Scout.com Week 17 Picks
QB Eli Manning (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
QB Eli Manning (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Lead NFL Analyst, Scout.com
Posted Dec 27, 2007


Former pro scout Tom Marino makes his picks for the Week 17 slate of NFL games. Find out who he thinks will win in the last weekend of regular-season action, and then talk about it in your favorite team's fan forum.

New England at N.Y. Giants: This one is for the record books. I expect New Enlgand to go with their key personnel until there is no doubt about the outcome, but at some point look for the Giants to sit key starters in preparation for next week's wildcard battle. Pick: New England

Buffalo at Philadelphia: Both teams are essentially playing for pride, but in what might well be his swan song with the Eagles, look for Donovan McNabb to lead his club to it's third straight victory. Both defenses will need to be re-tooled in the offseason. Pick: Philadelphia

Carolina at Tampa Bay: This one really doesn't mean much for the Bucs as they look ahead to their playoff opener. Injuries have essentially decided the Panthers' fate for the past two seasons, so better depth, particularly at the quarterback position, is essential. Pick: Tampa Bay

Cincinnati at Miami: If the Bengals show up with their "A" game, this one will be a cakewalk, but as the 2007 season has clearly shown, when the other Bengals squad shows up, they are capable of getting licked by anyone. Pick: Cincinnati

Dallas at Washington: In a Week 17 key matchup, the Skins need this one desperately to qualify for the postseason. The Cowboys would like nothing better than to end their archrival's season while also avoiding losing two of it's last three games entering the postseason. Pick: Washington

Detroit at Green Bay: Although the Packers have earned a first-round bye, my feeling is that they do not want to enter the postseason sporting a two-game losing streak. A non-losing season would give the Lions a psychological boost entering the offseason. Pick: Green Bay


Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis
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Jacksonville at Houston: Like the Lions, the Texans would like to avoid a losing season with a win in their season finale. But the Jaguars are a very driven bunch and will take care of business on the road on Sunday. Pick: Jacksonville

New Orleans at Chicago: Amazingly heading into Week 17 the Saints — despite their inconsistent play — have not been officially eliminated from the playoff picture. Look for them to triumph in the finale, but to subsequently be eliminated from postseason consideration. Pick: New Orleans

Pittsburgh at Baltimore: A total makeover is in store for the Ravens this offseason. Most importantly, a seasoned quarterback must be found. The Steelers will also need to upgrade in several areas, but for now have far too many weapons compared to their division rivals. Pick: Pittsburgh

Seattle at Atlanta: I'm actually rooting for interim head coach Emmitt Thomas and the Falcons this week, but I'm sorry to say I just don't see it happening. With the exception of assistant general manager Billy Devaney, the Falcons' front office personnel is totally overmatched. Pick: Seattle

San Francisco at Cleveland: A victory over the surging 49ers is a distinct probability, but the Browns are no longer in a position to control their ultimate destiny. The 49ers — behind little known free agent QB Shaun Hill — are playing their best football of the season. Pick: Cleveland

Tennessee at Indianapolis: It all depends on how the Colts approach this season-ending contest, but make no mistake about it, the Titans are a game-ready, blood-thirsty bunch who will lay it on the line this weekend in the RCA Dome. Pick: Tennessee

Minnesota at Denver: On Monday night the Broncos appeared to have packed it in — which is great news for a Vikings club that is very much alive for the final NFC wildcard spot. QB Tarvaris Jackson has been inconsistent of late, but has a ton of talent. Pick: Minnesota

San Diego at Oakland: The Chargers are just far too talented for their longtime division rivals. JaMarcus Russell (7-23-3 INT), the first person selected in the 2007 draft was pitiful in his first extended action of the season last week. Pick: San Diego

St Louis at Arizona: This battle between division rivals features two clubs who have had a very difficult time winning on the road. Simply put, the disappointing Cardinals mercifully put an end to another horrendous Rams season. Pick: Arizona

Kansas City at N.Y. Jets: In a perfect world this epic battle would somehow end in a scoreless tie. Both club have proven numerous times this season that we live in a far from perfect sphere, so let's go with the home team in this year's "Who Cares Bowl." Pick: N.Y. Jets



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