“Pick ‘Em or Kick ‘Em”™: FGT VS. Urban Sports Scene 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.
And if you’ve been following us, you know that we here at Football Garbage Time have gone head to head against Wally, Will and Ray at Urban Sports Scene on our NFL Picks for the last 4 seasons. Why? Because they’re awesome competitors, they KNOW their sports, and, heck, they’re just good guys! This year we’ll have their picks up right HERE, so keep it tuned in, to both us and them, because we’ll be picking all season all long.
Without further to do, here we go:
Week 17 Games
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Last year I ended up with a 64.7% record for the season, so that’s five years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. Plus, I had a 88.2% record on Locks of the Week and a 64.7% record on Upsets of the Week. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on stopping now!
We had a decent Week 16 going 10-6, leaving us at 162-76 for the season (68.1%), which is pretty darn good. Nearing the home stretch, but still have plenty of picks to go! I’m also rolling with 14-2 (87.5%) for Locks of the Week and 7-9 (43.8%) for Upsets of the Week. But I’ve got plenty of work to do, so let’s get to that Lock (for Survivor Leagues) and Upset for Week 17…
Lock of the Week ➡ Baltimore Ravens (-13.0) over Cincinnati Bengals
The Ravens need the win and Lamar Jackson has been balling of late, averaging over 80 rush yards and 3 total TDs over his last 4 games. The Bengals allow the 11th most yards (380.1) and 13th most points (25.7) per game, in addition to having the 2nd most fumbles lost (13) this season. The Bengals have had some surprise wins over the last two weeks, but I think that stops here. Lock in the Ravens.
Upset of the Week ➡ Philadelphia Eagles (+1.5) over Washington Football Team
The Eagles have nothing to play for, and the Washington Football Team has everything to play for with a playoff bid on the line. But Alex Smith and Terry McLaurin are both listed as questionable and are clearly not 100% if they suit up. McLaurin in particular hasn’t practiced in 2 weeks. Jalen Hurts will look to redeem himself from a subpar Week 16 outing, and although it looks like Doug Peterson is safe for now, who knows what happens if he loses this game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an upset.
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Just dealing with the playoff implications this week. So let’s work backwards and start with Washington having to beat Philadelphia Sunday night to win the NFC East.
Alex Smith might play but Washington better be careful with that. If Carson Wentz was starting I would be pretty confident in Washington. Jalen Hurts is and despite the turnovers against Dallas last week his first 3 starts are impressive. 837 yards passing, 238 yards rushing, 5 TDs, 2 INTs, 1 rush TD and 1 fumble lost.
This defensive line must contain Hurts in the pocket, but I don’t expect them to because dual threat QBs often burn Washington. And Hurts will too, perhaps saving Doug Pederson’s job. Philly wins.
That result would make the Dallas-New York winner the NFC East champ. Andy Dalton was red hot last week and after a great 2-month run, the Giants are back to struggling because Daniel Jones is injured and shouldn’t be playing. Dallas wins and takes the NFC East.
NFC wild-card: Who do you trust less with Arizona vs. L.A. Rams. John Woolford in his first start for the Rams? Or Kliff Kingsbury whose coaching incompetence has cost the Cardinals multiple games? Plus Kyler Murray’s shoulder clearly bothers him. Even with all of that, I am not buying that Woolford or Blake Bortles (God help them) can do enough to win a must-win game. Cardinals win and get in. That leaves the Bears needing a win against Green Bay who are going for home-field advantage. Mitch Trubisky beating Aaron Rodgers when the chips are down? No. Bears lose which means the Rams back in.
AFC playoffs: Pittsburgh is smartly and understandably resting players. Although Cleveland just proved they can lose to anyone (they lost to the Jets for heavens sake), the Browns will find a way to win this game. That would make the Bills the number 2 seed no matter what happens and don’t be surprised to see them pull starters in their game against Miami. Dolphins win and get in, Brian Flores makes a great case for Coach of the Year.
Tennessee stuffs Houston who has clearly given up and wins the AFC South. Cincinnati will throw the kitchen sink at the Ravens to try and knock them out again, but Baltimore does enough and wins. Which leaves the Indianapolis Colts beating the Jaguars to go 11-5 and miss the playoffs anyway. Which is their just desserts for throwing away a 17-point lead in Pittsburgh last week. As my dad always says “God hates the Colts.”
Week 16 Results
Check back next week for our Week 16 results and Week 17 picks!