There are quite a few games on our schedule that if we scored 17 points would be us getting blown out. No matter our defence I do not see that beating the Saints, Giants, Pats, 49ers or Falcons.
I assume you mean there is no way we win with 17 points against these teams. These teams are all beatable. Our team is good enough to beat them all. I am actually looking forward to the Giant game. Carolina is going to have this one marked on their calendar.
Depends on whether we control the ball like we can. If your running game is solid and you have 7,8 or 9 minute drives and you score TDs. You keep the ball out of those guys hands. They cannot score points sitting on the bench watching us.
I would take 20 and our defense being improved keeping ANYBODY under 20.