2016 Week 17 NFL Picks
By the Football Garbage Time StaffIf you followed last year, you won over 60% of your picks, and we aim to do even better this year. We’re off to a decent start, so without further to do, here we go:
Week 17 Games
Ha Kung Wong’s Picks
Ha Kung’s Thoughts:
I had a solid Week 16, but I’ll need to do some work to catch up with Ryan. I’m still 146-92 (61.3%) for the season, so we’ll see if I can get enough during the last week of the regular season and playoffs to make this competitive.
Also, just because we love competition here at Football Garbage Time, we’re once again going heads up against Wally, Will and Ray at Urban Sports Scene on our NFL Picks. We managed to edge the Urban Sports Scene gang in Week 16, leaving us at 7-3-3 against them for the season.
— Ray Rogers (@UrbanSportS_Ray) December 30, 2016
They’re awesome competitors, and they KNOW their sports, so keep it tuned in, to both us and them, because we’ll be picking all season all long!
Scott King’s Picks
Joanne Kong’s Picks
Joanne Kong’s Thoughts:
For Joanne’s thoughts on the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers, check out her article “AFC West Week 17 Preview and Predictions“!
For Joanne’s thoughts on the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars. check out her article “AFC South Week 17 Preview and Predictions“!
New York Giants (10-5) @ Washington Redskins (8-6-1)
The Washington Redskins might have all the incentive to win week 17, but can they?
As it stands, the New York Giants have already locked up a wild-card berth.
New York is going to the playoffs for the 1st time since 2011.
The last time the Giants were playoff bound, they won the Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/3YBgnuRKeu
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 25, 2016
That leaves one wild card slot in the NFC. And, it comes down to whether the Redskins can beat the Giants.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) December 29, 2016
Entering into week 17, Washington holds their postseason fate in their own hands. If Washington wins, they take the second wild card berth in the NFC, and the Sunday night game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers becomes very important, with the winner entering the postseason and the loser ending their season in week 17. If Washington loses, the Sunday night game becomes somewhat irrelevant because both the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers will head into the postseason.
Let’s take a ride in the “way back machine” and see how the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins faired in previous week 17 match-ups:
In 2013, the Giants defeated the Redskins, winning 20-6.
In 2010, the Giants defeated the Redskins, winning 17-14.
In 2006, the Giants defeated the Redskins, winning 34-28.
See a pattern?
So, can the Washington Redskins buck history and win week 17?
- In week 3, the Redskins defeated the Giants 29-27, with kicker Dustin Hopkins as the leading scorer, making 5-out-of-5 field goals, 2 extra points and scoring 17-points.
- The Washington Redskins won 2 out of their last 5 games, winning against the Chicago Bears in week 16 and the Philadelphia Eagles in week 14.
Not to diminish Washington’s two wins, but the Bears are 3-12 and last in the NFC North, and the Eagles are 6-9 and last in the NFC East.
- The Force which is the New York Giants.
The Giants have been an interesting team to watch this season. You’re not certain whether they are a good team or a mediocre team. When the Giants are great, they are dynamic and look like Super Bowl contenders. And other times, they win but you really can’t understand how. Eli Manning has 3846 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, but a quarterback rating of just 55.6. At Manning’s disposal are two dynamic wide receivers with Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepherd, but the Giants have been struggling on the ground. Although the Giants don’t need to win, thinking about their defeat in week 3 is still motivation, plus they tend to do better when they maintain momentum into the postseason.
Did I mention, the Giants lost week 16 to the Philadelphia Eagles?
- The New York Giants are 22nd against the pass, and 7th against the run.
- The Washington Redskins are 28th against the pass, and 25th against the run.
- Can Jordan Reed be more than a decoy?
Tight end, Jordan Reed, was out week 16, and nobody was surprised. Reed, who sustained a shoulder injury in week 12 against the Cowboys, looked to be in great pain in a loss against the Carolina Panthers in week 15. Reed has been limited in practice, but is said to have been increasing his work load on Thursday. But what does that really mean? The Redskins will need Reed to block, which he’s been reluctant to do since his injury, as well as make plays downfield. Reed had only gained 15 yards on 2 receptions in the last 2 games played.
- Kirk Cousins???
The Redskins scored 41-points in week 16 against the Bears. This season, Cousins has 4630 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 96 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns, 2 of which he scored in week 16 against the Bears. With a quarterback rating of 74.2, Cousins shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially with running back Rob Kelley currently limited, suffering from a knee injury.
What can we expect in Week 17?
- Victor Cruz has a touchdown.
- DeSean Jackson has a touchdown.
The New York Giants win.
Jason Johnson’s Picks
Ryan Whitfield’s Picks
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Check back next week for our Week 17 results and NFL Wild Card Playoff picks!