Let’s recap. The Kansas City Chiefs are the only team that has already clinched a Playoff spot in the AFC. On the other hand, five NFC teams are already in. Here’s the list: Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Arizona Cardinals.
The Chiefs and Packers depend only on themselves to finish as the No. 1 seed and get a week off. However, one defeat over the last two weeks could change it all. Don’t forget that Week 17 is no longer the last week of the regular season.
We already have the Week 17 odds fully loaded. Every game is crucial now, so be sure to check ‘em and pick your favorites!
NFL Week 17 Preview
There will be no action on Thursday Night. I repeat, no action on Thursday Night. There will be 15 games on Sunday and one on Monday. In fact, it will be the last Monday Night game of the season and it happens to be a divisional matchup.
Several players remain out due to the COVID-19 situation, but it’s not time for excuses, it’s time to go all-in.
The NFL Week 17 odds are ready and waiting as we look through each game.
NFL Games of the Week
Philadelphia Eagles (-4)
Washington Football TeamSunday, January 2nd
Both are still in the hunt. In fact, if the season ended today, the Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) would be the No. 7 seed in the NFC. Not bad considering it’s only Jalen Hurts’ second year, first as the starter.
Drafting DeVonta Smith was a great move by the front office. Hurts and Smith have become a very dangerous duo, just ask the New York Giants. Hurts threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16 against the G-Men. Smith finished with 80 yards and one touchdown.
Philly won its last three games with a combined score of 94-45. The Eagles are 4-2 against the spread in their last six games on the road.
The Washington Football Team (6-9) were humiliated in Week 16. They lost 56-14 to the Dallas Cowboys. Even backup quarterback Kyle Allen got some playing time. The good news is that Jaret Patterson emerged as an option to replace Antonio Gibson in the backfield when necessary.
Washington is 2-9 straight up in its last 11 games played in January. If they want to keep the postseason hope alive, they can’t afford to lose against the Cowboys.
Los Angeles Rams (-3½)
Baltimore RavensSunday, January 2nd
The Los Angeles Rams (11-4) are already in, but they could still finish atop the NFC. I’m really glad for Matthew Stafford, he deserves it, but now it’s time to show what he’s really made of.
He can’t throw for 197 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions and expect to keep winning. Last week, they did win because it was against the Minnesota Vikings. Plus, Sony Michel had a great game with 131 rushing yards and one touchdown.
The Rams are 1-4 SU in their last five games against the Baltimore Ravens.
Speaking of the Ravens, they really need Lamar Jackson to return, or at least Tyler Huntley. Jackson remains questionable due to injury, while Huntley could return from the COVID-19/reserve.
Head coach John Harbaugh should be thankful for Mark Andrews. In Week 16, the athletic Tight End surpassed the 100-yard mark for the third straight game. The Ravens really need to win to keep the hope alive.
The total has gone under in six of Baltimore’s last seven games against an opponent from the NFC West.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-14)
New York JetsSunday, January 2nd
Tom Brady & Co. are already in, but we all know that’s not enough for the reigning champs. They also remain in the No. 1 seed race thanks to an 11-4 record. They shouldn’t have too much trouble beating the New York Jets, and they’ll face the Carolina Panthers in Week 18.
Antonio Brown is back, and Ke’Shawn Vaughn proved he can carry the load in Leonard Fournette’s absence.
Believe it or not, Tampa Bay is 1-8 SU in its last nine games against New York.
The Jets (4-11) are already out. It wasn’t a very good first year for QB Zack Wilson but hey, at least they aren’t the Jacksonville Jaguars. Precisely, the Jets beat the Jaguars in Week 16, allowing them to regain some confidence.
Running back Michael Carter is back. They should heavily rely on him from now on.
The total went over in 10 of the Jets’ last 15 games played in January.
Tennessee Titans (-3½)Sunday, January 2nd
Watch out, because Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins (8-7) are on a roll! They became the first team to have a seven-game losing streak and a seven-game winning streak in the same season.
Rookie Wide Receiver Jaylen Waddle has had a great year. Last week, he led the team with 10 receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown. He and Tagovailoa could be even more dangerous than Hurts and Smith.
Miami is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games against Tennessee.
The Titans (10-5) have survived without Derrick Henry. They deserve a medal or something for that. What’s more impressive is that they still have a chance to finish atop the AFC.
With A.J. Brown back, they shouldn’t have too much trouble to secure a spot in the postseason. He finished their Week 16 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers with 11 receptions, 145 yards and one touchdown.
D’Onta Foreman has been their starting running back, but I think it’s time to give Jeremy McNichols an opportunity.
Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last five games played in Week 17.
New England Patriots (-15½)Sunday, January 2nd
The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-13) have shown some improvement since Urban Meyer left. Not enough to think that he was the only problem, though.
James Robinson won’t be available due to injury, but don’t worry, Dare Ogunbowale is ready to carry the load. He was their best player in Week 16 after finishing with 57 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Jacksonville is 4-2 ATS in its last six games against New England.
After winning seven in a row, the Patriots (9-6) lost their last two games. Most recently, they lost 33-21 to the Buffalo Bills, enough for Buffalo to take control of the AFC East.
Nevertheless, If the season ended today, the Patriots would be in the postseason as the No. 6 seed. Not bad, Bill Belichick. Not bad, Mac Jones. Not bad at all.
New England is 8-0 SU in its last eight games when playing at home against Jacksonville.
Las Vegas Raiders
Indianapolis Colts (-6)Sunday, January 2nd
The Las Vegas Raiders (8-7) are one victory away from getting in, but they also need some help. Last week, they got a crucial divisional victory against the Denver Broncos. Josh Jacobs ran for 129 yards.
Derek Carr isn’t a bad QB, but he needs to be more consistent. Darren Waller remains out due to injury, but Foster Moreau has done a decent job replacing him.
The total has gone over in 11 of Las Vegas’ last 16 games against an opponent from the AFC.
Sam Ehlinger is getting ready to start against the Raiders. The Indianapolis Colts (9-6) placed Carson Wentz on the COVID-19/reserve. Wentz has had a good first year with the Colts, but Jonathan Taylor has a lot to do with that.
The good news is that veteran T.Y. Hilton is finally meeting expectations. Last week, he finished with 51 yards and one touchdown. Him and Michael Pittman Jr. have the potential to become a very dangerous duo.
The Colts are 1-4 ATS in their last five games when playing at home against the Raiders.
Kansas City Chiefs (-5)
Cincinnati BengalsSunday, January 2nd
Remember when the Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) had a rocky start and many thought Patrick Mahomes was done? Well, they’ve eight in a row and already clinched the AFC West. There’s more because they’re the favorites to finish atop the AFC.
Mahomes managed to throw for 258 yards and three touchdowns in Week 16 despite Travis Kelce not playing. Byron Pringle emerged and finished with 75 yards and two touchdowns. Plus, the Chiefs now have a three-headed monster in the backfield thanks to Darrel Williams, Derrick Gore, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Kansas City is 14-3 in its last 17 games on the road.
If the season ended today, the Cincinnati Bengals would be the No. 3 seed in the AFC. That means this Chiefs vs Bengals matchup could finish being a Playoff preview.
Joe Burrow crushed the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 by throwing for 525 yards and four touchdowns. Tee Higgins finished with 12 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Joe Mixon scored two touchdowns. Watch out for the Bengals.
The total has gone under in four of Cincinnati’s last five games against an opponent from the AFC West.
New York Giants
Chicago Bears (-7)Sunday, January 2nd
Both are already eliminated. The New York Giants (4-11) haven’t been able to win without Daniel Jones. Last week, Jake Fromm got some playing time but didn’t perform well. He finished with 25 yards and one interception.
To be fair, the Giants have battled with injuries all season long. The good news is that Saquon Barkley has managed to stay healthy. Their game plan to face the Bears should heavily rely on him.
The Giants are 6-1 ATS in their last six games against the Bears.
Chicago (5-10) experienced Nick Foles’ magic touch in Week 16. He led them to a 25-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The veteran QB threw for 250 yards, one touchdown, and no interception. It must feel good to be a Bears fan and finally read no interceptions.
David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert have the potential to become a lethal combo from the backfield.
The total has gone under in five of Chicago’s last seven games against the Giants. Expect that trend to continue.
Buffalo Bills (-14½)Sunday, January 2nd
The Bills can’t afford to lose against the Falcons. Otherwise, New England could climb up to first place in the AFC East.
Buffalo (9-6) won its last two games with a combined score of 64-35. Last week, Josh Allen threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Isaiah McKenzie emerged and replaced Stefon Diggs as his preferred target.
The Bills are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games played on a Sunday.
Atlanta (7-8) is still in the hunt, but it’s not looking good. Matt Ryan and Kyle Pitts are finally connecting, but the Falcons have no running game. Mike Davis was their best RB in Week 16 with seven carries and 28 yards. That’s ridiculous.
Regarding the receiver corps, Russell Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus have become indispensable. Don’t forget that Calvin Ridley is out.
The Falcons are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against an opponent from the AFC.
San Francisco 49ers (-12½)Sunday, January 2nd
The Houston Texans (4-11) are done, but that didn’t stop them from beating the LA Chargers in Week 16. That’s right, they crushed them 41-29 thanks to a great performance from Rex Burkhead. He ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Rookie QB Davis Mills threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns. I think Tyrod Taylor is going to have a lot of competition for next season.
The Texans are 2-4 ATS in their last six games played on a Sunday and on the road.
If the season ended today, the San Francisco 49ers (8-7) would be the No. 6 seed in the NFC. Jimmy Garoppolo suffered another injury and isn’t expected to play. Rookie Trey Lance is getting ready.
Eli Mitchell is expected to return. The rookie RB has had a great season but hasn’t been able to play the last three weeks. Expect the Niners to run a lot.
The total has gone under in four of San Francisco’s last six games when playing as the favorite. They do deserve to be huge favorites against the Texans.
Los Angeles Chargers (-6)Sunday, January 2nd
The Denver Broncos (7-8) are still in the hunt, but forget it, they aren’t going to make it. Teddy Bridgewater isn’t the answer. Drew Lock isn’t the answer. Denver has a very talented receiver corps, but they need a consistent QB.
The good news is that rookie RB Javonte Williams has had a great season. Their game plan should definitely rely on him. Not only for this game, but for next season as well.
Denver is 2-4 ATS in its last six games.
The Los Angeles Chargers (8-7) are one victory away from getting in, but they need the Dolphins to stop winning.
Last week, they really missed Austin Ekeler and Mike Williams, both on COVID-19-reserve. Justin Jackson did a great job replacing Ekeler, 162 total yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough. Ekeler is expected to return.
The Chargers are 11-4 SU in their last 15 games played in Week 17. This is going to be a great AFC West showdown.
New Orleans Saints (-7)Sunday, January 2nd
Believe it or not, the New Orleans Saints (7-8) still have a chance. Yes, the team that has started four different quarterbacks. Yes, the team that lost 20-3 to the Miami Dolphins in Week 16.
Ian Book had to start after Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian were placed on the COVID-19/reserve. At least one of them is expected to return. Otherwise, expect the Saints to heavily rely on the running game with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.
The Saints are 1-5 ATS in their last six games at home.
The Panthers (5-10) will visit New Orleans without any chances of making it to the postseason. Carolina can’t compete without Christian McCaffrey, period. Not even Cam Newton and the nostalgia factor could save their season.
Last week, they were crushed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That was their fifth straight loss.
Carolina is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games on the road.
Seattle Seahawks (-7)Sunday, January 2nd
It seems like the Detroit Lions (2-12-1) waited to be eliminated to start competing. Last week, they almost beat the Falcons despite starting QB Jared Goff not playing. Tim Boyle took over and finished with 187 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is finally meeting expectations. He finished with 90 yards and one touchdown for the second straight week. There’s some hope for next season.
The total has gone under in six of Detroit’s last eight games against an opponent from the NFC West.
The Seattle Seahawks won’t be in the postseason for only the second time since Russell Wilson took over. Rashaad Penny had a great game in Week 16, but that wasn’t enough.
Penny and Gerald Everett have been the best news for Seattle this season. If Wilson decides to stay, they should do a lot better next season.
The total has gone over in five of Seattle’s last six games played in January. Expect that trend to continue when they play host to the Lions.
Dallas Cowboys (-5½)Sunday, January 2nd
What happened to the Arizona Cardinals (10-5)? They lost their last three games, including losing to the Lions! Life isn’t that good when you don’t have DeAndre Hopkins due to injury.
At least Chase Edmonds is back, and he did a great job in Week 16, despite them losing to the Colts. He finished with 127 total yards and one touchdown. If James Conner remains out, expect Edmonds to have another monster game.
The Cardinals are 3-14 SU in their last 17 games when playing on the road against the Cowboys.
Dallas is already in and still has the chance to finish atop the NFC. Dak Prescott is going to win the Comeback Player of the Year award, no doubt about it.
The Cowboys own one of the best receiver corps in the league with Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Dalton Schultz, and Michael Gallup. Plus, Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard are a very dangerous duo in the backfield.
Dallas is 4-1 ATS in its last five games.
Green Bay Packers (-6½)Sunday, January 2nd
Aaron Rodgers is the favorite to win MVP. The Green Bay Packers (12-3) are favorites to finish atop the NFC. So yes, they deserve to control the odds against the Minnesota Vikings (7-8).
Curiously enough, Minnesota was the last team to beat the Packers. After that, Green Bay has won four in a row, including an epic battle with the Rams. Rodgers has been dealing with some minor injuries, but he’ll play no matter what.
The Packers are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games when playing at home against the Vikings.
Minnesota is on the bubble. They put up a good fight against the Rams in Week 16 despite Dalvin Cook didn’t play. The starting RB was placed in the COVID-19/reserve a couple of days prior to the game. Alexander Mattison did a good job replacing him, but it wasn’t enough.
The good news is that Adam Thielen returned, and now we should see its best version.
The Vikings are 4-1 SU in their last five games against an opponent from the NFC North.
Cleveland Browns (-3)
Pittsburgh SteelersMonday, January 3rd
Of course, we’ve a divisional matchup scheduled for the last Monday Night game of the season. It’s the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7-1) playing host to the Cleveland Browns (7-8). The fun part is that both are in a must win situation.
Last week, the Browns almost beat the Packers despite Baker Mayfield throwing four interceptions. Nick Chubb had a huge game with 184 total yards and one touchdown. Expect him to carry the load once again.
The Browns are 1-17 SU in their last 18 games when playing on the road against the Steelers.
Pittsburgh lost 36-10 to the Chiefs. Ben Roethlisberger is done, but there’s no time to make a change. I mean, there’s time, but Mason Rudolph isn’t a reliable option.
Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson have had a great season, but it seems like it’s not going to be enough. However, I do believe it’s going to be enough for us to have a very entertaining last Monday Night game.
The total has gone over in four of Pittsburgh’s last five games played in January.
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