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NFL Picks Week 17: Tampa Bay Times staff predictions

Here are our picks for this week’s NFL games.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) celebrates his sack on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the Bucs' 35-22 victory in Atlanta on Nov. 24, 2019.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) celebrates his sack on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the Bucs' 35-22 victory in Atlanta on Nov. 24, 2019. [ JOHN AMIS | Associated Press (2019) ]
Published Dec. 27, 2019

The picks:

Visitor Home Eduardo A. Encina, Bucs beat writer John Romano, columnist Rick Stroud, Bucs beat writer Mike Sherman, deputy editor-sports Thomas Bassinger, sports data reporter
Atlanta Tampa Bay (-1.5) TB 28-27 TB 27-23 TB 24-23 TB 28-21 TB 35-21
Green Bay (-12.5) Detroit GB 27-14 GB 24-10 GB 34-17 GB 26-13 GB 21-14
N.Y. Jets Buffalo (-1.5) BUF 24-21 BUF 28-20 BUF 24-17 NYJ 20-17 BUF 24-21
Miami New England (-15.5) NE 27-17 NE 24-17 NE 28-29 NE 31-21 NE 31-13
Chicago Minnesota (-1.5) CHI 21-18 CHI 17-16 Chi 21-20 CHI 23-17 MIN 24-17
L.A. Chargers Kansas City (-9.5) KC 31-21 KC 26-13 KC 35-20 KC 34-21 KC 31-23
Cleveland (-2.5) Cincinnati CLE 24-22 CLE 28-23 CLE 24-17 CIN 27-24 CIN 38-35
New Orleans (-13.5) Carolina NO 34-17 NO 41-20 NO 30-21 NO 41-21 NO 42-31
Indianapolis (-3.5) Jacksonville IND 24-20 IND 28-20 IND 27-23 JAX 24-20 IND 35-28
Philadelphia (-4.5) N.Y. Giants PHI 21-14 PHI 24-17 PHI 28-20 NYG 27-23 PHI 28-23
Arizona L.A. Rams (-3.5) LAR 28-24 LAR 30-23 LAR 30-24 LAR 28-20 LAR 30-27
Pittsburgh (-2.5) Baltimore PIT 27-24 PIT 20-16 PIT 21-17 PIT 21-13 PIT 21-20
Tennessee (-3.5) Houston TEN 28-27 TEN 23-21 HOU 27-23 HOU 24-20 TEN 32-28
Oakland Denver (-3.5) DEN 20-17 DEN 28-20 DEN 30-23 DEN 27-24 DEN 24-20
Washington Dallas (-10.5) DAL 30-18 DAL 31-17 DAL 34-21 DAL 35-20 DAL 31-21
San Francisco (-3.5) Seattle SF 30-27 SF 35-34 SF 27-24 SF 28-24 SF 27-26
Lock of the week NO NO NE NO NE
Upset of the week CHI CHI CHI CHI CIN
Bucs games 10-5 9-6 9-6 6-9 8-7
Bucs games vs spread 10-5 8-7 8-7 4-11 7-8
Versus spread last week 5-11 3-13 8-8 5-11 3-13
Versus spread overall 128-112 122-118 122-118 112-128 104-136
Straight up last week 10-6 10-6 11-5 9-7 9-7
Straight up overall 159-81 149-91 147-93 143-97 143-97