NFL Odds Week 17: Teams Guaranteed to Cover the Spread This Weekend

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2013

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 8:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a 20 yard fourth quarter touchdown pass to Eric Decker #87 (not pictured) during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 8, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Division titles, playoff berths and seeding are all on the line in Week 17 as the 2013 NFL regular season comes to a close.

But while there are plenty of favorites to win this weekend, there are only a few teams that qualify as locks. Home or away, these teams are on track to win big Sunday.

Here we'll take a look at the current spread for every Week 17 matchup and highlight a trio of teams guaranteed to cover this weekend.  

NFL Odds Week 17
Jacksonville JaguarsIndianapolis Colts (-11.5)
New York JetsMiami Dolphins (-6.5)
Detroit LionsMinnesota Vikings (-3)
Houston TexansTennessee Titans (-7)
Cleveland BrownsPittsburgh Steelers (-7)
Baltimore RavensCincinnati Bengals (-6)
Washington RedskinsNew York Giants (-3.5)
Carolina Panthers (-6)Atlanta Falcons
Green Bay Packers (N/A)Chicago Bears
Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots (-8.5)
Tampa Bay BuccaneersNew Orleans Saints (-13)
Denver Broncos (-13)Oakland Raiders
San Francisco 49ers (-1)Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City ChiefsSan Diego Chargers (-9.5)
St. Louis RamsSeattle Seahawks (-10.5)
Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5)Dallas Cowboys
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Pittsburgh Steelers (-7) Over Cleveland Browns

The Pittsburgh Steelers need tons of help in Week 17 if they are to sneak into the playoffs as the final AFC Wild Card. But crazier things have happened, and the Steelers can at least feel good about their season-ending matchup against division rival Cleveland.

In addition to having dropped six games in a row since their Week 10 bye, the Browns are a dismal 1-6 on the road this season, having lost five consecutive away from home. 

Not to mention Cleveland was throttled by Pittsburgh back in Week 12. If not for a late touchdown reception from Josh Gordon and a successful two-point conversion, the final score would have likely read 27-3. The Browns turned the ball over four times and allowed five sacks in that blowout loss. 

On top of that, Pittsburgh has won two in a row and is undefeated against division opponents at home this season, beating Cincinnati and Baltimore at Heinz Field.

With the 4-11 Browns looking ahead to the offseason and the Steelers holding out hope for a playoff berth, you can bet Pittsburgh will easily cover the spread in Week 17.

New York Giants (-3.5) Over Washington Redskins

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 22:  Quarterback Kirk Cousins #12 of the Washington Redskins is tackled by DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second half during an NFL game at FedExField on December 22, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick M
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The reeling Washington Redskins will close out one of this year's most disappointing campaigns on the road against the New York Giants in Week 17, where Eli Manning and Co. will be 3.5-point favorites.

Watch for New York to cover the spread en route to its seventh win of the season Sunday afternoon.

Like Cleveland, Washington has been horrid on the road this season, posting just one win through seven games. Plus, the Redskins have lost seven straight games overall and will once again be leaning on the arm of backup quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Cousins played well in Week 15's narrow loss to Atlanta but was pitiful at times in Week 16's last-minute loss to Dallas, throwing for only 197 yards, one touchdown and an interceptions against the Cowboys' 31st-ranked pass defense.

With the Giants defense coming on strong over the second half of the season (13th against the pass and 15th against the run), expect New York to cover the close spread and send Washington to its worst regular-season record since 1994.  

Denver Broncos (-13) Over Oakland Raiders

Although the Oakland Raiders are sure to take offense to the point spread for Week 17's finale against the Denver Broncos, it likely won't matter or show up on the scoreboard.

The Broncos beat the Raiders by 16 points in Week 3 and have been blowing out teams all season.

If there's a quarterback capable of staying focused on football through the holidays, it's Peyton Manning, per's Mike Morris

I think it’s always a challenge for all teams. Thanksgiving, Christmas–there is a fine balance between trying to have a good practice and manage the schedule adjustments and whatnot. I think we have the right kind of guys to do it. But you can’t just talk about it, you’ve got to do it. It really doesn’t get reflected, I think, until game day.

Manning snapped the single-season passing touchdown record in Week 16's blowout win over Houston, throwing his 51st touchdown on the year and helping the Broncos clinch the AFC West and a first-round bye in the process.

Meanwhile, the Raiders have lost five in a row, surrendering a franchise-worst 56 points their last time out at home in a 25-point loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos will only need to win by half as many points in order to cover the spread Sunday.

Defensively, Oakland's 26th-ranked pass defense doesn't stand a chance against a scorching-hot Manning and the league's top-ranked aerial attack.

Keep in mind that Denver still has plenty to play for as well and needs a win to secure the AFC's No. 1 seed and home-field advantage for the second straight year. 

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