Week 17 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Beazley)
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Here are my Week 17 NFL picks against the spread:
Dallas Cowboys +7 (over Philadelphia Eagles)
There would have been nothing greater than watching SNF and watching Tony Romo choke the season away again, but unfortunately we don't get that luxory this year as Romo is out for the rest of the season with a back injury. Kyle Orton might not be as mobile as Romo, but I think he can get the job done and put points onto the board.
Both defenses are awful, so this game should be a good one for all of you daily league players. I believe all the major stars in this one are solid plays in daily fantasy leagues as this game should be well over the 53-1/2 line. This game comes down to whoever has the ball last, and I think Dallas without Romo prevails and clinches a berth into the playoffs. Dallas, 36-33.
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Houston Texans +7 (over Tennessee Titans)
It will be the end of an era in Nashville on Sunday, as Chris Johnson will most likely be playing his last game in a Titans uniform. The move makes sense for many reasons, as there are more pressing needs this offseason other than running back.
Backup Shonn Greene has actually been just as good, if not better than CJ, since he has been healthy. The CJ2K days are over. Johnson needs 50 yards rushing to hit 1,000 this year. I don't think he does it, as I expect Tennessee to give a real look towards Greene Sunday to see if he can handle the load going forward next season.
I will never bet on Ryan Fitzpatrick laying a TD ... ever. Fitzpatrick reminds me a lot of Romo. He looks good during the game, makes a few plays, and then rips your heart out in crunch time. Fitzpatrick has made one too many mistakes late, and I think this is the case again here.
Texans upset the Titans in an ugly game, 19-15.
New Orleans Saints -12 (over Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Last but not least is the Saints at home in a win and you're in game vs. the Bucs. There is no possible scenario where I can see the Saints losing this game, or even struggling in this one. I think Drew Brees has one of his best games of the season on Sunday throwing 4-5 touchdowns, and eclipsing the 400-yard mark.
It's pretty sad when a deserving 10-win team, maybe 11 wins (Arizona), could possibly miss the playoffs this year, but Green Bay could make it in with eight wins. Speaking of Green Bay, this is who the Saints will be playing next week, and with Aaron Rodgers under center, I think the Packers could be the dark horse team to make a run in the NFC. Saints, 41-20.
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