WhatIfSports 2014 NFL Week 17 Predictions
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Game of the Week: Lions at Packers
The Lions and Packers have both punched their tickets into the postseason. However, the Black-and-Blue division title remains on the line, as well as a shot at the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Throw in the Packers’ quest for revenge from a Week 3 loss and this weekend’s battle in Lambeau serves as our WhatIfSports.com NFL Game of the Week.
Since dropping the aforementioned Week 3 contest, the Packers have won 10 of their last 12 outings, with most of the victories coming in a decisive manner. Unfortunately, that’s not been the case as of late. In the last three weeks, the Cheeseheads have been less than impressive, falling to the Bills and struggling with lowly clubs in the Falcons and Buccaneers. In short, a performance that fails to instill conviction heading into January.
Yet Green Bay will enter the postseason as a formidable foe thanks to the play of Aaron Rodgers. Already in his 10th year in the league, Rodgers’ 2014 (4,155 yards, 36 touchdowns, five picks) is second only to his MVP-winning campaign in 2011. With the best one-two receiving combo in the league in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb at his disposal, coupled with contributions from running back Eddie Lacy, Rodgers has led the Packers to a conference-best 30.4 points per game. The defense and coaching may leave much to be desired, but Rodgers’ presence is enough to make Green Bay a title contender.
By reputation, the Lions seemingly front their own daunting offensive strike. Alas, Detroit is more bark than bite, evidenced in its 23rd rank in points per game (20.1). Part of this blame lies with the signal caller, Matthew Stafford. Though he’s tossed for over 4,000 yards and just 12 interceptions, the former No. 1 pick has failed to find the end zone at a consistent rate. Following three scores in Week 1, Stafford has hit pay dirt only 18 times in the ensuing 14 games. Quite the far cry from 2011’s 41 touchdowns, or even last year’s 31 scores.
Luckily for Motown, the Lions’ defense has been a nightmare for opponents. Spurred by a tough front seven and opportunistic secondary, Detroit ranks second in both total defense and points allowed. It’s such a resistance that has allowed Stafford and company plenty of room for error.
Unfortunately, the merit of Detroit remains in doubt. Aside from Week 3’s win over the Packers, the Lions have beaten just ONE club that enters Week 17 with a winning record: the 8-7 Dolphins. Worse, in its two shots at legitimate competition, Detroit fell flat on its face to Arizona and New England. A win grabs a first-round playoff bye for Detroit, but perhaps more importantly, it also grants a level of confidence.
So who comes out on top in the NFC North showdown? According to the award-winning WhatIfSports.com NFL simulation engine, the Packers emerge with the W 55.4 percent of the time by an average margin of 24-21. For the rest of this week’s scores, check below:
|NFL Week 17 Predictions|
|Matchup||Win %||Avg. Score|
|@ Denver Broncos||85.6||30||Simulate Game|
|@ Houston Texans||75.1||26||Simulate Game|
|St. Louis Rams||26.2||17||Boxscore|
|@ Seattle Seahawks||73.8||25||Simulate Game|
|New York Jets||34.1||19||Boxscore|
|@ Miami Dolphins||65.9||24||Simulate Game|
|@ New England Patriots||63.5||24||Simulate Game|
|@ Baltimore Ravens||60.2||24||Simulate Game|
|@ Atlanta Falcons||55.5||24||Simulate Game|
|@ Green Bay Packers||55.4||24||Simulate Game|
|@ San Francisco 49ers||53.9||21||Simulate Game|
|@ Pittsburgh Steelers||52.9||25||Simulate Game|
|@ Minnesota Vikings||51.3||24||Simulate Game|
|@ New York Giants||37.4||22||Simulate Game|
|San Diego Chargers||63.0||26||Boxscore|
|@ Kansas City Chiefs||37.0||21||Simulate Game|
|@ Washington Redskins||28.5||21||Simulate Game|
|New Orleans Saints||75.2||31||Boxscore|
|@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||24.8||22||Simulate Game|
|@ Tennessee Titans||18.7||20||Simulate Game|
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- Aaron Rodgers
- Arizona Cardinals
- Atlanta Falcons
- Baltimore Ravens
- Buffalo Bills
- Carolina Panthers
- Chicago Bears
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Cleveland Browns
- Dallas Cowboys
- Denver Broncos
- Detroit Lions
- Eddie Lacy
- Green Bay Packers
- Houston Texans
- Indianapolis Colts
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Jordy Nelson
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Los Angeles Rams
- Matthew Stafford
- Miami Dolphins
- Minnesota Vikings
- New England Patriots
- New Orleans Saints
- New York Giants
- New York Jets
- Oakland Raiders
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Randall Cobb
- San Francisco 49ers
- Seattle Seahawks
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Tennessee Titans
- Washington Redskins
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