NFL Week 17 viewer's guide

Adrian Peterson's quest for the single-season rushing yardage record and the Minnesota Vikings' hopes of reaching the postseason are on the line as the Green Bay Packers -- who are vying for the NFC's No. 2 playoff seed -- pay a visit to the Twin Cities. Elsewhere, the Indianapolis Colts' finale against the Houston Texans figures to be an emotional event capping a surprising playoff run. The Chicago Bears have a must-win game against the Detroit Lions. Before it's time to ring in the new year, football fans will receive a real treat when the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys in the exciting conclusion to the 2012 regular season.

    • Dallas at Washington

      Sun 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      As a pure fan of the game, it would be difficult to ask for anything more of the last game in the 2012 regular season. This one has everything. Emotions high on both sides in a historic rivalry; win-or-go-home stakes. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Cowboys victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      The NFC East division title will go to the winner, with the loser hoping for help to make the six-team National Football Conference playoff field. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Cowboys vs. Redskins: Five pivotal matchups
      » Origins of Cowboys-Redskins rivalry
      » Top 10 Cowboys-Redskins games
      » ATL picks: Majority take Cowboys
      » Unseen side of Romo
    • On Twitter:

      #DALvsWAS
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Green Bay at Minnesota

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Vikings have defied the odds all season in what should have been a rebuilding year. All that's left is to beat the Packers at home and make it official. Not so easy. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Packers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      The Vikings are playing to get into the playoffs, while the Packers are vying for the NFC's No. 2 playoff seed and a first-round bye. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Can Vikings make it to playoffs?
      » L.T. on A.D.: 'He has a good chance' of record
      » Packers not rooting for Peterson to break record
      » Are Packers most complete team in NFC?
      » The case for Peterson as MVP
    • On Twitter:

      #GBvsMIN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Chicago at Detroit

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The offensively challenged Bears will need to rely on their still-nasty defense to take down the NFL's No. 2 passing offense in the Lions. And if they do, they keep open their chance of earning a playoff berth ... but only if the Vikings lose. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Bears victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      The Bears need a win and some help to avoid becoming the first team since 1996 to start 7-1 and miss the playoffs. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Bears flirt with historic collapse
      » Mind-blowing stats: Another CJ2K?
      » Johnson's record season not even his best?
      » Cutler wants consistency from Bears
      » Urlacher could be back for Bears in Week 17
    • On Twitter:

      #CHIvsDET
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Houston at Indianapolis

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Texans need to find their mojo after being blown out in two of their past three games. On the other sideline is the stuff of Disney movies. With his cancer treatment finished, Colts coach Chuck Pagano will be back on the sideline coaching. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Texans victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      The Texans need a victory to clinch a postseason bye week and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Pagano medically cleared to return Week 17
      » Mind-blowing stats: Texans losing big
      » Colts have decision to make on Freeney
      » Johnson: Wayne considered joining Texans
      » Jeremiah: Luck to be Pro Bowl fixture of future
    • On Twitter:

      #HOUvsIND
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Baltimore at Cincinnati

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Bengals would like to finish off a late-season sweep of their rivals, something coach Marvin Lewis pointed out as a goal when asked recently when people will talk about the Bengals in the same breath as the Steelers and Ravens. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Ravens victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      While the Bengals and Ravens each are a part of the American Football Conference playoff field, opponents for each are still to be determined. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » ATL Film Room: Bengals terror Atkins
      » Mind-blowing stats: Lucky 13 for Bengals
      » QB Performance Faceoff: Flacco vs. Wilson
      » Kirkpatrick placed on IR by Bengals
      » ATL picks: Majority take Bengals
    • On Twitter:

      #BALvsCIN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Arizona at San Francisco

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      If this is a competitive, intense game, that likely means San Francisco will go limping into the playoffs. If the 49ers have a tough time with the Cardinals, it might mean the cracks in their foundation are real. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a 49ers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      The 49ers lost their grip on the NFC's No. 2 playoff seed after being routed by the Seahawks, so now San Francisco must hope that Green Bay slips up in Minnesota. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » 49ers' Smith reportedly has partial triceps tear
      » Mind-blowing stats: 49ers' disappearing defense
      » 49ers falling fast
      » 49ers lose Manningham for season
      » In final week, Cardinals have QB issues, as usual
    • On Twitter:

      #AZvsSF
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Philadelphia at New York

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The playoff ramifications are slim. The Giants have barely a prayer, and the Eagles, well, they have other things on their mind. But Michael Vick is back. And that fact is enough to make this fairly fascinating. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Giants victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      A late-season slide has the Giants needing a win and a whole lot of help to reach the postseason. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Rotten Apple: New York's dueling duds
      » Stick a fork in the Giants
      » What's wrong with Manning?
      » What does Coughlin need to do to turn it around?
      » Umenyiora: Giants need 'wholesale changes' after season
    • On Twitter:

      #PHIvsNYG
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • St. Louis at Seattle

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Seahawks have unloaded on the rest of the league in epic proportion. Keep it rolling against a feisty St. Louis defense that is not lacking in physicality, and Seattle might be tops on the list of teams you wouldn't want to play come postseason. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Seahawks victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      The Seahawks -- thanks to a blowout victory against the rival 49ers -- are in a position to win the NFC West with a victory over the Rams and a Cardinals upset over the 49ers. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Breer: What makes the Seahawks special?
      » Seahawks' Sherman of wins PED appeal
      » Sherman is biggest Pro Bowl snub
      » Drive of the Week: High-flyin' 'Hawks
      » QB Performance Faceoff: Flacco vs. Wilson
    • On Twitter:

      #STLvsSEA
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Miami at New England

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      As the Patriots attempt to work their way into position to make another run at the Lombardi Trophy, the Dolphins are merely the vehicle to get it done. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Patriots victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      The Patriots can still get a first-round playoff bye. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Who will be AFC's top playoff seed?
      » Report: Brady tears into teammates after sloppy win
      » When the Patriots played at Fenway
      » Pats maintain hope for AFC's No. 2 seed
      » Evolution of the Dolphins colors
    • On Twitter:

      #MIAvsNE
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New York at Buffalo

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      After so much hype from both during the offseason, it's slightly lame that they'll play this one with so little. But, then again, there are a lot of reasons this finale leaves us wanting. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Bills victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      Hopes that were high in the heat of summer wilted and died in a lost season for both the Bills and Jets. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Rotten Apple: New York's dueling duds
      » Ryan blasts 'garbage' report about his future with Jets
      » Sanchez to start vs. Bills
      » Jets want new role for GM Tannenbaum?
      » Alternative Rankings: Jets peaking at right time
    • On Twitter:

      #NYJvsBUF
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Tampa Bay at Atlanta

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      There's nothing more for the Falcons to accomplish in this regular season. For the Buccaneers a victory might be meaningful heading into the offseason. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Falcons victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      The Falcons have already secured the NFC's top playoff seed and the home-field advantage that comes conveniently with it. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Power rankings: Falcons back in top spot
      » NFL.com Power Poll: Broncos edge Falcons at No. 1
      » Schiano: 'Close' isn't what Bucs are here for
      » Evolution of the Buccaneers colors
      » Photos: Cheerleaders during Week 16
    • On Twitter:

      #TBvsATL
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Carolina at New Orleans

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The actual on-field product figures to be action-packed. Cam Newton and Drew Brees will come out firing, and there might be an aerial assault like we rarely get to see. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Panthers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      There is nothing at stake in this matchup, but each team will strive to finish a disappointing season strong. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » 'Sound FX': Cam Newton
      » Vitt the Grinch?
      » Vitt: 'Sense of depression' occurs when Saints' season ends
      » Newton apologizes for bumping official
      » Do Eagles, Panthers want Chip Kelly?
    • On Twitter:

      #CARvsNO
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Cleveland at Pittsburgh

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      So much is at stake for the Browns. The hot streak they had midseason has dissipated, and now the Browns are hoping to leave one final positive impression on new owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Steelers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      A Week 16 loss to the Bengals eliminated the Steelers, who will spend a rare January watching the playoffs from home. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Cribbs: 'I hate' that Browns constantly rebuild
      » The forecast for 'Black Monday'
      » Lewis to start at QB for Browns
      » Mind-blowing stats: Browns young and hungry
      » 'Sound FX': Tomlin and Keisel
    • On Twitter:

      #CLEvsPIT
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Kansas City at Denver

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Against the lowly Chiefs, the Broncos will mainly want to play, win, and walk off the field with no hiccups, and then get ready for one of the most anticipated postseasons for Denver in a long time. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Broncos victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      A first-round playoff bye and home-field advantage in the AFC is still available for the streaking Broncos. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Mind-blowing stats: Broncos winning big
      » Are Broncos most dangerous team?
      » NFL.com Power Poll: Broncos are new No. 1
      » Power rankings: Broncos move up to No. 2
      » The forecast for 'Black Monday'
    • On Twitter:

      #KCvsDEN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Jacksonville at Tennessee

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      While Jaguars owner Shahid Khan does face a tough decision on coach Mike Mularkey and GM Gene Smith, the Titans could be in line for a facelift, too. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Titans victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      Playoff hopes were dashed a long time ago for these two disappointments out of the AFC South. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » The forecast for 'Black Monday'
      » Titans on pace to break embarrassing record
      » Titans owner upset after 'mess' vs. Packers
      » Munchak hopes Titans owner will be patient
      » Evolution of the Titans colors
    • On Twitter:

      #JACvsTEN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Oakland at San Diego

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The real question is what kind of reception will the Chargers coach receive walking off Qualcomm Stadium for what likely will be the final time. A win might offer a respectful departure and an ovation from fans. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Chargers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Playoff picture:

      While the Chargers will miss the playoffs for the third consecutive year, the Raiders are completing a decade of demise since their run to Super Bowl XXXVI. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Mind-blowing stats: The picks after the Raiders' picks
      » The forecast for 'Black Monday'
      » Allen: QB Pryor 'a work in progress'
      » Palmer out for Raiders' finale
      » 2013 NFL Draft order ... if the season ended today
    • On Twitter:

      #OAKvsSD
    • Watch: Game Preview

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