WhatIfSports NFL Week 17 predictions: Packers capture division title

The winner of Green Bay vs. Minnesota will claim the NFC North crown.

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Each Tuesday, WhatIfSports.com’s NFL simulation engine generates predictions and box scores for every NFL game for the coming week. Our highly sophisticated algorithms simulate every play of every game to produce each team’s likelihood to win. Each matchup is simulated 501 times.

To account for injuries and roster moves announced late in the week, we will be re-simulating games on Thursdays through the season.

Note: Our predictions use the latest available team and player information, while NFL SimMatchup includes all players that were or will be available at any point during the 2015 season so that theoretical and "what if" scenarios can be simulated.

Week 16 review

Our NFL simulation engine put up another strong week, this time going 11-5 in picking games straight up. Picking against the spread was a little trickier, however, as the engine went 5-6. 

Nailed It: In a potential playoff matchup, we predicted the Broncos would beat the Bengals on Monday night by a score of 22-18. The actual final? Broncos 20, Bengals 17

Wide Right: The Ravens-Steelers rivalry took another unexpected turn. We predicted the Steelers would win 84.5 percent of the time by an average score of 32-20. Instead, the Ravens pulled off a 20-17 victory

Track our 2015 performance or view our accuracy last season.

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Week 17 Game to Watch

Vikings at Packers: In a battle for the NFC North division championship, the Packers will try to capture the crown for the fifth consecutive year. Our prediction engine has the Packers protecting home field and winning 58.4 percent of the time by an average score of 25-22

Week 17 Upset Pick

Eagles (+3.5) over Giants: Our engine gives a slight edge to the Eagles. Our projections have the Eagles pulling off the road upset 54.1 percent of the time by an average score of 26-24

Fantasy Radar

Fantasy Start — C.J. Anderson, DEN: He’s been hit or miss all season, but in a matchup against the league’s worst run defense, Anderson is projected to have a heavy workload and put up RB1 numbers.

Fantasy Sit — Philip Rivers, SD: Avoiding Denver’s secondary has been a smart play all year, and our projections have Rivers struggling in this matchup. Rivers isn’t projected to score in the top-20 of all quarterbacks in Week 17.

Fantasy Add — Heath Miller, PIT: With Ben Roethlisberger under center, Heath Miller is back as a strong TE1 play. He’s projected to score 7.5 points this week against the Browns.

For more fantasy football tips, view our Week 17 player projections.

NFL Week 17 Predictions
Matchup Win % Avg. Score
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16.7 15 Box Score
@ Carolina Panthers 83.3 27 Simulate Game
San Diego Chargers 23.2 19 Box Score
@ Denver Broncos 76.8 29 Simulate Game
Tennessee Titans 34.1 18 Box Score
@ Indianapolis Colts 65.9 24 Simulate Game
Seattle Seahawks 35.6 19 Box Score
@ Arizona Cardinals 64.4 24 Simulate Game
Baltimore Ravens 35.9 20 Box Score
@ Cincinnati Bengals 64.1 24 Simulate Game
Oakland Raiders 38.1 22 Box Score
@ Kansas City Chiefs 61.9 26 Simulate Game
Minnesota Vikings 41.6 22 Box Score
@ Green Bay Packers 58.4 25 Simulate Game
Jacksonville Jaguars 43.6 20 Box Score
@ Houston Texans 56.4 22 Simulate Game
New Orleans Saints 44.0 25 Box Score
@ Atlanta Falcons 56.0 27 Simulate Game
Detroit Lions 52.5 23 Box Score
@ Chicago Bears 47.5 22 Simulate Game
Philadelphia Eagles 54.1 26 Box Score
@ New York Giants 45.9 24 Simulate Game
Washington Redskins 68.6 27 Box Score
@ Dallas Cowboys 31.4 20 Simulate Game
St. Louis Rams 70.3 27 Box Score
@ San Francisco 49ers 29.7 20 Simulate Game
Pittsburgh Steelers 71.1 29 Box Score
@ Cleveland Browns 28.9 21 Simulate Game
New York Jets 71.5 23 Box Score
@ Buffalo Bills 28.5 15 Simulate Game
New England Patriots 80.4 29 Box Score
@ Miami Dolphins 19.6 18 Simulate Game

For additional content, view our Week 17 NFL Power RankingsNFL archive or sortable weekly NFL predictions.