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Week 17

Jacksonville at Indianapolis

Time: 1 p.m. (CBS)

Records: Jaguars (4-11), Colts (10-5)

The Skinny: By beating the Chiefs in Kansas City, the Colts took a big step toward regaining some confidence. No other team in the league can claim victories against four playoff teams – Seattle, San Francisco, Denver and KC. The Colts can.

Prediction: Colts, 31-13

Green Bay at Chicago

Time: 4:25 p.m. (Fox)

Records: Packers (7-7-1), Bears (8-7)

The Skinny: Despite their loss to the Steelers, the Packers can still win the division with a victory in Chicago, thanks to the Bears’ loss in Philadelphia. The Bears are the only team in the league to allow 40 or more points in four games this season.

Prediction: Bears, 40-34

Cleveland at Pittsburgh

Time: 1 p.m.

Records: Browns (4-11), Steelers (7-8)

The Skinny: The Steelers need a lot of things to happen for them to make the postseason, and one of them is beating the Browns.

Prediction: Steelers, 30-9

Baltimore at Cincinnati

Time: 1 p.m.

Records: Ravens (8-7), Bengals (10-5)

The Skinny: After being embarrassed by the Patriots, the Ravens need a victory against the Bengals and a loss by the Dolphins to get the second wild card. The Bengals have a chance for a first-round bye.

Prediction: Bengals, 27-16

New York Jets at Miami

Time: 1 p.m.

Records: Jets (7-8), Dolphins (8-7)

The Skinny: The Dolphins are in control of the second wild-card spot and can make the postseason with a victory against the Jets.

Prediction: Dolphins, 23-17

Carolina at Atlanta

Time: 1 p.m. (Fox)

Records: Panthers (11-4), Falcons (4-11)

The Skinny: The Panthers have clinched a playoff spot and can win the division with a victory against the Falcons, but they also have an outside shot at the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

Prediction: Panthers, 28-24

Houston at Tennessee

Time: 1 p.m.

Records: Texans (2-13), Titans (6-9)

The Skinny: The Texans went from a Super Bowl contender in the eyes of many people to the worst team in the NFL.

Prediction: Titans, 24-20

Detroit at Minnesota

Time: 1 p.m.

Records: Lions (7-8), Vikings (4-11-1)

The Skinny: The Lions’ three-game slide that has taken them from postseason consideration began against the Steelers. The Vikings will finish the season as the only team to be winless on the road (0-7-1).

Prediction: Vikings, 34-31

Washington at New York Giants

Time: 1 p.m.

Records: Redskins (3-12), Giants (6-9)

The Skinny: The Redskins aren’t far behind the Texans and Falcons as the biggest disappointments of the season.

Prediction: Giants, 31-21

Denver at Oakland

Time: 4:25 p.m.

Records: Broncos (12-3), Raiders (4-12)

The Skinny: The Broncos can assure themselves of the No. 1 seed with a victory against the Raiders.

Prediction: Broncos, 34-24

Buffalo at New England

Time: 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Records: Bills (6-9), Patriots (11-4)

The Skinny: After hammering the Ravens in Baltimore, the Patriots can secure a first-round bye and have an outside shot at home-field advantage with a victory.

Prediction: Patriots, 38-10

Tampa Bay at New Orleans

Time: 4:25 p.m.

Records: Buccaneers (4-11), Saints (10-5)

The Skinny: The reeling Saints need a victory to get the second wild-card spot in the NFC.

Prediction: Saints, 30-17

San Francisco at Arizona

Time: 4:25 p.m.

Records: 49ers (11-4), Cardinals (10-5)

The Skinny: Imagine if the Cardinals finish 11-5, end the season with back-to-back victories against the Seahawks and 49ers and still miss the postseason? It’s possible.

Prediction: Cardinals, 17-13

Kansas City at San Diego

Time: 4:25 p.m.

Records: Chiefs (11-4), Chargers (8-7)

The Skinny: Included in the scenario for the Steelers to make the playoffs is a loss by the Chargers, who kept their postseason hopes alive with a home victory against the Raiders.

Prediction: Chargers, 24-23

St. Louis at Seattle

Time: 4:25 p.m.

Records: Rams (7-8), Seahawks (12-3)

The Skinny: The Seahawks appeared invincible at home until the Cardinals beat them there last week.

Prediction: Seahawks, 23-12

Philadelphia at Dallas

Time: 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

Records: Eagles (9-6), Cowboys (8-7)

The Skinny: Here are the Cowboys, faced with another do-or-die game at the end of the season, a situation that has not favorably displayed their mettle. Beat the Eagles and they are division champs. Lose and no playoffs.

Prediction: Eagles, 30-27

– Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Record: 8-8 last week (149-91 overall)