2016 NFL Predictions Week Seventeen
Black Monday hasn't arrived yet and the Buffalo Bills have already fired head coach Rex Ryan and Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan. When the season finishes, there could be two more changes for the Chargers (in the coaching staff and relocation to Los Angeles) and the Bengals (Marvin Lewis could retire at the end of the season; link below). With the Rams and Jaguars already having coaching vacancies, it will be interesting to see which names will come up as candidates in the off-season. Hope you got the gifts that you wanted. Have a Happy New Year.
Ravens @ Bengals: Bragging rights and draft positioning is the only thing that can come out of the last game of the season for these teams. If this is Lewis's last season with Cincinnati, he had quite a run.
Texans @ Titans: The Texans already clinched the division, now they just to have to get some sort of consistency on offense to carry over to next weekend. Despite the offensive surge Jacksonville put on the Titans defense last week, I still trust them to hold off Houston.
Panthers @ Buccaneers: The Buccaneers lost an opportunity with their loss last week to New Orleans and will need a bit of a miracle to advance. The letdown will continue as Cam Newton will look to extinguish all hope from Tampa Bay.
Browns @ Steelers: After a tough, emotional win on Christmas Day and the number 3 seed locked up for Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger would like to see some of their starters healed up for the Wild Card round next week. With the number one draft pick in play, Cleveland would much like to hold on to it.
Cowboys @ Eagles: The Cowboys are going to, reportedly, rest some key players for most of the game giving us the time to see Mark Sanchez and Darren McFadden. The Eagles defense play better at home allowing teams to score close to 16 points per game. Two consecutive wins to close out the season gives Philadelphia and their fans optimism for 2017.
Bills @ Jets: Buffalo will look quite different four months from now with a new head coach and possibly a new quarterback with the benching of Tyrod Taylor, who will be a free agent in the off-season. EJ Manuel gets the surprising vote of confidence as he will try to refurbish his status for teams that need a quarterback. The Jets look to have more security in their future despite this season's woes.
Bears @ Vikings: A revolt in the secondary last week really puts the cherry on top on a wild season for Minnesota. Sam Bradford has played fairly steady limiting the turnovers and has some help from his receivers. The Bears haven't had a 10-win season (winning season, regardless) since 2012 when they fired Lovie Smith.
Jaguars @ Colts: It was a close game when the two teams met in London some moons ago. Almost felt like an eternity but they played back on October 2nd. A different coach will be present this time around on the Jaguars sideline, and we could very well see someone new for the Colts next year. I personally hope not, but these teams surely underachieved. Don't think Andrew Luck can get Indianapolis out of this one.
Patriots @ Dolphins: Bill Belichick doesn't get the phenomenon on resting starters. With the number one seed still up for grabs between them and Oakland, Tom Brady wouldn't want to take any chances losing it. Last year, a Week 17 loss to Miami meant New England had to play in Denver in the AFC Title game.
Chiefs @ Chargers: Kansas City needs a win and an Oakland loss to jump to the number two seed in the AFC. Putting up 33 points on the then-second rated Denver defense is quite the feat. Thanks for stopping by, San Diego. Stay Classy.
Cardinals @ Rams: Season one of the return to L.A will come to an end with not much to look forward to in the upcoming seasons. David Johnson has really shown himself to be the premier back out of the 2015 draft class. It can't be all of Todd Gurley's fault, yes? Arizona's once proud defense should have themselves a day against the Rams absent offense.
Raiders @ Broncos: The Broncos remember. Simply put, they have next season's game against the Chiefs circled. Paxton Lynch could make the start in the season finale. With Matt McGloin in for the injured Derek Carr, Denver will see a ton of Latavius Murray in their face.
Giants @ Redskins: With their ticket already punched for January football, Eli Manning and the rest of New York could lay down and rest up for next weekend. Where is the fun in that, when they could knock out a division opponent out of the post season? This is it for Kirk Cousins if he wants to make big money.
Seahawks @ 49ers: Seattle won't be surprised here as San Francisco has only shown this season that they can beat Los Angeles. It shouldn't be a problem for Russell Wilson to make plays with Thomas Rawls ailing and Tyler Lockett out.
Saints @ Falcons: 2013 doesn't seem that long ago, but it was the last time New Orleans saw the playoff stage. You can't imagine the Saints without Sean Payton next year but the speculation is there. The offense hasn't been perfect but the defense needs a change (perhaps coaching, personnel or both). Matt Ryan keeps the MVP talk going as Atlanta clinches the second seed in the NFC.
Packers @ Lions: An identical situation last year with the Vikings winning in Lambeau to win the North. They were hardly given a chance and yet, they won. There is a chance Detroit can pull it off, but it will be hard for the defense to counter Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson. The regular season finale will come down to the last possession once again.
2016 Season: 120-88-2
Last Week: 8-8
Extra Ranch Picks:
Alabama over Washington (CFB Playoff)
Ohio State over Clemson (CFB Playoff)
NFL MVP: Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
NFL Coach of the Year: Jack Del Rio, HC, Oakland Raiders
Offensive Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
Defensive Player of the Year: Khalil Mack, OLB, Raiders
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Ezekiel Elliort, RB, Cowboys
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Joey Bosa, DE, Chargers
Comeback Player of the Year: DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans
- Report: Marvin Lewis will retire at end of 2016 season - Cincy Jungle
Chris Cooley of ESPN980 is claiming that Marvin Lewis’ days in Cincinnati are quite numbered.