NFL picks for week 17 have many CBS experts picking the Green Bay Packers to win. The week 17 NFL picks for the Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings game heavily favor the Packers to beat the Vikings and win the NFC North. The analysts at CBS Sports have picked the Packers to win this important divisional game and improve to 11-5 on the season. If the prediction does turn out to be correct, the Packers will become the No. 3 seed for the NFC in the NFL standings.
A prediction for the Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals game has all but one expert siding with the Cardinals. They also unanimously predict that the Carolina Panthers will beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to finish the regular season with a 15-1 record. If the Week 17 NFL picks from CBS Sports turn out to be correct, the Panthers will be the No. 1 seed in the NFC Playoffs. They would be followed by the Cardinals (No. 2), Packers (No. 3), Washington Redskins (No. 4), Vikings (No. 5), and Seahawks (No. 6).
Several other NFC rivalry games are addressed in the Week 17 NFL picks. The predictions from those games include the St. Louis Rams beating the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys beating the Washington Redskins, the Detroit Lions beating the Chicago Bears, the New York Giants beating the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Atlanta Falcons beating the New Orleans Saints. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, if the Rams beat the 49ers, it will mean the entire NFC West has swept the team from Santa Clara this season.
There are also a lot of games within the Week 17 NFL picks that will affect how the AFC playoff picture turns out. The New England Patriots are unanimously predicted to beat the Miami Dolphins and finish with the top seed in the AFC. The Denver Broncos are predicted to beat the San Diego Chargers to finish with the No. 2 seed, and the Cincinnati Bengals are picked to beat the Baltimore Ravens to finish with the No. 3 seed. Both teams would finish with 12-4 overall records with Week 17 victories.
Other AFC predictions include the Pittsburgh Steelers beating the Cleveland Browns, the New York Jets beating the Buffalo Bills, the Houston Texans beating the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Kansas City Chiefs beating the Oakland Raiders. The site hasn’t submitted a prediction for the Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts, possibly because the game has no impact on how the NFL playoff standings will finish. The Titans are batting for the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, though, so many football analysts feel the Colts are a likely pick to win this game.
CBS analyst Jason La Confora is going against the grain with many of his Week 17 NFL picks. He has picked the Seahawks to beat the Cardinals, the Raiders to beat the Chiefs, the Chargers to beat the Broncos, the Ravens to beat the Bengals, the Saints to beat the Falcons, and the Redskins to beat the Cowboys. During the 2015 NFL season, he has posted a record of 146-94 in his predictions, which comes in at a tie for fourth place among the experts making predictions on the site. He finished 169-95-1 during the 2014 NFL season.
All games this week are on Sunday, January 3, with the first group getting started at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. 10 games kickoff at that time, followed by five more at 1:25 p.m. PT / 4:25 p.m. ET and closing with the Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers at 5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET. That Vikings vs. Packers game will decide the NFC North champion and how the wild card teams will get seeded. A lot of the action within the Week 17 NFL picks will shape up how the playoff brackets look for wild card weekend.
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