2021 Week 17 NFL Picks
In past years, this would be the final week of NFL games. But 2022 will be the first year where each team plays 17 games in a year. That means there are just two weeks of football left in this season. On this New Year’s Day, I think about how much time I’ve put into all of these picks. The same goes for the Cowboy. I think we deserve some kind of credit for doing this…but that’s just me.
Anyway, I’ll stop saying how tremendous the Cowboy and I are and get to what happened in Week 16. The Cowboy needed to do some work to come within striking distance of me. Did he do it? Have a look, why don’t you.
Week 16 Results:
Blind Owl: 9-6-1
Oh dear. A one game win for me is the last thing the Cowboy needed. He needed a big week, and got beat again. I haven’t crunched the numbers yet, so let’s see how bad of a spot he’s in.
Blind Owl: 134-103-3
Before I do some math let me just tell you that there are only 32 games left this season. That being said, I’ll bust out my calculator and figure out how badly I’m beating the Cowboy.
The numbers are in. With only 32 games left, I am up by 27 games. So I just have to win 5 games in the next two weeks to put this thing out of reach. Any pushes, or games we pick the same is good for me, and horrendous for the Cowboy. Let’s see if he can pull off the comeback of the century or if I can shut this thing down before the year is even over. Here are our picks for Week 17:
JAX @ NE: NE -16
Blind Owl: Oof. This is a gigantic spread. The Patriots are coming off of 2 tough losses including a big loss to the Bills. Thankfully, they get a nice chance to right the ship. This game isn’t a matter of if the Pats will win. It’s just about how bad they are going to destroy the Jags. I anticipate the Cowboy is going to pick the Jags with the points, so I’ll take the Pats.
Concret3Cowboy: Were closing the gap this week. 16 points is too much, even for a garbage franchise. Trevor Lawrence is still a bust.
DEN @ LAC: LAC -6.5
Blind Owl: Unfortunately for both the Cowboy and myself, our Broncos aren’t good. They lost to the Raiders for crying out loud. The Chargers aren’t fairing much better. They lost to HOUSTON. How embarrassing is that? As much as it pains me to pick the Chargers, I am going to. I know the Cowboy will pick our Broncos with the points, but I just don’t see it.
Concret3Cowboy: Drew “Freaking” Lock going a lot later in the season than I expected to see him, albeit it wasn’t until Teddy got knocked out on the field. But Drew is just more talented, to think a guy is at his ceiling at 25 years old is crazy. Bradley Chubb and Juedy being on the Covid list sucks. But F the Chargers.
MIA @ TEN: TEN -3.5
Blind Owl: I hate picking Titans games. I have no clue what they are. That being said, they’re going against the hottest team in football. It’s going to be 8 in a row for the Phins when they BEAT Tennessee. Miami might even get into the playoffs if they keep it up,
Concret3Cowboy: Miami has been the hottest team in the NFL. Starting 1-7 and being where they are now is pretty insane for professional sports. Tennessee has been limping without Derrick Henry and has no one expecting them to actually get anything done.
ATL @ BUF: BUF -14.5
Blind Owl: You ready for a blowout? Buffalo is riding high and peaking at the right time. Bills with a MASSIVE victory over Matty Ice.
Concret3Cowboy: Allen just tore up the best passing defense in the league in New England. Atlanta is bottom of the barrel in that category. This is a big spread that I’m going to have to agree with.
LV @ IND: IND -7
Blind Owl: Speaking of teams peaking at the right time…here are the Colts who are on fire. This game had potential to be dangerous for Indy because Carson Wentz was on the “sick but not sick” list. Lucky for them, I just read that he is back in. The Colts will beat the Raiders easily.
Concret3Cowboy: F the Raiders, Broncos got swept by them (shoot me). The Colts have the playoff formula going for them. A strong defense, ball controlling offense, oh and Wentz has the arm that can get the job done when needed.
TB @ NYJ: TB -13
Blind Owl: Tampa has a whole bunch of injury issues. But the Jets are, well, they’re the Jets. I think the Jets organization is actually allergic to winning near playoff time. So I am hesitantly picking the Bucs. Although that spread makes me a tad nervous. The Cowboy is 100% picking the Jets by the way.
Concret3Cowboy: Tampa Bay hasn’t been that good against the spread for a Super Bowl contender. Not like that really affects anything outside betting but screw it, I’ll go Jets. Some go hunting.
LAR @ BAL: LAR -5.5
Blind Owl: This one would be closer if Lamar Jackson was going to play. But unfortunately for Baltimore (and my fantasy team) it looks like he won’t be playing. Stafford is going to put on a show for the Baltimore fans. Cooper Kupp will continue his dominant season with big numbers as well. Rams all day.
Concret3Cowboy: The guy that threw the ball to Megatron during his record breaking season has now gotten some white dude from Yakima, WA on the brink of breaking it. The only way Matt Stafford will actually get recognized for his greatness is when the Rams win the Super Bowl.
PHI @ WFT: PHI -4.5
Blind Owl: Philly is doing ok recently. They’re beating the teams they should. Washington’s magic seems to have run out. That drubbing the Cowboys put on the Football Team was legendary. I’ll take the safe pick with the Eagles here. If the Cowboy wants to take Washington after they almost lost by 50, more power to him.
Concret3Cowboy: I still like the Football Team but they are just missing so much due to bullshit. They’ve really caught the bad side of luck this later part of the season.
NYG @ CHI: CHI -6
Blind Owl: I went back and forth on this one. There’s a reason I’m writing this last. As you know, Matt Nagy is the worst coach in the NFL right now. He announced that Andy Dalton will start in this game (for some strange reason). I mean come on, your team isn’t going to the playoffs. Ride with the first round pick. But what do I know? Knowing Dalton will be chucking the ball around makes my pick a bit easier. I’ll take the G-Men.
Concret3Cowboy: I really don’t know anything about Chicago besides Matt Nagy and Justin Fields, and that at some point a dude called “Lazer '' was calling plays. This is really the “Worst HC'' Bowl of the NFL.
KC @ CIN: KC -4.5
Blind Owl: Ooooh. This one is a Cowboy special. His most hated team is taking on his boy-toy Joe Burrow. I would love for this to be the game that puts me over the top. I may be picking out of spite here, but who cares I have a big lead. KC. ALL. THE. WAY.
Concret3Cowboy: F the Chiefs. Jo-Jo Burrow.
HOU @ SF: SF -12.5
Blind Owl: No Jimmy G for San Fran. Bring in Trey Lance. I’m fully banking on him to do well here. I had to replace Lamar Jackson in my fantasy title game. I know Houston won last week, but they are a DESPICABLE EXCUSE FOR A FOOTBALL TEAM. So go Trey and the 9ers.
Concret3Cowboy: Just because the Chargers were missing like half their team, doesn’t take away they got thrown around by the Texans. And San Francisco is the next one in the sights of this absolute powerhouse of a franchise.
ARI @ DAL: DAL -6
Blind Owl: Well, well, well. I think we have a rare late season playoff preview. We may see these two teams go at it in a few after this game. Arizona hasn’t looked good recently. They just lost to the Colts on Christmas night. The Cowboys are feeling great after that destruction of Washington. I’m hoping for a Texas sized shootout here. The safe pick here is the Cowboys at Jerry World, so I’ll go with that.
Concret3Cowboy: I told you Arizona wouldn’t be playing like they did in September this late in the year. Even more surprising is that JJ Watt didn’t finish the season.
DET @ SEA: SEA -7.5
Blind Owl: I hate the Seahawks. They just lost to the Bears. But the Lions are the Lions. I can’t stand it, but give me Seattle. I have to be smart here and beat the Cowboy.
Concret3Cowboy: Detroit is still 10-5 against the spread. Seattle is 7-8 against the spread. And there you have, my closing remarks.
CAR @ NO: NO -6.5
Blind Owl: Who was that guy the Saints rolled out last week at QB? If I’m not mistaken, the Cowboy texted me, “Who the f**k is Ian Book?” Still a great question that I have no answer for. It seems Hill will be back this week, which is an improvement. Carolina on the other hand is just not good. I’ll take the Saints in this one.
Concret3Cowboy: OK, I had no idea Ian Book was even a person, never mind playing QB for the Saints last week. As much as the Owl hates Ohio State QBs, a Notre Dame QB hasn’t won an NFL game in like 20 years. Sam Darnold played well against the Saints the first game around. But who knows what is going to happen with this heavily impacted Covid game.
MIN @ GB: GB -6.5
Blind Owl: Well, Minnesota’s goose is cooked. No Captain Kirk in this one. Kellen Mond might get the start here. Too bad for him he gets to watch Aaron Rodgers light up the Vikings. Packers win HUGE.
CLE @ PIT: CLE -3
Blind Owl: I really don’t like either of these teams. They both have let me down recently. I don’t want to pick either. I also have no clue who the Cowboy might go with. So I ask just one question for my loyal readers? What color shit? Cleveland Brown!
Concret3Cowboy: The way Big Ben is finishing out his career is exactly the way players don’t want to go out. Aaron Rodgers saying he doesn’t want to go out a “Bum” is basically a direct shot at Big Ben.