NFL Week 17 Picks
New Year’s weekend marks the big playoff push for numerous teams. It marks the next to last week of the 2022-23 regular season. And the Prime Video Thursday night game gets things started off in that manner. The Tennessee Titans will host the Dallas Cowboys in a matchup that will have playoff implications for both teams.
At the onset of the 2022 future market, the Titans were not drawing a lot of business. Tennessee lost a lot of public gambling support and respect following their dreadful divisional home playoff loss to the upstart Cincinnati Bengals last January.
Ryan Tannehill took most of the blame for the Titans, and justifiably so. Outside of his magical 2019 season, Tannehill has been an inconsistent and middle-of-the-road NFL quarterback. Following that 2019 campaign, Tannehill cashed in with a massive contract that the Titans are stuck with. But it still didn’t matter to Tennessee on draft day.
The Titans took liberty quarterback Malik Willis at the 2022 NFL Draft as a direct challenge to Tannehill. In fact, most observers believe that it goes beyond a challenge to a direct no-confidence vote. Willis is everything that Tannehill is not; mobile, dynamic, and with big-play capabilities. Fans will be screaming for Willis the moment that Tannehill makes a mistake. Tennessee fans believe they now have their own version of Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys are the hot ticket in the NFC East future market. Dallas was vastly improved in 2021 but has a lot to clean up as far as polish and the little details of making a champion.
On Sunday afternoon Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City will get an AFC West showdown loaded with playoff implications as the Chiefs host the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos made an enormous investment to attain quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks. They did not bring Wilson to the Mile High City to miss the playoffs.
For the Kansas City Chiefs, the 2022 season is a quest for redemption. The Chiefs blew what seemed to be a certain third consecutive Super Bowl appearance in an inexcusable home loss to the upstart Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship game. What pains KC fans and the Chiefs is that they beat themselves.
NBC Sunday Night Football features the Battle of Los Angeles and a potential Super Bowl preview with the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Chargers. Who actually has the most fan support would make for an interesting prop bet.
Most football observers and the Chargers believe they should have been a playoff team in 2021. Justin Herbert has transformed the Chargers' offense into one of the most dangerous and productive in the NFL.
The Rams and Matthew Stafford face the challenge of a Super Bowl hangover. The Rams had numerous close calls en route to the Lombardi Trophy, and a repeat will be incredibly difficult.
ESPN Monday Night Football continues the Week 17 playoff pressure cooker in an AFC matchup of the Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals.
In 2021 the Bengals got the AFC championship that the Bills still believe should have been theirs. Cincinnati is an ingesting study for the 2022 season. The Bengals will no longer be catching any teams off guard and will have the full attention of their opponents.
Buffalo is determined to get to the Super Bowl after a heartbreaking playoff loss at the Kansas City Chiefs that will test their resolve.
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