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Week 17 2007 NFL Picks and Podcast

Well folks, it’s the final week of the regular season. Ryan has a commanding lead in the weekly picks award but the Locks of the Week comes down to the final week to see who gets the winner take all pot. Check out the locks below and vote on which one you think is the best. Thanks for listening all year long. Don’t worry, we’ll be analyzing the playoffs as well.

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NFL Week 17 2007 Picks

MATCHUP  Vegas  Vinny  BostonMac  Trevor  Billy
Patriots @ Giants Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
Seahawks @ Falcons Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Panthers @ Bucs Bucs Bucs Bucs Bucs
Saints @ Bears Saints Bears Saints Saints
Niners @ Browns Browns Browns Browns Browns
Lions @ Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers
Jaguars @ Texans Texans Jaguars Jaguars Jaguars
Bills @ Eagles Eagles Eagles Eagles Bills
Bengals @ Dolphins Bengals Bengals Bengals Bengals
Cowboys @ Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
Steelers @ Ravens Steelers Steelers Steelers Steelers
Chiefs @ Jets Jets Jets Jets Chiefs
Rams @ Cards Rams Cards Cards Cards
Vikings @ Broncos Broncos Vikings Vikings Vikings
Chargers @ Raiders Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers
Titans @ Colts Titans Titans Colts Colts
Prev Week 10-6 (.625) 11-5 (.688) 11-5 (.688) 11-5 (.688)
Overall 149-91 (.621) 158-82 (.658) 144-96 (.600) 72-38 (.655)
LOCKS 7-9 9-7 8-4-1 4-2

Locks of the Week

[Editor’s Note: This year, we’re making the Locks of the Week a little more interesting as we have a side bet amongst the four experts. The person with the most money at the end of the year in Locks betting takes home all the money. Disclaimer: The amounts discussed are for illustrative and entertainment purposes only. Gambling may be illegal in your locale.]

Vegas Vinny: Ever since coming up short against the Patriots on Monday Night Football, the Ravens haven’t been the same. To use a bunch of cliches: they left it all on the field, the tank is empty, they shot their load, they impregnanted Jamie Lynn Spears, etc. etc. Anyway, the Ravens players have been on virtual vacation since December 4th and they’ll be ready for those Florida tee times as soon as they can clean out their lockers after losing to Pittsburgh. This is one of the few games this week unaffected by “nothing to play for” syndrome. The Steelers have already made the playoffs but they want to win this game (and hope for a San Diego loss) to move into the #3 slot in the AFC. Having to play the Titans or the Browns in the first round is a hell of a lot easier than playing the Jaguars (who they’ve lost to at home recently). Even without Willie Parker, the Steelers will be able to cover this game pretty easily. The Ravens have checked out and I’m looking to cash in. I’m putting almost the entire bankroll on the Steelers (-3.5). $1200 to win $1090 and to finish first in the picks wager for the second year in the row. I never thought I’d say this but… Let’s go Steelers! (Balance = $1260)

BostonMac: All the signs are pointing to a Chargers demolition of the Raiders, regardless of how many Coach of the Year sentiments have inexplicably gone to Lane Kiffin for “restoring order to the chaos that was the Oakland Raiders.” The Raiders got absolutely embarrassed last week by the Jags and I don’t see that stopping this week, especially to a rolling San Diego team that is desperate to avoid playing those same Jags in Round 1 and the Patriots in Round 2. If the Chargers win this week, they lock up a 3 seed and a probably date at home against the Titans followed by a trip to the indoor carpet to play the Colts, which they would much rather do than trek to the Hoth-like tundra of Foxborough (at least until the AFC Title game). Add to that the fact that LaDainian Tomlinson absolutely tears up the Raiders (1,653 yards, 16 TD in 13 games vs. Oakland) and JaMarcus Russell is destined to throw a few picks to the NFL’s leading defense in interceptions (29, including 10 by Antonio Cromartie alone) and you have the recipe for a major blowout. I’ll put 1215 to win $1100 on SAN DIEGO (-8). (Balance = $1215)

Trevor F: I’m going to make the cardinal sin of sports and go against my hometown
team. I think the 49ers blew their wad last week in winning Bryant
Young’s retirement game. I see us going into Cleveland and playing like a
team that is ready to go play golf. On the flip side, this game means
something to Cleveland. They have to come out like a house of fire and
beat the 49ers. I see the Browns going up like 21-0 in the first quarter
and then crusing to a 35-17 victory. What benefits that line which is at
ten points is that Tennessee-Indy isn’t until 8:15. Cleveland should go
strong the entire game and not letdown their guard. $330 to win $300 on the Browns (-10) (Balance = $1120)

Billy Fellin: Going against the theme of betting the house on the last lock of the week(though, honestly why the hell not), I’m going to make my lock the Bucs over the Panthers. Tampa Bay is a very under-the-radar type team in the NFC and they are looking strong, which is scary because they play the Giants in the first round of the playoffs. While they might sit their starters because of the impending playoff game, I think even their second string can beat the hapless Panthers. Carolina really has shot itself in the foot all year long, so I’ll bet $210 to win $200 on the Bucs (+2.5). (Balance = $980)

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