Jay’s Plays NFL picks: 2017 Divisional Playoffs predictions and bettor’s guide
Jay's Plays

Jay’s Plays NFL picks: 2017 Divisional Playoffs predictions and bettor’s guide

Ernesto the Prediction Iguana went 3-0-1 last week, hitting on the Texans and the OVER against Oakland, and the Seahawks in their shellacking of Detroit. He got lucky pushing the STEELERS-Dolphins game on the back end. That makes us 1-0-1 for the playoffs (64-21-3 overall this season, 23-13-3 in teasers).

Here’s this week’s winners before they happen. As always, we use the consensus lines from Vegas Insider and we do two-team teasers, so you can move the line six points either way. HOME TEAM IN CAPS.


COWBOYS (+1.5) vs. Packers
FALCONS-Seahawks UNDER 57.5

With a week off for the Cowboys, and critical injuries shortening the Packers bench, Dallas has an edge. Their O-line will push around the Pack much more than the Giants did. It’s not so much the week off that helps the Falcons as it is the road trip that hurts the Seahawks, a mediocre-at-best team away from home.


Steelers (+8) at CHIEFS
CHIEFS-Steelers OVER 38

I hear the Steelers want to trade Joey Porter to the Dolphins again. Joey, coaches don’t belong on the club. That’s not the Steeler way. With all the distractions, look for the Chiefs to score more than 14 like they did when the two teams met earlier this season. Watch for Tyreek Hill to break free at least once.

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Jay Flemma

Jay Flemma

Starting with a blog and a dream, Jay Flemma launched his first sports-writing website in 2004. Some 13 years and 25 major golf championships later, Jay has won multiple national sports writing awards. Besides GNN, his work has appeared in numerous books as well as on-line at Cybergolf, PGA.com, GolfObserver, GolfChannel.com and many other sites and print magazines. When not trying to find a lost golf ball, Jay is an entertainment, copyright, Internet, sports and trademark lawyer in Manhattan. His clients have been nominated for Grammy and Emmy awards, won a Sundance Film Festival Best Director award, performed on stage and screen, and designed pop art for museums and collectors. Jay lives in Forest Hills, N.Y., and is fiercely loyal to his alma maters, Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and Trinity College in Connecticut.

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