Last week, our own Harv Aronson went just 13-3a��bringing his overall record to 145-95. How will he end the 2017 regular season? Let’s find out!
As the final games of the NFL regular season approaches, I come off another great week. Now, this is my final chance to pick the winners for regular season games. There will be games where teams headed to the postseason are sitting starters. But there are still others with playoff implications.
So without further ado, here are your final regular my picks for 2017.
Washington at New York Giants: Many changes are coming for the Giants in 2018. Plus, this could be Kirk Cousins’ final game in Washington. Eli Manning wants to play next season, but where?
Final: Giants 24, Redskins 21
New York Jets at New England: Steelers fans would love to see a New York upset so their win over Cleveland would propel them past the Patriots for the No. 1 seed in the AFC. But sorry to say, Pittsburgh fansa��that ain’t happening. Not unless New England sits most of their starters and couldn’t care less about having home field-advantage throughout the playoffs.
Final: Patriots 31, Jets 14
Chicago at Minnesota: With seeds No. 2-6 still up in the air, this game could still have meaning for the Vikings. For the Bears, the end is finally here. Now they can start thinking about the NFL draft and 2018.
Final: Vikings 34, Bears 13
Green Bay at Detroit: With the Aaron Rodgers drama behind them and as both teams are staying home for the playoffs, this becomes a pride game. A disappointed Lions team should prevail as they ponder their blown chances.
Final: Lions 27, Packers 21
Houston at Indianapolis: You could not ask for a worse final game to watch than this one. Two teams with horrendous seasons, mostly remembered for their banged up starting quarterbacks.
Final: Colts 33, Texans 23
Cleveland at Pittsburgh: Head Coach Mike Tomlin has let it be known that the stars of the team will sit. Is this team still good enough to defeat a team who has yet to win? I’d like to think that even Landry Jones could lead whatever players are on the field to defeat the Browns.
I also think Pittsburgh certainly does not want to be the one team that lost to Cleveland in 2017a��playoff bound or not.
Final: Steelers 24, Browns 17
Dallas at Philadelphia: The Eagles have secured the No. 1 spot in the NFC. Dallas has nothing to play for or nothing to gain by winning, except beating the team that might end up in the Super Bowl.
With Nick Foles expected to sit and starter Carson Wentz on IR, we should see second-year man Nate Sudfeld under center for the Eagles. Philadelphia will be just going through the motions.
Final: Cowboys 35, Eagles 20
San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams: The Rams could be playing for position here. Meanwhile, the Jimmy Garoppolo show continues. He has yet to lose as the 49ers starting QB. Something tells me he loses this one, even after Carlos Hyde has already declared his Niners will compete for the Super Bowl next season.
Final: Rams 30, 49ers 24
Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers: L.A. has a shot at the postseason if the chips fall where they need to. Therefore, they will be playing hard. But Oakland, on the other hand, would like nothing more than to prove that they do belong with the best of the AFC and that they just failed to prove it this year.
Final: Raiders 37, Chargers 31
Kansas City at Denver: Pat Mahomes get his first career NFL start as a rookie. It comes on the road in a game the Chiefs do not need to win. The Broncos have lots of looking in the mirror to do, however.
Final: Broncos 23, Chiefs 17
Jacksonville at Tennessee: The Jaguars find themselves in quite the dilemma here. A Titans win puts them into the postseason with a follow-up game the next weekend against this same team in Jacksonville. However, a Jaguars victory might mean that the Chargers or Bills replace the Titans as Jacksonville’s wild card opponent next weekend. That makes for a more difficult game for the Jags.
It’s almost as though they should want to lose for an easier game in the playoffs. But, Jacksonville is coming off an embarrassing loss to San Francisco with a defense that is supposed to be one of the NFL’s best. What to do…what to do.
Final: Titans 20, Jaguars 17
New Orleans at Tampa Bay: The Bucs will be going through changes in 2018 and possibly bringing back Jon Gruden as head coach. The Saints are preparing for the playoffs and want to be careful as to not get anyone injured before the wild card round.
Final: Bucs 24, Saints 23
Buffalo at Miami: The Bills can still make the playoffs if all the combinations they need work out in their favor. Miami will return, as most experts think, in 2018 a better team.
Final: Bills 34, Dolphins 17
Arizona at Seattle: The Seahawks are fighting for their playoff lives. They need help, however, while Arizona is visiting just to get their season over with. And, to find out if Larry Fitzgerald will retire.
Final: Seahawks 38, Cardinals 17
Carolina at Atlanta: The Falcons are one of a handful of teams on the cusp of a playoff spot. But they are also in need of major help. The Panthers are in, but battling for position. Too much pride from the home team to lose this one.
Final: Falcons 28, Panthers 21
Cincinnati at Baltimore: The Ravens are in with a win. They may be sending Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and quarterback Andy Dalton packing in the process. No way are the Ravens going to let a postseason opportunity pass them by.
Final: Ravens 30, Bengals 21
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