Week 17 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Trifone)
Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.
With that said, here are my Week 17 NFL picks against the spread:
Chicago Bears +6.5 over Minnesota Vikings (5 Units)
In a meaningless game from a playoff perspective, both teams will still have individuals looking to show off talent. The Bears have been surprisingly competitive of late while the Vikings have been a pretty big disappointment. An outright Chicago win would not surprise me so I'll definitely take the points.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3.5 over Carolina Panthers (4 Units)
Cam Newton will probably play, at least some in this game. But the Panthers look like a team ready for next year. After a 15-1 Super Bowl season last year, I don't think they much care if they finish 7-9 or 6-10 at this point. The Bucs need a miracle to get into the playoffs but I think they look to finish the season strong at home and I like them to take care of business this week.
New Orleans Saints +8 over Atlanta Falcons (5 Units)
While this game has no playoff implications for the Saints, they still have some individual numbers to hit, and I expect all the starters to play. It's still a division game and the Saints can still play the role of spoiler for the Falcons seeding. I like a shootout, and eight points just seems like too much to me. I'll take the Saints here.
Seattle Seahawks -9 over San Francisco 49ers (3 Units)
The Seahawks still have a chance to finish as the two seed, and home-field advantage may not mean more to any other team. The 49ers have been bad all year, and it anything, a loss may help them get the first pick in the draft, depending on the outcome of the Browns game. I like Seattle to roll and cover the nine.
Denver Broncos -1.5 over Oakland Raiders (4 Units)
I just don't think you can lose your quarterback having an MVP-caliber season and pick up where you left off. Both Trevor Semien and Paxton Lynch will get some run this game and both will be looking to prove they belong as an NFL starter. I'll take Denver to win this one.
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