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NFL Week 17 OddsShark Computer Picks

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We've reached the final week of the 2015 NFL campaign, but like any good team, the OddsShark Super Computer is not going to fade down the stretch. According to the Computer, football fans should surprisingly expect a lot of tightly contested affairs this week. The Computer, like many NFL bettors this year, is a supporter of the Carolina Panthers as it has tabbed the Panthers to get back to their winning ways and top the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31.6-17.6.

The Panthers suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons last week, a game that truly meant nothing considering the first-round bye the Panthers have locked up. Some may see this as another meaningless game, but if we've learned one thing from Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, it's that you should expect the unexpected. Don't expect Riverboat Ron to take his foot off the gas pedal in this one.

Carolina took the first meeting between the clubs on Oct. 4 by a score of 37-23. The Bucs have undoubtedly improved this season under rookie signal-caller Jameis Winston, but they clearly have their work cut out for them to compete with extremely well balanced teams like the Panthers next season.

Ravens are expected to be embarrassed

The Baltimore Ravens shocked the world in Week 16 by playing spoiler and defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-17. Considering the Ravens are simply going through the motions and mercifully ending a dismal season, not many people saw that performance coming. Despite that valiant effort, the Computer is predicting the Cincinnati Bengals will bring their division rivals back down to earth with a projected score of 30.2-13.9.

Baltimore got some surprisingly good play from former Houston Texans discard Ryan Mallet against the Steelers, but he's going to be hard pressed to repeat that performance in Cincy.

Cincinnati (11-4) blew a huge opportunity to make the divisional round last week against the Denver Broncos and no longer has an opportunity to win the No. 1 seed in the AFC. If the Bengals top Baltimore and Denver slip up against San Diego, A.J. Green and company can still register a first-round bye. That's all the motivation Cincinnati should need if they want to rest up during Wild Card Weekend and give Dalton more time to heal up.

Packers expected to beat Vikings at home

In the biggest game on the Week 17 slate, the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings will do battle on the frozen tundra for the right to be crowned champion of the NFC North. Green Bay hasn't inspired a lot of confidence in their backers due to some up and down play all season, but the OddsShark Super Computer is showing full confidence in the Pack to get the job done at home. The Computer has picked the green and gold to beat the Vikings 25.4-17.

Both teams have already clinched a playoff berth, but the perennially competitive Packers could certainly use a breather by edging the upstart Vikes. Green Bay's offense has looked out of sync all year long which culminated in head coach Mike McCarthy once again taking over play-calling duties on the sidelines. Will the Packers' experience prevail and wipe away their recent inconsistency? The Computer is banking on it.

Week 17 NFL Computer Picks
DayAwayHomeaScorehScore
SunNew Orleans SaintsAtlanta Falcons21.329.6
SunNew York JetsBuffalo Bills2224.2
SunDetroit LionsChicago Bears23.223.1
SunBaltimore RavensCincinnati Bengals13.930.2
SunPittsburgh SteelersCleveland Browns26.821.7
SunWashington RedskinsDallas Cowboys21.421
SunJacksonville JaguarsHouston Texans1529.2
SunNew England PatriotsMiami Dolphins24.816.6
SunPhiladelphia EaglesNew York Giants2029.8
SunTampa Bay BuccaneersCarolina Panthers17.631.6
SunOakland RaidersKansas City Chiefs1427.1
SunSeattle SeahawksArizona Cardinals2424.5
SunSan Diego ChargersDenver Broncos13.628.5
SunSt. Louis RamsSan Francisco 49ers23.720
SunMinnesota VikingsGreen Bay Packers1725.4

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