With a 3-2 record last week, the season enters it’s final week with a record in this spot of 38-35-6. A little cushion to finish over .500, but with so many teams without much to play for in week 17, it’s a confusing spot to be in. I’ll say goodbye to the 2016 season (and 2016) with these final five picks:
Houston Texans +3 over Tennessee Titans (1pmET) – The Texans have secured a playoff spot and have literally nothing to play for, stuck in the 4-seed. They may be resting some of their starters. The Titans are out of the playoffs, but would love a divisional win to close out their solid season. Still, they suffered Marcus Mariota’s injury last week, meaning their quarterback is… Matt Cassel. The Texans should be able to beat him with their back-ups.
Pittsburgh Steelers -6 over Cleveland Browns (1pmET) – The Steelers have also secured a playoff spot and can’t move out of the 3-seed. They’re resting Roethlisberger, Brown and Bell. But the Cleveland Browns just won their own personal Super Bowl last week, but getting their first win of the season. Expect them to take the foot off the gas and lose again, even against the Steelers very competent back-ups.
Miami Dolphins +9.5 over New England Patriots (1pmET) – The Dolphins have a lot to play for, but so do the Patriots. Still, a 12.5-point hole (given 3 points for the home team) is a lot of disrespect for a Dolphins team that has been firing on all cylinders on offense and playing capable defense. I think the Pats win a close one and the Dolphins cover to close out the season.
Seattle Seahawks -10 over San Francisco 49ers (4pmET) – The Seahawks can move up into the playoffs if they win, and over the 49ers, they shouldn’t have a problem winning by 14+. Russell Wilson needs to get right before the playoffs begin, and the 49ers have all but given up. Doug Baldwin is in for a huge game after a devastating injury to Tyler Lockett.
Green Bay Packers -3 over Detroit Lions (8:30pmET) – More than likely this game will determine who wins the division and enters the playoffs with a home game, while the losing team goes home. It would have seemed inconceivable for the Packers to be in this spot six weeks ago, but that’s Aaron Rodgers for you. They’ve come this far, how can you go against them? The Packers should win by at least a touchdown.