N.F.L. Schedule: Who We Think Will Win in Week 17

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In 2014, the Packers won one for the Limper. Last year, they won with the Miracle in Motown.

Whatever the 175th edition of Green Bay versus Detroit has in store, it’s certain to be the best thing going in the 17th and final week of the 2016 regular season.

The winner claims the N.F.C. North, as the Packers did in the 2014 finale, when quarterback Aaron Rodgers played through a calf injury to beat Detroit.

The loser could still make the playoffs as a wild-card team, as the Lions did last season despite blowing a 20-point lead in a late-season loss to Green Bay.

Consider this a playoff prequel to whet the postseason palate.

Here is a look at Sunday’s matchups and who we think will win them:

Packers (9-6) at Lions (9-6)

8:30 p.m. Line: Packers by 3½

The Packers were 4-6, and losers of four straight, when Rodgers played the part of the end-season prophet. “I think we can run the table,” he said, and who’s laughing him off now?

Green Bay has won five straight, and is a prime-time victory away from its fifth N.F.C. North title in six years. Rodgers may be the best seer in the N.F.L. this side of Joe Namath.

The Lions can win their first division title since 1993, when the N.F.C. North was still the N.F.C. Central. Lose, and they can still land the final wild-card berth if the Redskins fail against the Giants in an earlier game.

Pick: Packers.

Ravens (8-7) at Bengals (5-9-1)

1 p.m. Line: Bengals by 2½

Too good to earn a top-10 draft pick, too bad to earn a playoff spot, these N.F.C. North comrades will play out the last thread of the string together.

The Ravens are staring at the nose of a third nonwinning season in the four years since their Super Bowl XLVII victory. Their last win in Cincinnati? New Year’s Day 2012.

The Bengals have dropped five of their last seven games by an average of 3.2 points per blown opportunity. That’s one way to explain why quarterback Andy Dalton isn’t going to the postseason for the first time in his six-year career. Pick: Ravens.

Jaguars (3-12) at Colts (7-8)

1 p.m. Line: Colts by 4½

This is one of five “zombie” games — featuring two teams walking the field after their playoff hopes are dead and buried.

The Colts will enter the off-season wondering why so close wasn’t enough. They are 5-5 in games decided by one score, after being a league-best 26-8 in such games under Coach Chuck Pagano from 2012 to 2015.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles had a career-high 325 yards and caught a touchdown pass in a 38-17 win over Tennessee on Dec. 24. It was too late to save Coach Gus Bradley, who was fired on Dec. 19.

Pick: Jaguars.

Patriots (13-2) at Dolphins (10-5)

1 p.m. Line: Patriots by 9½

If the Patriots win on the road Sunday, they won’t be required to do so again unless they reach the Super Bowl in Houston.

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New England can lock in the No. 1 playoff seed, and the home-field advantage that serves as its prize, with a win in Miami. It would be the Patriots’ fourth No. 1 seed in seven years, the best such run in the A.F.C. since the current seeding-by-record format was adopted in 1975. A Raiders loss to Denver would serve the same purpose for New England.

Miami has made the playoffs for the first time since 2008. If the Dolphins win, and Kansas City loses in San Diego, they will bump up to the No. 5 seed. Pick: Dolphins.

Bears (3-12) at Vikings (7-8)

1 p.m. Line: Vikings by 5

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is having a record season that few find worth mentioning. That’s what happens when a 5-0 start is swallowed whole by eight losses in the next 10 games.

Losses and all, Bradford has completed 71.3 percent of his passes (370 of 519). If he can hold that form in one more game, he will break Drew Brees’s single-season record of a 71.2 percent completion rate. Bradford can also break Daunte Culpepper’s franchise record of 379 completions.

The Bears own the worst 15-game record in franchise bookkeeping. That’s what happens when you combine an N.F.L.-low 10 takeaways with none in the past six weeks.

Pick: Vikings.

Bills (7-8) at Jets (4-11)

1 p.m. Line: Bills by 3½

The Bills have galactic expectations for a team that hasn’t reached the playoffs in 17 years. They fired Coach Rex Ryan on Tuesday after he went 15-16 — one win away from producing the team’s best two-year run of the 2000s.

Bills management — not the interim coach Anthony Lynn, who said it wasn’t his call — benched quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of the former first-round draft pick E. J. Manuel, who hasn’t won a start since Sept. 14, 2014.

The Jets ended last season with a playoff-killing loss to the Bills, 22-17. They have yet to bounce back. Pick: Bills.

Cowboys (13-2) at Eagles (6-9)

1 p.m. Line: Eagles by 4

A balanced offense is a primary reason the Cowboys are the No. 1 seed in the N.F.C. playoffs. The lack of one is why the Eagles will post consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1998-99.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has 13 wins, an N.F.L. rookie record, after throwing for 3,630 yards against defenses that seem more concerned with speed-bumping the rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott and his league-best 1,631 yards. That defensive plan is not working.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has thrown a franchise-record 352 completions, a byproduct of losing three running backs to season-ending injuries. That offensive plan is not working, either. Pick: Cowboys.

Browns (1-14) at Steelers (10-5)

1 p.m. Line: Steelers by 6

The Steelers are set as the No. 3 seed in the A.F.C. playoffs. The Browns can clinch the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2017 with a loss. Who would have guessed that Cleveland would be the only team with something to play for in this regular-season curtain call?

The Browns beat the Chargers, 20-17, on Saturday to end a 17-game losing streak. The next great skid to halt: a 12-game losing streak at Heinz Field, where the Browns are 1-15 since it opened.

They most likely won’t face Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is 20-2 against the Browns but is expected to get some rest before the playoffs. Pick: Steelers.

Panthers (6-9) at Buccaneers (8-7)

1 p.m. Line: Buccaneers by 5½

So you’re saying there’s a chance.

The Buccaneers can earn the 12th and final spot in the playoffs if: they win, the Packers lose, the Redskins tie, the Cowboys win, the Colts win, the Titans win, and the 49ers win. All this, without running back Doug Martin, who just began a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy.

For the second time in franchise history, the Panthers have failed to make the playoffs after reaching (and losing in) the Super Bowl. They will finish last in a division they had won three straight years. Time to see the depth of their playing pride. Pick: Panthers.

Texans (9-6) at Titans (8-7)

1 p.m. Line: Titans by 3

The Texans won the A.F.C. South to become the second Super Bowl host in 16 years to reach the playoffs. They have a 7-1 record at NRG Stadium, but are the No. 4 seed in the A.F.C. because they do not travel well.

Houston will play all of its starters to get better at winning on the road, where it has been held to 13 points or fewer in four of seven games.

Nashville may not be so tough on the visitors now that the Titans have lost quarterback Marcus Mariota to a broken leg. They’ll turn to the backup Matt Cassel to end a five-game losing streak to Houston. Pick: Texans.

Saints (7-8) at Falcons (10-5)

4:25 p.m. Line: Falcons by 7

The Falcons are one win away from earning the No. 2 seed in the N.F.C. and the bye that comes with it. If this game doesn’t do it, they have to hope that the Seahawks lose to the pitiful 49ers. In other words, the Falcons are pretty much on their own.

This would be a good game for fantasy football players to rest their running backs and defenses.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has a league-high 115.5 passer rating and has thrown touchdown passes to 13 different players, an N.F.L. single-season record. Saints quarterback Drew Brees is 66 passing yards from his fifth 5,000-yard season, which no other N.F.L. quarterback has managed twice. Pick: Falcons.

Raiders (12-3) at Broncos (8-7)

4:25 p.m. Line: Broncos by 1

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s leg was broken during a fourth-quarter pass play with his team leading by 19 points at home on Christmas Eve. The team’s infamous “tuck rule” playoff loss to the Patriots 15 years ago seems so less cruel and unusual when comparing season-impaling events.

The Raiders must count on the backup quarterback Matt McGloin to win the A.F.C. West. Bundle a win with a Patriots loss, and Oakland gets the No. 1 seed in A.F.C. Couple a loss with a Chiefs win, and Oakland is a wild-card team.

The Super Bowl-champion Broncos will not return to the playoffs. But, oh, how they despise the Raiders — more than enough to stick one last finger in their eye patch. Pick: Broncos.

Cardinals (6-8-1) at Rams (4-11)

4:25 p.m. Line: Cardinals by 6

The Cardinals lost to the Rams, 17-13, on Oct. 2. That was the first sign they would not be headed back to the conference championship game.

Don’t blame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. At age 33, he is second in the league with 102 catches (and has the third-most catches of all time). He alone is reason to watch.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall draft pick of 2016, gets a seventh chance to pick up win No. 1 as a starter. His 61.7 passer rating isn’t the worst in the league because he hasn’t played enough to qualify. Pick: Cardinals.

Chiefs (11-4) at Chargers (5-10)

4:25 p.m. Line: Chiefs by 5½

How could it get any worse for the Chargers after losing to the previously winless Browns? A loss to Kansas City in what could be their final game in San Diego.

The Chargers have until Jan. 15 to decide if they want to move north and share a new stadium with the Rams. As farewells go, a fifth straight loss would not be a good look for the Chargers, except that it would reinforce the necessity of an exit.

If they beat the Chargers and the Raiders lose to the Broncos, the Chiefs can move from wild-card team to the A.F.C. West champion with a first-round bye. Pick: Chiefs.

Seahawks (9-5-1) at 49ers (2-13)

4:25 p.m. Line: Seahawks by 9½

The Seahawks have almost played themselves out of the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. To get it back, they must beat the 49ers and hope the Falcons lose.

Getting past the 49ers is the easy part. The Seahawks have outscored the 49ers by 86-34 in three wins since the 49ers fired Coach Jim Harbaugh after the 2014 season.

The 49ers are facing their seventh straight loss to the Seahawks, which would be a franchise worst in the series. They just ended a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak, so who knows? Pick: Seahawks.

Giants (10-5) at Redskins (8-6-1)

4:25 p.m. Line: Redskins by 8

The Redskins will make the playoffs as a wild-card team if they beat the Giants and the Lions-Packers game does not finish in a tie.

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What are the odds of a tie? Ask a Washington team that has a tie this season. If the Redskins had just beaten the Bengals on Oct. 30 in London, instead of playing to a 27-27 draw, beating the Giants would be playoff-clinching enough.

The Giants are bolted to the No. 5 seed regardless of Sunday’s results, but will play their starters as usual. Eliminating the Redskins will only make it that much more fun. Pick: Redskins.

Correction: December 30, 2016

An earlier version of this article erroneously said that the Seahawks might know the result of Atlanta’s game before their kickoff. The games are scheduled to start at the same time.

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