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NFL picks for week 17

By ROGER MILLS
Published January 2, 2005


Bucs (5-10) at Cardinals (5-10)

Past pride, present pride, future pride is at stake

MILLS' PICK: Cardinals 20, Bucs 19

NICHOLAS' PICK: Bucs 18, Cardinals 10

Dolphins (4-11) at Ravens (8-7)

The Dolphins can end a rough season on a high note. But won't.

MILLS' PICK: Ravens 19, Dolphins 17

NICHOLAS' PICK: Ravens 24, Dolphins 12

Jets (10-5) at Rams (7-8)

The Rams have done it with smoke and mirrors. Not today.

MILLS' PICK: Jets 20, Rams 19

NICHOLAS' PICK: Jets 22, Rams 14

Lions (6-9) at Titans (4-11)

It's been a year both would like to forget.

MILLS' PICK: Titans 19, Lions 10

NICHOLAS' PICK: Titans 14, Lions 7

Packers (9-6) at Bears (5-10)

Brett Favre will warm up at the expense of the Bears.

MILLS' PICK: Packers 23, Bears 20

NICHOLAS' PICK: Packers 24, Bears 10

Browns (3-12) at Texans (7-8)

The Texans establish today what they have planned for next year

MILLS' PICK: Texans 22, Browns 10

NICHOLAS' PICK: Browns 22, Texans 19

Vikings (8-7) at Redskins (5-10)

Last game heartbreak doesn't come twice for the Vikings.

MILLS' PICK: Vikings 28, Redskins 20

NICHOLAS' PICK: Vikings 25, Redskins 19

Steelers (14-1) at Bills (9-6)

Even without Big Ben, the glory ride is over for the Bills

MILLS' PICK: Steelers 17, Bills 15

NICHOLAS' PICK: Steelers 19, Bills 13

Saints (7-8) at Panthers (7-8)

The Panthers prove their will to win, again.

MILLS' PICK: Panthers 24, Saints 10

NICHOLAS' PICK: Panthers 20, Saints 6

49ers (2-13) at Patriots (13-2)

Even if they bench the first team, this just doesn't seem fair.

MILLS' PICK: Patriots 30, 49ers 10

NICHOLAS' PICK: Patriots 20, 49ers 10

Bengals (7-8) at Eagles (13-2)

They may rest Donovan McNabb, but the Eagles still win easily.

MILLS' PICK: Eagles 20, Bengals 19

NICHOLAS' PICK: Eagles 25, Bengals 13

Falcons (11-4) at Seahawks (8-7)

The Falcons have nothing to gain. Not so for the Seahawks.

MILLS' PICK: Seahawks 22, Falcons 20

NICHOLAS' PICK: Seahawks 22, Falcons 13

Colts (12-3) at Broncos (9-6)

It means more to the Broncos than the Colts.

MILLS' PICK: Broncos 24, Colts 21

NICHOLAS' PICK: Colts 32, Broncos 24

Chiefs (7-8) at Chargers (11-4)

The Chargers get busy for three quarters, then shut it down.

MILLS' PICK: Chargers 30, Chiefs 28

NICHOLAS' PICK: Chargers 22, Chiefs 10

Jaguars (8-7) at Raiders (5-10)

Jaguars take out last week's frustrations on Raiders.

MILLS' PICK: Raiders 24, Jaguars 12

NICHOLAS' PICK: Jaguars 19, Raiders 6

Cowboys (6-9) at Giants (5-10)

For one night, big splash in the Big Apple. That's about it.

MILLS' PICK: Giants 21, Cowboys 20

NICHOLAS' PICK: Cowboys 26, Giants 9

Mills last week, 8-8, 6-9-1 vs. spread. Nicholas, 11-5, 6-9-1. For season mills, 148-92, 107-125-8 vs. spread; Nicholas 145-95, 117-115-8 vs. spread