Nothing goes by faster in life, than an NFL season. Here we are, Week 17 already! The final week for 20 NFL teams, but 12 will move on, and it all comes down to a few key games. The AFC is set with it's 6 playoff teams: Texans, Broncos, Patriots, Ravens, Colts and Bengals, but the seeding is still up for grabs this week. In the NFC, the Falcons, Packers, 49ers, and Seahawks are in, but the Redskins, Cowboys, Vikings, Bears and Giants are fighting for the final 2 spots. The Redskins and Cowboys are playing for the NFC East crown and a home playoff game (likely against the Seahawks) this Sunday Night. I can't wait and honestly, I am not sure what is going to happen. Complete toss up to me. Now to the picks!
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
The Buccaneers started strong, then fell a part down the stretch. It was actuall a lot like last season for them. Atlanta is the #1 seed, so this game should be like a preseason game.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Mark Sanchez back as starter for the Jets, Fitzpatrick for the Bills, but the most interesting thing about this game? What happens after it. Will Rex Ryan and Chan Gailey be fired? What changes will each team make? Both were supposed to be good this year, instead they both will finish at 7-9 at best.
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
This is another game that could have had big value, but instead is more of a preseason game now. The Bengals are locked into the #6 seed and the Ravens are likely to get the #4 seed.
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
Bad season for the Steelers to say the least. They have high standards, so (7-8) may not seem too bad for others, but in Pittsburgh? Not good. I still think they finish (8-8) with a win over the Browns and return to the playoffs in 2013. Dare I say the Browns make a playoff push next year too? I think they do!
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Megatron might have broke many of Jerry Rice's records, but the Lions were flat out bad in 2012. I did not see it coming either. The Bears on the other hand, have much to play for. If they beat Detroit and the Packers defeat the Vikings, they are in! I see that happening too.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
Tebow! ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Start the mania, Jacksonville! You will have him soon enough! As for Tennessee, hopefully Locker makes that next step in 2013.
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
The Giants can still make the playoffs with a win against the Eagles and losses by the Vikings and Bears, but don't count on it. This is Andy Reid's last game as the Eagles Head Coach too. Let's see if his players try to send him out on top.
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
Both of these teams have finished strong and I expect them to compete in 2013. Next year will be a big test to see if Cam Newton can lead a team to the playoffs. We already know Drew Brees can do it.
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
The Texans have the best record in the AFC, but they have not been playing great lately. It will be important for them to stay strong and get a win here in Indy. The Colts on the otherhand, have been amazing this year. I have really enjoyed watching this team succeed for Chuck Pagano. Andrew Luck will be here for a long time!
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Will Adrian Peterson break Eric Dickerson's rushing record? More importantly, will the Vikings get a win at home and clinch a playoff spot? Big game, but I think it is more likely he breaks the record, than the Vikings winning.
St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is crazy good lately. They are getting hot at the right time too. Could they make a Super Bowl run on the road? It is going to be difficult, but I would not be shocked.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
The Patriots need a win and a Broncos loss to get a BYE, otherwise they are likely to host the Bengals next week, in the AFC Wild Card Round.
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
A win for the Broncos and they secure a BYE, a win and a Texans loss and the Broncos are the #1 seed. If that happens, expect Peyton Manning to be making his 3rd Super Bowl start of his career.
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers
HOW DOES NORV TURNER HAVE A JOB?!?! Hey, that is the last time I will have to ask that in San Diego.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers could end up with a BYE and the #2 seed or even the #5 seed if they lose and Seattle wins. I expect a 49ers win and a Packers win, which would place the 49ers at home in the Wild Card Round against the Bears. We will see though. Anything could happen.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL/GAME OF THE WEEK:
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
I can honestly say I did not expect this game to be for the NFC East Championship at the beginning of the year. Or last month. Or two weeks ago. Here we are though and I could not be happier! RGIII has changed the culture in Washington back to the good old days within a few months. Tony Romo has played great in December and was in this exact same spot last year agains the Giants. Romo and the Cowboys were blown out in that game. Did they learn from it? Or will it happen again? Can't wait!