The final week of the regular season has arrived. If you are still alive, you have made it sixteen long weeks, but this will likely be your toughest test. Some teams are playing for pride while others will play for playoff seeding. Some teams are still trying to get into the postseason and a few with playoff reservations will be resting their starters. Check out the game-by-game analysis for the final week of the regular season.
49ers @ Rams – The 49ers are still fighting for that two seed so they will be tough against the Rams to earn the first round bye.
Redskins @ Eagles – The Eagles look to 2011’s most dangerous team that will not make the playoffs. There is always a team or two that is playing hot in December that may cause havoc in the playoffs, but falls short of the postseason. I would think they would still play tough after they were eliminated last week, but this is still a divisional game.
Lions @ Packers – I would pass on this game as the Lions are trying to avoid the Saints in the first round in the Superdome and looking to get the 5 seed. Green Bay has not announced how long they will play their starters and the chase for the perfect season has been over.
Titans @ Texans – The Titans may be an option, but they still scare me and even though Houston is locked in the 3 seed, I think they want to be more in sync entering the playoffs.
Colts @ Jaguars – Pass on this game.
Jets @ Dolphins – I would not trust the Jets at all in this situation, especially since Miami has been playing tough the last two months. Not to mention this is a big rivalry in the AFC East.
Bears @ Vikings – Speaking of rivalries, this is another divisional battle with two teams that are not going to be advancing into the postseason. The Bears have ended the season in a disappointing manner, mainly due to injuries. I would pick the Vikings if I had to make a selection in this game because they are the home team.
Bills @ Patriots – The Patriots are going to be looking to lock up the #1 seed with a win against Buffalo, who snapped their 7-game losing streak last week against Denver. You likely will not have the Pats in the final week f the season.
Panthers @ Saints – Drew Brees is the Superdome is virtually unbeatable.
Bucs @ Falcons – The Falcons will look to win and hope for a Lions loss so they will not have to experience the hurt again that Drew Brees put on them in the final Monday night game of the season. Take Atlanta with confidence.
Ravens @ Bengals – Tough game to call as the Ravens need to win to lock up the division, but Cincinnati is just trying to get into the playoffs. Best AFC game of the day.
Steelers @ Browns – Ben Roethlisberger’s status is still unknown, but in Week 17, you may not have many options. If you saved Pittsburgh this far, you have to use them.
Seahawks @ Cardinals – Seattle is a great home team, but the same cannot be said about them on the road. I would avoid this matchup regardless.
Chiefs @ Broncos – Denver needs to win and they are in. Kansas City will not lay down for them. I expect this game to be decided by a field goal, but if I had to choose one of these AFC West games, I would go with Denver over Kansas City.
Chargers @ Raiders – The Raiders are in with a win and some help. The help they need is realistic, though, so they will be playing hard. San Diego is a tough matchup and despite being eliminated last week, I think they will give Oakland a tough time. I am going to pass on this game.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Cowboys @ Giants – Great way to close out the season with these two teams. Don’t risk it in survivor.
SELECTIONS: The obvious choices you have to use if you saved them this far are:
PATRIOTS, STEELERS, SAINTS. The next best choice would be the
FALCONS, followed by the
EAGLES. Then, we begin to get into toss-up games. Since all of the games in Week 17 are divisional matchups, you cannot shy away from the rivalry games. Therefore, I would go with the
AVOID: Jets, Raiders
Good luck in Week 17 and thanks for reading this season!