2019 NFL Week 17 Preview

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The 2019 regular season wraps up on Monday as the final race for a playoff spot draws to a dramatic conclusion.

Several teams can decide their fate this week with either a victory or results going their way, making this one of the most exciting final weeks to a regular season in recent memory.

For the final time, we’ve previewed all 16 games, so be sure to read our 2019 NFL Week 17 tips below.

Buffalo Bills Vs New York Jets

Monday 30 December, 5:00am, New Era Field

Bills 6 - Jets 13

After losing to the Patriots last week in Foxboro the Bills can finally focus on what really matters: carrying momentum into the playoffs.

The Bills lost no admirers last week as Sean McDermott’s side managed to put up 17-points on the league’s best defence. Josh Allen wasn’t disgraced in the loss either, making it surprising to find Buffalo favoured by only -1 at home.

New York successfully played the role of spoiler last week handing the Steelers a devastating 16-10 loss. After so many gaffes to start the season the Jets have steadied to a more respectable 6-9 record, but even so, it’s still tough to back against Buffalo here.

The Bills have nothing left to play for in terms of seeding, meaning they could rest some of their star players. Either way, Buffalo holds a league-best 4-0 record against the spread following a loss this year, so it’s still worth taking the Bills to Cover.

Tip: Back the Bills to Cover the Line (-1 Point) @ $1.91

Carolina Panthers Vs New Orleans Saints

Monday 30 December, 5:00am, Bank of America Stadium

Panthers 10 - Saints 42

The Bengals and the Browns will be desperate to put a forgettable season behind them with one last win on Monday.

Cincinnati came so close to pulling off a miracle come-from-behind victory over the Dolphins last week only to fall short in overtime. The Browns, however, weren’t quite as lucky in their comfortable loss to the Ravens.

There isn’t much to get excited about in this game with both teams simply looking to end the season on a high note. The bookies also appear to be having a tough time with the Browns favoured by only -2.5 points.

Cleveland has been a horrible betting play against Cincinnati covering in only two of their last 10-games. Therefore, it’s probably safer to play on the Total in this one considering both teams rank bottom ten in points.

Tip: Under 45 Total Points @ $1.88

New England Patriots Vs Miami Dolphins

Monday 30 December, 5:00am, Gillette Stadium

Patriots 24 - Dolphins 27

The Patriots have the AFC East sewn up for another year as they now set their sights on clinching the second seed in the AFC.

New England’s strength of schedule plays well into their favour this week with the 4-11 Dolphins coming to town – a team that hasn’t won in Foxboro since 2008.

Miami is a frisky team that can put up points on any opponent, but after the Patriots’ rediscovered some of their mojo on offence last week, it’s difficult to see New England allowing the opportunity to secure the second seed slip through their fingertips.

Tip: Back the Patriots to Win & Over 45 Total Points @ $1.98

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Los Angeles Chargers

Monday 30 December, 5:00am, Arrowhead Stadium

Chiefs 31 - Chargers 21

Other than some last-minute divisional bragging rights, there isn’t much left to gain from this game.

The Chiefs have the AFC West and the third seed locked up, but they could potentially move as high as the second seed if New England loses to Miami.

We know what you’re thinking, the chances of that happening are slim, but for the sake of keeping this preview interesting, that’s perhaps the only reason to tune into this game.

Finishing 5-11 or 6-10 won’t mean much to Charger fans, but it could go a long way to determining the team’s draft position.

Other than that, the Chiefs are a perfect 5-0 against the spread vs divisional opponents, so with home-field advantage, back Kansas City in a blowout.

Tip: Back the Chiefs to Cover the Line (-9 Points) @ $1.96

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs Atlanta Falcons

Monday 30 December, 5:00am, Raymond James Stadium

Bucs 22 - Falcons 28

There is tremendous value on offer in this game between two teams with absolutely nothing left to play for.

Tampa Bay stands a chance at finishing an even 8-8 after losing a nail-biter to the Texans last week, while the Falcons are simply looking to finish the season on a high note by extending their winning streak to four.

The Falcons have won two of their last three games against the Bucs, although they won’t hold particularly fond memories of their 35-22 loss to Tampa Bay back in Week 12.

Since there is almost even money on offer head-to-head, it’s tempting to back either team outright, but the safest play is probably on the Total. The Over has saluted in exactly 66.7% of Tampa Bay’s home games this season, while it has also gone Over in the last three games between these two sides.

Tip: Over 49 Total Points @ $1.96

Cincinnati Bengals Vs Cleveland Browns

Monday 30 December, 5:00am, Paul Brown Stadium

Bengals 33 - Browns 23

The Bengals and the Browns will be desperate to put a forgettable season behind them with one last win on Monday.

Cincinnati came so close to pulling off a miracle come-from-behind victory over the Dolphins last week only to fall short in overtime. The Browns, however, weren’t quite as lucky in their comfortable loss to the Ravens.

There isn’t much to get excited about in this game with both teams simply looking to end the season on a high note. The bookies also appear to be having a tough time with the Browns favoured by only -2.5 points.

Cleveland has been a horrible betting play against Cincinnati covering in only two of their last 10-games. Therefore, it’s probably safer to play on the Total in this one considering both teams rank bottom ten in points.

Tip: Under 45 Total Points @ $1.88

Minnesota Vikings Vs Chicago Bears

Monday 30 December, 5:00am, US Bank Stadium

Vikings 19 - Bears 21

The NFC North has been one of the most fascinating divisions all year, so it’s kind of a letdown to see the Vikings and Bears meet with very little on the road.

Minnesota has already clinched the sixth seed in the NFC behind a 10-5 record. That said, Mike Zimmer’s side has plenty to prove following last week’s meltdown against the Packers on Monday Night Football.

At their best, the Vikings are one of the most talented teams in the league, but as we saw last week, sometimes playcalling can cancel that out.

The offensive line also played a big part in Minnesota’s loss as Kirk Cousins was sacked five times. There were also several questionable coaching decisions – like a 4th and 1 timeout in the fourth quarter – that has caused plenty to question the Vikings’ legitimacy.

But as far as this game goes, we should see the Vikings play with a chip on their shoulder.

Minnesota lost 16-6 to Chicago back in September, while we’ve typically seen the Vikings respond from a previously flat performance in a very big way.

The Vikings are 4-0 against the spread following a previous loss this year and also 6-1 straight-up in their last seven home games against the Bears. With that in mind, it’s worth backing Minnesota to silence some of the doubters.

Tip: Back the Vikings to Cover the Line (-1 Point)

Detroit Lions Vs Green Bay Packers

Monday 30 December, 5:00am, Ford Field

Lions 20 - Packers 23

The second of two NFC North showdowns gets underway from Ford Field in Detroit, only this time around, there’s plenty on the line.

Green Bay’s impressive win over the Vikings last week was enough to clinch the NFC North, but with a chance to steal the No. 1 seed in the NFC this week – it’s safe to say Matt La’Fleur’s team still has unfinished business.

If the Packers beat the Lions and the Seahawks defeat the 49ers, Green Bay will be awarded the first seed. There are also a handful of scenarios where the Packers could wind up with the third seed.

The Packers, like so many of the other top contenders in each conference, are 4-1 against the spread vs division opponents this year. Green Bay had its hands full with the Lions when the two met back in October, but with no Matthew Stafford to worry about, back the Packers to earn a clean sweep of the NFC North – and their first win in Detroit since 2017.

Tip: Back the Packers to Cover the Line (-12.5 Points) @ $1.92

Denver Broncos Vs Oakland Raiders

Monday 30 December, 8:25am, Broncos Stadium

Broncos 16 - Raiders 15

It’s a long shot, but there is still a scenario where the Raiders make the playoffs.

Oakland would claim the sixth seed in the AFC if they 1. Win at Denver, 2. The Steelers lose to the Ravens, 3. The Titans lose to the Texans and, 4. The Colts win in Jacksonville.

Obviously, it’s going to take a miracle for Oakland to sneak in at 8-8, but all they can do is take care of business this week in Denver, right?

Unfortunately, the Raiders don’t have the best track record at Mile High. You have to rewind back to 2015 to find Oakland’s last win in Denver, which explains the -3.5 line in favour of the Broncos.

Denver is by far one of the most underwhelming 6-9 teams in recent memory. The defence is among the league’s best, and if it wasn’t for trouble at quarterback, we’d probably be talking about the Broncos making the playoffs and not the Raiders.

Considering their track record in Denver and the fact Josh Jacobs is on the sidelines, taking the Broncos to hand the Raiders one last loss before they venture to Vegas only seems fitting.

Tip: Back the Broncos 1-10

New York Giants Vs Philadelphia Eagles

Monday 30 December, 8:25am, MetLife Stadium

Giants 17 - Eagles 34

It’s a simple scenario this week for the Eagles: win and you’re in.

Philly’s victory over the Cowboys last week moved the Eagles one step closer to claiming their 11th NFC East division title, but more importantly, returning to the playoffs.

The Eagles are now faced with a winnable game against the Giants, but since this is one of the NFL’s great rivalries, you can expect Big Blue to relish the chance at potentially spoiling Philly’s season.

New York won a 41-35 overtime thriller last week against the Redskins to improve to 4-11. It’s been a rough season in the Big Apple all over, but if there’s one team you don’t want to underestimate, it’s the Giants.

There’s still no word on whether Eli Manning will suit up for one last hurrah, but either way, there’s every chance we see New York put up points on this banged up Eagles defence.

Philly has allowed 22.5 points-per-game to opponents this year, so rather than risking it on the head-to-head market, back the Giants to end the season with some points on the board.

Tip: Giants Over the Points Total

Jacksonville Jaguars Vs Indianapolis Colts

Monday 30 December, 8:25am, TIAA Bank Field

Jaguars 38 - Colts 20

After so much mid-season excitement, the AFC South turned into a bit of a fizzer as the Colts drifted from the rest of the pack.

Now at 7-8, the Colts have a chance to finish an even .500 in a season the team – and the fans – would probably rather forget.

The Jaguars have even less to play for at 5-10, although Jacksonville will be hungry to make up for 33-13 loss to the Colts back in November.

It’s difficult to get a read on these two teams with only one win from their last five games. If there is one thing to hang your hat on though, it’s Indianapolis’ near-perfect 4-1 record against the spread vs division opponents.

Tip: Back the Colts to Cover the Line (-4 Points) @ $1.92

Dallas Cowboys Vs Washington Redskins

Monday 30 December, 8:25am, AT&T Stadium

Cowboys 47 - Redskins 16

The script is set for the Cowboys this week as they need to beat the Redskins and also have the Eagles lose to the Giants to defend their NFC East crown.

It’s a very likely scenario if you’re a Cowboys fan, even if there was very little to like about last week’s 17-9 loss to the Eagles.

Dallas took care of the Redskins 31-21 when these two sides met back in September, lending itself to the whopping -10.5 line. A lot has changed since then in Dallas however, and it’s probably worth mentioning that the Cowboys are 3-4 following a previous loss this year.

The Redskins are one of the friskiest teams in the NFC capable of piling on points against some of the conference’s best teams. Washington gave Green Bay a run for its money last month before putting up 27-points on the Eagles a fortnight ago.

The bookies continue to undervalue the Redskins’ offence that has now put up 20-points or more against its last four opponents. Fortunately, that offers a perfect betting play in this crucial NFC East game.

Tip: Redskins Over the Points Total

Baltimore Ravens Vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday 30 December, 8:25am, M&T Bank Stadium

Ravens 28 - Steelers 10

Nothing is ever straightforward in the AFC North, so it’s only fitting that the Steelers’ playoff chances boil down to one last game against their bitter division rival.

For Pittsburgh to sneak into the sixth seed they not only need to beat the Ravens, but they also need the Titans to lose to the Texans. Really, there’s a 50/50 chance it all pans out in the Steelers’ favour, but Mike Tomlin’s side can at least rest a little easier knowing Baltimore is likely to rest several of its star players.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise to find the Ravens as outsiders this week. Baltimore has opened as minor +2 underdogs, but even with Mark Ingram (and perhaps others) on the sidelines, it’s still worth taking the Ravens to win this game.

Baltimore is 8-2 against the spread following two or more consecutive wins this season, while it’s also worth noting the Ravens are playing at home.

It’s likely we see the Ravens defence treat this as a ‘statement’ type game with so many offensive players on the sidelines. Throw in the fact the Steelers are also down to their third string quarterback – as well as James Conner being limited in practice all week – and you have the makings of an upset (if you can call it that).

Tip: Back the Ravens to Win @ $2.10

Houston Texans Vs Tennessee Titans

Monday 30 December, 8:25am, NRG Stadium

Texans 14 - Titans 35

Tennessee is hanging on for dear life in the AFC playoff picture as they hope to win one last game to clinch the sixth seed.

The Texans have nothing left to gain here other than bragging rights with the division and the fourth seed locked up, leaving head coach Bill O’Brien with a decision to make this week when it comes to resting his starters.

Our bookmakers have obviously factored that in by listing the Texans as +3.5 underdogs. On one hand, that line is mighty tempting considering only a field goal separated these two sides a fortnight ago, but on the other, it’s worth backing the trends to do the talking.

We’ve been harping on this all year when it comes to Houston – but take a look at their run of form.

The Texans have consistently gone loss, win, win all year long, making the Titans a viable betting play with their season on the line.

Tip: Back the Titans 1-10

Los Angeles Rams Vs Arizona Cardinals

Monday 30 December, 8:25am, LA Coliseum

Rams 31 - Cardinals 24

There is nothing more than bragging rights on the line here as the Cardinals and the Rams both hope to end 2019 on a high note.

Los Angeles’ slow fade from playoff contention came as no surprise with signs of a serious Super Bowl hangover present all season. The Cardinals, meanwhile, shocked the world last week with their stunning win over the Seahawks in Seattle.

Arizona is gearing towards something very special in the coming seasons and it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see head coach Kliff Kingsbury try and send a statement to the rest of the league.

Unfortunately for the Cardinals though, they may have to go without star quarterback Kyler Murray this week. This year’s No. 1 overall pick left last week’s game midway through the third quarter with a hamstring injury – a problem that has cost him practice time all week.

The Rams at -7 also looks to be a risky bet considering how frisky the Cardinals’ offence can be.

That said, with no Kyler Murray and the Rams sporting a 4-1 record against the spread vs division opponents, it’s worth backing Los Angeles to pick up where they left off during last week’s heartbreaker against the Niners.

Tip: Back the Rams to Cover the Line (-7 Points) @ $1.92

Seattle Seahawks Vs San Francisco 49ers

Monday 30 December, 12:20pm, CenturyLink Field

Seahawks 21 - 49ers 26

Game of the week, game of the month, and maybe, game of the year.

Not only is the NFC West title on the line, but also a variety of playoff implications.

For Seattle, a win secures the division crown while a Packers and Saints loss also hands the Seahawks the first seed.

For the Niners, the task is much simpler: win, and the division and the first seed are yours.

These two sides played out a regular season classic back in Week 10 as the Seahawks won 27-24 in overtime. The Niners have waited two long months to get their hands on Seattle for revenge, and it appears the bookies think San Francisco can do just that.

At first glance, the -3.0 line in favour of the Niners on the road almost appears to be a mistake.

San Francisco has earned a reputation for losing games on the final play this season, which surely makes spread bettors nervous with only a field goal to play with.

Still, this just feels like one of those times where it’s worth siding with the bookies. San Francisco has covered the spread in five of its seven games this year, while the uncertainty at running back – even with Marshawn Lynch returning – has to factor in to Seattle opening as underdogs.

Tip: Back the 49ers to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.92


2018

It’s the last chapter of the 2018 regular season, and for many teams, the last chance to make the playoffs.

Everything is on the line this week for the Colts, Eagles, Ravens, Steelers, Titans and Vikings, but that isn’t to say value can’t be found in all 16 match ups this weekend.

We’ve previewed all the numbers and odds you need to know, and our complete 2018 NFL Week 17 Preview can be found below.

Buffalo Bills Vs Miami Dolphins

Monday 31 December, 5:00am, New Era Field

Buffalo 42 – Miami 17

Two straight losses have sunk the Dolphins to 7-8 on the season, but there is a chance Miami can finish the year at .500 with a win over the 5-10 Bills this week.

Buffalo weren’t embarrassed during their 24-12 loss to the Patriots last week, although it became painfully clear (once again) that Josh Allen has some serious issues when it comes to throwing the ball with accuracy.

The rookie threw two interceptions last week while the rest of the Bills offence converted just two of their 12 opportunities on third down. And in case you hadn’t heard, Miami’s defence ranks fourth in the league in takeaways.

Punters should take note of Miami’s less than encouraging record against Buffalo, however. The Dolphins are 4-6 in their last 10-games against the Bills, but the good news is, the Total has resulted in the Under in five of their last seven.

Tip: Back Under 40 Total Points @ $1.87

Green Bay Packers Vs Detroit Lions

Monday 31 December, 5:00am, Lambeau Field

Green Bay 0 – Detroit 31

Green Bay treated their fans to a well-deserved Christmas present last week defeating the Jets in comeback fashion.

It took an extra quarter of overtime for Aaron Rodgers to work his magic, but the Packers played perhaps their most exciting game of the season – which says a lot considering how far this team has fallen.

Detroit, well let’s just say the Lions weren’t quite so lucky against the Vikings. Now at 5-10, Matt Patricia’s side was picked apart by the Vikings as Matt Stafford failed to throw a touchdown for the fourth time this season.

To think, this bitter NFC North rivalry has quite literally decided the division in recent years, but now there’s nothing more than bragging rights on the line.

The Packers were blown out by the Lions in Detroit earlier this year thanks to four missed field goals from kicker Mason Crosby, but considering the Lions are 2-5 on the road this year, Detroit might find themselves on the back foot at Lambeau this week.

With both sides struggling to stop both the run and pass on defence, stick with the line – Green Bay are 5-2 in their last seven home games as spread favourites against Detroit.

Tip: Back the Packers to Cover The Line (-8 Points) @ $1.91

Houston Texans Vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Monday 31 December, 5:00am, NRG Stadium

Houston 20 – Jacksonville 3

The 10-5 Texans have clinched a spot in the playoffs, but they’ll need to take care of the Jaguars this week if they hope to win the AFC South.

You have to like Houston’s chances against the 5-10 Jaguars, especially with the news of Blake Bortles starting this week’s game.

These two sides met back in October, a game the Texans took complete control of winning 20-7. It is worth noting however, Jacksonville’s defence limited Deshaun Watson to just 139 passing yards, which doesn’t spell good news following last week’s shortcomings against the Eagles.

Houston rely heavily on their fast-tempo, read option offence. When that fails, along with the offensive line, everything basically goes south.

Backing a Jacksonville upset on the road is out of the question, but after the Eagles put up 519 yards on Houston’s defence last week, a close game is likely.

Fortunately Jacksonville don’t have the same offensive skill-power as the Eagles, but their secondary is well established to give Houston a scare.

Tip: Back the Texans 1-6 @ $4.20

New England Patriots Vs New York Jets

Monday 31 December, 5:00am, Gillette Stadium

New England 38 – NY Jets 3

The Patriots locked up the AFC East for another year last week defeating the Bills 27-12. Forgive us if you’ve heard this before though, because something still doesn’t feel quite right in New England.

There’s no two ways about it, Tom Brady is far from healthy. The future Hall of Famer thinks he’ll play again next year, but as far as this season is concerned, Brady’s basically playing on one leg and making some very uncharacteristic throws.

It doesn’t help that tight end Rob Gronkowski is also less than 100%, as well as the obvious lack of depth at the wide receiver position. You can make do without both against the Bills, but come playoff time, who knows.

As for the Jets, New York somehow managed to lose last week against Green Bay. It was another encouraging performance from rookie sensation Sam Darnold, but he’ll face the toughest task of his young career this week in New England.

The Patriots haven’t lost to the Jets at home since 2011, and are a perfect 7-0 at Gillette Stadium this year. There’ll be plenty of lessons to take away from this game for the Jets, but a win won’t be among them.

Tip: Back the Patriots To Cover The Line (-14 Points) @ $1.91

New Orleans Saints Vs Carolina Panthers

Monday 31 December, 5:00am, Mercedes Benz Superdome

New Orleans 14 – Carolina 33

This game holds no meaning for either side, and really, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see a few of New Orleans’ stars receive limited reps.

A month ago this looked to be a big game for Carolina’s playoff chances, but seven straight losses and a season-ending injury to quarterback Cam Newton more than cancelled those plans.

The Saints will be looking at this game as nothing more than a tune up for the playoffs, and they get to enjoy it in front of their home fans – something they’ll see a lot of through January.

Last week’s narrow 31-28 win over the Steelers highlighted a few issues on defence for the Saints, but as so often is the case, when one chip is down another stands up, and that’s exactly what Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara accomplished last week.

New Orleans will rest Brees at some point during this game, but the Saints; 10-3 record against the spread in their last 13 games still makes them worth backing.

Tip: Back the Saints to Cover The Line (-9.5 Points) @ $1.91

New York Giants Vs Dallas Cowboys

Monday 31 December, 5:00am, MetLife Stadium

NY Giants 35 – Dallas 36

The NFC East belongs to the Cowboys, but Dallas will still be hungry for a 10-6 record.

It wasn’t pretty, but the Cowboys’ 27-20 win over the Bucs at home last week was enough to get the job done. Not for the first time this season it was the defence who stole the show, forcing two turnovers and a pair of sacks on quarterback Jameis Winston.

For the Giants, the Dallas defence is the last thing they want to see right now. New York lost a heartbreaker last week against the Colts on a last minute Eli Manning interception, and with a career high 46 sacks to his name, the future Hall of Famer is likely in for another rough day in the pocket.

The Cowboys open this one as six-point favourites, which looks a little short. Dallas are 7-3 in their last 10-games against New York, fresh from a 20-13 win earlier in the season. Expect the defence to do the talking in what could be a statement game for America’s Team.

Tip: Back the Cowboys 7-12 @ $4.75

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs Atlanta Falcons

Monday 31 December, 5:00am, Raymond James Stadium

Tampa Bay 32 – Atlanta 34

On paper this game looks nothing more than a battle between two NFC cellar dwellers, and while you may be right, it could also go a long way to determining who finishes second in the NFC South.

At 6-9, the Falcons occupy the second spot behind New Orleans thanks to a two-game winning streak. A 24-10 win over the Panthers last week was the high point in this otherwise lost season, but not far behind are the 5-10 Bucs, who are capable of an upset on any given Sunday.

The last meeting between these two was actually a high-scoring (and exciting) affair, with the Falcons winning 34-29 thanks to a huge day 346-yard day from quarterback Matt Ryan.

The funny thing is, neither of these sides can play defence, with each ranking Top 10 in passing yards allowed.

If you’re looking for a safe bet, the Falcons are 4-2 in their last six games on the road in Tampa, but given the state of the secondaries, the Points market looks the play. The Total has resulted in the Over in four of Atlanta’s last five games against the Bucs.

Tip: Back Over 50.5 Total Points @ $1.91

Denver Broncos Vs Los Angeles Chargers

Monday 31 December, 8:25am, Mile High Stadium

Denver 7 – LA Chargers 23

Everything is at stake for the Chargers this week in more ways than one.

All they can do is win against the Broncos and hope for a Chiefs loss to the Raiders, which would not only gift Los Angeles the AFC West crown, but also home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

It’s a scenario that could very well happen, but the Chargers need to remain focused entirely on Denver. The good news for LA is running back Phillip Lindsay is out for the remainder of the season underdoing wrist surgery, leaving the bulk of Denver’s scoring chances in the hands of Matt Cassel.

Defence is perhaps the only thing that can win this game for the Broncos, and they’ll have their hands full with Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon and the rest of the Chargers’ playmakers.

LA have scored the fifth-most points in the league this season, although Denver did hold on for a 23-22 upset over the Chargers back in November.

The upset pick is intriguing this week considering the Chargers’ tendency to choke in crucial moments year after year. Denver’s 8-2 record against Los Angeles in their last 10 games makes it even more worthwhile. .

Tip: Back the Broncos To Win @ $3.40

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Oakland Raiders

Monday 31 December, 8:25am, Arrowhead Stadium

Kansas City 35 – Oakland 3

The Chiefs are in control of their own destiny this week. Win, and they clinch the AFC West title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Lose, and well, things get a lot tougher throughout the playoffs.

Since this game is being played at Arrowhead you have to feel close to 100% confident in the Chiefs’ chances this week. Oakland haven’t defeated the Chiefs in Kansas City since 2012, and as their 1-6 record on the road suggests, this probably isn’t the season for a Raiders upset.

To paint an even uglier picture for Oakland, the Chiefs will also be out for a little revenge after last week’s 38-31 loss in Seattle. It was a game Kansas City had every chance at winning, but a failed onside kick ultimately put an end to the Chiefs’ comeback hopes.

After starting the season with so much promise only to finish with plenty of question marks, complete annihilation of the Raiders this week would go a long way to convincing everyone that the Chiefs are a real threat in the postseason. With a perfect 5-0 record in their last five games against the Raiders at home, expect nothing else.

Tip: Back the Chiefs to Cover The Line (-13 Points) @ $1.91

Los Angeles Rams Vs San Francisco 49ers

Monday 17 December, 8:25am, LA Coliseum

LA Rams 48 – San Francisco 32

A first round bye in the playoffs is on the line for the 12-3 Rams this week, something that is vitally important considering running back Todd Gurley’s health remains questionable.

A win over the Niners or a Bears loss/tie week would secure it for Los Angeles, but nothing is certain when it comes to this San Francisco side.

Despite losing by five-points to the Bears last week, the Niners had a very realistic opportunity to pull off the upset – or at least that would have been the case if quarterback Nick Mullens decided to run for a first down rather than throw a game-ending hero interception on the final drive.

Even so, Mullens alone is enough of a factor to make life interesting for an opposing defence, but he’ll need to be at his very best on the road this week. The Rams pummelled San Francisco 39-10 when they met in October, and as their 6-1 home record suggests, nothing comes easy at the Coliseum.

Tip: Back Under 49 Total Points @ $1.91

Seattle Seahawks Vs Arizona Cardinals

Monday 17 December, 8:25am, Century Link Field

Seattle 27 – Arizona 24

The Seahawks earned themselves a spot in the playoffs last week with a huge home win over the Chiefs.

There’s nothing on the line for Seattle this week, but a clean sweep over one of their division rivals will entice head coach Pete Carroll to play his starters.

Aside from winning and losing though, this game is worth watching for one important reason: Larry Fitzgerald. The future Hall of Famer could be calling it a day as the game prepares to lose one of the greatest receivers to ever grace the turf.

As far as betting goes, you can’t look past Seattle at home. The Russell Wilson-Doug Baldwin connection is alive and well after a 126-yard, one touchdown performance against the Chiefs last week.

With Cardinals’ rookie quarterback Josh Rosen nursing an elbow injury, Seattle’s defence should also enjoy a field day.

Tip: Back the Seahawks 13-18 @ $4.50

Washington Redskins Vs Philadelphia Eagles

Monday 31 December, 8:25am, FedEx Field

Washington 0 – Philadelphia 24

There’s only one way the Eagles can clinch a last minute playoff berth this week, and that’s by beating the Redskins.

An Eagles victory as well as a Vikings loss would see Philly through to the Wild Card round, and after last week’s Nick Foles heroics, you can’t help but root for the Eagles and their underdog story – again.

After a brilliant last second touchdown from Deshaun Watson looked to put the game out of reach, Philly fought back to set up Jake Elliott for the game winning 35-yard field goal.

The offence is starting to click, and all of a sudden the Eagles look as exciting as they did a year ago.

Philly enter this one as six-point favourites, although they are 2-4-1 in their last seven games against the spread.

Given how little the Redskins have to rely on offensively, the Points market looks the safest here.

Tip: Back Over 44 Total Points @ $1.91

Minnesota Vikings Vs Chicago Bears

Monday 31 December, 8:25am, US Bank Stadium

Minnesota 10 – Chicago 24

As so often is the case, the NFC playoff picture boils down to a classic NFC North rivalry in the final week of the season.

Instead of Green Bay/Detroit, this time it’s the Vikings and the Bears.

Minnesota can clinch a playoff berth with a win or a tie, or of course, an Eagles loss or tie. The Bears are no easy beat though, even on the road. The defence has taken it up a notch allowing nothing but field goals last week in a win over the 49ers.

Chicago will be relying heavily on the pass rush again this week against a Vikings offensive line that has allowed only 36 sacks all year.

Minnesota’s game plan will be equally simple: mix run and pass to set up lanes for Dalvin Cook to exploit, something that has worked wonders ever since Minnesota made a change at offensive coordinator.

Last but not least, home field advantage can’t be stressed enough for the Vikings. US Bank Stadium is as tough as it gets, particularly with playoffs on the line. Neither of these teams like to give up rushing yards, which should take the Mitch Trubisky factor out of the equation.

Tip: Back the Vikings 1-6 @ $4.20

Baltimore Ravens Vs Cleveland Browns

Monday 31 December, 8:25am, M&T Bank Stadium

Baltimore 26 – Cleveland 24

The Ravens’ 22-10 statement win over the Chargers last week was enough to earn them top spot in the AFC North with one game remaining.

To clinch the division all Baltimore need to do is win, but to also clinch a first round playoff bye, they’ll be relying on a Patriots and Texans loss.

A lot needs to happen for the Ravens, and it all starts at home against the Browns. Cleveland were mathematically eliminated from the postseason last week despite beating the Bengals 26-18, but as we’ve seen all year, this Browns team can’t be taken lightly.

Looking to finish the season 8-7-1, the Browns could finish with their first winning record since 2007. It’s been a long time coming, but there is the simple matter of the Ravens’ defence to attend.

Baltimore completely shut down the Chargers’ ground game last week, and also made life tough for Philip Rivers, recording two interceptions and four sacks.

The Browns will feel confident knowing they beat the Ravens 12-9 earlier this year, but that was before Lamar Jackson was under centre. With the defence playing lights out, make sure you’re on the Ravens this week.

Tip: Back the Ravens 1-6 @ $4.20

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Cincinnati Bengals

Monday 31 December, 8:25am, Heinz Field

Pittsburgh 16 – Cincinnati 13

There’s no two ways about it, the only way the Steelers can make the playoffs is by winning this week.

A Pittsburgh win and a Ravens loss/tie would crown the Steelers the AFC North champs. But if Baltimore and Pittsburgh were to both win, the Steelers could still make the playoffs if the Colts or Titans somehow tied.

It’s a long shot for the Steelers, but in their favour is a cakewalk match up against the Cincinnati Bengals.

An upset certainly isn’t off the cards, however it’s tough to see the Steelers struggling against a Bengals defence that ranks Top 5 in passing and rushing yards allowed.

The last time these two met back in October the Steelers walked away with a 28-21 victory thanks to a huge day on the ground from James Conner. Pittsburgh’s star running back has practiced all week, and it looks as though he’ll play on Monday.

Tip: Back the Steelers to Cover The Line (-14.5 Points) @ $1.91

Tennessee Titans Vs Indianapolis Colts

Monday 31 December, 12:20pm, Nissan Stadium

Tennessee 17 – Indianapolis 33

It’s hardly the way you want to close out the regular season, but this AFC South grudge match is actually one of the most important games of Week 17.

Believe it or not, the Colts can clinch the division with a win and a Texans loss. They can also clinch a playoff berth simply by beating the Titans.

For Tennessee, the stakes are equally as high. It might take a miracle, but the Titans could clinch the division with a win, a Texans loss, a Patriots loss and a Ravens loss or tie.

Lots to get your head around, right?

Not to worry, as far as this game goes, we should see plenty of defence on display, which makes the Unders a good bet.

The Titans have allowed the fourth fewest rushing touchdowns this year, while the Colts have been equally impressive against the run – Indianapolis held Rookie of the Year favourite Saquon Barkley to just 43-yards on the ground last week.

The Colts enter as four-point favourites, and their 12-2 record against the Titans is hard to ignore. After two years on the sidelines, this feels like the coming of age moment for Andrew Luck to send the Colts to the playoffs.

Tip: Back the Colts to Cover The Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.95


2017

It is the final week of the NFL regular season and there are still a number of Playoffs positions on the line.

The Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Chargers are locked in battle for the final two Playoffs berths in the AFC, while it is toss-up between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons for the sixth seed in the NFC.

We have analysed every game set to take place in this crucial round of NFL fixtures and our complete NFL Week 17 tips can be found below.

Detroit Lions Vs Green Bay Packers

Monday January 1, 5:00am, Ford Field

The Over has saluted in six of the past eight games played by the Detroit Lions at home and nine of the past ten games played by the Green Bay Packers on the road.

Back Over 44 Points

Minnesota Vikings Vs Chicago Bears

Monday January 1, 5:00am, U.S. Bank Stadium

A win will secure a first round bye in the NFL Playoffs for the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota have won five of their past six games as home favourites and their record against the line is just as strong.

The Chicago Bears have won only two of their past eight games as away underdogs and their record against the line is just as bad.

Back Minnesota To Beat The Line (-12 Points)

Indianapolis Colts Vs Houston Texans

Monday January 1, 5:00am, Lucas Oil Stadium

The Indianapolis Colts have lost their past six games and the Houston Texans their past five.

The Under has been a successful betting play in six of the past eight home games played by the Colts and this looks set to be another low-scoring affair.

Back Under 41.5 Points

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Cleveland Browns

Monday January 1, 5:00am, Heinz Field

The Pittsburgh Steelers need to win to remain in the hunt for the number one seed, while the Cleveland Browns are still chasing their first win of the season.

Pittsburgh have won seven of their past eight games as home favourites and they are 4-4 against the line in this scenario.

Cleveland look set to become just the second team in NFL history to go through an entire season without winning a game and they are impossible to trust from a betting perspective.

No Bet

New England Patriots Vs New York Jets

Monday January 1, 5:00am, Gillette Stadium

A win will secure the number one seed in the AFC for the New England Patriots.

New England have won seven of their past nine games as home favourites and they are 6-3 against the line in this scenario.

The New York Jets have lost their past six games as away underdogs and they are 1-1-4 against the line.

Back New England To Beat The Line (-15.5 Points)

New York Giants Vs Washington Redskins

Monday January 1, 5:00am, MetLife Stadium

The Washington Redskins have won only two of their past seven games on the road, while the New York Giants have lost five games on the trot.

No Bet

Philadelphia Eagles Vs Dallas Cowboys

Monday January 1, 5:00am, Lincoln Financial Field

The Philadelphia Eagles have already confirmed the number one seed in the NFC, while the Dallas Cowboys are now out of NFL Playoffs contention.

Philadelphia have won all eight of their games at home this season and they are 6-2 against the line.

Dallas have won five of their past six games as away favourites and are 4-1-1 against the line in this scenario.

No Bet

Tennessee Titans Vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Monday January 1, 8:25am, LP Field

The Jacksonville Jaguars have already secured the AFC South Title, but a win for the Tennessee Titans will clinch them a NFL Playoffs berth.

The Titans have won six of their past seven games as home favourites and they are 4-1-2 against the line in this scenario.

They have more to play for than Jacksonville and they can return to the NFL Playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Back Tennessee To Beat The Line (-4.5 Points)

Miami Dolphins Vs Buffalo Bills

Monday January 1, 8:25am, Hard Rock Stadium

A win will give the Buffalo Bills chance to end their NFL Playoffs drought – the longest in the NFL.

Winning away from home has been an issue for Buffalo and they have won only two of their past eight games on the road.

The Miami Dolphins have won two of their past six games as home underdogs, but they are only 2-1-3 against the line in this scenario.

No Bet

Baltimore Ravens Vs Cincinnati Bengals

Monday January 1, 8:25am, M&T Bank Stadium

The Baltimore Ravens will secure a place in the NFL Playoffs with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Backing the Under in games involving these two sides has been a profitable play this season and the Under has saluted in 14 of the past 23 games played between the two sides.

Back Under 41 Points

Los Angeles Chargers Vs Oakland Raiders

Monday January 1, 8:25am, StubHub Center

The Los Angeles Chargers need to win this game and hope other results go their way to secure a place in the NFL Playoffs.

Los Angeles have won five of their past six games, but they have still been a losing betting play as home favourites.

It has been a season to forget for the Oakland Raiders and they have lost three games on the trot, while they have won only one of their past seven games as away underdogs.

No Bet

Seattle Seahawks Vs Arizona Cardinals

Monday January 1, 8:25am, CenturyLink Field

The Seattle Seahawks need to win and hope that the Arizona Cardinals lost to qualify for the NFL Playoffs.

Seattle have won four of their past six games as home favourites, but they are only 2-4 against the line in this scenario.

Arizona have lost their past four games as away underdogs and they have failed to cover the line in each of these defeats.

No Bet

Los Angeles Rams Vs San Francisco 49ers

Monday January 1, 8:25am, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

The Los Angeles Rams need to win this game to keep themselves in the hunt for the number two seed in the NFC.

Los Angeles have won four of their past six games as home favourites and they have covered the line in each of these wins.

The San Francisco 49ers have won four games in a row with Jimmy Garoppolo as their quarterback and he was outstanding against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars have won two of their past seven games as away underdogs, but they are 5-2 against the line in this scenario.

Back San Francisco To Beat The Line (+3 Points)

Atlanta Falcons Vs Carolina Panthers

Monday January 1, 8:25am, Mercedes-Benz Stadium

This is the biggest game of the weekend.

A win will secure the Atlanta Falcons a playoff berth, while the Carolina Panthers are still an outside chance of winning the NFC South and securing a first-round bye.

The Falcons have won seven of their past ten games as home favourites and they are 6-4 against the line in this scenario.

Carolina have won three of their past five games as away underdogs and they are 4-1 against the line in this scenario.

Back Carolina To Win @ $2.75

Denver Broncos Vs Kansas City Chiefs

Monday January 1, 8:25am, Mile High

The Kansas City Chiefs have already secured the AFC West Title and they have won three games on the trot.

Winning away from home has not been an issue for Kansas City and they have been a profitable betting play as away underdogs.

It has been a season to forget for the Denver Broncos, but they remain a tough team to beat in front of their home fans.

Back Kansas City To Win @ $2.50

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs New Orleans Saints

Monday January 1, 8:25am, Raymond James Stadium

A win for the New Orleans Saints would deliver them the NFC South title.

New Orleans have won their past three games as away favourites and they have covered the line in each of these wins.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost their past three games as home underdogs and their record against the line is not much better.

Back New Orleans To Beat The Line (-7 Points)


2016

It is the final week of the 2016 NFL regular season and every single game will be played between divisional rivals.

The six teams that have qualified for the NFL Playoffs in the AFC have already been decided, but there are still two NFL Playoffs berths up for grabs in the NFC.

This is our final chance to find winners in the NFL regular season and you can find our tips for each clash below.

Cincinnati Bengals Vs Baltimore Ravens

Monday January 2, 4:00am, Paul Brown Stadium

Cincinnati Bengals 27 - Baltimore Ravens 10

The Cincinnati Bengals have won four of their past seven games as home favourites for a narrow loss, while Baltimore have lost their past six games as away underdogs.

Back Cincinnati To Win @ $1.74

Tennessee Titans Vs Houston Texans

Monday January 2, 4:00am, Nissan Stadium

Tennessee Titans 24 - Houston Texans 17

The Tennessee Titans have won three of their past four games as home favourites and are 2-2 against the line in this scenario.

Houston have won only two of their past seven games as away underdogs and have the same record against the line.

Back Tennessee To Beat The Line (-3 Points)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs Carolina Panthers

Monday January 2, 4:00am, Raymond James Stadium

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 - Carolina Panthers 16

Tampa Bay have won only one of their past three games as home favourites and Carolina are 2-1 against the line as away underdogs.

Back Carolina To Beat The Line (+6 Points)

Indianapolis Colts Vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Monday January 2, 4:00am, FirstEnergry Stadium

Indianapolis Colts 24 - Jacksonville Jaguars 20

The Indianapolis Colts have won four of their past six games as home favourites and have the same record against the line.

Jacksonville have won just one of their past eight games as away underdogs and are 4-4 against the line in this scenario.

Back Indianapolis To Beat The Line (-4.5 Points)

Miami Dolphins Vs New England Patriots

Monday January 2, 4:00am, New Miami Stadium

Miami Dolphins 14 - New England Patriots 35

Miami have won seven of their past eight games and they are 4-0 as home underdogs.

The New England Patriots have won six of their past six games as away favourites and are 5-3 against the line in this scenario.

Back Miami To Beat The Line (+9.5 Points)

Minnesota Vikings Vs Chicago Bears

Monday January 2, 4:00am, US Bank Stadium

Minnesota Vikings 38 - Chicago Bears 10

Minnesota are 3-2 against the line as home favourites, while the Chicago Bears have lost their past six games as away underdogs.

Back Minnesota To Beat The Line (-5 Points)

New York Jets Vs Buffalo Bills

Monday January 2, 4:00am, MetLife Coliseum

New York Jets 30 - Buffalo Bills 10

The New York Jets have lost their past four games as home underdogs, while the Buffalo Bills are 1-1 as away favourites.

No Bet

Philadelphia Eagles Vs Dallas Cowboys

Monday January 2, 4:00am, Lincoln Financial Field

Philadelphia Eagles 27 - Dallas Cowboys 13

Philadelphia have won three of their past four games as home favourites, while Dallas have won their past three games as away underdogs for a big profit.

No Bet

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Cleveland Browns

Monday January 2, 4:00am, Heinz Field

Pittsburgh Steelers 27 - Cleveland Browns 24

Pittsburgh have won their past six games and are 4-2 against the line as home favourites, while the Cleveland Browns have lost their past seven games as away underdogs.

Back Pittsburgh To Beat The Line (-7 Points)

Los Angeles Rams Vs Arizona Cardinals

Monday January 2, 7:25am, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles Rams 6 - Arizona Cardinals 44

The Los Angeles Rams have won just one of their past five games as home underdogs and the Arizona Cardinals’ record as away favourites is not much better.

No Bet

Denver Broncos Vs Oakland Raiders

Monday January 2, 7:25am, Mile High

Denver Broncos 24 - Oakland Raiders 6

The Denver Broncos have won five of their past seven games as home favourites and they are 3-1-3 against the line in this scenario.

Oakland have won four of their past six games as away underdogs and they are 5-1 against the line in this situation.

Back Oakland To Beat The Line (+1.5 Points)

San Diego Chargers Vs Kansas City Chiefs

Monday January 2, 11:30am, Qualcomm Stadium

San Diego Chargers 27 - Kansas City Chiefs 37

The Kansas City Chiefs have won their past three games as away favourites and have an identical record against the line, while the San Diego Chargers are 1-1 as away underdogs.

Back Kansas City To Beat The Line (-5.5 Points)

Washington Redskins Vs New York Giants

Monday January 2, 4:00am, FedEx Field

Washington Redskins 10 - New York Giants 9

Washington have won only three of their past six games as home favourites for a loss, while the New York Giants have lost their past four games as away underdogs.

No Bet

Atlanta Falcons Vs New Orleans Saints

Monday January 2, 7:25am, Georgia Dome

Atlanta Falcons 38 - New Orleans Saints 32

The Atlanta Falcons have won just three of their past seven games as home favourites and are 2-5 against the line in this scenario.

New Orleans have won three of their past seven games as away underdogs and are 5-1-1 against the line.

Back New Orleans To Win @ $3.20

San Francisco 49ers Vs Seattle Seahawks

Monday January 2, 7:25am, Levi’s Stadium

San Francisco 49ers 23 - Seattle Seahawks 25

Seattle have won just two of their past five games as away favourites and are 1-4 against the line in this scenario, while San Francisco have won two of their past six games as away underdogs.

No Bet

Detroit Lions Vs Green Bay Packers

Monday January 2, 11:30am, Ford Field

Detroit Lions 24 - Green Bay Packers 31

The Detroit Lions have won their past two games as home underdogs, while the Green Bay Packers are 2-2 as away favourites.

Back Detroit To Win @ $2.45