I went 13-3 last week straight up, and 8-8 against the spread. For the season, that puts me at 153-87 straight up and 108-124-8 against the spread. Compare that record with the "experts" over at ESPN.com.
What follows are my picks for the NFL's Week 17 games:
*Sunday, December 30*
Chicago 9-6 at Detroit 4-11 - 1:00 p.m. (Line: Bears by 3)
The Lions have lost seven games in a row and are 0-5 against NFC North opponents this season. Calvin Johnson needs just 108 receiving yards to reach 2,000 for the year. The Bears would make the playoffs with a win here and a loss by the Vikings.
---RJ's Pick: Detroit by 3
Tampa Bay 6-9 at Atlanta 13-2 - 1:00 p.m. (Line: No Line)
It's a meaningless game. The Falcons have already wrapped up the top seed in the NFC, while the Buccaneers have already been eliminated from playoff contention. Since it's unknown to what extent the Falcons will rest their starters, there is no line for this matchup at the time of this writing.
---RJ's Pick: Atlanta by 8
New York Jets 6-9 at Buffalo 5-10 - 1:00 p.m. (Line: Bills by 3)
The Jets are starting Mark Sanchez under center this week, as Greg McElroy is experiencing concussion-like symptoms, and Tim Tebow is apparently too much of a proven winner for the miserable Jets organization. The Bills have dropped three straight.
---RJ's Pick: Buffalo by 11
Baltimore 10-5 at Cincinnati 9-6 - 1:00 p.m. (Line: Bengals by 2.5)
The Bengals will be the AFC's sixth seed no matter the outcome of this game. The Ravens can be the AFC's third seed with a win and a loss by the Patriots. Otherwise, they will be the fourth seed in the conference.
---RJ's Pick: Baltimore by 4
Jacksonville 2-13 at Tennessee 5-10 - 1:00 p.m. (Line: Titans by 4)
The Titans are winless so far this season against AFC South opponents. The Jaguars have the second worst point differential in the league.
---RJ's Pick: Tennessee by 1
Houston 12-3 at Indianapolis 10-5 - 1:00 p.m. (Line: Texans by 7)
The Colts are locked in to the AFC's fifth seed. The Texans would earn the AFC's top seed with a win.