NFL Picks: Last week of the regular seasonPublished 2:26pm Thursday, December 30, 2010
Here are the picks:
Miami at New England
Even the Patriots second teamers should beat up on a Dolphins team with nothing to play for.
Buffalo at New York Jets
Jets are talking about resting Mark Sanchez and with their playoff spot locked; they may as well rest some of their other guys.
Cincinnati at Baltimore
Bengals showed signs of life without T.O. last week, but the Ravens are gearing up for a postseason run.
Pittsburgh at Cleveland
Pittsburgh can lock up the No. 2 seed with a win and they should come through.
Oakland at Kansas City
Chiefs are headed back to the playoffs and this game should be a good warm-up for them.
Minnesota at Detroit
Joe Webb looked pretty good against a shaky Eagles defense last week. Life will be much tougher for him against a Lions team that has a solid front four.
Carolina at Atlanta
Atlanta locks up the No. 1 seed despite last week’s speed bump game against the Saints. Although hearing analysts talk after the Saints beat the Falcons, you would’ve thought it was a 30-0 blowout.
The fact is, if the Falcons don’t fumble on the one-yard line (much like the Packers did in a loss at Atlanta earlier this season), the Falcons would’ve won and those same analysts would be screaming the SAINTS ARE DONE!
A little perspective can go a long way.
Tampa Bay at New Orleans
Saints won’t know if Atlanta has left the door open for the division until the game is over, so they’ll have to play this one like the No. 1 seed is on the line.
Jacksonville at Houston
Houston is in a free-fall and the Jags have a slight chance (they need the Colts to lose) to make the playoffs.
Dallas at Philadelphia
Not much on the line here unless Kevin Kolb, who is likely to start, wants to prove that he never should’ve lost his job.
New York Giants at Washington
Giants couldn’t have played much worse in the second half against Green Bay, and I think they may have quit on their coach after botching that game to the Eagles two weeks ago.
San Diego at Denver
Tim Tebow led his team to a comeback victory last week and I’ll bet those guys are starting to believe in him.
Arizona at San Francisco
The Cardinals didn’t fire their coach the day after Christmas so karma is on their side.
Chicago at Green Bay
A few hard hits from the Packers and the Bears starters will be pulled from this game. Chicago can gain nothing from this game unless the Falcons lose to the Panthers, and they’d be smart to keep their team healthy for the postseason.
Tennessee at Indianapolis
Colts win and they’re in. I say they’re in.
St. Louis at Seattle
Pick: ST. LOUIS
Is there any other way for this putrid division race to come to an end than a nationally televised play-in game for the playoffs? It’s kind of like the high school playoffs where they’ll have early playoff round for the lowest seeded teams while the better teams get a bye.
Last week: 11-5