Sunday, December 31, 2017
THE SPORTS DOCTOR'S WEEK 17 NFL PICKS FOR 4SEASONS
Green Bay Packers (7-8) at Detroit Lions (8-7)
Line: Lions by 7.5
The Packers are fully on “next year” mode and won’t put up any kind of a fight in the Motor City. Take the Lions to win and cover.
New York Jets (5-10) at New England Patriots (12-3)
Line: Patriots by 15.5
Tom Brady and company have been on a mission all year and won’t let up on the way to the playoffs. Take the Patriots to win and cover.
Houston Texans (4-11) at Indianapolis Colts (3-12)
Line: Colts by 4
Two disappointing teams playing a nothing game. Indy wins one for Chuck Pagano. Take the Colts to win and cover.
Line: Steelers by 13.5
0-16 has never been so painful; Pittsburgh will blow them out of Heinz Field by half time. Take the Steelers to win and cover.
Washington Redskins (7-8) at New York Giants (2-13)
Line: Redskins by 3
Another two disappointing teams just hoping not to get injured. Giants haven’t looked anything like a winner this season, so why start now. Take the Redskins to win and cover.
Chicago Bears (5-10) at Minnesota Vikings (12-3)
Line: Vikings by 12.
Minnesota will build on last week’s big win in Green Bay on their way to a playoff bye. Take the Vikings to win and cover.
Dallas Cowboys (8-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (13-2)
Line: Cowboys by 2.5
This game means nothing to the Eagles so they’ll rest a bunch of starters. Take the Cowboys to win and cover.
Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) at Baltimore Ravens (9-6)
Line: Ravens by 10
If the Ravens win, they are in the playoffs. But the Bengals may try and win one for Marvin Lewis. Take the Ravens to win but not cover.
Buffalo Bills (8-7) at Miami Dolphins (6-9)
Line: Bills by 3
Buffalo needs this more that Miami, but something tells me the Dolphins will play “party pooper” in this one. Take the Dolphins in an upset.
Carolina Panthers (11-4) at Atlanta Falcons (9-6)
Line: Falcons by 4
Atlanta at home, with their season on the line, will find a way to win. Take the Falcons to win and cover.
New Orleans Saints (11-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11)
Line: Saints by 7
New Orleans will win the NFC South with a victory here. Take the Saints to win and cover.
Jacksonville Jaguars (10-5) at Tennessee Titans (8-7)
Line: Titans by 6
The Titans beat up on the Jaguars earlier in the season, so Jacksonville will want to knock them right out of the playoff picture. Take the Jaguars in an upset.
Oakland Raiders (6-9) at Los Angeles Chargers (8-7)
Line: Chargers by 8
The Raiders are playing consecutive road games for nothing, look for the Chargers to keep sharp for the post season. Take the Chargers to win and cover.
Arizona Cardinals (7-8) at Seattle Seahawks (9-6)
Line: Seahawks by 8
Seattle will win the sixth seed if they beat the Cardinals and the Falcons lose to the Panthers. That’s good motivation. Take the Seahawks to win and cover.
Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) at Denver Broncos (5-10)
Line: Broncos by 3.5
I don’t think K.C. will rest as some think, I believe they will keep playing hard as a tune up for the playoffs. Take the Chiefs in an upset.
San Francisco 49ers (5-10) at Los Angeles Rams (11-4)
Line: Rams by 4
The 49ers have won four straight games with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback, and with the Rams resting players for the playoffs, he’ll get his fifth. Take the 49ers in an upset.
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