It’s Been a Money-Making Year
The Coach and Dr. Football
December 30, 2017
It’s the final week of the 2017-18 National Football League season, and this is what could happen:
The Minnesota Vikings face the Chicago Bears at the Big Bank Stadium on Sunday at Noon, and according to that silly new stat from ESPN (the Football Power Index, LOL), the Vikes have a 99.6 percent chance of clinching the final first-round bye.
They will clinch it with a home victory over the Bears — which they should probably do, one would think – or, if necessary, with help from one of three other teams – Atlanta, New Orleans or the Rams. The Rams have claimed they will rest their top players while the other two teams have at least suggested they’ll try to be competitive. The Vikings shouldn’t need the help, but if they absolutely have to have it, expect one of those three teams to win on Sunday.
So we can pretty much go to Vegas and book the Vikings through to the second week of the post-season.
We can also book a winning season for our fearless prognosticators. Fact is, these guys just keep on winning.
Last week Dr. Football went 12-4 (168-72) straight up and 10-6 (137-107) against the spread while The Coach went 13-3 (170-70) straight up and 8-8 (135-105) against the spread. These guys get richer every week and with just four wins, they are guaranteed their best seasons in almost a decade.
With so few good quarterbacks in the NFL, picking winners has never been easier.
Let’s take a close look at Week 17 and dream about the playoffs.
EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Green Bay Packers (7-8) at Detroit Lions (8-7)
Line: Lions by 7.5
The Packers are fully on “next year” mode and won’t put up any kind of a fight in the Motor City. The Coach says: Neither one of these teams have the heart for this one.
Dr. Football: Take the Lions to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Lions and hold your nose.
New York Jets (5-10) at New England Patriots (12-3)
Line: Patriots by 15.5
Tom Brady and company have been on a mission all year and won’t let up on the way to the playoffs. The Coach says: The only reason the Patriots won’t cover is because Brady will be sitting quietly out of harm’s way by the midway point of the third quarter.
Dr. Football: Take the Patriots to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Patriots to win but not cover.
Houston Texans (4-11) at Indianapolis Colts (3-12)
Line: Colts by 4
Two disappointing teams playing a nothing game. Indy wins one for Chuck Pagano. The Coach says: Two franchises (not players, but executives and coaches) that barely even tried to win this season. Both a disgrace to sport.
Dr. Football: Take the Colts to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Colts to win and cover.
Cleveland Browns (0-15) at Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3)
Line: Steelers by 13.5
0-16 has never been so painful; Pittsburgh will blow them out of Heinz Field by half time. The Coach says: Wonder why attendance and TV ratings are down in the NFL? The Cleveland Browns are the poster child.
Dr. Football: Take the Steelers to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Steelers to win but not cover.
Washington Redskins (7-8) at New York Giants (2-13)
Line: Redskins by 3
Another two disappointing teams just hoping not to get injured. Giants haven’t looked anything like a winner this season, so why start now.
Dr. Football: Take the Redskins to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Washingtons to win and cover.
Chicago Bears (5-10) at Minnesota Vikings (12-3)
Line: Vikings by 12.
Minnesota will build on last week’s big win in Green Bay on their way to a playoff bye.
Dr. Football: Take the Vikings to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Vikings to win and cover.
Dallas Cowboys (8-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (13-2)
Line: Cowboys by 2.5
This game means nothing to the Eagles so they’ll rest a bunch of starters. The Coach says: They’d better not rest Foles, ‘cause he’s awful and he has to get ready for the post-season.
Dr. Football: Take the Cowboys to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Cowboys to win and cover.
LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) at Baltimore Ravens (9-6)
Line: Ravens by 10
If the Ravens win, they are in the playoffs. But the Bengals may try and win one for Marvin Lewis.
Dr. Football: Take the Ravens to win but not cover.
The Coach: Rake the Ravens to win but not cover.
Buffalo Bills (8-7) at Miami Dolphins (6-9)
Line: Bills by 3
Buffalo needs this more than Miami, but something tells me the Dolphins will play “party pooper” in this one.
Dr. Football: Take the Dolphins in an upset.
The Coach: Take the Bills to win and cover.
Carolina Panthers (11-4) at Atlanta Falcons (9-6)
Line: Falcons by 4
Atlanta at home, with their season on the line, will find a way to win.
Dr. Football: Take the Falcons to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Falcons to win and cover.
New Orleans Saints (11-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11)
Line: Saints by 7
New Orleans will win the NFC South with a victory here.
Dr. Football: Take the Saints to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Saints to win and cover.
Jacksonville Jaguars (10-5) at Tennessee Titans (8-7)
Line: Titans by 6
The Titans beat up on the Jaguars earlier in the season, so Jacksonville will want to knock them right out of the playoff picture.
Dr. Football: Take the Jaguars in an upset.
The Coach: Take the Titans to win and cover.
Oakland Raiders (6-9) at Los Angeles Chargers (8-7)
Line: Chargers by 8
The Raiders are playing consecutive road games for nothing, look for the Chargers to keep sharp for the post season.
Dr. Football: Take the Chargers to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Chargers to win and cover.
Arizona Cardinals (7-8) at Seattle Seahawks (9-6)
Line: Seahawks by 8
Seattle will win the sixth seed if they beat the Cardinals and the Falcons lose to the Panthers. That’s good motivation.
Dr. Football: Take the Seahawks to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Seahawks to win and cover.
Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) at Denver Broncos (5-10)
Line: Broncos by 3.5
I don’t think K.C. will rest as some think, I believe they will keep playing hard as a tune up for the playoffs. The Coach says: Denver is awful, but the Chiefs might rest, still…
Dr. Football: Take the Chiefs in an upset.
The Coach: Take the Chiefs.
San Francisco 49ers (5-10) at Los Angeles Rams (11-4)
Line: Rams by 4
The 49ers have won four straight games with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback, and with the Rams resting players for the playoffs, he’ll get his fifth.
Dr. Football: Take the 49ers in an upset.
The Coach: Take the Niners for giggles.