• Don Banks: NFL Week 17 picks

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Dec 27, 2013
    Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons Carolina 24, Atlanta 20 Much respect is due the Panthers, who are an NFL-best 10-1 from Week 6 on. We've seen them display mental toughness and win close, hard-fought road games at San Francisco and Miami in the season's second half, and its dramatic Week 16 last-minute comeback at home against the Saints sends Carolina's confidence level to a season high. You'd feel even better about their chances to beat the Falcons and wrap up the NFC South and a first-round bye if receiver Steve Smith was healthy, but at least Smith's sprained left knee has a chance to be ready in the playoffs. Atlanta will make the Panthers work for it all game long, but I think Ron Rivera's upstart team has come too far now to not seize every bit of its opportunity. Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals That just didn't look like a John Harbaugh-coached Ravens team last week at home against New England.
    Source: CNNSI.com

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