NFL picks Week 17: Falcons-Saints and every other game

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Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) talk following a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the final week of the NFL regular season. Here’s all of the Week 17 picks, including Falcons-Saints.

We have arrived at the final week of the regular season, believe it or not. Last week, I went 11-5 in my weekly picks, and correctly predicted the Broncos would defeat the Bengals 20-17. That has to be the first time I’ve predicted the score correctly, well, ever.

This week features a number of important games, including the NFC North decider between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, as well as multiple games that will determine playoff positions such as the New York Jets’ visit of the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ clash with the Cleveland Browns. All lines are provided by OddsShark.

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (-4)

All of a sudden, Atlanta (8-7) has won two straight and takes on the No. 31 defense. The Falcons will want to avenge their embarrassing defeat at the hands of New Orleans (6-9) earlier in the season. This one should be fun to watch.

Pick: Atlanta 30, New Orleans 24

New York Jets (-3) at Buffalo Bills

New York (10-5) is a better football team than Buffalo (7-8), but don’t underestimate the Rex Ryan factor. He will have his Bills team fired up and determined to ensure the Jets miss out on the playoffs. Still, it’s hard to pick against the red hot Jets.

Pick: New York 24, Buffalo 21

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