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Week 16 is through and we're onto Week 17 - the final week of the regular season. Why football gods have you made it fly by so quickly?!

For some it's been a great year, others not so much. But there's still games to play with playoff seedings and draft order up for grabs.

So, in the words of the all mighty Dave Dameshek, let it begin.


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Key match-ups:

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills

The game that can affect the remaining playoff spot in the AFC wildcard chase between Gang Green and the Steelers.

The Jets visit a freezing Buffalo in this prime time game under lights on Thursday Night Football, where Rex Ryan could put his former employer out of the playoffs.

But here's what you must be asking yourself; wouldn't it be very Jets-like to throw it all away in the final week?

That's what I'm thinking too, and it could well happen.

The Jets upset the Pats last week, and it was largely down to Brandon Marshall followed by Eric Decker's game-winning catch - and your's truly called it that both would have big games.

The Bills should be better than they have been this year, their defence should be dominant and they have great talent on offence. It's all shoulda, woulda, coulda for Buffalo.

At MetLife, Buffalo won, and I have a feeling that they'll do it again in the forecast blizzard and snap the Jets' five-game winning streak.

Winner: Bills - it will be a close game and Sammy Watkins could have a big performance 

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers (MNF)

Both teams are in the playoffs, so this is all about who they'll face in the post season.

The Packers got their butts handed to them last week in Phoenix with Rodgers being knocked down numerous times by a savage Cardinals pass rush - it was brutal.

The Vikings, however, had a much easier time on Monday night as they sent a feeble New York Giants home with their tail between their legs following a 49-17 win.

Teddy Bridgewater will be elite in a few years and could rule the NFC North with this talented roster.

Green Bay aren't convincing as we thought they'd be this year, Jordy Nelson is a big loss but the Pack have been underwhelming and won't be bringing home a title this year.

Minnesota could spring an upset at Lambeau and their running game could cause serious harm to the Packer defence.

The only worry is the offensive line, which has been a problem for the Vikes (remember Seattle?) and they'll face a much tougher pass rush than the Giants offered last week.

Winner: Green Bay - A close one, but Rodgers at home is a tough to bet against

Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants

This is a big game for a few reasons. The loser of this game will visit London next year and play the Rams, the winner will face Seattle on the road next season, and it will more than likely be the final game for the great Tom Coughlin (and not so great GM Jerry Reece).

The Giants showed just how bad they can be last week in Minnesota, and it pains me to write this but they should have been out of sight in the NFC East if it wasn't for their appalling, disgraceful, disgusting, blood-boiling (I could go on) two-minute play in the fourth quarters.

The defence is a shambolic and diabolical mess - the linebackers and pass rush is non-existent and the secondary needs adding to because Landon Collins must be a SS while DRC is nearly always hurt and Amukamara has had an average year mixed with injuries.

The offence needs work and depth at WR because Randle could easily be allowed to walk. He is just so hit and miss, he'll make a big play and then stop routes early and hesitate. All you have to do read stories about him and the mixed views on this guy.

The running game finally appears to be working now the "committee" is no more but a young RB could well be drafted or they look at a veteran such as Matt Forte.

Tight Ends, a staple of Giants offence has become an after thought in an age where TEs are crucial to scoring points.

In summary the New York Giants needs talent and not washed-up free agents.

Anyway, to the game.

Odell Beckham is back and that means the offence will probably spark for a game.

The Giants lost in their visit to Philly and I think they'll close out the 2015 season with a win now that they actually have a running game.

The Eagles are all over the place and they got beat down by an ordinary Washington team at home (that's how bad this division is) and they've just fired Chip Kelly - so god knows what's going to happen in this game.

P.S. OBJ blasted his teammates in the Carolina game when he ranted 'don't nobody care' - it appears they don't anymore - and it seems TC has no answers for what has happened to his team.

Winner: Giants - Tom Coughlin leaves

Other games:

New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins

A surprising loss to the Jets last week, the Pats face an easy opponent this week and they'll win this to secure home-field advantage in the playoffs.

The Dolphins have been guilty of the NFL's current mantra of 'what have you done for me lately' by overhauling their coaching staff.

Winner: Patriots

New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons beat the Panthers, albeit unexpectedly, and with home-field advantage this week, will fancy their chances for another win.

This one could turn into a QB shootout again for Brees and the Saints.

The Falcons are just about the more stable of the two teams, and they'll take this game if they get the ball to Julio.

Winner: Falcons - just; this will be a shootout or a damp squib 

Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears

The Lions are rightly favourites in this game but on the back of their win against the Bucs, Da Bears will be positive about getting the win in front of a home crowd.

The Bears have talent, and could be a playoff force again - but not with Jay Cutler. They'll draft a QB rather than sign someone from another team.

This will be a close one because Chicago are playing for pride.

Winner: Bears - in a close one

Washington @ Dallas Cowboys

Washington have made the playoffs even though they're far from the finished product - this is how bad the NFC East has been this year.

The Giants (as ranted about above) should have won this division, maybe the Cowboys if Romo stayed healthy but not Kirk Cousins - they'll be blown away by whichever team they face in the playoffs.

Fourth-string QB is likely for the Cowboys as their former signal caller, Brandon Weedon, is heading to the playoffs with Texans - and enjoying the fact Dallas isn't.

Winner: Washington - Dallas will be looking for a new quarterback

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts

No Mariota, who will be a star of the future, means no win for the Titans - their pass rush shouldn't worry Hasselbeck who should call it a day at the end of play...on the grounds of extending his life expectancy.

Talent will overcome in this game and Indy has more of it as they'll dismember the Titans - get it?

Winner: Colts

Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals

The Ravens had a big win last week against the Steelers despite how bad they are but they won't get a win this week.

The Bengals are in the playoffs and AJ McCarron is expected to start despite a wrist injury but it is yet to be seen who will play as QB in the post-season; will Dalton return?

Winner: Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns

The Steelers have to win, and they'll do that this week...and some, but how could you lose to that Ravens team?! That was just shameful and their playoff hopes are in serious danger now and rely on the Bills and Rex Ryan. 

Big score alert for this game.

The Browns are a trainwreck, a dumpster fire but they should give Johnny Manziel a chance - he's looked good and they'd be foolish to let another team claim him.

Winner: Steelers

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans

This is what Brandon Weedon has had to say about the Texans in the playoffs and the Cowboys - who cut him - missing out:

"We get to play extra football and (Jerry Jones will) be watching on his couch. That's what it's all about. We're playing for something and it's a fun time of year."

They have improved this year but the Texans and their defence will make sure of the win with DeAndre Hopkins having some fun.

If only Houston had a good quarterback - they could look to the draft or pick someone up from other teams.

Winner: Texans

Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs

A straight forward game for the Chiefs, their defence should stuff the Raiders at Arrowhead and gives them a big boost ahead of the playoffs.

The Raiders are finally heading in the right direction, and with some added talent, they could be a regular playoff contender; but will that be in LA?

The Chiefs could be a Super Bowl contender, would you want to play that defence?

Winner: Chiefs

San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos

Easy; Broncos are good with a top defence while the Chargers have...nothing really.

Will the Chargers be in LA next year? It seems very likely.

P.S. Peyton retires regardless of what happens likely without having thrown another pass in the NFL.

Winner: Broncos - who will permanently become the Brockos next year

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers

Tampa have a good QB for the future but right here, right now they're going to lose on the road in Charlotte.

Losing is probably the best thing that could have happened to the Panthers but no one could have predicted it coming to the Falcons.

I still believe the Panthers won't make the Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium, the NFC is more competitive in the playoffs.

Winner: Panthers

Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals, not the Panthers, are the best team in the NFL with a supreme defence, fantastic offence and their special teams isn't too bad either.

They beat up the Packers and treated Aaron Rodgers like a rag doll with a pass rushing clinic - seriously, he probably got knocked to the floor more times than he passed the ball.

This match-up could well be repeated in the post-season, and the Cardinals will win that one too.

Winner: Cardinals - my pick for SB 50

St Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers

The Niners have had a massive fall from grace and have two terrible QBs and Colin Kaepernick is likely to be shipped out - Cleveland, Houston, Jets, Dolphins, could all have a look at the former star.

The Rams did what they seem to do every year, they beat the Seahawks when they weren't fancied to, and they'll finish with another win.

Todd Gurley could have a big game here.

Winner: Rams

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