Season Finale - NFL Week 17 - Justin Rhoades - Raleigh, NC

  Todd Gurley is the most important piece in the NFL's highest scoring offense and is a nightmare week to week to gameplan against. He leads the league in yards from scrimmage and TD's. This seems like a no brainer MVP and quite a turnaround story from just a year ago. The culture change that happened with the hiring of Sean McVay has been remarkable, it just goes to show with several top draft picks and an aggressive approach on both offense and defense, a bottom tier team can bounce back fairly quickly. All it takes is some vision, execution, and belief/buy-in from the players. Congrats to the Rams on their 2017 season and the Rooted pick for NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

  In my mind, no man is more valuable to what his team does than Antonio Brown, it's a shame his injury dropped him to number two in the league, durability has to count for something. He has become even more valuable than Big Ben and Le'Veon Bell in the last couple years. I know a wide receiver has never won an NFL MVP, but if anybody is deserving it's Brown. He has a knack for making insane plays and catches in the pressure filled moments most players are a step slower and might even freeze up. No moment is too big for Antonio Brown. He has complete confidence in his ability to make a play for his team when they need it most and usually does it. Brown is a weapon unlike anything else in the league at the receiver position and deserves to be recognized as such. A living legend and future hall of famer, too bad he got injured and missed a couple games. No shame in 2nd place though(even if the voters don't make it so). Now onto the picks!

Week 17 Picks  

Justin (2017 Season)

  • Outright - (134-88)                                             Week 16 - (10-3)
  • Spread -   (95-105-7)                                                           (8-5)
  • Over/Under - (91-102-2)                                                      (N/A)

Sunday, Dec. 31

1:00 p.m. ET

  • Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (O)(-7.5, 43) UNDER
  • Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (-4, 41) UNDER
  • Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (O) (-11.5, 39.5) OVER
  • New York Jets at New England Patriots (O) (-15.5, 46)
  • Washington Redskins (-3.5, 38) at New York Giants OVER
  • Dallas Cowboys (-2.5, 43) at Philadelphia Eagles OVER
  • Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (O) (-14, 41) OVER

4:25 p.m. ET

  • Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-4, 46) OVER
  • Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (-3.5, 39) UNDER
  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-6, 41) UNDER
  • San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams (-4, 45) OVER
  • Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (O)(-7.5, 44) UNDER
  • Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-7.5, 39) UNDER
  • New Orleans Saints (-7.5, 50.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers UNDER
  • Buffalo Bills (-3, 42.5) at Miami Dolphins UNDER
  • Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (O)(-9.5, 40.5) OVER
EA Sports

EA Sports

2017 Season Predictions (UPDATED)

Division Winners/Playoff Teams

AFC Championship - Pittsburgh Steelers(30-27) vs New England Patriots  

AFC East - New England Patriots (12-4)

AFC South - Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5)

AFC North - Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

AFC West - Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)

AFC Wild Card 1 - Tennessee Titans (10-6)

AFC Wild Card 2 - Oakland Raiders (9-7)

NFC Championship - Seattle Seahawks(27-20) vs Philadelphia Eagles

NFC East - Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)

NFC South - New Orleans Saints (12-4)

NFC North - Minnesota Vikings (10-6)

NFC West - Seattle Seahawks (11-5) 

NFC Wild Card 1 -  Los Angeles Rams (10-6)

NFC Wild Card 2 - Chicago Bears (8-8)

Super Bowl LII - February 4th, 2018

Super Bowl 52

Seattle Seahawks(37-34 OT) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers


Justin is the Founder and Editor at Large for Rooted, A Gentlemen's Blog. He grew up in Illinois as a military brat but has made Raleigh his home for the last decade. These experiences influence his views expressed on The Gentlemen's Blog. He enjoys sports, politics, music, entertainment, and humor. For Justin, nothing is off limits. He loves to spend his free time with his wife and his pup, Bruce.