In what might end up being his final game as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Chan Gailey will try to beat Rex Ryan and the New York Jets for the first time in six tries tomorrow afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
It's Week 17, which means this is the last weekly picks post of the 2012 season. While our Buffalo Bills are flailing into oblivion at 5-10, I'm looking to close out a strong season of picking their games, sitting pretty with a 12-3 mark. The games I missed: Kansas City in Week 2, Arizona in Week 6 and Tennessee in Week 7. So yeah, I've picked Buffalo to win four times this season, and was wrong once. I've picked against them 11 times, and was wrong twice. (I don't know what I saw in Kansas City; that's my lone embarrassment of the season.)
No, I'm not picking the Bills to win in Week 17, either.
Jets 27, Bills 14: The Bills are 0-5 against the Jets since Chan Gailey became head coach in 2010, losing those five games by an average score of 36-17. Mark Sanchez, of all of the miserable, rotten quarterbacks in the NFL, torches Buffalo on a consistent basis. No, I don't expect Gailey to finally get a win against Rex Ryan; I expect his three-year division record to plummet to 3-15. In case you can't tell, I cannot wait for Monday, when the misery of another Bills season comes to an end.
Falcons 20, Buccaneers 17: Atlanta has everything locked up, but they'll keep playing to try to carry as much momentum into the post-season as possible.
Ravens 23, Bengals 20: In another meaningless game between two playoff teams, I'll take the team that is more desperate to prove to itself that it can make a deep post-season run.
Bears 23, Lions 17: Chicago needs a win to make the playoffs, and Detroit stinks.
Texans 24, Colts 20: As great a story as Indy has been this season, it may all be over very soon. They don't match up particularly well against any of the teams in front of them, including Houston - playing for home-field advantage - this weekend.
Saints 28, Panthers 21: I'll take Drew Brees over Cam Newton every time - until further notice, anyway.
Giants 21, Eagles 17: It's going to be weird watching the NFC playoffs without the Giants this year.
Steelers 20, Browns 10: I've kept picking Pittsburgh despite their recent slide; it's going to pay off one more time, dang it.
Titans 17, Jaguars 14: Holy boring.
Broncos 31, Chiefs 14: Everyone's all about Denver right now, but this is not a very battle-tested team. I don't consider them favorites in the AFC.
Packers 27, Vikings 22: Green Bay still has something to play for, which makes me sad; I'd like to see them lay down so that Adrian Peterson and company can make the playoffs.
Patriots 31, Dolphins 17: New England is still jockeying for seeding. This, my friends, is quite clearly the team to beat if another AFC team wants to go to the Super Bowl.
Chargers 28, Raiders 24: This isn't Titans/Jags boring, but it's close. Week 17 sucks.
Seahawks 27, Rams 17: Seattle will continue to roll as they keep their hopes up for an NFC West title.
49ers 30, Cardinals 10: Unfortunately for Seattle, Brian Hoyer isn't going to be able to help them prevent San Francisco from winning the division themselves.
Redskins 27, Cowboys 24: I haven't believed in Dallas all season. Washington has won six straight games, and they've got the two best players on the field in a home finale. I'm calling a close win, but I wouldn't be shocked if Washington crushes Big D.
Last Week: 11-5
Season Record: 157-84-1
Bills Predictions: 12-3