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Super Computer Week 17 Contest Picks

The first half of the season was solid for the OddsShark Super Computer, but someone must have spilled coffee on the poor thing as it slumped after Week 8. The Computer will look to end the season with a winning week, its first since Week 13.

If the recent struggles of technology scare you, make sure to check out Team OddsShark members Matt Ufford and David Fucillo give you their top picks of the weekend.

Texans (-6) Hosting the Jaguars

The Houston Texans have all but locked up the AFC South, but the Indianapolis Colts can still catch them (if a miracle happens). But the Texans can clinch their playoff ticket with a win against the Jaguars.

Houston’s defense has been fantastic over the past two weeks, as they have allowed a combined 16 points while holding offenses to less than four yards per play.

Brian Hoyer is expected to be back in the lineup after missing the past two games for the Texans and their may not be a better team for him to return against. Hoyer completed 66.7 percent of his passes while throwing three touchdowns and no interceptions against the Jags in Week 6.

Giants (-3) Hosting the Eagles

Week 17’s matchup between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles may look like a meaningless game, but for one team it’s all about simply about ending a horrendous season. The Eagles, fresh of canning polarizing coach Chip Kelly, are in a state of disarray which could easily lead to an extreme lack of motivation in this one.

That’s not to say the Giants are the best team in the league, but a home date against a divisional opponent that’s down and out would be a nice way to end a forgettable year. 

The G-Men are 3-point faves, which will easily appeal to their backers. In the last seven meetings between the clubs, favorites have gone 5-1-1 against the spread.

Rams (-3.5) Visiting the 49ers

Believe it or not, but the Rams have been on a bit of a roll lately, and they’ll be looking to finish off the season with four straight wins, both SU and ATS. Luckily they’ve be playing the 49ers—a team they destroyed 27-6 on November 1.

Playing on their home field hasn’t been much of an advantage for San Fran over the past two seasons, especially from an ATS perspective, as the team is just 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games.

With both teams eliminated from playoff contention you have to wonder what their motivation is entering the game. Jeff Fisher and the Rams can improve their record to 8-8 and avoid a losing season, while the only worthwhile thing the 49ers can improve is their draft slot, and that would come with a loss.

Broncos (-9) Hosting the Chargers

Denver and San Diego’s Week 17 matchup features a clash between one team that has absolutely nothing to play for and another that’s gearing up for a playoff run. 

The Chargers were abysmal this season; while the Broncos are riding a high thanks to last week’s thrilling overtime win over the Bengals that guaranteed them a playoff spot. Denver is not done, however, as the Broncos are the only AFC team that has a chance of dislodging the Patriots for the No. 1 seed. If Denver wins and New England loses to Miami, Gary Kubiak’s club will earn home-field advantage in the postseason for the third time in the last four seasons.

Denver can also clinch the AFC West with a win or a Kansas City loss. Considering the Chargers couldn’t care less by this point, there’s no such thing as too much chalk for the home side in this one.

Lions (+1) Visiting the Bears

The Lions have been surprisingly good since promoting Jim Bob Cotter to offensive coordinator as the up-tempo and aggressive play calling have meshed well with Matthew Stafford’s abilities. Since losing in Cotter’s debut game as the OC, Stafford has thrown for 15 touchdowns and just one interception.

The Bears passing defense has been surprisingly solid this season, holding opponents to just 223 passing yards per game, but they were gashed when these teams met earlier in the season. Stafford torched the Bears defense for 405 passing yards and four touchdowns in a Week 6 overtime win for the Lions.

On top of everything else, there will likely be heads rolling in Detroit this offseason so players will be looking to impress in this one.