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TWIF Picks: NFL Week 17

12/26/2012 3:03 PM ET
By YESNetwork.com Staff

Can Eli Manning and Joe Flacco help Gary Myers win the TWIF Picks Championship?(AP)
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We're down to the nitty gritty, and NFL Week 16 was a good one for the TWIF panel. Ryan, Howard, Ross, and Gary went 10-2 on their unanimous picks this week, and Howard went 3-1 in the other four games to finish 13-3 and sit atop the weekly leaderboard. Ryan and Ross both went 11-5, and with Gary finishing 10-6, Ryan has a one-game lead over Gary in the yearly standings heading into the final pick set of 2012.

And now, it is Week 17, the final showdown at the TWIF picks corral. All 16 games are on Sunday, and everyone is still technically mathematically alive in the race for the overall trophy, but with the panel unanimous on 10 of 16 games and Howard agreeing with Ryan on two others, neither Ross nor Howard can overtake a share of the lead.

That makes it a battle of Ruocco vs. Myers for the title, and with Giants-Eagles, Ravens-Bengals, and Bears-Lions their only differing picks, Gary needs a Giants/Bengals/Bears sweep to take the title outright. Whatever does happen in Week 17, however, everyone will finish with a winning percentage between .588 and .682, so all four men deserve kudos for picking the majority of this season’s 256 games correctly.

With that said, let’s take a look at the penultimate standings…

WEEK 16 RECORD:
Howard Cross: 13-3 (.813)
Ryan Ruocco: 11-5 (.688)
Ross Tucker: 11-5 (.688)
Gary Myers: 10-6 (.625)

SEASON TO DATE RECORDS:
Ryan Ruocco: 158-81-1 (.660)
Gary Myers: 157-82-1 (.656)
Howard Cross: 152-87-1 (.635)
Ross Tucker: 150-89-1 (.627)

…and now, the panel’s picks for Week 17:

GAME
RUOCCO
CROSS
TUCKER
MYERS
NY Jets at Buffalo
NY Jets
NY Jets
NY Jets
NY Jets
Philadelphia at NY Giants
Philadelphia
NY Giants
NY Giants
NY Giants
Jacksonville at Tennessee
Tennessee
Tennessee
Tennessee
Tennessee
Carolina at New Orleans
New Orleans
New Orleans
Carolina
New Orleans
Houston at Indianapolis
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Atlanta
Atlanta
Atlanta
Atlanta
Cleveland at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Cleveland
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Green Bay at Minnesota
Green Bay
Green Bay
Green Bay
Green Bay
Baltimore at Cincinnati
Baltimore
Cincinnati
Baltimore
Cincinnati
Chicago at Detroit
Detroit
Detroit
Chicago
Chicago
Miami at New England
New England
New England
New England
New England
Oakland at San Diego
San Diego
Oakland
San Diego
San Diego
Kansas City at Denver
Denver
Denver
Denver
Denver
St. Louis at Seattle
Seattle
Seattle
Seattle
Seattle
Arizona at San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
Dallas at Washington (Sun. night)
Washington
Washington
Washington
Washington
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