In the late games on the NFL Week 17 schedule, there are some intriguing games that will determine the NFC East and the AFC West. Will Tim Tebow finish his regular season magic against the guy whose job he took? Will the Giants or Cowboys finish off the other?
All of that is nice, but we are more concerned now with the point spreads and whether teams can cover. See our final regular season picks after the jump.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-12.0): Atlanta is coming off a national embarrassment on Monday night. Have you seen a team that has given up? That would be the Bucs. We would give up another nine points here. Pick: Falcons, -12.0.
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (+2.0): Cincinnati needs to win. But they have not beaten teh Ravens or Steelers this season. They still have not beaten a team over .500. Pick: Ravens, -2.0.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (no line): Vegas doesn't even care about this game. Is there any question who we pick with no points to give up? Duh...Steelers, straight up.
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (-3.5): It is Tim Tebow vs. Kyle Orton...or are there actual teams? Who cares. Tebows magic was blown up with a terrible showing against the Bills. Orton would like nothing more than to knock out the Broncos from the playoffs. He will likely do that, but if anything else cover. Pick: Chiefs, +3.5.
San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders (-3.0): You would have thought that the Chargers woudl have put up a fight last week when battling for a playoff spot and division championship. They didn't. Do you think that now they will show up when they have nothing to play for and they know their coach is done? Can't do it. Pick: Raiders, -3.0.
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals (-3.0): With a standard three point spread, you can bet that the game will be close. Almost every single game Arizona plays is decided by a touchdown or less. The last time these teams played, Arizona was short Beanie Wells and could have won at the end. Pick: Cardinals, -3.0.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (-3.0): This is a tough game to pick, because of the rivalry. But with the banged up hand of Tony Romo, who do you trust more, him or Eli Manning? Manning's play this year says you go with him. Plus, he has the receivers to exploit a weak Dallas secondary. Pick: Giants, -3.0.
That wraps up the regular season of picks...coming into this week, we have been 118-100-3 against the spread.
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