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Tam-Star’s NFL Pick Em’ – Wild Card Weekend

December 29, 2013 sports

Tam-Star’s NFL Week 17 Pick Em’ + Playoff Scenarios

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There’s no other way to put it; it’s a crazy last week of the season. Heading into week 17 and the final week of the regular 2012-13 season, everything is up for grabs. Will the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens beat the Bengals to get into the playoffs? After all, the Ravens have gone to the playoffs six straight years with John Harbaugh as their head coach. Will the Dallas Cowboys finally make it to the playoffs? Will the final game of the season be the Bengals first home lost of the year? Can the Pittsburgh Steelers make the playoffs? Will the Atlanta Falcons pull off the upset and win against the Carolina Panthers in Tony Gonzalez last NFL game? Will Rex Ryan be fired? Hell, can the J-E-T-S beat the Dolphins?

There are so many questions and nothing is clear aside from the unusual amount of teams in a “win or go home” scenario. There are also a lot of interesting playoff scenarios for week 17. To help you keep track, below are a few of the more complicated scenarios by division:

AFC
CLINCHED: Denver — AFC West and first-round bye
Cincinnati — AFC North
Indianapolis — AFC South
Kansas City — playoff spot

Denver clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1) DEN win or tie OR
2) NE loss or tie

New England clinches a first-round bye with:
1) NE win or tie OR
2) CIN loss or tie + IND loss or tie

New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1) NE win + DEN loss

Indianapolis clinches a first-round bye with:
1) IND win + NE loss + CIN loss or tie

Miami clinches a playoff spot with:
1) MIA win + BAL loss or tie OR
2) MIA win + SD win OR
3) MIA tie + BAL loss + SD loss or tie OR
4) MIA tie + BAL tie + SD tie

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:
1) BAL win + SD loss or tie OR
2) BAL win + MIA loss or tie OR
3) BAL tie + MIA loss + SD loss or tie OR
4) BAL tie + MIA tie + SD loss OR
5) MIA loss + SD loss + PIT loss or tie

San Diego clinches a playoff spot with:
1) SD win + MIA loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:
1) PIT win + MIA loss + BAL loss + SD loss

NFC
CLINCHED: Seattle — playoff spot
Carolina — playoff spot
San Francisco — playoff spot

Seattle clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) SEA win or tie OR
2) SF loss or tie

Carolina clinches NFC South division and a first-round bye with:
1) CAR win or tie OR
2) NO loss or tie

Carolina clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) CAR win + SEA loss + SF win

San Francisco clinches NFC West division and a first-round bye with:
1) SF win + SEA loss

San Francisco clinches NFC West division and home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) SF win + SEA loss + CAR loss or tie

New Orleans clinches a playoff spot with:
1) NO win OR
2) NO tie + ARI tie OR
3) ARI loss

Arizona clinches a playoff spot with:
1) ARI win + NO loss or tie OR
2) ARI tie + NO loss

Below are my straight picks for week 17. Drink and pick responsibly!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
New York Jets
Miami Dolphins

Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers

Washington Redskins
New York Giants

Detroit Lions
Minnesota Vikings

Jacksonville Jaguars
Indianapolis Colts

Carolina Panthers
Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals

Houston Texans
Tennessee Titans

Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots

Denver Broncos
Oakland Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs
San Diego Chargers

Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints

St. Louis Rams
Seattle Seahawks

San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals

Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys

Tam-Star’s NFL Pick Em’ week 16 picks

Pick Em’ Results (week 16): 13-3
Pick Em’ Results (season): 152-76-1
Note: DNP week 11

About me: I am a producer, managing editor, photo taker, aspiring professional bowler, and all around Jane of all trades. I am creative, quirky, and clearly a little offbeat. I blame my obsession with sports gambling and picking parlays on an ex-boyfriend. Funny thing is that’s all he was good for.

Make sure to check me out on Twitter @iamStarWalker and on Instagram @iamStarWalker.

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