Week 17 top picks: Two dogs and a favorite

After going 0-3 in Week 15, it was bounce-back time for me in Week 16 as I went 2-1.

I won with the Bengals (minus-7) against the Vikings, the Jets (minus-2 1/2) against the Browns and I lost with the Cowboys (minus-2) against the Redskins. But at least it's better than going oh-for-three.

After a slow start, the best bets have had a good second half. I'd like to close the regular season out in style. So the picks this week are Falcons, Steelers and Cowboys.

Falcons (plus- 6 1/2) -- The Falcons showed well last Monday night against the 49ers and back home they will compete against a Panthers team coming off a huge win against the Saints. Carolina needs this game to win the division, but it won't be easy. Matt Ryan will keep the Falcons around.

Steelers (minus-7) -- The Steelers are still alive for a playoff berth, while the Browns will have their bags packed. They are also playing a second consecutive road game. That will show up. Where's the focus? Steelers big. 

Cowboys (plus 6 1/2) -- Even without Tony Romo, this is way too big a number. Let's not forget the Eagles lost to the Vikings two weeks ago. They are far from being the dominant team everyone is making them out to be. Dallas will find a way to hang around and maybe even win it. 

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Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an... Full Bio

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