NFL Pick’em: Week 17 NFL Picks
Welcome to our weekly NFL Pick’em. The hosts of the My Fantasy Podcast (Dan, Brandon and Orlando) pick every game straight up and crown one champion of all champions at the end of the season.
Standings after Week 16
Dan Schalk: 141-99
Brandon Reid: 151-89
Orlando Torres: 152-88
In the final week of the regular season, our pick’em crown comes down to this week. Orlando, formerly known as ‘last place’ has a chance to win the title with a solid week of picks. Can Brandon Reid make a mad dash to the finish line trailing by one game? Will Dan stop making stupid reasoning with his picks now that he has no chance at the title? Nope….
Week 17 NFL Picks
Packers at Lions
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. Charcuterie is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit, primarily from pork. I love charcuterie—oh and sure why not, Green Bay wins!
Brandon Reid: Detroit Lions. The Packers truly have absolutely nothing to play for. Jim Caldwell does. A home loss to end the season could cost him.
Orlando Torres: Detroit Lions. The Packers had a good run a few weeks ago with Hundley looking as he was getting comfortable, but the ‘Go Pack Go’ train has derailed, and although the Lions are also out of the playoffs they’ve been the better team.
Bears at Vikings
Dan Schalk: Chicago Bears. You can cook a whole chicken in a pressure cooker and it will be done in 30-45 minutes. Talk about fast cooking, Chicago wins!
Brandon Reid: Minnesota Vikings. This should be a complete shutout.
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings didn’t look like a playoff threat so I say they go out and destroy the bears right before playoff time.
Texans at Colts
Dan Schalk: Indianapolis Colts. I’m fairly certain I coached little loop football players that were better at quarterback than TJ Yates.
Brandon Reid: Indianapolis Colts. And last place in the AFC South goes to…
Orlando Torres: Indianapolis Colts. It’s gonna be interesting to see how these teams look next season with everybody back healthy, but until then I’m going with the home team.
Browns at Steelers
Dan Schalk: Cleveland Browns. The definition of a dog pound: An animal shelter or pound is a place where stray, lost, abandoned or surrendered animals, mostly dogs and cats, and sometimes sick or wounded wildlife are kept and rehabilitated. Browns win?
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. Cleveland beating Pittsburgh to end 1-15 sounds exactly like how this season should end. But I don’t have the guts to predict that.
Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh can rest all of their starters and start practice squad guys and the Browns would still find a way to lose.
Jets at Patriots
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. I can’t stand New England clam chowder but I sure do like the Patriots odds of winning.
Brandon Reid: New England Patriots. It would not be smart to pick against the Patriots at home to close out the season. So I won’t.
Orlando Torres: New England Patriots. Hello James Harrison.
Redskins at Giants
Dan Schalk: Washington Redskins. All this talk about Kirk Cousins and I heard he doesn’t even have any cousins on his mom’s side. What a phony.
Brandon Reid: Washington Redskins. Did you realize the Giants only have two wins this year??? Here’s to the end of Ben MacAdoo. May his next coordinator job go well.
Orlando Torres: New York Giants. Could this be Manning’s last game as a Giant? Well see, so I expect Manning to ball out if so.
Cowboys at Eagles
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. I miss Tony Romo.
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. This pick is for Orlando. Which way will he go? If he picks Dallas, and they win, he could also win the 2017 Pick’em Championship.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. I’m not sure if Philly will play all their starters, but I’m sure they’ll want to give Foles as many reps as possible, however I’ll take Dallas to spoil the party before they pack it up for the offseason.
Jaguars at Titans
Dan Schalk: Tennessee Titans. Marcus Mariota is the wich in my sandwich. And I love sandwiches.
Brandon Reid: Jacksonville Jaguars. Remember earlier this year when Tennessee thumped Jacksonville? Well so do they. The Jags will officially eliminate the Titans from playoff contention for the second year in a row.
Orlando Torres: Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags bounce back after almost getting 40 dropped on them last week.
Bills at Dolphins
Dan Schalk: Buffalo Bills. The Bills will win this game and still miss the playoffs. 18 years and counting boys…..
Brandon Reid: Miami Dolphins. I think Buffalo is the better team this year, but I’m going with the home team in this toss-up.
Orlando Torres: Miami Dolphins. Will Jay Cutler’s wife keep him out of the house another season to play football? Who knows. Either way it won’t be in Miami, but Cutler will ball regardless.
Bengals at Ravens
Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. Former Ravens QB Kyle Boller named his son Brody. Brody Boller.
Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens haven’t lost a game in almost two months, other than a 39-38 loss to the AFC’s best team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. This would be a perfect ending to the season if MY Bengals pull out one more win for Marvin Lewis. But statistically they are just not a good team. Thanks for reading all season long. Signed, 2017 Pick’em Champ- Brandon Reid.
Orlando Torres: Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals did what they always do. Do the exact opposite of what people expect and that was winning last week. This week not so much.
Raiders at Chargers
Dan Schalk: LA Chargers. For the people who write Philip Rivers name a lot. There is only one ‘L’ in Philip. C’mon now.
Brandon Reid: LA Chargers. Classic case of one team fighting for their playoff lives while the other team has nothing to play for. I know what should happen here, but this season has been crazy. I predict this game will provide drama.
Orlando Torres: LA Chargers. The Chargers need some magic for them to make the post-season and winning is one of them.
Cardinals at Seahawks
Dan Schalk: Arizona Cardinals. I have a cardinal in my back yard that I look at daily–even in the snowy weather of Buffalo. Come to find out cardinals do not migrate south. Who would have thunk it?
Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. See above.
Orlando Torres: Seattle Seahawks. The Cardinals are just looking forward to next season with a healthy David Johnson.
49ers at Rams
Dan Schalk: LA Rams. Calm down on all the Jimmy G love. Put on a Kenny G record and listen to heaven on earth.
Brandon Reid: LA Rams. I have to say this pick perplexes me a bit. I will say if the Rams lose this game, I would not like their confidence level heading into the playoffs and would not pick them to win a playoff game, regardless of who they play. They’ll end up losing a home playoff game to Carolina or Atlanta. You heard that here first.
Orlando Torres: San Francisco 49ers. How about Jimmy G! Either way the Rams probably won’t play all their guys either.
Panthers at Falcons
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. I rooted for the Falcons when they played the Broncos in the Super Bowl back in 1999. During media day, cornerback Ray Buchanan wore a spiky dog collar. This really has no point, just thought you should know.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. I rode the Falcons bandwagon all year-long. This is it. Will they become a playoff threat, or just another statistic.
Orlando Torres: Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons need this one, and the Panthers are already in. No need for something to happen to Cam.
Chiefs at Broncos
Dan Schalk: Denver Broncos. The picker below (NewBreid) has completely forgotten about his former Memphis homey Paxton Lynch. He shows no love for the former Tiger and frankly I’ve had enough!
Brandon Reid: Denver Broncos. Here’s to my man Paxton Lynch. This is a homer pick because I’m rooting on Paxton to prove why John Elway traded up to get him, and my lack of confidence in Kansas City.
Orlando Torres: Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos should win this game at home right? Wrong!
Saints at Buccaneers
Dan Schalk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A Buccaneer is a pirate.
Brandon Reid: New Orleans Saints. The Saints should win this game even if Drew Brees had to play with one arm tied behind his back, in a potato sack with Deuce McAllister.
Orlando Torres: New Orleans Saints. No need for the Saints starters to play a full game, and the Bucs haven’t done much to show me that they’ll even win their last home game of the season.
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