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Week 17 NFL Picks

Week 17 of the NFL regular season is here, which means the playoffs begin next week. There are still a few teams that are trying to book a spot in the playoffs, but will need to win their games this week, and hope to get some help from some of the teams that already been eliminated. Here is a look at some of the biggest games this week.

Cleveland Browns (7-8) vs. Baltimore Ravens (9-6), Sunday, December 28, 1 PM. ET. CBS.

The Browns would love nothing more than to help eliminate the Ravens from playoff contention, but they will have a tough time getting the win this week, because they will be starting undrafted rookie quarterback Connor Shaw against the Ravens, who will be trying to make a statement, after losing to Texans on Sunday.

The Ravens need to win this game to keep their playoff hopes alive, but they will also need the Chargers to lose, if they are to qualify. They will try to establish the run with Justin Forsett, because the Browns have the worst rush defense in the NFL, and it will also help Joe Flacco attempt easier passes to get his confidence back, after his poor performance last week.

Game Line: The Ravens are favored to win the game by 9 points, the Over/Under is 42.5 points.

Personal Pick: The Ravens will dominate the Browns, and win the game.

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-12) vs. Houston Texans (8-7), Sunday, December 28, 1 PM. ET. FOX

The Jaguars don't have much to play for, except respect, which is what makes them a dangerous team for the Texans to face, because they have nothing to lose. They have won two of the past three meetings against the Texans, including a 13-6 win in Houston last season.

The Texans have had to deal with injuries all season, and are currently on their fourth starting quarterback. A win against the Jaguars will keep their slim playoff hopes alive, but they will still need losses from Baltimore and San Diego to go qualify for the playoffs. Arian Foster should have a big game against the Jaguars, who have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL.

Game Line: The Texans are favored to win this game by 10 points, the Over/Under is 40.5 points.

Personal Pick: The Jaguars will put up a fight, but the Texans will win a close game.

San Diego Chargers (9-6) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (8-7), Sunday, December 28, 1 PM. ET. CBS.

For the second straight year, the San Diego Chargers are waiting until the last week of the season, against the Kansas City Chiefs, to punch their ticket into the playoffs; the only difference is that they will be playing on the road this time around. The Chiefs also won the first meeting between the two teams, after getting swept last season, and would love to be the team to eliminate the Chargers.

The Chiefs were one of the best teams in the NFL for a while this season, but stumbled down the stretch, losing four of their last five games. They still have a chance to clinch a playoff berth, but they will need to defeat the Chargers, and hope that the Ravens and Texans lose their games.

Game Line: The Chiefs are favored to win this game by 2.5 points, the Over/Under is 42 points.

Personal Pick: The Chiefs will find a way to win this game, and eliminate their rivals from the playoffs.

Carolina Panthers (6-8-1) vs. Atlanta Falcons (6-9), Sunday, December 28, 4:25 PM. ET. CBS.

For the first time since 2011, a team with a losing record will not only make the playoffs, but they will host a playoff game. The Panthers, who have won their last three games, will try to find a way to defeat a team that beat them in their own stadium earlier this season. They should have a lot of success throwing the ball against the worst pass defense in the league, but will need to avoid committing turnovers, which can hurt them in the game.

The Falcons have one of the best passing games in the league, but will have a lot of trouble moving the ball through the air, against a Panthers defense that is ranked 9th against the pass. They will have to find a way to get their running game going, if they are to have any success in this game.

Game Line: The Falcons are favored to win this game by 4 points, the Over/Under is 47.5 points.

Personal Pick: The Falcons will win a very close game at home, and win the division title