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PETE PRISCO
Senior NFL Columnist
Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and can be seen throughout the week on CBS Sports' NFL shows. When he's not watching game tape you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
MATCHUP SCORE ANALYSIS
Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017
 
Baltimore
Ravens
21
Before the season this looked like a big game. It isnít. It doesnít mean a thing. Both teams are eliminated, so who is motivated? I will go with the Bengals since they are home and the Ravens just were eliminated Sunday night.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 27, Baltimore Ravens 10
Cincinnati
Bengals
26
 
 
Carolina
Panthers
14
The Bucs need to win and get a miracle to get into the playoffs. In other words, this is probably meaningless. Even so, look for the young Bucs to play hard in their season finale. I think Tampa Bay finds a way here.
Result: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17, Carolina Panthers 16
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
23
 
 
Houston
Texans
13
This looked like it might be for the division title, but now it means nothing. The Titans lost to the Jaguars, while the Texans won the division beating the Bengals. Now it means nothing. The Titans will start Matt Cassel for the injured Marcus Mariota. They will be more motivated.
Result: Tennessee Titans 24, Houston Texans 17
Tennessee
Titans
20
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
20
The Jaguars showed some life last week for interim coach Doug Marrone in beating the Titans. The Colts were bad on the road in losing to the Raiders. This will be tight, but the Colts will win it.
Result: Indianapolis Colts 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 20
Indianapolis
Colts
23
 
 
New England
Patriots
31
Both teams will be playing for something in this one, which is rare this week. The Patriots are playing for the top seed, and they are the best team in football. Tom Brady will carve up the Miami secondary and lead the Patriots to the victory.
Result: New England Patriots 35, Miami Dolphins 14
Miami
Dolphins
24
 
 
Chicago
Bears
13
The Vikings have imploded in the past few weeks and have players going rogue. Thatís not a good thing. The Bears were terrible last week at home to the Redskins. Look for the Vikings to find a way to win this meaningless game.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 38, Chicago Bears 10
Minnesota
Vikings
21
 
 
Buffalo
Bills
28
This is the Rex Ryan Bowl. He was fired by the Jets and will likely get it from the Bills after this game. The Jets looked to have packed it in a week ago. The Bills are still playing hard. That matters. Give me the Bills.
Result: Buffalo Bills 10, NY Jets 30
New York
Jets
24
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
15
This division rivalry game means nothing for either team. The Cowboys will likely rest players for the playoffs. The Eagles would love to go out on a good note, and I think they will.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 27, Dallas Cowboys 13
Philadelphia
Eagles
23
 
 
Cleveland
Browns
17
The Steelers are the third seed no matter what, so will they play anybody here? If so, how much? The Browns won for the first time this season last week, and they are still battling. This is tough to predict, but I will go with the Steelers -- no matter who plays.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Cleveland Browns 24
Pittsburgh
Steelers
28
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
24
The Falcons can lock up the No. 2 seed by winning this one. Itís never easy against their rivals. Look for a lot of points here in this one with a shootout between Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. I will go with Ryan to win it.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 38, New Orleans Saints 32
Atlanta
Falcons
34
 
 
New York
Giants
20
The Giants are in the playoffs, while the Redskins need to win here to get in. That means all the motivation is with the Redskins. With a playoff game next week, the Giants will likely hold guys back. Redskins win big as they push for the playoffs.
Result: Washington Redskins 10, NY Giants 19
Washington
Redskins
30
 
 
Oakland
Raiders
14
The Broncos are eliminated, but they can impact by the Oakland playoff seeding if they can upset their rivals. The Raiders will turn to Matt McGloin as their quarterback with Derek Carr hurt. This is a tough defense to open against. Broncos show some pride and beat the Raiders.
Result: Denver Broncos 24, Oakland Raiders 6
Denver
Broncos
20
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
27
The Cardinals won at Seattle last week, but lost to the Rams earlier this year. They wonít lose this one. The Arizona offense was good last week against a good defense and will be the same here. Cardinals take it.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 44, Los Angeles Rams 6
Los Angeles
Rams
20
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
23
The Chiefs have an outside shot at the No. 2 seed, but they could also drop to the sixth spot if they lost here. The Chargers have had a disappointing season, but they will show up here. With the Chiefs coming off a emotional victory, the Chargers keep it close.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 37, San Diego Chargers 27
San Diego
Chargers
21
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
30
If the Falcons lose, the Seahawks could end up with the second seed. They need to win this one. The 49ers won last week, but the Seahawks are a big step up in class. That matters. Seattle takes it.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 25, San Francisco 49ers 23
San Francisco
49ers
17
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
31
This is the game of the week. The winner takes the division title. The Packers are on a roll with Aaron Rodgers. I think it stays that way. Rodgers will lead the Packers to the NFC North title on the road.
Result: Green Bay Packers 31, Detroit Lions 24
Detroit
Lions
27
 
 
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