unfold.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-7)

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

The Jaguars would possibly want saved Doug Marrone’s job, nonetheless that doesn’t change the reality that they’ve been most likely probably the most disappointing workforce throughout the NFL this season. The Texans acquire a get-well recreation merely in time after some uncomfortable, high-scoring video video games on the East Coast. J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney will get once more to cleaning up regardless of who is participating in quarterback on the other aspect of red-hot Deshaun Watson.

PICK: Texans win 23-13 and cover the unfold.

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-6)

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

The Dolphins stumbled at home sooner than going once more on the road, the place they’ve been largely horrible this season, even against teams with lesser defenses than that of the Bills. Ryan Tannehill will battle additional whereas Buffalo bottles up the run merely ample, and Miami will wilt against Josh Allen and anyone else the Bills run at them.

PICK: Bills win 20-10 and cover the unfold.

New York Jets at New England Patriots (-13.5)

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

The Jets look like they’ve found their triplets of the long term in Sam Darnold, Robby Anderson and Elijah McGuire, they often have potential for a further scorching, fast offensive start on this recreation. But the Patriots gained’t be fascinated about turning this recreation proper right into a shootout; they’ll lean on the working and ball-control passing video video games to take stress off every Tom Brady and the safety. The precise December mannequin of New England confirmed up closing week and won’t go anyplace this week.

PICK: Patriots win 33-17 and cover the unfold.

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-13.5)

Sunday 4:25 p.m., Fox

The Cardinals have totally dried up throughout the first (and sure closing) season with Steve Wilks. David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson and the other veterans will keep Arizona from going by means of the motions, pumped to face their rivals. But the playoff-bound Seahawks gained’t be in complete rest mode; they should preserve sharp and preserve in matchup with the Cowboys. Good issue, then, that Seattle can merely observe working against a putrid run safety to shorten the game and get out with a cosy win.

PICK: Seahawks win 24-6 and cover the unfold.

Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5) at Denver Broncos

Sunday 4:25 p.m., CBS

The Chargers, who cooled off against the Ravens, must know the division title is an prolonged shot now with the Chiefs in a super spot against the Raiders. They should stability the temptation of pushing an extreme quantity of to express revenge against the Broncos vs. resting up for a rematch with the Ravens or Steelers. Anthony Lynn will uncover the becoming tune-up, and Vance Joseph will go out on a low in Denver.

PICK: Chargers win 20-17 nonetheless fail to cowl the unfold.

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-14)

Sunday 4:25 p.m., CBS

The Chiefs can render their highly effective losses to the Chargers and Seahawks meaningless by merely taking excellent care of enterprise proper right here. The Raiders don’t have any defensive options for Patrick Mahomes and all of his supporting potential players. Kansas City’s safety might also be eager to put in a much-needed robust effectivity so their preserve throughout the playoffs, even as a result of the AFC No. 1 seed, is just not transient. Oakland, within the meantime, is misplaced with an uncertain future ahead.

PICK: Chiefs win 38-17 and cover the unfold.

Philadelphia Eagles (-7) at Washington Redskins

Sunday 4:25 p.m., Fox

The Eagles are feeling good about Nick Foles as soon as extra, nonetheless they gained’t need as so much from him this week, as their much-maligned safety will get a welcome break with the Redskins’ makeshift offense that doesn’t have so much previous the ageless working of Adrian Peterson. This might not be ample for Philadelphia to avoid a Super Bowl hangover and get throughout the playoffs, nonetheless will most likely be a victorious grind on the road.

PICK: Eagles win 20-16 nonetheless fail to cowl the unfold.

San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams (-10)

Sunday 4:25 p.m., Fox

The Rams would be wise to take a seat Todd Gurley and his banged-up knee one different week sooner than the playoffs, because of they will nonetheless protected the bye with out him. Sean McVay was correct about C.J. Anderson with the flexibility to run in his scheme, and on this recreation, Jared Goff must like all the matchups he sees against the 49ers’ depleted secondary. The Rams’ safety will shut with stress that forces errors from Nick Mullens.

PICK: Rams win 30-17 and cover the unfold.

MORE: Updated NFL power rankings

Last week’s doc straight up: 12-3
Last week’s doc against the unfold: 8-6
Season doc straight up: 134-73
Season doc against the unfold: 97-105

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