Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

NFL PICKS WEEK 17: Shanahan will go out a loser in D.C.

  • Print

The New York Giants want to go all out to make a final positive impression in case coach Tom Coughlin's job is insecure -- which it almost certainly is not. How the Washington Redskins respond to Mike Shanahan's potentially final day as coach is more uncertain.

New York was awful and seemingly disinterested two weeks ago in a home loss to Seattle. But the Giants responded nicely in winning at Detroit to knock the Lions from post-season contention. Many Giants cited their respect for Coughlin, who has won two Super Bowls with them but also has had non-playoff finishes in five seasons at the helm.

"I'm looking ahead," defensive leader Justin Tuck said. "Anytime you go into a season like this, you always take time out at the end of the year to go over the goods, the bads and the ugly. I'm looking forward to getting back to the top of the heap.

"You have to shift your focus to thinking about what next year can be because, obviously, this year is kind of a lost cause. Again, we've got one more game to go, and we're going to go out there and play it just as if we were a playoff team and needed the win."

Even if the Redskins (No. 31, AP Pro32) can beat the Giants (No. 24, AP Pro32), who are favoured by 3 1/2 points at the Meadowlands, it figures to mean little for Shanahan. Given Washington's collapse from division champion to 3-12, criticism of the coach's handling of quarterback Robert Griffin III, and the fact Shanahan is 24-40 in charge in D.C., well, not even a rout of the Giants might matter.

"We've got a very mature football team and guys are taking care of business the last couple of weeks," says Shanahan, whose team has dropped seven in a row. "It's no different. I like the way they handle themselves. I like the way they prepare. This week will be no different."

As far as the Redskins losing again, Shanahan is correct.

BEST BET: Giants, 24-16

NO. 3 SAN FRANCISCO (PLUS 3) AT NO. 10 ARIZONA

Niners still thinking they can steal NFC West.

-- UPSET SPECIAL: 49ers, 20-19

NO. 19 ST. LOUIS (PLUS 10 1/2) AT NO. 1 SEATTLE

But Seahawks hold on in NFL's best division.

-- SEAHAWKS, 21-13

--NO. 11 PHILADELPHIA (MINUS 7) AT NO. 16 DALLAS

Wherefore art thou, Romo? Not in the playoffs.

-- EAGLES, 28-23

NO. 21 NEW YORK JETS (PLUS 6 1/2) AT NO. 15 MIAMI

Dolphins grab the final AFC wild-card spot.

-- DOLPHINS, 17-13

NO. 13 BALTIMORE (PLUS 6) AT NO. 6 CINCINNATI

Defending champions don't even get to post-season.

-- BENGALS, 17-14

NO. 4 CAROLINA (MINUS 8) AT NO. 25 ATLANTA

From also-ran in 2012 to first-round bye and division crown for ...

-- PANTHERS, 27-20

NO. 26 TAMPA BAY (PLUS 12 1/2) AT NO. 9 NEW ORLEANS

Saints don't lose at home, where they won't get to stay in playoffs.

-- SAINTS, 37-20

NO. 22 BUFFALO (PLUS 9 1/2) AT NO. 5 NEW ENGLAND

How did Brady and Belichick get these Patriots to 12 wins?

-- PATRIOTS, 23-14

NO. 7 KANSAS CITY (PLUS 9 1/2) AT NO. 12 SAN DIEGO

Chargers' late run falls short, Chiefs gear up for post-season.

-- CHARGERS, 27-10

NO. 2 DENVER (MINUS 12 1/2) AT NO. 30 OAKLAND

Peyton will settle for 55 TD passes or so. No, not in this game, but for season.

-- BRONCOS, 45-23

NO. 28 CLEVELAND (PLUS 7) AT NO. 18 PITTSBURGH

A .500 record means something after 0-4 start for ...

-- STEELERS, 28-16

NO. 29 JACKSONVILLE (PLUS 11 1/2) AT NO. 8 INDIANAPOLIS

After November malaise, Colts seem ready to impress in playoffs.

-- COLTS, 30-15

NO. 32 HOUSTON (PLUS 7) AT NO. 23 TENNESSEE

Texans won their first two, will finish with 14 losses and top overall draft pick.

-- TITANS, 20-10

NO. 20 DETROIT (PLUS 3) AT NO. 27 MINNESOTA

Both coaches might be on the way out.

-- VIKINGS, 28-23

NO. 17 GREEN BAY (OFF) AT NO. 14 CHICAGO

Aaron Rodgers' shoulder injury most impactful of season for anyone.

-- BEARS, 30-27

2013 RECORD: Against spread: 12-3 (104-116-7). Straight up: 9-7 (142-95-1).

Best Bet: 7-9 against spread, 13-3 straight up.

Upset special: 6-10 against spread, 3-13 straight up.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 26, 2013 C6

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Blake Wheeler talks about past season

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • June 24, 2012 - 120624  -  Amusement riders on the last day of The Ex Sunday June 24, 2012.    John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press
  • A young goose gobbles up grass at Fort Whyte Alive Monday morning- Young goslings are starting to show the markings of a adult geese-See Bryksa 30 day goose challenge- Day 20– June 11, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What Western Conference teams will emerge from the first round of the NHL playoffs?

View Results

Ads by Google