Playoff teams won't pay off in Week 17

Updated: December 31, 2004, 2:04 PM ET
By Hank Goldberg | ESPN Insider
There are seven teams that are in the playoffs and six know when they will be playing.

So beware of New England, Indianapolis, San Diego, Philadelphia, Green Bay and Atlanta. We already know that the Eagles are resting their guys. Seattle is the seventh team, but has some injury issues on offense.

Of all those, the Patriots could be the only safe pick. The opponent is San Francisco, and the Pats are laying 14. The terrible Niners on the road are a good go-against in Week 17.

Hank Goldberg is an NFL reporter on a variety of ESPN programs. He first joined ESPN2 as football analyst on SportsNight when the new network launched Oct. 1, 1993. He has also been a frequent contributor on ESPN Radio since June 1992.