Much like my beloved Patriots, Week 16 did not go my way. Going 6-9 (nice) was not the plan by any means, but we can’t dwell on this.
We have two weeks left and I have just enough energy left to finish the season on a positive note.
It’s all optimism in Week 17 here!
Last Week = 6-9
Season-to-Date = 123-99-2
Week 17 of the 2021-22 NFL Season
Atlanta Falcons @ Buffalo Bills (-14.5)
This is prime letdown territory for Buffalo after their big win in New England. I like them to still win the game, but I’ll take the points.
The Pick = Atlanta
New York Giants @ Chicago Bears (-6)
This line just feels too high to me considering how similar these teams are.
The Pick = New York
Kansas City Chiefs @ Cincinnati Bengals (+5)
I know you are never supposed to get too high on a team’s previous week’s performance. But this still feels like too many points for a home dog after the same home team put up 41 points last week.
The Pick = Cincinnati
Miami Dolphins @ Tennessee Titans (-3.5)
Both these teams just keep finding ways to win. I’ll take the extra .5 points.
The Pick = Miami
Las Vegas Raiders @ Indianapolis Colts (-6.5)
I like the points here and I think the Colts have been a little too lucky recently.
The Pick = Las Vegas
Jacksonville Jaguars @ New England Patriots (-15)
Good teams are able to beat up on bad teams.
I still believe the Patriots are a good team.
The Pick = New England
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Jets (+13)
Tom Brady is 8-0 vs. the Jets since 2015 with the average margin of victory being 21 points. So even if Bruce Arians misses the game I still like the Bucs.
The Pick = Tampa Bay
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Football Team (+3)
It feels like the season’s end can come quickly enough for WFT. I like Philly taking care of business.
The Pick = Philadelphia
Los Angeles Rams @ Baltimore Ravens (+3.5)
I think Lamar plays and I think this game is way more vital to the Ravens.
The Pick = Baltimore
Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5)
If the Chargers are going to save their season it needs to happen this week.
The Pick = Los Angeles
Houston Texans @ San Francisco 49ers (-12)
I still can’t believe the Texans won last week so I’m just going to move forward like they didn’t.
The Pick = San Francisco
Arizona Cardinals @ Dallas Cowboys (-5.5)
Dallas looked too good last week so I’d normally want to go against them here. But Arizona is in TROUBLE.
The Pick = Dallas
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints (-7)
This might be the game of the season that I have cared the least about.
The Pick = Carolina
Detroit Lions @ Seattle Seahawks (-7)
As Katie Pierce said, there’s a lot of optimism around this Lions franchise. There is definitely not that same level of positivity circling the Seahawks right now.
The Pick = Detroit
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers (-6.5)
I will not be giving Aaron Rodgers any additional attention in this column. But as always, he sucks.
The Pick = Minnesota
Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers (+3.5)
The big story for Monday night is the Pittsburgh QB likely retiring. However, I am more focused on Baker Mayfield being 2-4 all-time vs. the Steelers and I don’t like him being favored by more than a field goal.
The Pick = Pittsburgh
Ok, let’s have a good week and go into the season finale on a high! Enjoy the games and Happy New Year everyone!
- / 1 year ago
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