NFL Picks And Predictions Week 17: Bills Vs. Patriots

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots high-fives Head Coach Bill Belichick after scoring touchdown in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Patriots have clinched the AFC East but they're looking to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win over the Bills.

The New England Patriots will line up for Thursday's practice without Tom Brady for the second consecutive day. That could certainly change the outlook for this weekend's game against the Buffalo Bills. However, that hasn't stopped most folks from placing their theoretical bets.

The Patriots have clinched the AFC East but they're looking to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs so they still have something to play for in Week 17.

The CBSSports.com experts went all-in on New England as you might expect. Same goes for all ten picks from ESPN.com.

Peter King also goes Patriots and throws down his Brady for MVP argument in the process.

In many other seasons, Tom Brady would be the MVP, and who knows? He still may be. But his mates and his coaches know how hugely valuable he's been this year, whoever's name ends up on the 2011 MVP trophy.

Check out SB Nation's Pats Pulpit for more on the Patriots and Buffalo Rumblings for the Bills.

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