NFL Week 17 bold predictions: DROY candidates Sauce Gardner, Tariq Woolen each record INT

Throughout the 2022 season, NFL Network analysts will provide one bold prediction heading into each week’s slate of games (see the full Week 17 schedule).

There’s a lot on the line for the Jets and Seahawks in Sunday’s matchup, with both teams still in playoff contention. Cornerbacks Sauce Gardner and Tariq Woolen are also looking to bolster their Defensive Rookie of the Year résumés — and that’s exactly what happens when each defender records a pick.  

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The countdown for Justin Jefferson to break Calvin Johnson’s single-season NFL receiving yards record is on — the third-year Viking needs 209 more yards to etch himself in the record books. It only takes one of the two remaining regular-season games to get it done. Jefferson breaks Johnson’s record with a huge performance Sunday in enemy territory, mooning the crowd on his way out.

Von Miller terrorized Joe Burrow while playing for the Rams in Super Bowl LVI, and it was that kind of performance that led Buffalo to sign the future Hall of Fame pass rusher. But with no Miller — who is out for the year with an ACL tear yet unbelievably still leads the Bills in sacks (8.0) despite his last appearance being on Thanksgiving Day — this week, the Bills get no pressure on Burrow, and he takes advantage. The third-year passer picks apart Buffalo’s secondary to the tune of 300 yards, three touchdowns and 30 points in a statement win.

We’ve all been waiting for the Green Bay Packers to catch fire, and they finally have, winning three straight. In a big showdown with the rival Vikings at Lambeau Field, Aaron Rodgers returns to his MVP form of yesteryear and records his first 300-yard passing game of the season in a win that keeps Green Bay’s playoff hopes alive.

Full NFL Week 17 schedule

Thursday, December 29

  • Dallas Cowboys 27, Tennessee Titans 13

Sunday, January 1

  • Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
  • Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (1 p.m. ET on CBS)
  • Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (1 p.m. ET on CBS)
  • Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (1 p.m. ET on CBS)
  • Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants (1 p.m. ET on CBS)
  • New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
  • Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
  • Cleveland Browns at Washington Commanders (1 p.m. ET on FOX)
  • San Francisco 49ers at Las Vegas Raiders (4:05 p.m. ET on FOX)
  • New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks (4:05 p.m. ET on FOX)
  • Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (4:25 p.m. ET on CBS)
  • Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers (4:25 p.m. on CBS)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (8:20 p.m. ET on NBC/Universo)

Monday, January 2

  • Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/ABC/ESPN Deportes)

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