Playbook picks: Forecasting NFC playoff teams

Sterling Sharpe is boldly going where no analyst has gone before. Well, not exactly, but he is going out on a limb and making quite the prediction for Week 17.

Unlike his fellow “Playbook” analysts, Joe Theismann and Brian Baldinger, Sharpe thinks the Giants and Packers will both lose, opening the door for the Buccaneers to upset the Saints and grab the NFC’s final wild-card spot.

Theismann and Baldinger both expect the Packers to take care of business against Chicago and wrap up the NFC’s No. 6 seed.

All three are in agreement, however, that the Rams will go into Seattle and emerge with the NFC West title.

Enjoy the final regular-season edition of Playbook picks for Week 17:

NFC Playbook: Friday 6 p.m. ET 

Buccaneers at Saints
Sharpe: Buccaneers
Theismann: Buccaneers
Baldinger: Saints

Giants at Redskins
Sharpe: Redskins
Theismann: Giants
Baldinger: Giants

Cardinals at 49ers
Sharpe: Cardinals
Theismann: Cardinals
Baldinger: 49ers

Vikings at Lions
Sharpe: Lions
Theismann: Lions
Baldinger: Lions

Rams at Seahawks
Sharpe: Rams
Theismann: Rams
Baldinger: Rams

Panthers at Falcons
Sharpe: Falcons
Theismann: Falcons
Baldinger: Falcons

Cowboys at Eagles
Sharpe: Eagles
Theismann: Eagles
Baldinger: Eagles

Bears at Packers
Sharpe: Bears
Theismann: Packers
Baldinger: Packers

AFC Playbook: Saturday at 6 p.m. ET 

Bengals at Ravens
Sharpe: Bengals
Theismann: Ravens
Baldinger: Ravens

Jaguars at Texans
Sharpe: Jaguars
Theismann: Jaguars
Baldinger: Texans

Chargers at Broncos
Sharpe: Broncos
Theismann: Broncos
Baldinger: Broncos

Raiders at Chiefs
Sharpe: Chiefs
Theismann: Chiefs
Baldinger: Chiefs

Steelers at Browns
Sharpe: Steelers
Theismann: Steelers
Baldinger: Steelers

Dolphins at Patriots
Sharpe: Patriots
Theismann: Patriots
Baldinger: Patriots

Bills at Jets
Sharpe: Bills
Theismann: Jets
Baldinger: Jets

Titans at Colts
Sharpe: Colts
Theismann: Colts
Baldinger: Colts

Playbook” combines Xs-and-Os analysis of each NFL game with roundtable debates on the NFL’s hottest topics. For more information, check out NFL Network’s broadcast schedule.

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