2018 NFL Week 17 Odds Overview & Predictions for Each Game
Dallas at NY Giants (-6.5)No line here because the Cowboys might rest most of their starters. Why? They are NFC East champions and the No. 4 seed in the conference regardless. They will host the top wild-card team on wild-card weekend. Thus, no reason to play anyone of significance here. The Giants are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games in Week 17 and we like them here.
Carolina at New Orleans (TBA)The Saints seem likely to rest all their key guys because they have clinched the top seed in the NFC. Carolina, meanwhile, is trying to avoid becoming the first team in league history to start 6-2 and lose its final eight games. New Orleans has won the past four in this series, including 12-9 two weeks ago in Charlotte. We like the Panthers here.
NY Jets at New England (-13.5)The Patriots are AFC East champs. They will be no worse than the AFC’s No. 2 seed with a win. They would be No. 1 with a win and Chiefs’ home loss to Oakland, which probably isn’t happening. This will be the last game as Jets coach for Todd Bowles. The visiting team is 1-5 ATS in its last six games in this matchup, and we will back New England.
Detroit at Green Bay (-7)Nothing to play for here – the next time the Packers take the field, they will have a new head coach. The Lions are 2-25 SU in their last 27 games on the road vs the Packers. We think that trend continues with a double-digit Packer win.
Jacksonville at Houston (-7)The Texans are AFC South champs with a win; they also could get a first-round bye with a victory but would need some help. I if they lose, they will be a wild-card team. Houston beat Jacksonville, which is playing out the string, 20-7 earlier this year. The Jaguars are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games on the road vs the Texans. Back Houston.
Atlanta at Tampa Bay (-1.5)Both NFC South teams playing out the string, with the Bucs expected to make a coaching change this offseason. The Buccaneers are 8-1 SU in their last nine games at home vs teams with losing records. Take Tampa.
Miami at Buffalo (-3)Another game that’s meaningless other than pride. Think the warm-weather Dolphins want to be in Buffalo in late December? The Dolphins are 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six games on the road vs the Bills. Bet Buffalo.
Oakland at Kansas City (-13.5)The Chiefs will be AFC West champs and the conference’s No. 1 seed with a victory. They beat Oakland a few weeks ago, 40-33. Patrick Mahomes threw four TD passes. The Raiders are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five games on the road vs the Chiefs. Bet KC.
Philadelphia at Washington (+6.5)The Eagles need some help to have a chance to defend their Super Bowl title. They’ll clinch a wild-card spot if they win in Week 17 against the Redskins and the Vikings lose to Chicago. Washington was eliminated from playoff contention with last week’s loss at Tennessee. The Eagles are 4-1 SU in their last five games vs their division on the road. Take Philly.
Cleveland at Baltimore (-5.5)The Browns are playing for the chance at a winning record for the first time in several years. The Ravens have control of the AFC North. Their victory Saturday night in at the Chargers, combined with the Steelers’ loss Sunday, means they will win the division with a victory in Week 17 or a loss by the Steelers. The Browns are 1-5 ATS in their last six games vs the Ravens. Bet Baltimore.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (-14.5)The Steelers win the AFC North with a Week 17 victory against Cincinnati, combined with a Ravens loss. They could theoretically be a wild-card team if they win, and the Colts and Titans tie. That’s not happening. The Bengals are 0-7 SU in their last seven games vs the Steelers. Take Pittsburgh.
Chicago at Minnesota (-5)
These teams could turn around and play each other again on wild-card weekend. Chicago is the NFC North champ and will be no worse than the No. 3 seed.
They could still move up to No. 2 and receive a first-round bye if they win in Week 17 and the Rams lose. The Vikings are a wild-card team with a win or an Eagles loss to Washington.