We’re previewing the Week 17 NFL slate with score predictions for every recreation from our Nation reporters, what’s at stake within the playoff image and potential draft order from Kevin Seifert, Soccer Energy Index projections from ESPN Stats & Info and far more.

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Level unfold: BUF -Four.5 | Matchup high quality: 16.9 (of 100)

Cameron Wolfe’s choose: Adam Gase’s message this week has been “eight-eight sounds lots higher than 7-9.” We’ll see if his group buys it and shows up in a reasonably meaningless recreation in wintry Buffalo. The Dolphins are 1-5 over their previous six contests in Buffalo. Josh Allen chewed up the Dolphins’ protection on the bottom within the first assembly of the season, and it is robust to count on a lot totally different this time. Payments 23, Dolphins 17

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Mike Rodak’s choose: The Dolphins are 1-6 on the street this season and have been outscored by 98 factors away from Laborious Rock Stadium, second worst within the NFL behind solely the Cardinals. The Payments are Three-2 when Josh Allen has began at New Period Area. Benefit, Buffalo. Payments 24, Dolphins 21

What’s at stake: Each groups are eradicated from the playoffs. — Seifert

FPI win projection: BUF, 67.Three %. Although Josh Allen is trying to grow to be the primary participant in Payments historical past to lead the group in each passing and speeding yards in a season, it hasn’t been mirrored in his Complete QBR or the Payments’ offensive effectivity. Allen ranks 28th amongst certified QBs in Complete QBR, and the Payments rank second worst in offensive effectivity this season, in accordance to FPI.

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Level unfold: GB -7.5 | Matchup high quality: 47.2 (of 100)

Mike Rothstein’s choose: Detroit has nothing however pleasure — and some efficiency and taking part in-time incentives for some gamers — to play for. Inexperienced Bay is in an identical state of affairs, however no less than publicly a few of the Packers’ greatest stars are campaigning for his or her interim coach, Joe Philbin, to be employed full time. In a recreation like this, that might be sufficient of a distinction to choose one group over one other. Plus, Inexperienced Bay nonetheless has Aaron Rodgers, and the Lions’ offense hasn’t scored greater than 20 factors since Nov. 11. Packers 28, Lions 13

Rob Demovsky’s choose: The Packers confirmed loads of combat final week towards the Jets; they may have packed it in after they have been down 15 factors within the second half. So why would not they present comparable resolve of their season finale? They appear to have purchased into Joe Philbin’s message of “5 years from now you are not in all probability going to bear in mind the score of the Jets recreation, however you will bear in mind the sentiments you had within the locker room.” Philbin ought to find yourself Three-1 because the interim coach. Packers 30, Lions 12

What’s at stake: Each groups are eradicated from the playoffs. — Seifert

FPI win projection: GB, 80.6 %. Each groups are eradicated from playoff competition, however the Lions have lots on the road when it comes to subsequent season’s draft. Detroit is presently within the No. 5 spot within the draft order however may go as excessive as No. 2 or as little as No. 10 relying on outcomes across the league. FPI presently provides the Lions an 81 % probability of a high-5 choose subsequent season.

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Level unfold: NE -13.5 | Matchup high quality: 48.6 (of 100)

Wealthy Cimini’s choose: Can the Jets give coach Todd Bowles a profitable ship-off? Do not wager on it. Bowles, who probably can be fired Monday, is getting numerous effort out of his gamers, however effort won’t be sufficient to upset a motivated Patriots group. Rookie QB Sam Darnold has the NFL’s highest QBR over the previous three video games, however he in all probability won’t have receivers Quincy Enunwa and Jermaine Kearse. Meaning WR Robby Anderson will draw additional protection, inflicting the offense to lavatory down. Patriots 34, Jets 17

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Mike Reiss’ choose: The Patriots are the NFL’s solely undefeated group at house this season (7-Zero), they usually have talked this week about approaching the finale as a playoff-kind recreation due to what’s at stake: With a victory, they may earn a primary-spherical bye for the ninth consecutive season. As Tom Brady mentioned in a single interview, a bye is actually the identical as profitable within the playoffs, which is difficult to do. They determine to work onerous to change up their seems to be on Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. Patriots 31, Jets 17

What’s at stake: The Patriots nonetheless have an opportunity on the AFC’s No. 1 general seed. They would want to win and for the Chiefs and Chargers to lose. In any other case, they’ll clinch a primary-spherical bye with a victory or losses by the Ravens, Texans and Titans. The Jets are eradicated from the playoffs. — Seifert

FPI win projection: NE, 88.9 %. The Patriots can clinch a primary-spherical bye with a win or with assist from others across the AFC, and FPI places their odds at 90 %. The Patriots even have a slim shot on the No. 1 general seed with a win and losses by the Chiefs and Chargers, however the odds of which can be simply Three %, in accordance to FPI.

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Level unfold: NO -7.5 | Matchup high quality: 52.2 (of 100)

David Newton’s choose: Let’s examine. QB Kyle Allen will make his first begin for the Panthers. Teddy Bridgewater would possibly get the beginning for New Orleans if Drew Brees is rested. The Panthers might need extra curiosity in evaluating Bridgewater with the uncertainty surrounding Cam Newton’s future due to a sore shoulder. Bridgewater can be a free agent within the offseason and has expertise in Norv Turner’s offense from their time collectively at Minnesota. Benefit, Bridgewater. Saints 28, Panthers 13

Mike Triplett’s choose: The Saints haven’t formally revealed whether or not Drew Brees and different starters can be rested. But when Brees does play, it ought to be minimal — which implies we may see Bridgewater in his first important motion since 2015. The Saints are Zero-Three when Brees has missed a recreation or barely performed. And sarcastically, all three of these video games got here towards Carolina (when the Saints rested starters in Week 17 in 2006 and 2009 and when Brees was injured in 2015). However this time, the Panthers are additionally down to third-string QB Kyle Allen. Saints 23, Panthers 20



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What’s at stake: The Saints have clinched NFC house-subject benefit. The Panthers are eradicated from the playoffs. — Seifert

FPI win projection: NO, 88.9 %. The Saints have house subject within the NFC wrapped up, so we do not know the way a lot Brees and the remainder of the starters will play. Because it stands now, Brees has an 81.2 Complete QBR this season, which might be the seventh-highest since ESPN started monitoring in 2006 however solely the third highest in a season by Brees (82.Three in 2011, 81.9 in 2009).

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Level unfold: NYG -6 | Matchup high quality: 48.Four (of 100)

Todd Archer’s choose: The Cowboys are making ready for the Giants as if it’s a regular week, however that doesn’t imply they may play it like a traditional recreation, contemplating a win wouldn’t enhance their playoff seeding and an harm may destroy their playoff probabilities. The Giants have been out of it primarily for the reason that halfway level of the season however have performed higher down the stretch, and this might be Eli Manning’s closing house recreation. Saquon Barkley was held to a season-low 28 yards when these groups met in September and has been held to 31 and 43 yards the previous two weeks. He ought to have greater than 28 yards within the first quarter Sunday, Manning will get the correct ship-off and the Cowboys come house wholesome for the playoffs. Giants 23, Cowboys 16

Jordan Raanan’s choose: The Giants are probably to be the extra motivated of the 2 groups, which is why they’re shut to a landing favourite. However even towards the Cowboys’ backup protection, that’s an excessive amount of to cowl, however not to win. The Giants have averaged 17 factors in 5 video games towards top-10 defenses this season, however they squeak previous the Cowboys in a low-scoring recreation determined late. Giants 20, Cowboys 16

What’s at stake: The Cowboys have won the NFC East and may’t transfer up from their No. Four seed. The Giants are eradicated from the playoffs. — Seifert

FPI win projection: NYG, 52.7 %. The Cowboys are locked into the No. Four seed, however the Giants nonetheless have their spot within the 2019 draft up within the air. By means of eight weeks, the Giants have been 1-7 and had a 65 % probability at a high-5 choose, in accordance to FPI. Now they’ve only a 5.5 % probability at a high-5 choose.

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Level unfold: TB -1.5 | Matchup high quality: 50.eight (of 100)

Vaughn McClure’s choose: The Falcons try to get some good emotions going into subsequent season, and ending on a 3-recreation profitable streak would assist. Among the gamers with expiring contracts actually would love to make one lasting impression. And this presumably being the final recreation for the coordinators may be much more motivation for an impressed effort. However the Falcons’ protection may have to decelerate the Bucs’ explosive-play skill. Falcons 28, Buccaneers 24

Jenna Laine’s choose: The Bucs have not misplaced a season finale beneath Dirk Koetter the previous two years. They pulled out a final-second 31-24 win over the Saints final 12 months with Koetter’s job on the road. Some gamers would possibly get the identical kind of jolt once more, believing they’ll save his job. For others, it is about going out on a excessive observe in an in any other case disappointing 5-10 season and defending their jobs for subsequent 12 months. And for as a lot because the Bucs’ protection has struggled this 12 months, it has given up solely 18.6 factors per recreation at house (versus 35.1 on the street). Bucs 24, Falcons 23

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What’s at stake: Each groups are eradicated from the playoffs. — Seifert

FPI win projection: ATL, 52.1 %. This recreation has no playoff implications, nevertheless it may have fantasy playoff implications for any leagues nonetheless taking part in in Week 17. There might be loads of offense, because the Falcons rank third worst in defensive effectivity this season (35.1 on a Zero-to-100 scale), with the Buccaneers only one spot forward of them (35.2).

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Level unfold: HOU -6.5 | Matchup high quality: 48.Four (of 100)

Michael DiRocco’s choose: Blake Bortles is again because the Jaguars’ beginning quarterback, however the greatest lineup change entails proper sort out. Josh Wells is probably going out with a concussion, which implies the Jaguars can be beginning fourth-string choices at proper and left sort out towards J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. RB Leonard Fournette (foot/ankle) may not play, both, so the Jaguars would possibly depend on the learn-choice greater than they’ve at any level since Bortles joined the group in 2014. Texans 16, Jaguars 10

Turron Davenport’s choose: The Texans want the win to seize the AFC South division title. They anticipate having working again Lamar Miller again after lacking final week’s recreation. Miller provides stability to the offense, which nonetheless scored loads of factors towards the Eagles with out him. Deshaun Watson continues to discover methods to lengthen performs and make issues occur down the sector; this week can be no totally different. Anticipate Watson and wideout DeAndre Hopkins to join for no less than one landing towards the Jaguars, who don’t have anything to play for from a playoff perspective. Texans 27, Jaguars 14

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What’s at stake: The Texans can clinch the AFC South with a win or a tie between the Colts and Titans. They might safe a primary-spherical bye with a win and a Patriots loss, or a win mixed with losses by the Chiefs and Chargers and a tie within the power of victory tiebreaker over the Chiefs. In addition they have an out of doors probability at AFC house-subject benefit. They would want a win and losses by the Patriots, Chiefs and Chargers. — Seifert

FPI win projection: HOU, 76.7 %. The Texans are within the postseason, however their seeding continues to be very a lot up within the air. The Texans can nonetheless be the No.1 seed (Zero.Three % probability, per FPI), No. 2 seed (10 %), No. Three seed (67 %) or No. 6 seed (23 %).

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Level unfold: LAC -6.5 | Matchup high quality: 73.9 (of 100)

Eric D. Williams’ choose: Anthony Lynn quoted Herm Edwards this week, saying his group will play to win the sport towards the brief-handed Broncos. So despite the fact that the Bolts have clinched a playoff berth, count on dinged-up gamers like working backs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler to play. Philip Rivers threw for 401 yards in a loss to the Broncos earlier this 12 months; count on the veteran quarterback to assault a depleted Denver secondary. Chargers 24, Broncos 19

Jeff Legwold’s choose: Rookie RB Phillip Lindsay, who will miss Sunday’s recreation with a proper wrist harm, would be the Broncos’ eighth multigame starter on offense who won’t be taking part in towards the Chargers. So it’s tough to imagine the Broncos can depart behind the gradual begins and three-and-outs which have plagued them towards a Chargers group taking part in for the opportunity of house-subject benefit within the playoffs. Chargers 27, Broncos 17

What’s at stake: The Chargers can leap to the highest of the AFC playoff race with a win and a Chiefs loss. That might give them the AFC West title and residential-subject benefit all through the playoffs. In any other case, they would be the No. 5 seed. — Seifert

FPI win projection: LAC, 60.eight %. The Chargers might be the No. 1 seed within the AFC however extra probably would be the No. 5 seed. FPI provides Los Angeles a 5 % probability to be the highest seed and a 95 % probability to be the No. 5 seed.

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Level unfold: KC -13.5 | Matchup high quality: 50.Zero (of 100)

Paul Gutierrez’s choose: The Raiders are coming off an emotional excessive, a Christmas Eve win over the Broncos in what might need been their closing recreation in Oakland, and can be taking part in for pleasure in Kansas Metropolis. The Chiefs, in the meantime, are taking part in not just for a division title but in addition for playoff seeding and potential house-subject benefit all through the postseason. The Chiefs have Travis Kelce, who torched Oakland for 168 yards and two TDs on 12 catches on Dec. 2, and the Raiders have bother overlaying tight ends. Chiefs 31, Raiders 23

Adam Teicher’s choose: The Chiefs are 9-Zero towards groups that won’t make the playoffs, just like the Raiders. They’re 4 seconds shy and a botched protection on a Chargers two-level conversion try from being equally undefeated at Arrowhead Stadium. The Raiders aren’t sturdy sufficient to buck both of those tendencies. Chiefs 34, Raiders 24



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What’s at stake: A victory will clinch the AFC West and residential-subject benefit all through the playoffs. If the Chiefs lose, they would want losses from the Chargers, Patriots and Texans to stay the No. 1 seed, and losses by the Chargers and both the Patriots or Texans would safe the No. 2 seed for the Chiefs. — Seifert

FPI win projection: KC, 91.7 %. The Chiefs want solely to win a recreation towards Oakland wherein they’re big favorites to clinch the No. 1 seed within the AFC, however they may do it with a loss and a few assist. Thanks to that, FPI provides the Chiefs a 92 % probability to earn house-subject benefit all through the playoffs.

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Level unfold: LAR -10 | Matchup high quality: 50.2 (of 100)

Nick Wagoner’s choose: The 49ers have won 4 consecutive Week 17 video games towards the Rams, however there hasn’t been a lot at stake in most of these matchups. This time, the Rams would possibly want a win to sew up a primary-spherical bye, relying on what the Bears do of their finale. In contrast to final 12 months, Los Angeles probably will play its starters the entire recreation, which implies the Rams ought to have a transparent benefit. Rams 30, 49ers 20

Lindsey Thiry’s choose: The Rams are motivated in Week 17 to safe a primary-spherical bye, to proceed to tune up their offense and to assist defensive sort out Aaron Donald break the one-season sack report. Donald tallied a profession-finest 4 sacks earlier this season towards the 49ers and wishes three sacks to tie and 4 sacks to break Corridor of Famer Michael Strahan’s single-season sack report of 22.5. Rams 32, 49ers 17

What’s at stake: The Rams will clinch a primary-spherical bye with a win or a Bears loss. The 49ers have been eradicated. — Seifert

FPI win projection: LAR, 89.5 %. The Rams can clinch a primary-spherical bye with a win, however they might nonetheless have a 56 % probability at a bye even with a loss, in accordance to FPI. The 49ers nonetheless have a slim probability on the No. 1 general choose, however the odds of which can be simply Three %, in accordance to FPI.

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Level unfold: MIN -Four.5| Matchup high quality: 72.2 (of 100)

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Jeff Dickerson’s choose: Matt Nagy burdened all week that the Bears intend to pull out all of the stops to beat Minnesota — even with a playoff spot safely secured. If that line of considering holds true, the Bears’ protection is probably going to — as soon as once more — stymie Kirk Cousins and the Vikings’ offense. Chicago enters Week 17 No. 1 in takeaways (36), interceptions (27) and factors off takeaways (107). The Bears are additionally the one group within the NFL to maintain a second-half lead in each recreation. Bears 21, Vikings 20

Courtney Cronin’s choose: It is do-or-die time for the Vikings, who want a win over the Bears to clinch the ultimate spot within the NFC playoffs. A number of issues issue into a bonus for the Vikings. No. 1, Minnesota’s protection is lights out at U.S. Financial institution Stadium, permitting a league-low 75.7 passer ranking at house. No. 2, exterior of an annihilation at Buffalo, the Bears haven’t been excellent on the street. Minnesota will get it executed this week with the very sturdy risk that it faces Chicago at Soldier Area throughout wild-card weekend. Vikings 23, Bears 20

What’s at stake: The Vikings want a win or an Eagles loss (or tie) to clinch a playoff berth. With a win, they might be the No. 5 seed if the Seahawks lose and the No. 6 seed if the Seahawks win. The Bears, who’ve already clinched the NFC North, have incentive as properly. They’ll clinch a primary-spherical bye with a victory and a Rams loss. — Seifert

FPI win projection: MIN, 57.6 %. The Vikings can clinch a playoff spot with a win or tie or an Eagles loss or tie. FPI places the percentages of a Vikings playoff berth at 76 %. The Bears can nonetheless get a primary-spherical bye with a win and a Rams loss, however that’s far much less probably, with only a 5 % probability, in accordance to FPI.

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Level unfold: PIT -14.5 | Matchup high quality: 49.6 (of 100)

Katherine Terrell’s choose: If the Bengals could not beat the Steelers with a largely full roster at house early within the season, it is fairly unlikely they are going to do it with a depleted roster on the street. The Bengals simply haven’t got the firepower left on the roster at this level. Steelers 27, Bengals 16

Jeremy Fowler’s choose: Again-to-back performances towards New England and New Orleans confirmed the Steelers can play with anyone. And regardless of Cincinnati nearly all the time taking part in Pittsburgh shut, with 4 of the final seven matchups determined by seven or fewer factors, the Steelers trip a seven-recreation profitable streak over a critically depleted Bengals squad. Pittsburgh’s offense ought to overwhelm right here. Steelers 30, Bengals 24

What’s at stake: The Steelers win the AFC North title with a victory and a Ravens loss. If the Ravens win, the one approach the Steelers could make the playoffs is that if they win and the Colts and Titans tie. The Bengals are eradicated from the playoffs. — Seifert

FPI win projection: PIT, 86.Four %. The Steelers have an 18.5 % probability to make the playoffs, in accordance to FPI, however their probabilities this season peaked at 98.1 %. Within the final 4 seasons, the one group to miss the playoffs that had odds that prime at any level of the season was the 2015 Falcons (98.5 %).

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Level unfold: SEA -13.5 | Matchup high quality: 48.2 (of 100)

Josh Weinfuss’ choose: The Seahawks are trending up, whereas the Cardinals are trending down. Sunday may also be a battle of Seattle’s No. 1 speeding offense towards the Cardinals’ 32nd-ranked speeding protection. The primary assembly was shut, with the Seahawks profitable 20-17, however lots has modified since Week Four. On high of all that, a loss would give the Cardinals the No. 1 choose within the 2019 NFL draft. Seahawks 31, Cardinals 10

Brady Henderson’s choose: An upset for the Cardinals as 13.5-level underdogs can be believable if the Seahawks determined to relaxation a few of their starters now that they’ve secured a playoff spot. However Pete Carroll made it clear this week that his group is retaining its foot on the fuel, opting to strive to keep the momentum it has constructed whereas profitable 5 of the final six video games. Seahawks 27, Cardinals 13



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What’s at stake: The Seahawks have clinched a playoff berth. They will be the No. 5 seed in the event that they win and the No. 6 seed in the event that they lose. The Cardinals can clinch the No. 1 general choose within the 2019 draft with a loss. — Seifert

FPI win projection: SEA, 94.Three %. The Seahawks are the most important favourite in any recreation this season and largest favourite in any recreation since 2013, in accordance to FPI. A win would clinch the No. 5 seed for Seattle.

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Level unfold: PHI -6.5 | Matchup high quality: 30.5 (of 100)

Tim McManus’ choose: The Eagles’ offense has taken off beneath Nick Foles, scoring 30-plus factors in every of the previous two video games after hitting that mark simply as soon as over the earlier 13 outings. The Eagles have gotten some injured gamers again (Darren Sproles, Jordan Hicks, Tim Jernigan) and at last are beginning to play like Tremendous Bowl champions. Eagles 30, Washington 20

John Keim’s choose: The Redskins have misplaced 5 of their final six video games, and whereas they’ve performed higher the previous two video games, they’re nonetheless not geared up to beat a very good group due to all their accidents. They now have 23 gamers on injured reserve. Eagles 28, Redskins 16

What’s at stake: The Eagles want a victory and assist, by way of a Vikings loss, to clinch a playoff spot. The Redskins are eradicated from the playoffs. — Seifert

FPI win projection: PHI, 57.2 %. Philadelphia’s path to the postseason is easy: The Eagles want a win and a loss by the Vikings. FPI places the percentages of each of these outcomes taking place at 24 %.

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Level unfold: BAL -6 | Matchup high quality: 46.Three (of 100)

Pat McManamon’s choose: The Browns have won 5 of six and are pushing to finish Gregg Williams’ tenure this season at 6-2. Baker Mayfield is taking part in at an All-Professional degree, and the Browns are taking part in in addition to any group within the league. They might love to destroy Baltimore’s playoff hopes, however they face a buzz noticed in Baltimore, which has a singular quarterback in Lamar Jackson and the league’s finest protection. This can be fairly a recreation, however the Ravens prevail. Barely. Ravens 23, Browns 20

Jamison Hensley’s choose: The Ravens failed to end out final 12 months’s finale and missed the playoffs. However there is a totally different feeling this 12 months, particularly on protection. Baltimore has allowed the fewest fourth-quarter factors (48) and has scored a defensive landing in three of the previous 5 video games. The Ravens won’t let the AFC North title slip out of their grasp. Ravens 20, Browns 9



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What’s at stake: The Ravens can clinch the AFC North title with a win or a Steelers loss. In that state of affairs, there may be an out of doors probability they may clinch a primary-spherical bye. To do it, they would want a win, losses by the Patriots and Texans, after which both of two outcomes: a Colts-Titans consequence that does not finish in a tie or the Ravens clinching a tie within the power of victory tiebreaker over the Texans. The Browns are eradicated from the playoffs. — Seifert

FPI win projection: BAL, 79.Zero %. Baltimore wants to simply win to clinch the AFC North title. Baltimore can also be nonetheless alive for a primary-spherical bye with some assist, however there’s only a 2 % probability of that occuring, per FPI.

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Level unfold: IND -Three.Zero | Matchup high quality: 55.7 (of 100)

Mike Wells’ choose: QB Andrew Luck is an ideal 10-Zero in his profession towards the Titans. He and the Colts might be going through the Titans with out beginning quarterback Marcus Mariota (stinger), and Tennessee can be with out its finest defensive participant in Jurrell Casey (knee). The Colts aren’t able to take the Titans evenly on this win-and-make-the-playoffs recreation as a result of the final time they confronted a backup quarterback, Cody Kessler and the Jacksonville Jaguars blanked them 6-Zero earlier this month. There won’t be a slippage by the Colts this time. Colts 24, Titans 17

Turron Davenport’s choose: The Titans’ protection performs with a unique swagger at Nissan Stadium, the place the group is 6-1. Tennessee wants to discover a approach to decelerate Andrew Luck & Co. with out Jurrell Casey. Add in the opportunity of not having Marcus Mariota beneath middle and issues look bleak for the Titans. Nevertheless, beneath Mike Vrabel, Tennessee has taken on a subsequent-man-up mindset, which has put the group in place to safe a postseason berth and 10 wins in his first season as a head coach. Search for Derrick Henry and the Titans’ offense to work on controlling the clock to preserve Luck off the sector. Titans 24, Colts 21

What’s at stake: The winner of this recreation will make the playoffs as a wild-card group if the Texans win and because the AFC South champion if the Texans lose. — Seifert

FPI win projection: IND, 51.Four %. This recreation supplies us with a win-and-you are-in state of affairs, and FPI is presently barely favoring the Colts due to the uncertainty of Marcus Mariota’s standing. If Mariota is sweet to go, the Titans can be slight favorites (54 %), in accordance to FPI; if it is Blaine Gabbert, they are going to be underdogs (42 %).

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