NFL Week 17 Spreads, Money Lines and Totals
Last season in its maiden voyage, Amazon Prime proved to be a success. In fact, ratings and production exceeded expectations for the streaming service. However, after a good start, the quality of games on the schedule was terrible. And since Amazon is paying huge money to televise these games, with ratings that are better than the initial projections, the NFL is trying to deliver more appealing matchups. In Week 17, The League delivers a matchup that could have playoff implications. The Cleveland Browns host the New York Jets.
Last year the Browns mortgaged their future for former Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson. That was the Watson that had countless sexual harassment allegations hurled at him. Although the NFL suspended Watson for most of the season, Browns owner Jimmy Haslem couldn’t resist touching the red paint. Houston took in a boatload of picks and prospects, while the Browns got a discredited QB.
Watson started six games last season and compiled a lower QB rating than Jacoby Brissett, who filled in for Watson’s suspension. In 2020, the Browns seemed to have turned the corner with a run to the AFC Divisional Playoff. But Jimmy Haslam doesn’t rival Daniel Snyder for being the NFL’s worst owner for nothing. And he has been working his black magic since that season of hope three years ago.
Of course, the New York Jets will know if the Aaron Rodgers experiment is paying off or not when this game is played. Speaking of mortgaging the future, Rodgers did not arrive at the Big Apple on the cheap. And it was a risky move by the Jets. Rodgers is no longer in his prime and produced only one Super Bowl appearance in Green Bay’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in February 2011. So if that is all Rodgers can do with a first-class organization, why will he do better with the dysfunctional Jets?
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NFL Week 17 Schedule
ABC gets a prime time game of NFC playoff contenders on Saturday night. The Dallas Cowboys will host the Detroit Lions on a date that serves as a trade for an idle Monday Night in Week 17.
Since the Lions and Cowboys is a conference game, the playoff implications could be massive and count for two games instead of one.
In the late Sunday afternoon window, a new heated AFC rivalry renews. The Kansas City Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals in a 2022 AFC Championship Game rematch. Kansas City beat the Bengals late on a controversial personal foul call that, while legitimate, had the Bengals and some gamblers howling.
Cincinnati is again loaded and led by Joe Burrow, who now has credibility as one of the best QBs in football. In the same way, All-World QB Patrick Mahomes is back in the saddle for Kansas City. With Mahomes, Kansas City is never beaten or out of a game.
NBC Sunday Night Football features an NFC North rivalry showdown that has been raging since 1961. The defending NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings host the former NFC North dynasty of the Green Bay Packers. It is possible that both teams could be in or out of the NFC playoff hunt.
Minnesota was undone in the 2022 NFL Playoffs by a defense rendered helpless by the New York Giants. The Packers begin the Jordan Love QB era in 2023 and the great unknown.
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