As we get set for Week 17 of the NFL regular season, there are still four division races that need to be settled, one wild card spot open in the AFC, and another two there for the taking in the NFC. Among this week’s clinching scenarios, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can wrap up the NFC South with a win over the Carolina Panthers, while the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles could both clinch the top seeds in their respective conferences. Here’s a look ahead at odds for all the upcoming games this week, including spreads, moneylines, and point totals at legal US sportsbooks.
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Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans
Week 17 begins with a Thursday Night Football showdown between two clubs that have been heading in opposite directions. The Cowboys have already locked up a wild card spot and are fresh off of a home win over the Eagles. They’ll be on the road to take on the Titans, a team that has dropped five straight and suddenly finds itself in a battle for the AFC South with the Jaguars. Malik Willis remains under center for Tennessee, and the Titans will likely be without star running back Derrick Henry (hip).
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
The J.J. Watt farewell tour gets underway in Atlanta. The star defender has announced that he’s hanging it up at the end of this season. Both squads are officially out of the postseason hunt and have had to reach down the depth chart at QB as the season rolls along. Colt McCoy will be back at the helm for Arizona, while rookie Desmond Ridder takes the reins for the Falcons. It’s a game in which neither side has anything to play for, but players such as DeAndre Hopkins and Drake London provide at least a little appeal for prop bettors.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
The Bears were smoked by the visiting Bills on Saturday for the team’s eighth straight defeat. Outside of Justin Fields providing some highlight-reel moments, there hasn’t been much to cheer about for a squad that’s currently in the running for a lofty pick at next year’s NFL Draft. Chicago travels to take on a Lions team that was red-hot heading into last week’s meeting with the Panthers. Detroit was clobbered to the tune of a 37-23 defeat, seriously hampering the payoff hopes for a club that is now 7-8 on the year.
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
It has been an eventful few days in Denver. The club was destroyed by the Rams on Sunday, and parted ways with head coach Nathaniel Hackett the following day. Jerry Rosburg takes over on an interim basis the rest of the way. Unsurprisingly, the Broncos are huge underdogs for the trip to Kansas City. The 12-3 Chiefs have already locked up the AFC West and remain in the running for the conference’s top postseason seed. Patrick Mahomes is the favorite in MVP futures. We’ll see if he can pad the totals against what has actually been a stout defense for a horrific team.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
A few weeks ago, the Dolphins were looking like a lock for the playoffs, while Tua Tagovailoa was a top MVP candidate. Miami is now approaching crisis mode as the club has dropped four in a row while Tagovailoa is back in the concussion protocol. Teddy Bridgewater is expected to start this week. The Patriots are still alive in the wild card hunt, but things are far from well in New England for a club that has dropped two straight and continues to have trouble moving the ball.
Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants
The Colts entered the season with playoff aspirations. Those hopes were wildly off the mark. The team has dropped five straight and continues to look lost. Nick Foles will get the start once again following his 143-yard, three pick performance in a loss to the Chargers on Monday night. The Giants enter Week 17 with a clear cut mission: win and in. New York can also lock up a spot with some help from other conference squads, but the cleanest path is taking care of business over the struggling visitors.
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles
The Saints pulled out a slight upset over the Browns to keep its slim hopes for the NFC South alive. The 6-9 team hits the road once again to take on an Eagles team that can clinch the NFC East and the conference’s top seed with a win. Jalen Hurts was out for last week’s loss to the Cowboys with a sprained shoulder. Gardner Minshew got the start in his place and performed pretty well in the 40-34 defeat. There’s a chance that Hurts returns this week as Philadelphia looks to lock up its position in advance of the final week of play.
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When the Panthers parted ways with Matt Rhule and traded Christian McCaffrey, it appeared that the white flag was being raised in Carolina. Interim head coach Steve Wilks and company had other ideas. The club is still alive for the division title and has been running the ball like there’s no tomorrow, racking up 320 combined rushing yards in last week’s upset of the Lions. The 7-8 Buccaneers can wrap up the title with a win, but the fact that the division is still open for business is one of the more surprising developments of what has been a wild NFL season.
Cleveland Browns at Washington Commanders
The Browns were slight favorites over the Saints on a frigid day in Cleveland, but the club couldn’t get the job done in a 17-10 defeat. The loss officially eliminated the team from postseason contention. Since Deshaun Watson took over as the starter, the club’s offensive woes have continued. The Commanders are still alive in the playoff chase, but an 0-2-1 record over the last three has pushed the team into scramble mode. The team is handing the keys back over to Carson Wentz in hopes of lighting a spark on offense.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
At 2-6, it was looking like another lost season in Jacksonville. Instead, the club turned things around to win five of the last seven. Now 7-8, they’re battling with the Titans for the AFC South. The two rivals square off next week to settle the division. The Jaguars would be wise to not look too far ahead as the 2-12-1 Texans have been coming to play in recent weeks. The club took the Cowboys and the Chiefs to the limit in successive weeks, and followed that up with a road upset over the Titans last time out.
San Francisco 49ers at Las Vegas Raiders
The 49ers picked up their eighth straight victory with a convincing home win over the Commanders on Saturday. The club has already locked up the NFC West, while its point differential of +145 is second in the league, behind only the Bills. They’ll travel to take on a 6-9 Las Vegas team that is technically still alive in the playoff hunt. The Raiders knack for playing in close games that go down to the wire continued last week as they blew a late lead against the Steelers to drop a 13-10 decision.
New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks
Last Thursday, the Jets were slight home favorites over the Jaguars. Zach Wilson got the start and delivered an abominable performance in a 19-3 defeat with Chris Streveler handling mop-up duties. Mike White is expected to return to the lineup this week, so we’ll see if the offense can finally achieve liftoff. New York is still alive in the playoff hunt as they travel to take on a 7-8 Seahawks team that’s battling for an NFC spot. Seattle was looking like a postseason lock a few short weeks ago, but three straight losses have dimmed the outlook.
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
The Vikings pulled another rabbit out of the hat on Sunday. After the Giants came back to tie it up late, Greg Joseph hit a 61-yard game-winning field goal as time expired. Minnesota is now 12-3 on the year with nine of the victories coming by seven points or less. They’ll hit the road to take on the division-rival Packers, a team that has come back from the dead to win its last three in a row. Now 7-8 on the year, Green Bay still has some hope in the NFC wild card chase.
Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers
The defending champion Rams will be on the sidelines for this postseason, but things have been interesting in LA the past few weeks. Since parting ways with the Panthers and latching on with the Rams, Baker Mayfield has been delivering. In three starts with his new club, he has thrown for four TDs against one pick while the team has gone 2-1. The Chargers clinched a wild card spot with Monday night’s win over the Colts. It has been a roller coaster ride of a season, but the perpetual preseason darlings have been playing well over a three-game winning streak.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
The Steelers have turned things around after a challenging start to the year. The club has won four of its last five to pull to 7-8 and still has faint postseason hopes, as well as a chance to keep Mike Tomlin’s streak of .500 seasons alive with two weeks left to go. The Ravens have already punched a postseason ticket and are battling the Bengals for the AFC North. Lamar Jackson has been on the shelf and the offensive output has been minimal, but the club has still managed to win three of its last four.
Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals
The week concludes with a dandy of a battle on Monday Night Football between a pair of big game contenders. The Bills are the AFC East champs and have won six straight to get to 12-3. They’ll travel to take on the 11-4 Bengals, a club that has won seven in a row as they battle the Ravens for control of the AFC North. Buffalo can clinch the top seed with a win and a loss by the Chiefs, while the Bengals can take the division with a victory and a loss by the Ravens. In short, the stakes are incredibly high for this primetime affair.
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