Wes: (159-80) (13-3)
Danny : (154-85) (11-5)
Garr: (140-99) (12-4)
Jaguars at Titans
Danny: JAC 30 TEN 21: Trailing Wes, I’m looking to make up picks however I can. The Titans lost by 48 last week, this seems like a pretty good spot.
Wes: TEN 20 JAC 13- This has been a lost season for both of these teams, but the Titans have been the slightly better team. As a result, I say Tennessee ends its season on a high note.
Garr: TEN 21 JAC 20 – I’m sure this game will have a lot of viewers.
Ravens at Bengals
Danny: CIN 27 BAL 24 – Neither team has much to play for, with their seeding pretty much determined. I’ll take the hungrier team at home.
Wes: BAL 30 CIN 24- As I predicted last week, the Ravens defeated the Giants, and they looked good doing it. With Cincinnati locked in to the AFC’s final playoff spot, they have nothing to play for.
Garr: CIN 24 BAL 17 – The Bengals have been red hot, winning six of their last seven. If they beat Baltimore this week, they might actually take their hot streak in the playoffs and win the wild card game.
Texans at Colts
Danny: IND 31 HOU 24 – Chuck Pagano’s return to the sidelines plus a Colt team looking to prove it is for real against a struggling Texans team is the basis behind my pick. A Colt victory lands New England a first round bye, a thought daddy likes.
Wes: HOU 27 IND 23- Although the Colts will be tough to beat in their stadium with the emotional return of head coach Chuck Pagano, Houston will be plenty motivated after losing to the Vikings last week. Plus, Houston is still in danger of losing its status as the top seed in the AFC. As a result, this game seems to be much more important to the Texans.
Garr: IND 31 HOU 21 – The Colts were close to beating Houston last time, but they fell short. This will be their pre-playoff game, and tell critics whether or not they can play with the best.
Vikings at Packers
Danny: GB 31 MIN 17 – It’ll be tough for Adrian Peterson to get the rushing record when the Vikings are playing from behind all day.
Wes: GB 34 MIN 24- Although the Vikings were a good story this season, I don’t see how they beat the surging Packers this week to make the playoffs. The rushing record is within reach for the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson, but just like his team, I think he’ll come up short.
Garr: MIN 23 GB 20 – The Vikings will come out of Lambeau with a win, but AP won’t break the record.
Cowboys at Redskins
Danny: DAL 31 WAS 30 – I’m breaking my cardinal rule of picking NFL games, don’t pick the Cowboys when it’s a must-win. Dallas got trounced by Washington last time, but Dez Bryant is a different player the last four weeks.
Wes: WAS 30 DAL 27- I incorrectly picked the Cowboys to defeat the Redskins on Thanksgiving, so I’m reversing course. The winner of this game receives a playoff spot, and, oddly enough, I’m much more comfortable picking the Redskins than the Cowboys in a big-game situation.
Garr: WSH 35 DAL 18 – RG3 and the Skins might have a playoff spot already clinched by they time they start this game, but if they don’t, they’ll finish the rookie-QB-playoff-sweep joining Luck and Wilson.
Eagles at Giants
Danny: PHI 31 NYG 10 – The Giants are in free-fall. Give me the hungry Michael Vick in this game, playing to keep his career alive.
Wes: NYG 20 PHI 17- The Giants looked awful against the Ravens last week, but the Eagles’ season is finished. Meanwhile, the Giants still have a small sliver of playoff hopes remaining. With Michael Vick once again starting at quarterback, turnovers are assured, so I think the Giants win a close one.
Garr: PHI 28 NYG 16 – No magic for the Giants this season. They don’t deserve a spot in the playoffs and will remind everyone of that with an embarrassing loss to Philly.
Bears at Lions
Danny: DET 27 CHI 21 – This is the big what if game that complicates playoff scenarios. Jim Schwartz needs a win to restore organizational and fan faith in him. Shoutout to Garr on picking against the Lions.
Wes: CHI 27 DET 17- The Bears need a win to get into the playoffs, and I think they get it. They are my pick to get the NFC’s final playoff spot.
Garr: CHI 22 DET 13 – Wait, who picked the Lions?
ATL over TB- “Although the Falcons have clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC, they will want to finish their season strong in order to give themselves some momentum heading into the playoffs.” – Wes
SF over ARI- “The 49ers need a bounce-back win after last week’s debacle in Seattle. They also need a win to hold off the Seahawks from an NFC West division crown. However, motivation isn’t necessary. The Cardinals are just that bad.” – Wes
NO over CAR- “The Panthers have been playing well during the past few weeks, but so are the Saints, as they proved in last week’s overtime win against Dallas. With the news that Sean Payton will be back coaching the team next season, the Saints will play inspired football to come away with the season-ending victory.” -Wes
PIT over CLE – “The Steelers better finish the season .500 or there will be even more coaching and player questions than there already are.” – Garr
SEA over STL – “Forget this game; I can’t wait to watch Seattle in the playoffs.” – Garr
BUF over NYJ – “Just one more game and Tebow will be with Jacksonville, Sanchez will be a back up, Rex Ryan will be gone (hopefully) and the Jets can just be a regular football team instead of a soap opera.”
NE over MIA – “Every year my dad asks me if I want to go to the Patriots Dolphins Week 17 clash, and every year I tell him no dad, neither team has anything to play for and I’d rather watch the game on t.v.” – Danny
SD over OAK – “I thought Terrelle Pryor projected as an NFL wide receiver? So much for that, Oakland sees what they have in their uber athletic quarterback this week. I’m playing it safe and taking the Chargers.” – Danny
DEN over KC – “I don’t see a world where Brady Quinn defeats Peyton Manning, the Mayans were wrong.” – Danny