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NFL week 17 Picks – Playoff hopes hinge on wins in NFL week 17

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The NFL week 17 picks are upon us and the complete playoff picture will come into complete focus. Four teams in the AFC have a chance of making the postseason. Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers and the Buffalo Bills could be playoff bound. In the NFC only two teams are still capable of making the playoffs. The Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons are battling for the final wild card spot in the conference. Will there be surprises on showdown Sunday?. By Drew Farmer

Sunday, Dec 31st, 2017 – NFL week 17 Picks

All the NFL week 17 Picks, Point Spreads and Money Lines for New Years Eve games.

Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants

Washington Redskins have the opportunity to end the NFL season strongly for the NFL week 17 picks. The team won against the Denver Broncos last weekend and can finish with a three-game win streak. The New York Giants just keep getting worse. The team were shut out in Arizona, 23-0. Eli Manning threw two interceptions and recorded his second lowest quarterback rating of the season at 57.9.

Prediction: Washington

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Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
01:00 PM
Washington Redskins

New York Giants

-3

+3

-160

+140

Over 37½ -110

Under 37½ -110

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

The last time these two teams met a referee’s call changed the outcome. It can be argued it led the New York Jets to be eliminated from the postseason. An NFL week 17 win will clinch home-field advantage for the Patriots in the playoffs. New England coach Bill Belichick could remove his key players, if the Patriots start well. Tom Brady may not play every down, but Belichick will want to secure home field before he pulls his Pro Bowl quarterback off the field. Brady has been kept off the practice field this week. He is recovering from multiple injuries.

Prediction: New England

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
01:00 PM
New York Jets

New England Patriots

+15½

-15½

+947

-1700

Over 44 -110

Under 44 -110

Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings were projected to win just 8.5 games this season. The Vikings have blown that projection out of the water and could pick up a 13th victory on Sunday for the NFL week 17 picks. The Chicago Bears are coming off a dominant win against the Cleveland Browns, which is actually not a big feat. The Bears are slightly better than many expected thanks to Mitch Trubisky. He only threw for 193 yards against the Browns, but he is progressing nicely and should be a solid starter in 2018. Trubisky has been greatly helped by running back Jordan Howard. The back has run for 1,113 yards and nine touchdowns this year. Next season, the Bears should be more of a challenge for the top of the NFC North.

Prediction: Minnesota

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
01:00 PM
Chicago Bears

Minnesota Vikings

-11½

+11½

+475

-600

Over 39½ -110

Under 39½ -110

Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions

Oh, what could have been for these two NFC North rivals. Detroit lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in week 16 while the Green Bay Packers were shut out by Minnesota. These teams are playing for pride on Sunday. Green Bay could finish the season .500, which is a record few would have thought it would a few weeks ago. A win for Detroit and it will be a very respectable 9-7 season. The Lions are 4-1 in the NFC North this year.

Prediction: Detroit

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
01:00 PM
Green Bay Packers

Detroit Lions

+6½

-6½

+245

-290

Over 43 -115

Under 43 -105

Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts

After more than a month of losing, one of these terminally bad teams will get a victory to finish out 2017. The Indianapolis Colts won the last game between the two teams. Jacoby Brissett threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns. At home, the Colts should finish off the year with a win.

Prediction: Indianapolis

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
01:00 PM
Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

+3½

-3½

+175

-205

Over 41 -118

Under 41 -102

Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Cleveland Browns should make history on Sunday by losing their 16th game of the NFL season. The last team to reach the mark was the 2008 Detroit Lions. The Pittsburgh Steelers have already wrapped up the NFC North and a first round bye in the NFL postseason. But a win against Cleveland, and a New England loss will see the Steelers clinch home-field advantage through the playoffs. Steelers one-time NFL Most Valuable Player candidate, Antonio Brown, has been ruled out this weekend. He has been named the team’s MVP for a fourth time. Brown should be fresh for the playoffs once they begin.

Prediction: Pittsburgh

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
01:00 PM
Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers

+10½

-10½

 

 

Over 38½ -110

Under 38½ -110

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Without Carson Wentz, it’s hard to tell just how good the Philadelphia Eagles are. The team has won two straight games against non-playoff teams. Quarterback Nick Foles only threw for 163 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the Eagles win over the Oakland Raiders in week 16. The Dallas Cowboys do have running back Ezekiel Elliot back. Despite his 97 rushing yards against Seattle Seahawks, the Cowboys were eliminated from the playoffs with a loss in week 16.

Prediction: Philadelphia

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
01:00 PM
Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles

-2½

+2½

-125

+105

Over 39 -115

Under 39 -105

San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams

Unbelievably, the San Francisco 49ers have won four straight games since the team installed Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. The 49ers put 44 points on AFC South winners Jacksonville a week ago. If Garoppolo can play this well in 2018, San Francisco could be projected to win the division. The team is coming up against the Los Angeles Rams and MVP candidate Todd Gurley. The running back scampered for another 118 yards on the ground last weekend. He now has 1,305 yards rushing this season. The Rams are still averaging the most points per game this season with 31. It could be a shootout in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Prediction: Los Angeles Rams

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
04:25 PM
San Francisco 49ers

Los Angeles Rams

-3½

+3½

-172

+152

Over 43½ -110

Under 43½ -110

Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers can make the playoffs, but the team need help from other teams in the AFC. The Chargers must first win against the Oakland Raiders and hope the Buffalo Bills lose to Miami. It’s a tall order. Oakland has lost three straight games, and with the Chargers needing a win to stay in the playoff hunt, the lightning bolts are good value to win this AFC West finale.

Prediction: Los Angeles Chargers

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
04:25 PM
Oakland Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

+8

-8

+310

-370

Over 42 -110

Under 42 -110

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

After an extended dip in form, the Kansas City Chiefs have begun winning at the right time. The Chiefs have won three straight games. Quarterback Alex Smith threw for 304 yards against the Dolphins. However, Chiefs coach Andy Reid won’t start Smith on Sunday. Kansas City will go with back-up Patrick Mahomes. Denver have been bad, and the Chiefs should keep rolling into the postseason.

Prediction: Kansas City

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
04.25 PM
Kansas City Chiefs

Denver Broncos

+3½

-3½

+155

-175

Over 38 -107

Under 38 -113

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans

The Chargers hopes of making the postseason hinge on this game, assuming Los Angeles beats Oakland. Jacksonville has already wrapped up the AFC South, but the team is coming off of a dreadful loss to San Francisco last weekend. Quarterback Blake Bortles threw three interceptions and critics wonder if he can truly lead the Jags deep into the playoffs. Tennessee has lost three straight games. Just when the Titans looked likely of making the playoffs, the team has capitulated late in the season. Could the Chargers get into the postseason at the Titans’ expense?.

Prediction: Jacksonville

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
04:25 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans

+3½

-3½

-145

+165

Over 41½ -110

Under 41½ -110

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New Orleans Saints are in the playoffs and a win over Tampa Bay will see Drew Brees and company wrap up the NFC South title. The Bucs are 0-5 in their last five games, and have shown few signs of turning things around. Although Brees is on pace for his fewest passing yards in a season with the Saints, he has still led the team to the playoffs. The Saints are too strong for the Bucs and should clinch the South title on Sunday.

Prediction: New Orleans

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
04:25 PM
New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

-7

+7

-290

+245

Over 50½ -110

Under 50½ -110

Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins

Two weeks ago, the Bills defeated Miami in Buffalo. But the Bills record on the road and against the division isn’t great. Currently, the Bills are on the outside looking in after their devastating loss to the Patriots a week ago. The Bills must win first and then hope two teams in front of them lose on Sunday. Miami could break up the Bills’ playoff party, but with the way the Dolphins have played this season, it isn’t likely.

Prediction: Buffalo

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
04:25 PM
Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

-2½

+2½

-133

+113

Over 42½ -110

Under 42½ -110

Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks are hanging on by a wing and a prayer. The team need to beat Arizona and hope Atlanta loses to Carolina. Seattle defeated Arizona in week 10, 22-16. The Seahawks defeated the Cowboys in week 16 despite quarterback Russell Wilson throwing for just 93 yards. He still managed two touchdowns, but his 93 yards was a career-low. The Cardinals are believed to be ready to make a coaching change. If so, the team’s players could be playing for their jobs next season.

Prediction: Seattle

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
04:25 PM
Arizona Cardinals

Seattle Seahawks

+9½

-9½

+350

-420

Over 39 -105

Under 39 -115

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Carolina is in the playoffs. Atlanta isn’t, but a win or Seattle loss will secure a 2017 postseason berth for the Falcons. The Panthers won the week 9 meeting between the teams. Cam Newton is scheduled to start on Sunday as the Panthers could still win the NFC South with a victory and Saints loss. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan has had a poor season after winning last year’s NFL MVP award. His 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions are a far cry from last season’s 38 scores and seven picks. Ryan can still lead the Falcons into the NFL Playoffs, but it won’t be easy. The Falcons are 3-2 against the South.

Prediction: Carolina

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
04:25 PM
Carolina Panthers

Atlanta Falcons

+4

-4

+175

-205

Over 45 -110

Under 45 -110

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

There’s nothing at stake for the Cincinnati Bengals. The team is expected to finally fire head coach Marvin Lewis after the game. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens are on track to make the postseason. A win and the Ravens are in. A loss and things get interesting. The Ravens shutout Cincinnati in week 1. Don’t expect things to be any different 17 weeks later.

Prediction: Baltimore

Sportsbook Date Team Point Spread Money Line Total Points
12/31/2017
04:25 PM
Cincinnati Bengals

Baltimore Ravens

+9½

-9½

+355

-425

Over 40 -117

Under 40 -103

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