The last week of the NFL season means it’s the last week for football picks. Milt Northrop leads the Buffalo News picks at 118-105-7. I’m tied in second with Jay Skurski at 114-109-7, with the rest of the News cast on the outside looking in.
But let’s be honest, they don’t know that I’m playing along. So it’s really between Milt and Jay, but I like winning at things so we’re keeping this up.
The tiebreaker is best bets, but I sort of forgot to keep doing those midway through the year. My bad … I’ll concede a tie. Here’s what the standings look like:
Always Game Seven 114-109-7
The Bills play in Foxboro this weekend, where they haven’t won since 2000. Week 17 games are tricky to pick and hard for fans to deal with because we aren’t entirely sure what we want.
We always want the Bills to win. That’s a given. But at the same time, we’d hate for something stupid to happen, like winning a meaningless game that would hurt our draft position. For a team that was thinking playoffs the first two months of the season, we sure have a lot of holes to fill — so much so that we can’t even agree on which to fill first, but that’s another story for another time.
With a loss, the Bills can pick inside the top 10. With a win, we could move as far back as 16. It doesn’t sound like much, but it does matter. And besides, that another 45 minutes you have to watch the draft.
The Patriots have won seven straight and can clinch home-field with a win. Tom Brady is probable while offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer are out. How long will the starters play? Only The Hoodie knows and he’s not telling. For the rest of us, it’s all guesswork. I think Brady gets his team up a bunch and then comes out … leaving garbage time to kill bets this week.
Bills (+11 1/2) at New England
Washington (+9) at Philadelphia
Tampa Bay (+12) at Atlanta
San Francisco at St. Louis (+10 1/2)
Chicago (+1) at Minnesota
Detroit at Green Bay (+3 1/2)
Carolina (+8 1/2) at New Orleans
Tennessee at Houston (+3)
Baltimore at Cincinnati (+3)
Pittsburgh at Cleveland (+7)
Indianapolis (+3 1/2) at Jacksonville
Jets (+2) at Miami
San Diego (+3) at Oakland
Kansas City (+3 1/2) at Denver
Seattle (+3) at Arizona
Dallas (+3) at Giants