NFL Picks Week 17: Shocking Upsets You'll Never See Coming

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIIDecember 28, 2012

Julius Peppers rushing the passer against the Lions.
Julius Peppers rushing the passer against the Lions.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Every week in the NFL season there are upsets and Week 17 will be no different. With so many games with playoff implications, anything can happen.

Which teams will pull off the shocking upsets? We tell you below. 

Lions Over Bears

In order to make the playoffs, the Bears need a win against the Lions and a loss from the Vikings. But we believe they'll have a hard time beating the Lions.

For one, Matt Forte left last week's game with a sprained ankle and while he is likely to play, it was the third time he left a game due to that injury. While he's displayed remarkable toughness, it's clear he's not 100% and may be limited in his effectiveness.

That's a tough blow for the Bears because the running back depth behind Forte is weak. Forte's backup, Armando Allen, is dealing with a knee injury and third-stringer Kahlil Bell has only 25 attempts this season.

With the running game set to struggle, the Lions can then unleash their pass rush. The Bears offensive line is one of the worst in the game, and the Lions pass rush, while not as fearsome as it was last year, it still pretty good. They'll load up on left tackle J'Marcus Webb and force Jay Cutler into bad decisions.

The Bears started the season 7-1 and have gone 2-5 since. This not a great team, and while the Lions have certainly struggled, they will take advantage of the reeling Bears and pull off the upset.

Colts over Texans

Both teams have secured playoff spots, and the Texans still have a chance to secure home-field advantage. But they will find that tough to do against the Colts. 

Houston is coming off a rough loss to the Vikings and star running back Arian Foster is dealing with an irregular heartbeat, which could limit his effectiveness.

Additionally, the Colts will get an unquantifiable emotional boost from the return of head coach Chuck Pagano, who has successfully battled leukemia. He will be back on the sidelines and the home crowd in Indianapolis will be louder than ever.

Look for the Colts to ride that wave of emotion and secure a big win.

Vikings over Packers

The Vikings need to win this game to get into the playoffs as the sixth seed. The Packers need to win this game to secure the second seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs. There's a lot at stake. 

The Packers probably won't rest Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the big-name players, so this will be a full-out war. The Packers beat the Vikings in their previous matchup by a score of 23-14.

But with the Vikings fighting for their playoff lives, they will play with a fire and come out swinging. The Vikings also have Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 210 yards and a touchdown in their last meeting. 

Look for the Vikings to win this one and enter the playoffs on a roll.