It’s all about the Playoff Push in Week 17 of Pro Football betting as Baltimore takes on Cincinnati with plenty at stake for both teams: Baltimore can clinch the AFC North and Cincinnati needs a victory for a AFC Wild-Card berth. In other key games the Denver Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs with a chance to win the AFC West, and the Dallas Cowboys battle Eli Manning and the New York Giants with the NFC East title on the line.
Before getting into that, let me just write that anybody angry at New Orleans Saints’ coach Sean Payton for continuing to pass against Atlanta, therefore allowing QB Drew Brees to break Dan Marino’s single season passing yardage mark, makes no sense. The Dirty Birds gave up 164 rush yards on the ground, 147 return yards, committed 7 penalties, and was 0 for 3 in Red Zone Efficiency.
Can’t stop the run, horrible on special teams, a penalty machine, terrible in the Red Zone, and you’re crying about Brees breaking a record against you? Really, ATL? Really?
Check out a trio of Week 17 of Football action below.
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
When: Jan. 1 at 4:15 pm EST
Betting Line: Baltimore -1.5, Total 38
Analysis: Baltimore is a strange team. They’ve gone 5 and 1 straight-up in their last 6 games but only 2-3-1 against the spread in those last 6 games. They’re hard to figure out, which is why I’m backing the youngsters over in the great city of Cincinnati to win this game on Sunday. Cincy is only 3 and 4 ATS at home this season, but I love the Dalton to Green connection as well as the fact that they’ve won two straight games, albeit over St. Louis and Arizona, after losing two straight versus Pittsburgh and Houston. The Bengals are a good team and Baltimore’s defense appears more tired at this point in the season than Cincinnati’s. I’m with the Bengals.
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
When: Jan. 1, 4:15 pm EST
Betting Line: Denver -3.5, Total 37
Analysis: Forget about the fact that Denver beat Kansas City 17 to 10 in November when handicapping this game. With Romeo Crennel as the head coach, KC’s D has been downright awesome lately. KC took down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers straight-up in Week 15. Then, in Week 16, they held Raiders’ QB Carson Palmer to 16 out of 26 for 237 yards and 2 picks. Also in Week 16, Denver QB Tim Tebow went 13 out of 30 for 185 yards and 4 picks. Tebow’s horrible game was against a Buffalo D that, after shutting down the Broncos, allows 128 yards on the ground and 225 yards through the air. What do you think KC’s D is going to do to Tim Tebow on Jan. 1? Lots of bad things, my friends, lots and lots of bad things.
Pick: Kansas City
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
When: Jan.1 at 8:20 pm EST
Betting Line: NYG -3, Total 46.5
Analysis: Dallas just isn’t a very good team. Can we all admit that? The defense is terrible, it allows 337 yards and 21 points per game on average and gave up 281 passing yards, 105 rushing yards, and 20 points to Philly in a home game in Week 16. The offense is down to a running back that was sitting on a couch, Sammy Morris, three weeks ago, and the team has no heart. From coach to players, the team threw in the towel against the Eagles last Sunday. The New York Giants at least try to play football. NYG almost beat Green Bay earlier in December, did beat Dallas on the road, threw in a clunker against the Redskins, but bounced back beautifully in Week 16 with a 29 to 14 smack down of the New York Jets. NYG will cover the number in this Week 17 Pro Football betting game easily because Dallas’s brass is so smart that they think they can beat the G-Men with Tony Romo, who isn’t that good anyhow, and his busted throwing hand. That’s genius.
Pick: New York Giants