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2011 NFL Week 17 Picks and Predictions

NFL Week 17 box scores and stats included

By Joel Beall and Jake Westrich - WhatIfSports.com
UPDATE: December 28th, 2011

Each Tuesday, WhatIfSports.com's NFL simulation engine will provide you with predictions, box scores and statistics for every NFL game that week. The NFL simulation engine generates detailed information including the home team's chances of winning (Home Win %), average score and comprehensive box score link. If you want to share your new found NFL knowledge with friends and family, make sure to check out our NFL Widgets on the WhatIf To Go page or click on the social networking share bar located at the top and bottom of the article.

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Game of the Week: Cowboys at Giants

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The regular-season finale of the 2011 campaign promises to be must-see theater, as the winner of Sunday night's soiree between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants is granted admission to the postseason. Apropos, then, that this matchup doubles as the WhatIfSports.com Game of the Week.

To say the Cowboys enter Week 17's tilt with swagger would be a misnomer, as Dallas limps in losing three of their past four contests, with one of the defeats coming in heart-breaking fashion to the G-Men in Week 14. Rookie kicker Dan Bailey, who had been automatic in the first 11 ball games of the season, has missed three of his last eight attempts. Fellow neophyte DeMarco Murray was having a standout freshman year, only to succumb to a season-ending ankle injury. Head coach Jason Garrett's decision-making has been suspect in December, leading many pigskin pundits to question if he's the right man for the job. Worse, field general Tony Romo injured his throwing hand against the Eagles on Christmas Eve. While Romo is expected to suit up, it's another headache the team harbors heading into Sunday.

Not that New York is riding a big way of momentum into MetLife Stadium. Although the Giants knocked off their Gotham City rival in Week 16, as well as their aforementioned conquest of Dallas three weeks ago, Tom Coughlin's squad has lost five of their last seven games. Thanks to injuries in the backfield, the once-proud New York ground game is last in the league, managing a paltry 88.1 yards per outing. The Giants defense has not been immune to the health bug, with their depleted defense's performance illustrating this sentiment, as New York is surrendering 381.5 yards per outing, fifth-highest in the NFL.

Plagued by a plethora of problems, how did both franchises find themselves fighting for a playoff position? The aerial assaults for the Cowboys and Giants are two of the more paramount attacks in the NFC. Eli Manning's 305.8 yards per game is good for third in the conference, while Romo's 102.2 QB rating is fourth-best in the league. While the cannons of Romo and Manning have been called erratic, many rosters around the NFL would jump at the prospect of implementing either arm under center.

Of course, it helps to have a talented base of receivers at your disposal. The Cowboys brandish dexterous quartet in Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Laurent Robinson and Miles Austin, while the Giants boast two 1,000-yard wideouts in Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, as well as the services of tight end Jake Ballard. Along with the Packers and Saints, the two NFC East adversaries flaunt two of the more endowed arsenal of targets in football.

So who wins the right to represent the division in January? According to the award-winning WhatIfSports.com simulation engine, the Cowboys come out on top 53.5 percent of the time by an average score of 25-23. For the rest of this week's projections, check below:

Please note: The Bills/Patriots, Titans/Texans, Bears/Vikings, Ravens/Bengals and Steelers/Browns games were resimulated on 12/28 to account for injuries and roster updates.

NFL Week 17
MatchupWin%Avg Score
Buffalo Bills28.620Boxscore
@ New England Patriots71.428Simulate Game
Washington Redskins30.518Boxscore
@ Philadelphia Eagles69.525Simulate Game
Carolina Panthers33.125Boxscore
@ New Orleans Saints66.931Simulate Game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers34.221Boxscore
@ Atlanta Falcons65.826Simulate Game
Tennessee Titans35.918Boxscore
@ Houston Texans64.123Simulate Game
Seattle Seahawks37.918Boxscore
@ Arizona Cardinals62.121Simulate Game
Detroit Lions39.920Boxscore
@ Green Bay Packers60.124Simulate Game
Indianapolis Colts44.415Boxscore
@ Jacksonville Jaguars55.617Simulate Game
San Diego Chargers45.923Boxscore
@ Oakland Raiders54.125Simulate Game
Dallas Cowboys53.525Boxscore
@ New York Giants46.523Simulate Game
Chicago Bears55.820Boxscore
@ Minnesota Vikings44.218Simulate Game
Kansas City Chiefs58.420Boxscore
@ Denver Broncos41.617Simulate Game
New York Jets63.823Boxscore
@ Miami Dolphins36.219Simulate Game
Baltimore Ravens66.821Boxscore
@ Cincinnati Bengals33.216Simulate Game
Pittsburgh Steelers67.621Boxscore
@ Cleveland Browns32.415Simulate Game
San Francisco 49ers85.327Boxscore
@ St. Louis Rams14.713Simulate Game

Joel Beall is the Assistant Content Manager for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jbeall@whatifsports.com.

Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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