Just two weeks of football remain in the 2022-23 NFL regular season, but there’s plenty of meaningful football to played as the calendar flips to 2023 and the majority of NFL teams take the field on Sunday, January 1.

Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, and the 8-6-1 New York Giants have a simple task: defeat Nick Foles and the 4-10-1 Indianapolis Colts to lock up a playoff spot.

Aaron Rodgers and the 7-8 Green Bay Packers’ path to the postseason isn’t quite as simple, but it all starts with beating the 12-3 Minnesota Vikings at home in Week 17 to keep pace in the NFC wildcard race. Throw in the 7-7-1 Washington Commanders and 7-8 Seattle Seahawks, and there’s essentially three teams vying for the conferences final wildcard position.

In the AFC, the 7-8 Jacksonville Jaguars have wrestled away the AFC South lead from a banged-up 7-8 Tennessee Titans team: can Tennessee salvage a once-promising season on Thursday Night Football, down to third-string quarterback Josh Dobbs?

Finally, while both teams are locks to make the playoffs, Week 17 ends with a super exciting matchup: Josh Allen and the 12-3 Buffalo Bills taking on Joe Burrow and the 11-4 Cincinnati Bengals, with AFC seeding implications on the line, and Cincinnati still trying to lock up the AFC North title.

Read on for my Week 17 NFL Picks. If you’d like to debate or discuss any picks, or want to follow for more weekly NFL content including Picks and Power Rankings, be sure to connect with Sak Sports Blog on Twitter or on Facebook!

Picks Record

Week 1: 7-8-1

Week 2: 8-8

Week 3: 9-7

Week 4: 11-5

Week 5: 12-4

Week 6: 6-8

Week 7: 9-5

Week 8: 9-6

Week 9: 8-5

Week 10: 5-9

Week 11: 9-5

Week 12: 12-4

Week 13: 7-7-1

Week 14: 7-6

Week 15: 13-3

Week 16: 11-5

Season Record: 143-95-2 (60%)

Thursday Night Football

Dallas Cowboys (11-4) at Tennessee Titans (7-8): Cowboys win 26-13

Sunday Games

Win and they’re in: the New York Giants can clinch their first playoff berth since 2016 with a win over the reeling Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Indianapolis Colts (4-10-1) at New York Giants (8-6-1): Giants win 24-9

Arizona Cardinals (4-11) at Atlanta Falcons (5-10): Cardinals win 24-20

Chicago Bears (3-12) at Detroit Lions (7-8): Lions win 33-26

Denver Broncos (4-11) at Kansas City Chiefs (12-3): Chiefs win 36-17

Miami Dolphins (8-7) at New England Patriots (7-8): Dolphins win 27-20

New Orleans Saints (6-9) at Philadelphia Eagles (13-2): Eagles win 23-17

Carolina Panthers (6-9) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-8): Buccaneers win 20-17

Cleveland Browns (6-9) at Washington Commanders (7-7-1): Commanders win 27-24

Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8) at Houston Texans (2-12-1): Texans win 27-23

New York Jets (7-8) at Seattle Seahawks (7-8): Jets win 26-23

San Francisco 49ers (11-4) at Las Vegas Raiders (6-9): 49ers win 30-9

Minnesota Vikings (12-3) at Green Bay Packers (7-8): Vikings win 27-20

Los Angeles Rams (5-10) at Los Angeles Chargers (9-6): Chargers win 26-20

Sunday Night Football

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) at Baltimore Ravens (10-5): Ravens win 20-17

Monday Night Football


Buffalo Bills (12-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-4): Bengals win 30-27

While I’m not sure if I would pick Cincinnati in a neutral site or in a hypothetical best-of-seven series, the Bengals are red-hot, and the Buffalo Bills can’t win them all. Above all, I expect an exciting game on Monday Night Football, even if it’s not quite as high-scoring as I anticipate: I can’t imagine the ultimate margin of victory being much more than a touchdown.




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