Here are this week’s predictions and prognostications, both against the spread and straight up.

A few more teams’ playoff fates, for better or for worse, were decided in the NFL’s Week 16 results. But there’s still plenty to figure out in the final week of the 2017 regular season — and a ton of pride and jobs on the line for the teams out of contention. It does help that the league works out the schedule to make the games as competitive as possible.

Thanks again to Bovada for the Week 17 betting lines.

Given the Panthers are in the playoffs and the Falcons are on the brink of the playoffs, these two teams have been difficult to trust all season because of the offenses. This will be another close, ugly NFC South affair featuring hated rivals in which one big pass play late makes the difference. This time, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will connect to avoid a total Super Bowl hangover.

The Bills on several occasions this season have looked good enough to return to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Their inconsistency, however, with a limited passing offense and a horrible run defense sets them up to limp to elimination at .500. The Dolphins have been a better home team this season and will run Kenyan Drake often to steal a field-goal fest.

In something of a completely different magnitude, Thomas led the Celtics to a first-round series win against the Chicago Bulls one day after learning his 22-year-old sister, Chyna, had died in a car accident. It’s not appropriate to wonder extensively what reasons Thomas Nike NFL Jerseys From China had for playing — maybe it was just his way of coping — but you cannot deny the sacrifices he made for that team.

It was Danny Ainge, the Celtics general manager, who ultimately dealt NFL Jerseys Outlet Thomas, and that’s the one person who Thomas will never forgive.

“Boston is going to be all love,” he told Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins. “I might not ever talk to Danny again. That might not happen. I’ll talk to everybody else. But what he did, knowing everything I went through, you don’t do that, bro. That’s not right. I’m not saying eff you. But every team in this situation comes out a year or two later and says, ‘We made a mistake.’ That’s what they’ll say, too.”

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