NFL Week 17: Beating the Spread
Here is my analysis of the betting lines for all Week 17 games in the NFL:
The Oakland Raiders won’t win, but they’ll keep it close enough to come within the generous 13-point spread.
Winner: Oakland Raiders (+13)
The Green Bay Packers will blow out the Lions, officially leaving Detroit with a winless season.
Winner: Green Bay Packers (-10.5)
Even with their backups in the game, the Giants will do what it takes to put up some points on the Vikings.
Winner: New York Giants (+7)
The Bears will just barely come out on top here, with the help of the three points that they are receiving from the spread.
Winner: Chicago Bears (+3)
The Panthers will dominate on the ground against the porous Saints’ run defense.
Winner: Carolina Panthers (-3)
It won’t be pretty, but the Rams will just barely get by with the help of the spread.
Winner: St. Louis Rams (+14)
The Chiefs will win this game in a close one, although they may be able to pull away with this one without the help of their three-point spread.
Winner: Kansas City Chiefs (+3)
Each of these teams will likely be playing backups in the latter half of the game. However, it should be noted that the Titans' Vince Young isn’t too bad for a backup, thereby giving the Titans a slight edge in this one.
Winner: Tennessee Titans (-3)
Even with their large 11-point spread, the Browns won’t be able to hang with the dominant defense of the Steelers.
Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers (-11)
With the help of their six-point spread, the Bills will just barely overcome the superior New England Patriots football team.
Winner: Buffalo Bills (+6)
Winner: Philadelphia Eagles (-1)
The Ravens will win this game, but not by more than the 13 points that are being allocated to the Jaguars for the purposes of this bet.
Winner: Jacksonville Jaguars (+13)
The Miami Dolphins will pull the upset and knock off the New York Jets, with or without the spread on their side.
Winner: Miami Dolphins (+3)
After putting forth a lackluster performance vs. the New England Patriots last week, the Cardinals will feel a sense of urgency in their play, and as a result they should come forth with a big game against the mediocre Seattle Seahawks.
Winner: Arizona Cardinals (-7)
The 49ers, under the leadership of the ever-motivational Mike Singletary, will muster up enough effort to overcome the Washington Redskins by more than the three-points that are being allocated to their opposition.
Winner: San Francisco 49ers (-3)
If the Denver Broncos choose to rest their star players, they likely won’t have much of a shot in this one.
Winner: San Diego Chargers (-8)
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