NFL Week 17 Picks: Detroit Lions and Teams That Will Cover the Spread

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 31, 2011

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 24:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions drops back for a pass during a NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Ford Field on December 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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We've made it to the final week of the 2012 NFL regular season.

With the entire season in the rear-view mirror, there are only a few teams that actually have something to play for this weekend.

For Vegas, that makes determining the odds a little tricky.

Teams that would typically be favorites may not be this weekend.

This opens up the opportunity to get some steals on teams that will be able to cover the spread.

Here are three that you are safe to bet on.


Detroit Lions (-4)

The Detroit Lions are four point favorites over the Green Bay Packers for tomorrow's game.

If you haven't guessed it already, Green Bay is expected to rest the majority of their starters.

Without Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Greg Jennings and other stars on the field, this should be an easy win for Detroit.

The Lions aren't going to back off. They are looking to get some momentum heading into the playoffs.

Detroit should be able to walk away with a win of ten or more points, making them a pretty safe bet over the resting Packers.


Baltimore Ravens (-1)

One of the two biggest games of the weekend will take place when the Ravens take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Ravens are playing for a first round bye. The Bengals are playing to make the postseason.

The first time these two teams faced off, rookie Andy Dalton threw for 373 yards. He also threw three interceptions.

The Ravens will, like always, rely heavy on their defense to win this game.

With the way the defense has been playing that shouldn't be a problem.


Atlanta Falcons (-10.5)

The Atlanta Falcons need to win this weekend if they are going to make a playoff appearance.

They couldn't have asked for a better matchup with the stakes as high as they are.

The Falcons will be playing a Tampa Bay team that has completely fallen off the map.

In their last four games the Buccaneers have lost 19-38, 14-41, 15-31 and 16-48.

They have shown no signs of being able to cover a 10.5 point spread against opponents much easier than the Falcons with a lot less on the line.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense will gain a ton of momentum by crushing Tampa Bay this weekend.