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THE PROGNOSTICATOR: Week 17

Welcome my fantasy brethren to another edition of The Prognosticator, may it leave you with a smile. Another regular season has come and gone here at Progno Central. Thanks for jumping on board this season and I do hope you found it to be of some value. On a personal note, two of our writers are retiring this season, Thomas Casale and Mike Nease as life for them both needs attention. I just wanted to wish them both well and thank them both for their contributions. Tom has been with us for a good long while and I’ll miss his very popular Fire Sale. Mike we picked up through an acquisition and he turned out to be a dedicated writer who cared passionately about his craft. We’ll miss them both and they both know the door is always open so maybe, just maybe, we’ll hear from one or both again somewhere down the road. Thanks for sticking with us this season, we hope we helped.

 

Passing Rushing
Team Score Team Score
NO 289 SEA 136
ATL 282 BUF 136
WAS 276 DAL 130
TB 261 PIT 130
DET 258 OAK 130
PIT 257 NE 129
NYG 255 NYJ 123
NE 255 TEN 119
SD 254 CAR 114
GB 253 SF 113
SEA 246 ATL 109
DEN 246 ARI 107
BAL 246 JAX 106
JAX 245 SD 106
ARI 245 HOU 106
PHI 243 NO 105
CAR 243 IND 105
CIN 241 BAL 104
DAL 240 KC 104
KC 240 GB 103
CHI 234 MIA 103
HOU 233 DEN 103
MIN 231 CHI 103
MIA 230 WAS 101
CLE 224 NYG 100
OAK 223 PHI 97
NYJ 222 MIN 97
BUF 220 CIN 96
TEN 216 TB 95
IND 209 CLE 95
LA 206 DET 89
SF 205 LA 89

How to read the table: The table shows how a team will do Passing and Rushing in the upcoming week of the NFL. Red is HOT, Yellow is WARM, White is NORMAL, Light Blue is COLD and Dark Blue is FREEZING COLD. Play players from teams that are Red and Yellow, avoid players from teams that are Light or Dark Blue and expect average days from teams that are White.

All times are Eastern
 

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday 1:00pm
The Jags are actually onto something. Remember how good their offense was supposed to be this year? They finally show what they are capable of.

 

Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 4.5
Prediction: Jacksonville Jaguars 23 – Indianapolis Colts 13
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins – Sunday 1:00pm
I know that it is easy to just look at this game as the Patriots being a dominating team and the Dolphins as just another division opponent to roll over but in fact, the Patriots are losers of their last three in Miami as they have not won in Miami since 2012. Still, you’d be a fool to pick against the Patriots in a game they would like to win as Oakland plays in a later game and if the Patriots lose and Oakland wins, Oakland gets the top seed in the AFC. Fantasy wise, ignore your Dolphins and play your Patriots as there is still a lot on the line.

 

Favorite: New England Patriots by 9.5
Prediction: New England Patriots 27 – Miami Dolphins 24
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets – Sunday 1:00pm
Throw both passing games away and focus on the run games in this one. Both teams will want to keep it simple given the dismal state they are both in.

 

Favorite: Buffalo Bills by 6
Prediction: Buffalo Bills 27 – New York Jets 20
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday 1:00pm
I know the Bengals are favored in this and they are at home but the Baltimore Ravens were so close to qualifying for the playoffs and they will show here that they would have belonged. In what is likely Steve Smith‘s last game, the emotion will be high and the Ravens will play hard for him. Andy Dalton should be OK for the Bengals and make sure you play Steve Smith if you have him, along with Joe Flacco.

 

Favorite: Cincinnati Bengals by 2.5
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens 23 – Cincinnati Bengals 21
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans – Sunday 1:00pm
The Titans want to leave their calling card on the Texans and show a little of what could have been. Losing Marcus Mariota certainly hurts but Matt Cassel makes a fairly decent backup. Expect both teams to want to run the ball but for the Titans to excel at it.

 

Favorite: Tennessee Titans by 3
Prediction: Tennessee Titans 24 – Houston Texans 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers – Sunday 1:00pm
I expect the Steelers to rest most of their starters or at the very most, give them a couple of series’. So unfortunately, the guys that got you to Week 17, won’t be there for you. DeAngelo Williams however should roll here.

 

Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 7
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 30 – Cleveland Browns 17
Category Advantage
Rushing
Passing
Offense
Interceptions
Fumbles
Turnovers

About Tony Holm

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