NFL Eliminator Challenge: Week 17

Welcome to our final week of season seven of our NFL Eliminator Challenge series!  Last week we went 3-0 picking the Colts, Falcons, and Jets to all win at home and they all came through as we are finishing this season on a high point.  Let’s go 3-0 one more time!  For the last time this season, read on and feel free to comment at the bottom or hit me up on twitter!

Step 1 – Avoid Division Matchups

Welcome to week seventeen, where miraculously every single game is a division matchup.  Moving on.

Step 2 – Avoid Marquee Matchups

Another oddity of week seventeen: no Thursday night games, no Saturday games, and no Monday night game.  Only one very important Sunday night game that I highly advise you to avoid.

  • San Francisco at Seattle

Step 3 – Avoid Picking Against Home Field Advantage

Finally, our only rule we can follow this week.  Be aware and avoid the below games where the favorite is the away team:

  • Cleveland at Cincinnati
  • Green Bay at Detroit
  • New Orleans at Carolina
  • Philadelphia at New York Giants
  • Indianapolis at Jacksonville

Step 4 – Make your pick!

My pick of the week is:

  • New England Patriots over the Miami Dolphins

The Patriots are calling this a playoff game because they know they need to win to lock up a bye week.  Years ago the Patriots didn’t try against Miami in week seventeen and it cost them home field advantage.  It won’t happen again.

 Other options I like this week:

  • Dallas Cowboys over the Washington Redskins
  • Philadelphia Eagles over the New York Giants

Here are two teams that need to win to try to make the playoffs.  They both are playing teams in their divisions that are fighting for the chance to draft Chase Young at #2.  Expect both of these games to end in blowouts favoring the division leaders.

Overall Record = 36-12

Follow me on twitter and let me know what you think of this week’s picks @DE_aaron!

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