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NFL Week 17 2019: Picks and predictions

The final weekend of the NFL regular season is here, and three teams are fighting for a single playoff spot in the AFC picture.

As always, the odds are provided by our terrific partners at The Action Network.

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (-1)

The Vikings (10-5) are sitting everybody, locked into the sixth seed. The Bears (7-8) will actually try, and that’ll be just enough to finish off their miserable season with a win.

Pick: Chicago 20, Minnesota 16

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PICK)

This is going to be fun. Jameis Winston is looking for 5,000 passing yards along with 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a season. The Buccaneers (7-8) and Falcons (6-9) can both light it up. Should be a good time.

Pick: Tampa Bay 30, Atlanta 28

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-15.5)

The Patriots (12-3) aren’t going to mess around. The Dolphins (4-11) will fight, but this is over by halftime.

Pick: New England 21, Miami 10

Green Bay Packers (-10) at Detroit Lions

If the Packers (12-3) win, they clinch a first-round bye. David Blough and the Lions (3-11-1) stand in the way. In other words, Green Bay has a bye.

Pick: Green Bay 27, Detroit 13

Cleveland Browns (-2.5) at Cincinnati Bengals

The state of Ohio should hold a moment of silence before this, in honor of everyone who cares about football.

Pick: Cincinnati 24, Cleveland 23

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-8)

The Chiefs (11-4) are going to hammer the Chargers (5-10). Kansas City is in play for a bye, and the defense is giving up something like negative points per game over the last month. Tough swan song for Philip Rivers.

Pick: Kansas City 33, Los Angeles 16

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-1)

With the Bills (10-5) locked into the fifth seed, they’ll sit everyone. Can you believe the Jets (6-9) are going to win seven games?

Pick: New York 26, Buffalo 17

New Orleans Saints (-13) at Carolina Panthers

This won’t be pretty for the Panthers (5-10). They’ve been dead on arrival since Ron Rivera was fired. The Saints (12-3) are still playing for a bye week. They’ll roll.

Pick: New Orleans 41, Carolina 10

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