2013 NFL Season: Pokorny's Week 17 NFL Picks

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With there being several upsets last week, I was only able to post a record of 8-8. That brings my my overall record to 148-91-1 (62%). My Week 17 NFL picks are below. Feel free to share your general thoughts on this week's games in the comments section.

Week 17 Games Explanation Pick
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Respectable Finish for G-Men: While I can't confirm this, it would seem as though a Redskins win could potentially bring the Browns up to the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Kirk Cousins hasn't provided enough of a spark for the Redskins, whose defense won't be able to contain the still-motivated Giants. Giants 23, Redskins 17

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On the Chopping Block: I didn't even realize that a loss by the Lions last week would eliminate them from the playoffs. After blowing so many games, they don't deserve to make the playoffs, and Jim Schwartz deserves to be fired. That cloud hanging over Schwartz' head won't motivate his team over the Vikings. Vikings 27, Lions 20

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Going Out in Style: If Rex Ryan is going to go out, he's going to have his team go out in style, and what better way than to prevent a division rival from making the postseason? The Dolphins have the best shot at making the playoffs, but I think the 19-0 loss they suffered last week will be a tad too deflating. Jets 20, Dolphins 17

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Needing Luck for a Bye: Unbelievably, the Colts will still be playing for a first-round bye, and that should be incentive enough for them not to rest their starters. They finally got a good win last week against the Chiefs, but my confidence in this team right now is still very low. Colts 24, Jaguars 20

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Completing the Tank Job: It's almost official: the Texans control their own destiny in getting the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. They have lost 13 games in a row and have fired their head coach, so there really is no chance for them to pull off a win and risk the value they'll be getting. Titans 28, Texans 13

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All on the Line: A win by the Ravens doesn't guarantee them a playoff spot, but it gives them a legitimate chance. The Bengals are also fighting for something big, though: a first-round bye. Plus, I imagine that they don't want to see their division rival in the postseason. I'm going with the Bengals to put the final dagger in Baltimore. Bengals 23, Ravens 20

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Not Too Hard, Right? With a win, the Panthers will guarantee themselves a first-round bye, and could even get the No. 1 seed. How crazy is it that with a loss, they could also realistically end up as the No. 6 seed? The Panthers have the motivation here, while Tony Gonzalez could be playing his final game again. Carolina has more at stake. Panthers 28, Falcons 16

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Controlling Their Own Destiny: The Seahawks were stunned at home last week by the Cardinals. This week, will they feel the pressure from another division foe? In a shocking twist, with a loss, Seattle could actually lose not only home-field advantage, but their first-round bye. Pete Carroll won't see his team choke. Seahawks 42, Rams 17

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Chargers Have Earned It: Unlike all of the other playoff teams, the Chiefs truly do have nothing to play for in terms of position: they are locked in to the No. 5 seed regardless. They will probably rest some of their starters, and the Chargers will try like hell to win. They should know heading into their game whether they are still alive. Chargers 27, Chiefs 23

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No Justice for Arians: The Cardinals have fought to earn a playoff spot, and I think they'll take the finale against the 49ers to finish at 11-5. If the Saints take care of business against the Buccaneers, though, Arizona will be eliminated from the playoffs, while an AFC team makes it at 8-8 or 9-7. This game is important to the 49ers too, because they could get the No. 1 seed overall too. Cardinals 21, 49ers 20

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Salvaging the Season: Two weeks ago, the Saints seemed like they had a guaranteed playoff spot locked up. Then, they lost their past two games to the Rams and Panthers. If they suffer one more loss against a hungry Buccaneers defense, they could very well be out of the playoffs in favor of the Cardinals. I think New Orleans will prevail, but the pressure is on. Saints 28, Buccaneers 14

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Feeling Secure: The Bills' defense came alive last week, but can they do it for a second week in a row? I don't think so. The Patriots are still in play for the No. 1 seed, but a win will at least guarantee them a first-round bye. Tom Brady needs that week off to continue to build chemistry with some of his receivers, believe it or not. Patriots 34, Bills 27

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Shattering the Record: Last week, Peyton Manning broke the touchdown record. This week, he'll want to shatter it to make it tougher for the next guy to break it. The Broncos also need a win to ensure they hang on to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Raiders won't have enough punch to pull off an upset. Broncos 34. Raiders 21

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Rodgers for the Win: FOX has to love the fact that they get Aaron Rodgers' return game in a win-and-in situation between the Packers and the Bears. The Bears' run defense is what will cost them their playoff berth, and Green Bay will be a feared first-round draw in the playoffs. Packers 31, Bears 21

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Hoping for Romo: Come on, Tony Romo -- I can't be the only one wanting him to pull through, right? My pick will probably be the Eagles with or without Romo, but Kyle Orton shouldn't be in the spotlight for this type of game. Eagles 35, Cowboys 24

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Doom and Gloom: I've seen some poor Week 17 Browns-Steelers games before, but this is the first time I remember Cleveland fans not really caring about "Steelers week." This season can't end soon enough. My full game preview and prediction will be posted on Saturday.

TBA

Pokorny's Week 16 NFL Picks Record: 8-8
Pokorny's Record w/ Browns Games: 7-8
Pokorny's 2013 NFL Picks Record: 148-91-1

Survivor Pick: I am 13-3, with a six-game winning streak that has seen me use up SEA, NO, NE, DEN, CAR, and CIN. This week, I'll go with the Indianapolis to take out the Jacksonville.

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