Teams clinched: Pats, Colts, Broncos, and the Cardinals.
Now to the picks.
Vikings @ Dolphins: Vikings could play spoiler role this week. The Dolphins have the slimmest of hopes to keep their playoffs alive. They are 7-7 if they lose they are done. They will come out fired up hoping for help. The Dolphins win 23 - 20.
Ravens @ Texans: The Ravens again looked not playoff worthy last week. Yes they won but they looked lethargic against a 3 Win Jaguars team. They have the wildcard spot for now. They also have the easiest last 3 games of the season. The Texans are at home and looking for a playoff spot but at 7-7 they need a lot of help. They have to start this week. JJ will get to Flacco a good bit. But the Texans are starting Thad Lewis making a mistake ending their playoff hopes. Ravens will win this thing, 26 - 21.
Lions @ Bears: The Lions are playing to keep a division title spot as possibility. The Lions come into soldier field to face Jimmy Clausen. The Bears must have read Mel Kipers quote when he said if Jimmy Clausen isn't a good NFL starting QB he will quit his job. The Bears having pity for Mel have decided to bench Jay Cutler for Jimmy Clausen. Lions will eat the Bears alive and roll into week 17 against division rival Packers. Lions win 38 - 17.
Browns @ Panthers: Johnny learned fast it's not all easy and the NFL will be a real test for him. The Panthers are sadly still alive for a division win with a little bit of help. The Browns are alive as well sadly unless they lose this week. I got Panthers winning and ending the Browns hope although I think Johnny football will do better then last week. Panthers win 32 - 23.
Falcons @ Saints: The Falcons didn't get the offense soaring last week against the Steelers. They need this win to stay alive in their division. Saints meanwhile beat the Bears up pretty badly. But don't take anything from it Because the Bears suck, plus the Saints were not at home. Falcons win this thing in New Orleans and get back in this division heading to week 17. Falcons win 34 - 30.
Packers @ Bucs: Packers were absolutely stunned last week, in my opinion they got the bad game out of the way. The Bills got lucky winning because they have an incredible defense. Their QB is a joke they win due to their defense, entirely their defense. The Bucs need to lose for a better draft pick. Packers win this 43 - 24
Chiefs @ Steelers: The Chiefs are alive and looking in from the outside. The Steelers are in right now and have the talent to be special, they just seem inconsistent. At home though this week they take out the Chiefs and keep their wildcard spot. Steelers win this week 24 - 17.
Patriots @ Jets : Patriots are truly the best team in the league. From 2003-2013 their record is 138 wins and 38 loses. They are a complete dynasty with Tom Brady and this is the year they reclaim the Lombardi trophy. The Jets are abysmal. The Patriots win this 47 - 23.
Giants @ Rams : The Giants are a terrible team needing a lot of help on defense and maybe a new QB. The Rams are a good team really just need a WR and a QB. The Rams will destroy the Giants due to their amazing defense. Rams win 27 - 17.
Bills @ Raiders: The Bills as I said earlier shocked the world last week. The Bills have an easy one here headed towards the wildcard hopes. The Raiders are pathetic and will look it this week against this Buffalo defense. Bill roll over the Raiders 28 - 10.
Colts @ Cowboys: The Colts are an average at best team that play in a really bad division. Andrew Luck is an extremely overrated QB and it shall show this week and in the post season. The Cowboys will possibly be without DeMarco Murray but either way Tony Romo is better then Luck and Dez is a freak. Cowboys realize they have a division shot this year. Cowboys win and stay in first 38 - 34.
Seahawks @ Cardinals : Seahawks are the scariest team in the NFC. They still in my opinion need to let Wilson off the leash and let him command the game. The Cardinals are making a mistake going with Lindley over Thomas this week. Cardinals are going to struggle against their division rivals. Seahawks come in and win 24 - 10.
Broncos @ Bengals: This game could possibly be game of the week. The Bengals are hot and in first place and look to keep it that way. The Broncos are a good team but if they have to play in cold weather they are in trouble. This game is interesting. Marvin Lewis seems to fail his team as a coach in big games and prime time games. Although, on the other side Peyton struggles badly in bad weather games. This game is going to be interesting either way. I'm going to take a huge stretch and pick the Bengals 31 - 30.
- Matt K
Vikings @ Dolphins. The Dolphins always find a way to kill their own playoff hopes. This season will be no different. The Vikings win this game and put one more nail in Miami's coffin. Final score Minnesota 21, Miami 12.
Ravens @ Texans. The Texans have no quarterback. The Ravens have a very overrated average QB. Still, average is better than career backup, and the Ravens will run away with this game, even though JJ Watt will score another touchdown for Houston. Final score, Baltimore 24, Houston 10.
Lions @ Bears. The Bears are who we thought they were! A crappy team that can't score at home! They are who we thought they were, and they let Jay Cutler off the hook! You wanna throw Jimmy Clausen in the game and crown the Lions, then crown them! The Bears are who we thought they were! And Clausen tanks in this game! Final score Lions 35, Chicago 9.
Browns @ Panthers. This game isn't funny. Regardless of whether Cam Newton starts this game or Derek Anderson gets a chance for revenge against his old team, the Panthers will win this game. The Browns are already looking towards next season, and could use a higher draft slot anyway. Final score Carolina 35, Cleveland 21.
Falcons @ Saints. Win the division, lose the draft! One of these teams has gotta win though, and Atlanta has no run defense. I think the Saints squeak by in a close game, with big performances from their running backs. Final score New Orleans 34, Atlanta 31.
Packers @ Bucs. The Packers will not drop two "easy" games in a row. Aaron Rodgers is angry, and will tell Packers fans to relax as they dismantle Lovie's listless Bucs this week. Final score 56-6.
Chiefs @ Steelers. This is going to be a close game, but the Steelers have more weapons. Multiple Pittsburgh WRs have scored this year. How many Chiefs WRs have scored in the past year? Oh yeah, someone scored one way back on December 8th...last season. Alex Smith will throw more TDs to the Steelers defense than to his own WRs, and the Steelers will win, 21-20. Steely Mcbeam tackles Jamaal Charles for a 5 yard loss.
Patriots @ Jets. What does the name "Jets" stand for? Just end the season. The Jets are hurdling towards another high draft pick, and Tom Brady and company help them compete for #1 overall. The Patriots win big, 45-24. Bill Belichick smiles in his post-game press-conference as hell freezes over.
Odell Beckham Jr. @ Rams. Odell Beckham Junior is a great player. However, he won't be enough to beat St. Louis's defense. The Rams are a few players away from being a playoff-caliber team. Add a healthy QB and a #1 WR and they will be dominant. They don't need to be dominant to beat the Giants. They just need to come to play. They will. Final score Rams 35, Giants 14. Beckham Jr. scores twice.
Bills @ Raiders. Both of these teams used to be dominant at one point back in the day. The Bills are getting better, but the Raiders are still terrible. I'll take competent over terrible any day. The Bills stand for Boy I love Losing Superbowls, not "Boy I love losing to terrible teams." Bills win, 28-14.
Colts @ Cowboys. Demarco Murray is the core of Dallas' offense, and he got broken last week. Both of these teams are streaky as hell, but I think with Murray hurting, the Colts will squeak out a close win. Final score Indy 24, Dallas 21.
Seahawks @ Cardinals. The Seahawks would struggle against Arizona if they had a starting QB. That being said, the Arizona Cardinals have no quarterback. All courses incomplete. Ryan Lindley will not beat the Seahawks, even though Arizona's defense is extremely good. Final score in this defensive matchup, Seahawks 14, Cardinals 13.
Broncos @ Bengals. If this game were anything other than a prime time game, I would be picking Cincinnati. Peyton in cold weather? That spells choke. That being said, Marvin Lewis on prime time in a playoff situation? Major choke. This game is going to be a sloppy game, and could go either way. My head is telling me no but I'm going to pull for a team I love. Bengals win, because they need to, 24-21. Marvin pulls it together and quiets his critics.
-- Mike B
Vikings @ Dolphins - Dolphins are amazing at home. The Vikings won't know which way is up, and the Dolphins win 28-13.
Ravens @ Texans - This is going to be a close game this week. Both teams are unpredictable, as they've had good games and bad games. Ravens win a tough game on the road, 21-17.
Lions @ Bears - The bears struggle with yet another matchup, with a new QB running their offense. They will do better than what they did with Cutler (not hard,) but they're still going to lose. Lions win, 28-16.
Browns @ Panthers - Panthers have been playing strong lately, and want to go to the playoffs. Carolina wins at home, 21-14.
Falcons @ Saints - I'm picking the Falcons to win for the pure fact that the Saints are horrible at home. Matt Ryan has a great game, and Atlanta wins 28-24.
Packers @ Bucs - A great team against a bad team. Green Bay has a field day and walks away with it, 36-3.
Chiefs @ Steelers - Pittsburgh wins due to home field advantage, 24-20.
Patriots @ Jets - Yet another unbalanced matchup. Tom and his buddies shoot the Jets down, and don't have a care in the world. New England wins in an absolute blowout, 35-6.
Giants @ Rams - Rams have played well in the last few weeks, and they're at home this week. This should be an easier win for them. St. Louis wins, 28-20.
Bills @ Raiders - The Bills defense stops and incredibly weak offense, and the Bills still struggle to score. Bills win, 17-10.
Colts @ Cowboys - Dallas wins due to home field advantage, 24-21.
Seahawks @ Cardinals - This could be a really close game, or a complete blowout. I'm going with close game. Seattle wins due to Arizona's problems at QB, 24-21.
Broncos @ Bengals - Denver wins on the road, 27-21.
There are tons of playoff implications this week: wins mean a little more, certain opponents losing mean much more. Who is in and who is out depends solely one wins. So this week, I'm changing it up, I won't use conjecture to predict the final scores, and I won't discuss storylines. I will only put a "W" in the winners column, because only winning matters.
W Vikings @ Dolphins
W Ravens @ Texans
W Lions @ Bears
Browns @ Panthers W
Falcons @ Saints W
W Packers @ Bucs
Chiefs @ Steelers W
W Patriots @ Jets
W Giants @ Rams
W Bills @ Raiders
Colts @ Cowboys W
W Seahawks @ Cardinals
W Broncos @ Bengals