Lines accurate as of Wednesday 7:00PM EST*
New Orleans Saints (+6.5) @ Atlanta Falcons
Niko: Classic shoot out. Matty Ryan and co. dropped 45 on these Saints back in Week 3 and I don’t see any reason why this time should be any different. New Orleans has serious issues defensively, and the Falcons offense has been impressive all season long. Atlanta wins big at home, clinching the No.2 seed and a first round playoff bye.
Pete: If this game was in New Orleans, I would give the nod to the Saints. For some reason, they are phenomenal at home but just cannot get the big wins on the road. I expect more of the same this week, but it should be a good game from an offensive standpoint. Atlanta.
Jordan: I absolutely love games that are just filled with offense. This one shouldn't disappoint either. I think you could flip a coin and feel pretty confident about your pick. I'll take the Falcons, behind a big day from Matt Ryan, who will put the final stamp on an MVP-caliber season.
Baltimore Ravens (+2.5) @ Cincinnati Bengals
Niko: In the understatement of the century, I certainly don’t feel bad for either of these clubs’ struggles this season. One would think Marvin Lewis is almost definitely coaching his final game, and according to some rumblings, Harbaugh’s job could be up for evaluation as well. That being said, Baltimore is just better. They’ll get it done on the road.
Pete: Baltimore has a legitimate defense, regardless of what we have seen these past couple of weeks. Unfortunately, Joe Flacco is NOT AN ELITE QUARTERBACK and ultimately cost this team a chance at a playoff spot. I expect them to come out angry and beat up on the lowly Bengals.
Jordan: What a joke Cincy is. It baffles me that Marvin Lewis still has his job. They're a mess, and not even their kicker can do anything. I'll take then non-elite Baltimore Ravens in this one. Simply put: they're better, and it's likely Steve Smith's last game.
Green Bay Packers (-3.5) @ Detroit Lions
Niko: This is a good one. Detroit has impressed at times this season, but the Packers are peaking at the right time. Tough to go against Rodgers the way he’s playing. Not a big fan of his persona, but the talent is undeniable. GB takes care of business.
Pete: We have some playoff implications in this game as well, no? I think the Lions will be playing hard and should be able to take care of business at home. With Aaron Rodgers nursing a couple injuries, I would not be surprised if he does not play a lot in this game.
Jordan: The Lions always play the Packers tough. But after that massacre at the hands of Dallas last week, they've lost faith. I'll take the more experienced Packers in this one, covering the spread as well.
Houston Texans (+3) @ Tennessee Titans
Niko: No Mariota, no dice here for the Titans. Very sad to see him go down: promising player and by all accounts great person. Texans win their finale.
Pete: Without Mariota, there is no shot the Titans can beat a playoff team. Texans.
Jordan: Texans. Can't wait to see what the Titans have in store next season though.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+4.5) @ Indianapolis Colts
Niko: Indy with another underwhelming, playoff-less season in the worst division in football. One word comes to mind: Karma. I do think they cover in this meaningless season ender. Colts at home.
Pete: Colts should win this game, but the Jaguars have some things to look forward to. They have a few key players on both sides of the ball that could be legitimate stars, but they just haven't put it all together.
Jordan: Talk about a pukefest. Nothing about this game intrigues me. The Jags were able to beat the Mariota-less Titans last week (I know he started). But I don't see them beating the Colts in Indy. Even though they suck, the Colts are too good for the Jags.
New England Patriots (-9.5) @ Miami Dolphins
Niko: Interestingly enough, the Pats have more to play for than Miami in this one. With a win, Brady’s bunch lock up home field throughout the playoffs and don’t have to wait and see what the Raiders do. Miami, on the other hand, has clinched the 6th seed in the tourney. More on this coming in the roundtable, but (shocker) I see the Pats keeping the pedal to the medal and raining on the Dolphins’ parade/hot streak.
Pete: The Patriots eased up off the gas last season and it ultimately cost them the #1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. From what we have seen so far, it looks like Bill Belichick learned from his mistake and is trying to finish the season strong. I don't want key guys like Edelman, Brady, Bennett, Hightower, etc. to be in this game in the fourth quarter if the Patriots are up by a score or two, but this is an easily winnable game. Send the league a notice. Patriots.
Jordan: Jimmy G shredded the Dolphins back in Week 2 this season, piling up the yards and putting points on the board before getting hurt. Why does this matter? Because I think we'll see a lot of Jimmy G in the second half. Pats cover the spread. More on the Roundtable.
Chicago Bears (+5) @ Minnesota Vikings
Niko: What a turnaround for the Vikings. And not the good kind. After starting 5-0 and looking like the premiere team in the NFC, Minny has imploded. They apparently don’t listen to their coach, AP is still clearly not right, they can’t score, and the defense has struggled. I’ll take the Bears with the points.
Pete: I hate to see what happened to the Vikings this season. After Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson went down earlier this season, the Vikings relied on their defense but could not get the key offensive plays by Sam Bradford to win football games consistently. Against one of the worst teams in the NFL, however, I like their chances.
Jordan: The Vikings really got dealt a bad hand this year. First Bridgewater went down before the season, and then AP very soon after. The Vikings, with the two of them, are likely fighting for a bye in the playoffs with this defense. However, they'll miss the playoffs. With nothing to play for, I can see this being sloppy, and I think the Bears might get a cheap win in Week 17.
Buffalo Bills (-3.5) @ New York Jets
Niko: Bye Bye Rex. The Jets have mailed it in on the field, and are fighting off of it. Buffalo is in turmoil. Belichick is a coach killer, Brady is a personnel murderer. I’ll flip a coin and go with Buffalo to take one at the Meadowlands.
Pete: As Patriots fans, we haven't seen much of the Bills since the beginning of the season. They fired Bobby and Rex, and look to be in complete free-fall. Tyrod Taylor is getting benched and they really don't have any names on their roster that jump out to you. Even though the Jets don't really have a quarterback, they have enough pieces on offense that I think they take this game.
Jordan: This would take a ridiculous effort out of Shady McCoy to win this one for the Bills. Who, like the other guys mentioned above, fired the Ryan boys this week and are in total limbo. Remember when they thought they'd win the East? LOL. Jets have too much star-power to lose to the Bills.
Dallas Cowboys (+4) @ Philadelphia Eagles
Niko: For a divisional game between heated rivals, this one lacks the punch we’re used to. Dallas has locked up everything, and Philly is onto the offseason. The most interesting storyline may be whether or not we see Romo play his final snaps as a Cowboy. I’ll roll with the ‘Boys.
Pete: It sounds as if Dak Prescott won't be playing much, but neither will Tony Romo. By all accounts, Romo will play a couple series, but old friend Mark Sanchez could be looking at some serious playing time. I don't understand this move and, to be perfectly honest, it kind of pisses me off. Regardless of your feelings of Romo, he has given everything to the Cowboys and he can barely get two series in a meaningless game? Bad form, Jerry. I hope the Cowboys lose. Eagles.
Jordan: It appears as though the Boys are rolling with Mark Sanchez and Tony Romo at QB, and Darren McFadden at RB. With Tyron Smith out this week, that's a real game changer. And with the way the Eagles are at home, I'll take the Eagles, and covering the spread.
Cleveland Browns (+6) @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Niko: Pitt has locked up the 3-seed in the AFC and Coach Tomlin appears ready to rest his big guns. Given that, I’ll go with the points and take the Browns not to win, but to cover.
Pete: LOL. Pitt.
Jordan: Browns.... I'm kidding.
Carolina Panthers (+6) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Niko: The Panthers have been a dumpster fire this year and need to go back to the drawing board in the offseason. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, has seemingly made strides, positioning themselves as a solid team moving forward, led by a talented QB and sound defense. I’ll go with the Bucs.
Pete: Tampa has made tremendous strides this season, and I expect those to continue next season as they become a legitimate threat to the NFC. Bucs in this one, as well.
Jordan: Like the Titans, I can't wait to see what the Bucs will be next season. Winston looked like a potential star at QB at times. Got to like what they have in store for them for the next few years. As for this one? Bucs got it.
New York Giants (+7.5) @ Washington Redskins
Niko: Washington has more to play for. While NY has punched their ticket to the tourney, Cousins and co. can still potentially make it, but they need help. ‘Skins win big at home.
Pete: Read above.
Jordan: Yup ^^.
Oakland Raiders (+1.5) @ Denver Broncos
Niko: The Pats loss demoralized the Broncos. Kubiak and the gang completely checked out after NE systematically crushed them, as we saw with their effort against the Chiefs last Sunday night. That being said, I think Oakland is in for a rude wake up call since their young stud at QB. They’re going to miss David Carr- a lot. Denver wins a tight one at Mile High.
Pete: Again, I agree with Niko. The Raiders simply don't have a quarterback right now, and Denver still has a stout defense. If I am Oakland, I try to get out of there injury-free and ready for the playoffs.
Jordan: While the Broncos are out, the Raiders are screwed. Denver should take this one easily.
Arizona Cardinals (-6) @ Los Angeles Rams
Niko: The Rams stink. ‘Zona covers on the road.
Pete: Arizona should take this game. The Rams, like many teams on this list, are an absolute mess.
Jordan: Unfortunately, the Rams can't go 7-9 this year. And after a statement win against the Hawks, this should be a blowout, even if Zona is out.
Kansas City Chiefs (-5.5) @ San Diego Chargers
Niko: San Diego just lost to the afore-winless Browns. I’m rolling with the Chiefs here. They look like a top three team in the AFC.
Pete: No reason to think the Chiefs won't win this game. They are one of the best teams in the AFC.
Jordan: Chiefs should win this one, however I see the Chargers covering for some reason.
Seattle Seahawks (-9.5) @ San Francisco 49ers
Niko: Seattle looks like a team that needs a little on-field therapy. Insert the 49ers. ‘Hawks win big in Cali.
Jordan: HAHAHA, pathetic. Hawks.