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Gordy’s Game Guesses: Week 17

Posted by Gordy Stillman , 28 December 2016 · 40 views

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This is it, the season finale of Gordy’s Game Guesses. Next week I’ll debut a slightly different format for the playoffs, but records will reset. On January 1 every team plays a divisional foe and more than a few playoff positions are on the line. Green Bay, Detroit and Washington are still in the hunt for playoff berths, while a handful of teams are jockeying for byes and division titles.

Sunday, January 1:
New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons sweep the season series against the Saints in a shootout. Drew Brees may reach the 5,000 passing yards milestone while losing the game. Brees only needs 142 yards to hit the mark, while Ryan must throw nearly 400 yards to reach the same milestone.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals: Baltimore is the better team, but has a terrible 2-5 record on the road this season. The Bengals will be playing for pride, and it’ll be enough. Cincinnati had a close game on Saturday night, while the Ravens let victory slip through the team’s fingers on Sunday. This will be another close game.

New York Giants @ Washington Redskins: Washington surprised many fans in the New Jersey Meadowlands on September 25 with a win over the New York Giants. Another upset would be a similar surprise, and again, I don’t expect it. The Giants have locked up their first playoff berth since winning a Super Bowl after the 2011 season, and it’s time for Eli Manning to get into playoff form.

Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans: Houston secured the AFC South division championship ahead of this game, which was formerly gearing to be a showdown for the title. Tennessee’s loss to Jacksonville gave the division-record tie-breaker to the Texans, meaning this game really doesn’t matter. Independent of who is under center for the Texans, the Titans’ loss of Marcus Mariota is going to hurt.

Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers still have a shred of hope to make the playoffs, but they need a lot to fall in place before that can happen, starting with a win at home. I’ve never been high on Jameis Winston and the Tampa receivers, but in this game I’ll cast my lot with them. I think Cam Newton is the better quarterback in this game, but the Panthers’ season collapsed a while ago.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck will be throwing with the goal of avoiding a losing season. The year feels wasted for the Colts, playing too well to get a great draft pick, and not well enough to reach the playoffs. At the same time, an 8-8 record might be only one game behind the division-winning Texans if I’m wrong about Houston’s game.

New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins: The Patriots do not need to compete this week. Bill Belichick could rest most of the team if he wanted to, but it wouldn’t feel right. The Dolphins have been a good team this year, and I expect them to fight hard heading into the playoffs. Both teams are locked in to their respective playoff spots, and if Miami can manage to win in the wildcard round, we could see a much more interesting rematch in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings: This game will be a massive letdown. Vikings fans entered the year with Super Bowl hopes, suffered significant injuries in the preseason and early season, but the team still managed a 5-0 start and the dream was revived. After going 1-5 over the next six games, the Vikings took fans on a very bumpy rollercoaster ride that will end with an 8-8 record. Chicago won the first meeting, but the Bears will not be allowed to sweep the season.

Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets: Well, I was going to post something about Rex Ryan not getting swept by his former team, but then he and his brother, Rob, were fired on Tuesday. I’m going to stick with my original gut feeling of the Bills in this game, because I just don’t have faith in the Jets, who may be looking to replace Todd Bowles on January 2.

Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles: I’m sure Eagles fans would love to spoil Dallas’ final game of the season, but it’s not going to happen. Philadelphia burst out of the gate with a 3-0 start but a late-season losing streak torched the team’s playoff hopes. It feels odd to say Detroit is better than Philadelphia, but the way the Cowboys handled the Lions on Monday Night Football, I really don’t see Dallas struggling with Philadelphia.

Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers: The Browns are no longer playing to avoid a winless season, while the Steelers are no longer playing for a division crown. The Steelers have to build on the momentum from their last-minute comeback win over Baltimore and carry that force into the playoffs. Pittsburgh’s playoff seeding depends entirely on how other games fall, so the momentum is all the Steelers can really aim for.

Arizona Cardinals @ Los Angeles Rams: The Los Angeles Rams probably dreamed of a great first year in California. I’m increasingly thinking the Rams won’t be ready to really compete until about the same time the team’s new stadium opens, in a few years. The Cardinals are a good team that has had a surprisingly bad year. I anticipate one more win for Arizona before the focus turns to the 2017 season.

Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos: I would have selected Oakland, but Derek Carr’s injury gives be a lot of concern regarding the Raiders moving forward. Denver is at home and while no longer playing for a continuation of the season, pride and a winning record can be good motivators.

Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers: Kansas City has a real shot at winning the AFC West by winning this game. If I’m right about Oakland losing, then Alex Smith and the Chiefs just need to beat the Chargers in what could be the last game in San Diego for a division title.

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers: Seattle surprised me last week, getting outplayed by Arizona. On the last week before the playoffs, I expect the Seahawks to throw everything they have at their nearest division rival. Russell Wilson and company still have a shot at a first round bye, so there’s little reason to take it easy this week.

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions: This may be another case of wishful thinking, but I’d love to see Green Bay denied the division crown. Detroit has never won an NFC North title, and that could change in 2017. The Packers have shed a mid-season funk and Aaron Rodgers will be a major test for the Lions’ defense, but Motor City could pull it off.

It’s been a long season but it has gone by pretty fast. My record stands at 153-85-2 on the year, and I’m excited to see where it goes. Which games would you pick different, tell me which and why in the comments.