Totally Biased NFL Picks: Week 17

Yes, people. That is indeed my bedroom. You may call it an obsession, but I call it… Umm… Yeah I guess obsession works. I need all the G-Men mojo I can get!

I am proud to write up the final week of action, but also am much more happy to deliver some great news. With the playoffs just around the corner, Kris and I will be breaking down each playoff game as well, and also doing so much more in depth. We hope you continue to return to check out our predictions, and find out which players and teams have the best shot at performing well.

Before we skip ahead to the postseason, we must first recap last weeks action, and preview the final match-ups, some of which have playoff implications.

Week 16, which played out on Christmas Eve, was a fantastic week of action. The action really got started on Thursday night when the Indianapolis Colts won their second straight contest by edging out T.J. Yates and the Houston Texans. The weekend games also had a few close ones, with Cincy hanging on to beat Arizona, thanks in part to Jerome Simpson and his death defying leap into the endzone. Tim Tebow and the Denver Tebow’s lost to Buffalo, thanks largely in part to Jesus’  Tim Tebow’s four interceptions, two of which were brought to the house. The Pats overcame a huge deficit to oust Miami, Eli Manning completed nine passes and won, and Matthew Stafford completely destroyed the Chargers secondary.

On Monday Night, Drew Brees set the single season yardage record, and with his team still fighting for a first round bye, he could push that number to 5,400 before all is said and done. Although some will harp that they throw so much more in today’s NFL, Dan Marino only had about 84 more yards per game than the average quarterback in 1984, while Brees has 91 extra against those in 2011.

Now keep in mind, in week 17, every single game is a divisional match-up, which is one of the best things the NFL ever did. Almost guaranteed to bring forth lots of drama. To make this week’s action even easier to sift through, Kris and I will let you know if the game has any playoff implications before you waste your time reading. Thank to everyone for following us all year, and we hope you stick around for the 2011 playoffs!

Season Standings 

Travis: 94 – 55
Kris: 94 – 55
Lock of the Week: 9 – 1


Playoff Implications: Yes. Pats earn home field advantage with a win. A loss, and a Baltimore win drops them down to the 2 seed.

Trav: New England Patriots
Kris: New England Patriots

Kris: With so much on the line for the Pats, I don’t see Tom Brady throwing 4 INT’s. It’s just not going to happen. The Patriots are at home and need a win to secure the number one seed. This will be a good game, but when it’s all said and done the Patriots will come out on top.  New England has guaranteed themselves home field and a bye. Get through this match-up and its two weeks before their first playoff game.

Playoff Implications: None. Both teams eliminated

Trav: Minnesota Vikings
Kris: Chicago Bears

Trav: Joe Webb has done a great job in replacement of Christian Ponder in both games that he has seen action this year. If Minny was smart, they would draft some help in the secondary for next year, with their almost guaranteed top 5 pick, and let Webb and Ponder battle it out for play calling duties next season. Josh McCown looked better than Caleb Hanie against Green Bay on Christmas night, but then again, I’ve seen little lads throw a tighter spiral than Hanie. Minnesota takes it, especially in the dome.

Playoff Implications: Yes. New Orleans locks up the #2 seed, and a first round bye, with a win, and a 49’ers loss. Otherwise they stay at #3. Carolina is eliminated.

Trav: New Orleans Saints
Kris: New Orleans Saints

Trav: The chances that Drew Brees loses a game, in the Mercedez Benz Superdome, against the Panthers, with the #2 seed possibly at stake, is virtually zero. I know that Cam Newton has been a great sensation, and fun to watch, but there is no way #9 lets his team lose this one. The Panthers might make it closer than expected, especially since they’re a division rival, but the won’t be any match for “Brees and the Bayou Bunch”. Gimme the copyright on that nickname by the way. Fuckin’ genius.

Playoff Implications: Barely. The Jets will earn the final seed in the AFC with a win, and a Titans, Bengals, and Raiders loss. Miami is already eliminated.

Trav: New York Jets
Kris: New York Jets

Kris: The Jets need a lot of help in order to get into the playoffs. But with the Jets having the most winnable game out of the other 3 teams, I’m going to go with New York to take that final playoff spot. As for Miami, they’ll be playing their last game season and Jason Taylor will be playing the last game of his career.

Playoff Implications: Yes. Houston earns the #2 seed with a Baltimore and Pittsburgh loss. Otherwise they will stay the #3 seed.

Trav: Houston Texans
Kris: Houston Texans

Trav: It’s time to see if T.J. Yates can clamp it down when he really needs to. This team has a phenomenal running game, and an exceptional defense. All Yates has to do is avoid making mistakes, something he’s done the last two weeks. I think he can clean it up, and send Houston to the playoffs on a high note.

Playoff Implications: Yes. San Francisco currently sits at the two seed. If they lose, and the Saints win, they drop to #3. The Rams are… well… we won’t state the obvious.

Trav: San Francisco 49’ers
Kris: San Francisco 49ers

Kris: Seriously? The Rams suck and not just for the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. They stink on ice. Niners win.

Playoff Implications: … Is that a joke?

Trav: Jacksonville Jaguars
Kris: Indianapolis Colts

Kris: I actually think the Colts can pull this one off. The Jags aren’t playing good football as of late and the Colts have won two straight games. So, I guess this game is worth watching?

Playoff Implications: Barely. Detroit is currently the #5 seed, if they lose, and Atlanta wins, they drop down to #6. Green Bay has the #1 seed locked up.

Trav: Detroit Lions
Kris: Detroit Lions

Trav: This is a tough one to predict, and rightfully so, earns our Hazard of the Week. The Pack Attack have the top seed locked up, but I am guessing that Rodgers will still play for a few drives. Can Matt Flynn lead a talented team to victory over a Detroit Lions squad that still has a lot to play for? I don’t think so. This game is even harder to call, since Green Bay will be playing at home in Lambeau Field. I like Stafford to lead his team to victory, and send restore the roar to Detroit with a playoff berth.

Playoff Implications: None. Both teams are eliminated.

Trav: Philadelphia Eagles
Kris: Philadelphia Eagles

Trav: Just keep moving people, these are the inferior teams in the NFC East, and the match-up nobody could care less about ;)

Playoff Implications: Tons. Baltimore wins the #1 seed with a win and a NE loss, or they remain the #2. Cincy will clinch the #6 seed with a win, or they will need losses from the Jets, Titans, and Raiders

Trav: Cincinnati Bengals
Kris: Baltimore Ravens

Kris: Yeah, like that Ravens would lose a game to a far more inferior opponent. HA! Oh wait… Ravens should take this game, I mean the Bengals almost lost to the Browns last week! Should be a great game, if the Bengals win then they’re in the playoffs.

Playoff Implications: None. Both teams are eliminated

Trav: Arizona Cardinals
Kris: Seattle Seahawks

Kris: If the Seahawks scored a touchdown instead of a field goal at the 1-yard line, then they beat the 49ers and are still in the playoff picture. But, they didn’t now they are looking forward to next year as a team with promise. The Cardinals also look like they could do some damage but not until next season. This should still be a good game to watch, with Marshawn Lynch, Patrick Peterson, etc all playing. I’ve got the Seahawks winning a close one.

Playoff Implications: Oakland wins the division, and will be the #4 seed with a win, and Denver loss. Otherwise, they will be watching the playoffs on the couch.

Trav: San Diego Chargers
Kris: San Diego Chargers

Trav: The second that I start to believe in the Chargers, they lay an egg in the Motor City, and let Stafford and the Lions put on a clinic of hot to play good football. Oakland is still alive, and can give the Davis family a late Christmas gift if they can win, and get a Denver loss. For the Silver and Black to be playing a home football game in 2011 would be incredible. Except, I don’t think it will happen. Look for Philip Rivers to turn it up and get a head start on 2012.

Playoff Implications: If Denver wins they secure the #4 Seed and the AFC West division title. If they lose anf the Raiders win, then Tebow and the Broncos will be home for the playoffs.

Trav: Denver Broncos
Kris Denver Broncos

Trav: The only thing I want this weekend is a Giants victory. Second on my list? A Tim Tebow win. I would LOVE to see Tebow lead his team into the playoffs, and a game at home, in Denver no less. Get at em Timmy.

Playoff Implications: Barely. Atlanta can clinch the #5 seed with a win and a Detroit loss. Tampa Bay is eliminated.

Trav: Atlanta Falcons
Kris: Atlanta Falcons

Kris: The Falcons SHOULD win this game, I mean, they’re facing the Bucs who have lost 9 straight games. Which is currently a longer losing streak than Travis had. If the Falcons win, and Detroit loses then they would get the #5 seed and face the winner of the Cowboys vs Giants game. If they lose, then they stay at the #6 seed and face either the 49ers or Saints. Lucky them.

Playoff Implications: Pittsburgh can grab the #2 seed from Baltimore with a win and a Ravens loss.

Trav: Pittsburgh Steelers
Kris: Pittsburgh Steelers

Kris: If you want to watch a good game, then don’t watch this. If you want to watch James Harrison decapatate Colt McCoy again, then watch this game. Otherwise, watch the Colts vs Jaguars game.

Playoff Implications: Winner wins the NFC East and earns the #4 seed.

Trav: New York Giants
Kris: Dallas Cowboys

Trav: It kinda makes me feel like none of the other games the Giants played in mattered at all. It also makes me feel like every single game mattered that much more. Fans of both teams are remembering their horrible losses, and their nail biting wins. But please, G-Men, don’t make it hard for me to fall asleep on Sunday Night.


Once again, thanks for reading our weekly picks article. Tune in next week as we breakdown the playoff game and make sure to follow us on twitter @T0tallyBiased and like us on facebook! Let us know how you did on your picks in the comments section or on facebook!

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