NFL Week 17 Picks: Saints going out with a bang?

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Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
Oct 29, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) after the game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 36-7. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports /

New England Patriots (12-3) at Miami Dolphins (5-10)

New England does not get to rest its starters after a loss at the hands of the Jets. Brady and friends need a win to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs. What looks like a done deal could prove to be a daunting task as the Dolphins possess a dominant defensive line and the Patriots are missing half their offensive line rotation.

New York Jets (10-5) at Buffalo Bills (7-8)

The biggest fool in the league, Rex Ryan, has eliminated his team from postseason contention and seeks to do the same to his former team. Gang Green needs a win to lock up a playoff spot. Todd Bowler has done a fantastic job in his first year out there and should continue to do so with good drafts and coaching.

Philadelphia Eagles (6-9) at New York Giants (6-9)

“The Pointless Bowl Pt. I” is a fitting title for this one as both teams are eliminated, have been playing awful football this year and need several good drafts to make up for Chip Kelly’s  and Jerry Reese’s shortcomings.

Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6) at Cleveland Browns (3-12)

It was just not meant to be in 2015 for the Steelers. After essentially playing without a quarterback for the first half of the season, the Steelers put together an impressive late season surge that came to a halt last week in Baltimore. They need to win against the pathetic Browns and hope for a Jets loss in order to have a shot at making the playoffs.

Baltimore Ravens (5-10) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-4)

Cincinnati should win if they seek to rest next weekend and give Andy Dalton another seven days to recover. Baltimore would love to play spoiler, as they have against the Steelers last week. Ryan Mallett had a good debut for the Ravens but ‘Hard Knocks’ taught the nation that he cannot be counted on and lacks character, let’s see if that already shows this season.

Next: Week 17, Part 2