Week 17 NFL Game Predictions

Welcome to a hectic Week 17, fans! Numerous scenarios surround this week for playoff hopeful teams! New England, Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia, Green Bay, San Francisco and Atlanta have all won their respective divisions making each team a lock for the playoffs. Houston will be the #1 seed in the AFC, thus earning themselves a first round bye. The #1 seed in the NFC comes down to Philadelphia and Green Bay – which ever team wins is likely the #1 seed although both teams have a tough game this week therefor San Francisco and Atlanta are still in the running if both Philadelphia and Green Bay lose and either San Francisco or Atlanta win.

Now, let’s break down the Wild Card scenarios.

AFC: Kansas City – wins AFC West with win.

San Diego – wins AFC West with win and KC loss. Wins Wild Card with win or Cincinnati and Pittsburgh loss.

Cincinnati – wins Wild Card with win or Pittsburgh and Miami loss.

Pittsburgh – wins Wild Card with win and/or Cincinnati and Miami loss.

Miami – wins Wild Card with win and Cincinnati loss.

 

NFC:

Dallas – wins Wild Card with win or Carolina and Seattle loss.

Detroit – wins Wild Card with win or Carolina and Seattle loss.

Carolina – wins Wild Card with win and Dallas or Detroit loss. If Seattle wins however, both Dallas and Detroit must lose in order for Carolina to win the remaining Wild Card.

Seattle – wins Wild Card with win and Dallas or Detroit loss. If Carolina wins however, both Dallas and Detroit must lose in order for Seattle to win the remaining Wild Card.

 

X – Conference Regular Season Champ (#1 Seed)

Y- Divisional Champs.

 

AFC EAST

Y-New England Patriots – (12-3) [4-1]

Miami Dolphins – (8-7) [4-1]

Buffalo Bills – (8-7) [2-3]

New York Jets – (5-10) [0-5]

 

 

AFC WEST

Kansas City Chiefs – (11-4) [4-1]

San Diego Chargers – (11-4) [3-2]

Denver Broncos – (6-9)[2-3]

Oakland Raiders – (4-11) [1-4]

 

 

 

AFC NORTH

Y- Baltimore Ravens – (11-4)[3-2]

Pittsburgh Steelers – (9-6)[3-2]

Cincinnati Bengals – (9-6)[4-1]

Cleveland Browns – (1-14) [0-5]

 

 

AFC SOUTH

X-Houston Texans – (14-1) [5-0]

Tennessee Titans – (7-8) [3-2]

Indianapolis Colts – (2-13) [1-4]

Jacksonville Jaguars – (1-14) [1-4]

 

AFC WILDCARD

San Diego Chargers – (10-4) [3-2]

Cincinnati Bengals – (9-6)[4-1]

Pittsburgh Steelers – (9-6)[3-2]

Miami Dolphins – (8-7) [4-1]

 

 

NFC EAST

Y-Philadelphia Eagles – (12-3) [4-1]

Dallas Cowboys – (10-5) [3-2]

New York Giants – (6-9) [3-2]

Washington Redskins – (3-12) [0-5]
NFC WEST

Y-San Francisco 49er’s – (11-4)[4-1]

Seattle Seahawks – (9-6) [4-1]

Arizona Cardinals – (3-12) [1-4]

St. Louis Rams – (3-12) [1-4]

 

 

NFC NORTH

Y-Green Bay Packers – (12-3)[4-1]

Detroit Lions – (10-5) [3-2]

Chicago Bears – (7-8) [2-3]

Minnesota Vikings – (2-13) [1-4]

 

 

NFC SOUTH

Y-Atlanta Falcons – (11-4) [4-1]

Carolina Panthers – (9-6)[4-1]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – (7-8) [1-4]

New Orleans Saints – (6-9) [1-4]

 

NFC WILDCARD

Dallas Cowboys – (10-5) [3-2]

Detroit Lions – (10-5) [3-2]

Carolina Panthers – (9-6)[4-1]

Seattle Seahawks – (9-6) [4-1]

 

 

Tampa Bay (7-8) @ Atlanta (11-4)

Match up to watch: Doug Martin v.s. Sean Witherspoon

 

Aug 24, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) rushes for yardage during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

 

Tampa knows that they have missed a big chance to make the playoffs this season. BUT, the team can build off a respectable 7-9 or 8-8 record once the season concludes. Atlanta may play their starters for most of the first half and depending on what the score is looking like, the staff may decide to either sit the starters or let them continue playing. I see no reason for Atlanta’s offense to play more than the first half. Which is why I’m taking Tampa on the road here.

 

Tampa – 24 Atlanta – 20

 

New York Jets (5-10) @ Buffalo (8-7)

Match up to watch: Darrelle Revis v.s. Stevie Johnson

 

Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) defends against Carolina Panthers wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu (19) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

 

New York has been a huge disappointment this season. I live in Cortland, New York – let me tell you what, everyone around this town thinks the Jets are super bowl bound – well, that is the one’s who don’t absolutely despise when the team comes to town. Buffalo has been a pleasant surprise this season after dishing out some money to some big name free agents. Look for Buffalo to stick around for the next few years. I like Buffalo in this one, but there is just no way that the Jets go win less in the division.

 

New York Jets – 26 Buffalo – 24

 

Baltimore (11-4) @ Cincinnati (9-6)

Match up to watch: Anquan Boldin v.s. Leon Hall

 

Aug 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) gets tackled by Cincinnati Bengals corner back Leon Hall (right) during the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

 

Baltimore has locked up the AFC North, therefore I don’t expect the starters play much more than a quarter or two. Even so, the Bengals need this win – and the young Bengals always seem to win when they really need to. I see Cincinnati winning this game at home and catapulting themselves into the playoffs – hopefully.

 

Baltimore – 20 Cincinnati – 27

 

Chicago (7-8) @ Detroit (10-5)

Match up to watch: Matt Forte v.s. Stephen Tulloch

 

Jan 1, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) defends during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

 

Chicago needs this win to boost the team’s morale, not to mention to build towards success next year. The Bears have underachieved this season after filling some major needs this past offseason. Detroit may need this one even more than Chicago. With a win here, the Lions solidify themselves a Wild Card birth. Detroit will take this one at home, but they’ll have to work for it.

 

Chicago – 28 Detroit – 35

 

Jacksonville (1-14) @ Tennessee (7-8)

Match up to watch: Justin Blackmon v.s. Jason McCourty

 

Nov 20, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) catches a pass in front of Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (30) during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Titans, 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

 

Jacksonville….there’s not much to look forward to here…except maybe the #1 overall pick. I guess. But they may have even played themselves out of contention for that! Tennessee has no shot of making the playoffs this season. But the team has young pieces in place on both sides of the ball. Look for this team to have a bright, bright future.

 

Jacksonville – 13 Tennessee – 27

 

Houston (14-1) @ Indianapolis (2-13)

Match up to watch: Brian Cushing v.s. Dwayne Allen

 

August 12, 2012; Indianapolis, IN USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) talks to Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (83) during the second quarter of play against the St. Louis Rams in Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE

 

Houston’s starters will not play more than a quarter in this one – the team already has the #1 seed in the AFC tournament, not to mention a first round bye. So, it’s looking like a good chance for the Andrew Luck led Indianapolis Colts to steal one at home from the AFC powerhouse. I think Indy can do it. I haven’t given the team much hope this season – based on how bad I think their defense will be and their offensive line.

 

Houston – 20 Indianapolis – 27

 

Green Bay (12-3) @ Minnesota (2-13)

Match up to watch: A.J. Hawk v.s. Adrian Peterson

 

Aug 16, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) puts pressure on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

 

Green Bay needs to win this contest if the team has any hopes at a #1 seed in the NFC tournament and a first round bye. The Packers will not face much of a test against the lowly Minnesota Vikings. But let’s give the Vikes some credit – the team does have a solid run defense. Oh wait. Green Bay doesn’t run the ball.

 

Green Bay – 30 Minnesota – 17

 

 

Miami (8-7) @ New England (12-3)

Match up to watch: Kevin Burnett v.s. Rob Gronkowski

 

Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is tackled by New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (77) during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

 

Miami has a chance at the playoffs, but let’s be real here – nobody expects the team to make the playoffs and they will not. The Dolphins do have some young talent on offense – all the team really needs is some wide receivers. The reason Miami is sitting at 8-7 is because of the team’s stout defense. Bar none. New England’s starters usually play the final game, at least most of it. Look for the Pats to win this one at home and cruise into the playoffs.

 

Miami – 21 New England – 28

 

Carolina (9-6) @ New Orleans (6-9)

Match up to watch: Jonathan Stewart v.s. Curtis Lofton

 

Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) is tackled by New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott (57) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

 

Carolina needs to win here if the team has any shot of making the playoffs. The young Panthers are quite a handful when they want to play to their full potential. New Orleans is trying to upset this young and very energetic team. I look for this one to be a shoot out until the end. And I see Cam being Cam, winning it in the end in some miraculous way.

 

Carolina – 33 New Orleans – 31

 

Philadelphia (12-3) @ New York Giants (6-9)

Match up to watch: Cullen Jenkins v.s. David Baas

 

Feb 5, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) under center David Baas (64) during the first half of Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

 

Philadelphia needs to win here if the team hopes to be the #1 seed in the NFC tournament. The Eagles are probably better served sitting their starters to minimize the risk of injury, not to mention this team is better without a weeks worth of rest. New York is one angry team. The Giants have missed the playoffs this season. Issues at tight end, linebacker, injuries at corner and an aging offensive line have led to the demise of the defending champs. But I think an upset is in the making this week. If you’d like to call it that. Andy Reid opts to sit his starters on offense and most on defense to rest for the playoffs.

 

Philadelphia – 20 New York Giants – 24

 

Cleveland (1-14) @ Pittsburgh (9-6)

Match up to watch: Trent Richardson v.s. Lawrence Timmons

 

Jan 8 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) and strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) combine on a tackle of Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee (23) in the first quarter of the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

 

Cleveland is looking forward to the draft, the team has been since week 5. This Browns team is not going anywhere fast. Although, the team does have some decent pieces on defense. Look for the Browns to add skilled players on offense and some more beef to their offensive line – and maybe a tight end? Pittsburgh needs to win here to make the playoffs. Steel City should have no problem winning this one at home against a weak Browns team.

 

Cleveland – 14 Pittsburgh – 30

 

Dallas (10-5) @ Washington (3-12)

Match up to watch: Brandon Carr v.s. Santana Moss

 

Aug 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (32) intercepts a pass in the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

 

Dallas must win here. If the Boys win this contest, they are still playing next week. If the team loses, well….they’ll be watching the playoffs at home. Washington could be a hard team to beat at home with nothing to lose. I fully expect Robert Griffin to air it out for most of the game, but the Cowboys have too much talent in their secondary to let a rookie end their playoff aspirations.

 

Dallas – 26 Washington – 20

 

Oakland (4-11) @ San Diego (11-4)

Match up to watch: Rolando McClain v.s. Ryan Matthews

 

Oct 10, 2010; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Matthews (24) is tackled by Oakland Raiders defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (77) and linebacker Kamerion Wimbley (96) at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 35-27. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

 

It’s a question mark whether or not Oakland’s young middle linebacker, Rolando McClain, will play at all this season. If the young stud is suspended, it will be a HUGE blow to this team’s defense. The Raiders know what they have to fix this offseason…their offensive line needs A LOT of help! San Diego is looking like a playoff caliber team ready to do some damage this season. Look for San Diego to win this one with ease.

 

Oakland – 20 San Diego – 30

 

Arizona (3-12) @ San Francisco (11-4)

Match up to watch: Larry Fitzgerald v.s. Carlos Rogers

 

August 10, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers kick off returner Carlos Rogers (22) carries the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

 

Arizona is looking towards the draft at this point. The Cards NEED help on their offensive line, and a little help on defense in the pass rushing department. San Francisco, on the other hand, may end up sitting their starters after the first quarter or first half. There is no reason to keep their starters in there to risk injury – especially Frank Gore. Arizona has upset written all over themselves, but I can’t see San Fran dropping one at home before the playoffs start.

 

Arizona – 23 San Francisco – 27

 

St. Louis (3-12) @ Seattle (9-6)

Match up to watch: Steven Jackson v.s. Kam Chancellor

 

Aug 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive back Kam Chancellor (31) during the pre game introductions for the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Tennessee 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

 

St. Louis needs help on offense. That’s obvious. The team has little talent along the offensive line and has no “stud” at wide receiver. Jeff Fisher will address these issues this offseason. Seattle needs to win this game or else the team has NO chance at making the playoffs. Even if the team wins, numerous things have to occur for the Hawks to make the playoffs.

 

St. Louis – 14 Seattle – 20

 

Kansas City (11-4) @ Denver (6-9)

Match up to watch: Brandon Flowers v.s. Eric Decker

 

August 26 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during the second quarter of a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

 

Kansas City is a lock for the playoffs. If the team wins today, they are the champs of the AFC West. If the Chiefs lose today, they are the top Wild Card team. Denver is trying to upset this Kansas City team. It’s tough to win against Denver deep into December in Denver..Kansas City will walk out with a big fat “L”.

 

Kansas City – 20 Denver – 23

 

 

Man, what a week! We always have to remember that any team can win on any given day!! Phew, now that all of that hectic season is over it’s time for the NFL Playoffs baby! Here is what the final standings looked like for each division!!

 

X – Conference Regular Season Champ (#1 Seed)

Y- Divisional Champs.

 

AFC EAST

Y-New England Patriots – (13-3) [5-1]

Miami Dolphins – (8-8) [4-2]

Buffalo Bills – (8-8) [2-4]

New York Jets – (6-10) [1-5]

 

 

AFC WEST

San Diego Chargers – (12-4) [4-2]

Kansas City Chiefs – (11-5) [4-2]

Denver Broncos – (7-9)[3-3]

Oakland Raiders – (4-11) [1-4]

 

 

 

AFC NORTH

Y- Baltimore Ravens – (11-5)[3-3]

Cincinnati Bengals – (10-6)[5-1]

Pittsburgh Steelers – (10-6)[4-2]

Cleveland Browns – (1-15) [0-6]

 

 

AFC SOUTH

X-Houston Texans – (14-2) [5-1]

Tennessee Titans – (8-8) [4-2]

Indianapolis Colts – (3-13) [2-4]

Jacksonville Jaguars – (1-15) [1-5]

 

AFC WILDCARD

Kansas City Chiefs – (11-5) [4-2]

Cincinnati Bengals – (10-6)[5-1]

 

 

NFC EAST

Y-Philadelphia Eagles – (12-4) [4-2]

Dallas Cowboys – (11-5) [4-2]

New York Giants – (7-9) [4-2]

Washington Redskins – (3-13) [0-6]
NFC WEST

Y-San Francisco 49er’s – (12-4)[5-1]

Seattle Seahawks – (10-6) [5-1]

Arizona Cardinals – (3-13) [1-5]

St. Louis Rams – (3-13) [1-5]

 

 

NFC NORTH

Y-Green Bay Packers – (13-3)[5-1]

Detroit Lions – (11-5) [4-2]

Chicago Bears – (7-9) [2-4]

Minnesota Vikings – (2-14) [1-5]

 

 

NFC SOUTH

Y-Atlanta Falcons – (11-5) [4-2]

Carolina Panthers – (10-6)[5-1]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – (8-8) [2-4]

New Orleans Saints – (6-10) [1-5]

 

NFC WILDCARD

Dallas Cowboys – (11-5) [4-2]

Detroit Lions – (11-5) [4-2]

 

Playoff Picture:

 

AFC:

Game 1: Kansas City (5) @ Baltimore (4)

Game 2: Cincinnati (6) @ San Diego (3)

 

Bye: Houston (1), New England (2)

 

 

NFC:

Game 1: Dallas (5) @ Atlanta (4)

Game 2: Detroit (6) @ Philadelphia (3)

 

Bye: Green Bay (1), San Francisco (2)

 

 

Jeesh, I can’t wait until we get the Playoffs rolling! It’s going to be awesome! You won’t want to miss it! Keep checking back for updates on Week 18: NFL Playoff Predictions!!!

 

Aug. 24, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons defense at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

 

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Topics: 2012-2013 NFL Playoffs, 2012-2013 NFL Season, Miami Dolphins

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  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.smeltzer.5 Karen Smeltzer

    I love your prediction for miami,I

    • TylerMcMullen

      Thanks for the read and the comment! Thanks!!! Have a great day!

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    Oops!!!! I might’ve accidentaly flagged a comment while I was trying to scroll down. Please ignore and please, please, accept my apologies, especially to the flagging victim. I am sorry.
    I had said my good-byes already, not having in mind there are more games than just 16. The Dolphins win here again of course and the season ends on a positive note for Miami. OK, they make the wild card round… I can live with that for surrrre… like totally.