Week 17 brings the ultimate slate of regular-season video games for the 2020 NFL season to ring within the new 12 months. That is another probability to dive into a whole group of picks and predictions in opposition to the unfold earlier than the playoffs.

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Final week was fairly good in getting again on observe above .500 ATS with some strong outcomes straight up, too. That ought to make us really feel extra assured about our newest fearless forecast.

With out additional ado and holding in thoughts the ultimate week is bizarre with groups resting and taking part in for various issues, this is the ultimate salvo of 16 alternatives:

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NFL picks in opposition to the unfold for Week 17

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

There is a good probability Alex Smith returns at quarterback to begin over Taylor Heinicke, however Washington will possible be with out Terry McLaurin. The Eagles got here all the way down to earth offensively with Jalen Hurts in Dallas and their protection fell aside, too. Philadelphia wants a powerful all-around exhibiting at house for the sake of coach Doug Pederson. Washington will preserve taking part in exhausting defensively for Ron Rivera however the offensive shortcomings preserve hurting it as Philly performs spoiler in prime time.

Decide: Eagles win 23-20.

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

Earlier than Washington performs, the Cowboys and Giants will battle to see who can be in place to steal the NFC East ought to Washington truly lose. The Cowboys have lastly discovered their offensive groove with Andy Dalton because the play-calling of Kellen Moore has been on fireplace the previous two weeks. The protection is bending extra with out breaking once more. The Giants’ offense is within the tank no matter quarterback play. In probably the most stunning improvement of the season, the Cowboys, via all their troubles with out Dak Prescott and with Mike McCarthy, someway get into the playoffs.

Decide: Cowboys win 24-17 and canopy the unfold.

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Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Saints will likely be taking part in for the No. 1 seed, hoping the Packers stumble and Seahawks win on the similar time to create a three-way tie. Their working recreation is rolling with Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. The Panthers stay weak in run protection. Teddy Bridgewater will see his weapons restricted once more with out the assistance of Christian McCaffrey. New Orleans needs to march into the playoffs with some momentum, whether or not or not it has a bye.

Decide: Saints win 34-17 and canopy the unfold.

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

Let’s bounce on this early line whereas the quarterback questions exist. Jared Goff will likely be out for the Rams together with his damaged thumb, with John Wolford beginning. In the meantime, Kyler Murray is predicted to play together with his leg damage with a wild-card spot on the road. The Rams additionally will likely be down younger working backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson, to allow them to’t bail out Wolford on the bottom. Murray finds sufficient holes within the Rams’ protection together with his working and short-to-intermediate passing to make his first NFL playoffs.

Decide: Cardinals win 20-17 and canopy the unfold.

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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Payments might select to relaxation gamers coming off a brief week understanding they can not get the No. 1 seed. However for a younger playoff group but to get a postseason win with Josh Allen, it is essential they preserve taking part in with that mentality in opposition to the Dolphins, who will likely be combating exhausting to affix them within the playoffs. The Payments have actually stepped up defensively and can proceed to ship for Sean McDermott. The Dolphins had been lucky to beat the Raiders and so they will not have the identical luck or Fitzmagic this week.

Decide: Payments win 24-20 and canopy the unfold.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Ravens are again to “regular” with Lamar Jackson and the working recreation, with extra pop within the passing recreation as well. The Bengals labored exhausting to get their wins over the Steelers and Texans, however Baltimore is laser-focused on holding a playoff berth after its division disappointment. The Ravens roost whereas the Bengals are tamed, pondering extra about how they might help Joe Burrow within the 2021 draft.

Decide: Ravens win 30-14 and canopy the unfold.

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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Steelers are exhausting to learn in understanding what they will do concerning chasing the No. 2 seed over the Payments. They will lean towards desirous to relaxation gamers, given what number of veterans they’ve on their group and the appreciable damage points they’ve had over the course of the season. The Browns will welcome that, after their vast receiver COVID-19 outbreak proved to be very pricey in opposition to the Jets.

Decide: Browns win 22-17 however fail to cowl the unfold.

  • Vikings (-6.5, 44.5 o/u) at Lions 

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Vikings’ offense retains doing its greatest to mild up the scoreboard with Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Prepare dinner. The protection, due to inexperience and accidents, has hit new lows with Mike Zimmer. However that does not examine to how dangerous the Lions are defensively submit firing Matt Patricia. The Vikings will transfer the ball at will with Prepare dinner, Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. The Lions can not match that with D’Andre Swift and the remainder of their talent gamers.

Decide: Vikings win 34-27 and canopy the unfold.

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  • Jets at Patriots (-3.5, 43 o/u)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Adam Gase is doing his late-season sudden-winning factor once more for the Jets with the huge victories over the Rams and Browns. Invoice Belichick’s Patriots have seemed horrible since obliterating the Chargers. These developments meet someplace within the center right here. Belichick cannot presumably lose to a lame-duck Gase, can he? Gase cannot additionally outwit Belichick after getting the higher of Sean McVay and coach of the 12 months candidate Kevin Stefanski, can he? Let’s get logical right here.

Decide: Patriots win 17-14 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Falcons blew a 17-Zero lead in opposition to the Buccaneers simply two weeks in the past. The Buccaneers have rolled for the reason that second half of that recreation, additionally destroying the Lions in Week 16. The Falcons fought exhausting to scare the Chiefs and it is good to see Matt Ryan taking part in higher. However Tom Brady seems to be a passer possessed in relation and is loaded with extra dependable weapons.

Decide: Buccaneers win 31-20 and canopy the unfold.

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Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Packers are watching Aaron Rodgers arguably play one of the best soccer of his Corridor of Fame profession with how straightforward he is made it look of late. The excellent news is that their working recreation and protection have gotten higher help for him. The Bears have discovered their greatest offense, too, with Mitchell Trubisky, to rally again into playoff rivalry. Rodgers delivers with the highest seed on the road whereas Trubisky makes one too many errors per ordinary.

Decide: Packers win 28-24 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

Derek Carr and Drew Lock are exhausting to belief from week to week. They will appear like franchise QBs at occasions with their fearless and gritty passing and working. Different occasions, they power the playmaking that is not there. The Broncos will deal with working everywhere in the Raiders, however Carr has extra trusty talent gamers round him. Jon Gruden saves some face with a slim victory over Vic Fangio. 

Decide: Raiders win 27-24 and canopy the unfold.


  • Jaguars at Colts (-14, 50 o/u)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Jaguars have locked up the No. 1 general decide within the 2021 NFL draft. The Colts want a win and hope for some assist to make the AFC playoffs after their second-half meltdown in opposition to the Steelers. The Colts will preserve issues easy right here with a heavy dose of the working recreation and well timed huge performs from Philip Rivers to avenge a Week 1 loss. It is exhausting to consider Jacksonville hasn’t received something since however once you have a look at its horrible protection and inconsistent offense, then it is a lot simpler to grasp.

Decide: Colts win 31-14 and canopy the unfold.

  • Chargers (-3.5, 44 o/u) at Chiefs 

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Chiefs are planning to relaxation key gamers, and that ought to embody Patrick Mahomes. That is Andy Reid’s model, not fearful about points with rust for the reigning Tremendous Bowl champs. understanding getting virtually two weeks off from motion are extra essential to get everybody as wholesome as attainable. That stated, the Chiefs are nonetheless gifted sufficient to win this recreation in opposition to the Chargers, who could also be a little bit shorthanded on either side of the ball once more and have a tendency to lose shut video games they need to win in opposition to higher opponents in hostile environments.

Decide: Chiefs win 20-17.

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  • Seahawks (-4.5, 46.5 o/u) at 49ers 

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Seahawks are placing all of it along with their protection and their offense is slowly combating via some current points for and round Russell Wilson. Getting again to an NFC West title was big final week. The 49ers have extra accidents piling on after their spectacular efficiency in opposition to the Cardinals. The Seahawks will use this recreation as a tuneup and hope they get the breaks elsewhere to steal the No. 1 seed.

Decide: Seahawks win 24-17 and canopy the unfold.

  • Titans (-7.5, 56 o/u) at Texans 

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Titans will rebound from getting ripped in Inexperienced Bay however it will not be straightforward with Deshaun Watson decided to play. The Texans’ protection is horrible all-around (see the Vikings, Lions and Jaguars) and that may assist Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill get again on observe big-time. However Watson, David Johnson and Brandin Cooks will deliver it once more and the protection will reply to J.J. Watt’s name to avoid wasting face.

Decide: Titans win 27-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Stats of the Week

Week 16 straight up: 10-6

Week 16 in opposition to the unfold: 9-6

Season straight up: 152-88

Season in opposition to the unfold: 125-108