Week 17 in the NFL is perhaps the most unpredictable time of the season. Although we've had ample opportunity to evaluate the talent level of each respective roster, there are several squads playing meaningless football games this coming weekend.
On Sunday, there will be five contests between teams with no chance of advancing to the playoffs. There will be six games between teams playing meaningful football against squads already guaranteed a spot on their couch after this weekend. In the only two games between teams guaranteed a playoff spot, three of the four teams are already locked into their respective seeds.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons matchup is not included in any of the aforementioned statistics. However, with the Bucs out of playoff contention and the Falcons locked into the No. 1 seed in the NFC, this game will not have an effect on the 2012 postseason either.
That means 20 squads have nothing but pride to play for in Week 17. It's impossible to know which teams are going to come to play, which are already booking their postseason vacations and which are going to rest their starters for the playoffs.
Furthermore, there are only two games in which both teams are guaranteed to have meaningful playoff implications on the line.
All of these factors make playing the odds this weekend an incredibly volatile proposition.
Let's take a look at the betting lines for each Week 17 matchup. First, we will examine the games that have absolutely no postseason implications. Next, we'll take a look at contests between teams playing an immensely important game against squads with nothing but pride on the line. Lastly, we'll break down two matchups between teams that both have something to play for on Sunday.
This article is for informational and entertainment purposes only. All odds are courtesy of the International Business Times.