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TWIF Pick 'Em: NFL Week 17

12/26/2013 2:33 AM ET
By YESNetwork.com Staff

Numbers say that Peyton Manning's 2013 has been the best season ever by a quarterback.(AP)
Want to test your football prognostication skills against the experts of This Week in Football? This season, you have the chance!

Each week, we will post the TWIF panel’s picks for every game on the NFL slate here on YESNetwork.com, so you can see how your thoughts compare to those of Ryan Ruocco, Howard Cross, Ross Tucker, and Gary Myers. In addition, we’ll also be keeping a tally of how Ryan and the gang do all season, so come January you’ll see who has bragging rights as the big winner among the panel.

You can keep track of your record and see if you end up beating the experts...and of course, don't forget to watch This Week in Football every Tuesday during the NFL season on YES!

In the NFL, Week 16 was anything but ordinary, as Peyton Manning set an NFL single-season record, the Eagles came within two points of tying the NFL’s single-game high this season, and several teams clinched their spots in the postseason. For the TWIF panel, though, it was another week, another win for Ross Tucker in Week 16, as the former lineman pancaked the competition with an 11-5 record. That gained him one game on Ryan Ruocco and Gary Myers and two on Howard Cross, so with one week to go, Ross has a four-game lead on the group for the season trophy.

As we head to the NFL’s final week, one where all 16 games are divisional matchups, the gang is unanimous on 11 of the 16. Two division titles will be up for grabs in Dallas and Chicago, but we can spoil for you that Ross Tucker will indeed win the TWIF Pick ‘Em regular-season title; with 11 unanimous picks and two more that are 3-1 with Howard as the only dissenter, neither Ryan or Gary can overtake Ross for the lead. Congratulations, Ross!

Either Ryan or Gary is, however, guaranteed sole possession of second place, as they differ all of the other three picks; Ryan has the Jets, Chargers and Packers while Gary has Dolphins, Chiefs and Bears, so we’ll know by about 7:30 Sunday night who gets the silver and who takes the bronze.

Let’s see who the gang has gone with this week, but first, a look at the penultimate regular-season standings…

WEEK 16 RECORD:
Ross Tucker: 11-5
Ryan Ruocco: 10-6
Gary Myers: 10-6
Howard Cross: 9-7

SEASON TO DATE RECORDS:
Ross Tucker: 157-83-1
Ryan Ruocco: 153-87-1
Gary Myers: 153-87-1
Howard Cross: 144-96-1

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

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