NFL Week 17 Betting Lines
Playoff pressure will be full blast for Week 17, and action begins on Sunday with no more Thursday night games the rest of the way in the regular season. Division titles, playoff seeding, and those final playoff spots will all be at stake. One of the teams hoping to surprise for the 2021 season is the Atlanta Falcons. Quarterback Matt Ryan gives the Dirty Birds the chance to win any game that they play. And the Falcons will need an all-hands-on-deck effort in their game at the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo will likely be in the hunt for the top seed of the AFC Playoffs. And the Bills figure to get their share of points against the Falcons suspect defense.
One of the most underrated games of the day could be the Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys. Arizona brings third-year quarterback Kyler Murray, who is proving to be an impact player and quick study. They also own one of the new top defenses in pro football. By contrast, the Cowboys revamped defense will be proven as improved or a flop when this game is played. Both teams should still be in the postseason hunt when this game kicks off.
The Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks is a potentially intriguing game. What if Jared Goff surprises everyone and sparks a Lions run to a playoff spot? Goff is a former Pro Bowl quarterback and just three years removed from an NFC championship season. Seattle will love having a full house again as the team that ranks second only to the Kansas City Chiefs for the NFL’s loudest crowd.
Rookie head coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Trevor Lowrance, the number one overall draft pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, will lead the Jacksonville Jaguars into Gillette Stadium to face the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick will know whether or not his team is playoff caliber by the time this game is played. The Hoodie will also know if first round draft pick Mac Jones is the answer as Tom Brady’s replacement as the quarterback.
An interconference matchup of the Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens could have major playoff implications. Baltimore is not considered a bubble team but is no guarantee to waltz into the postseason. The Rams will be one of the most interesting teams to follow for the 2021 season, with Matthew Stafford under center. Another factor to keep an eye on is Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. NFL defenses cracked the code on Jackson last year after he was near video game status in 2019 as the NFL Most Valuable Player that was said to be reinventing the position.
NBC Sunday Night Football is the top-rated TV show on American television because it consistently gets the best games on the schedule each week. And that is certainly the case for January 2, where the Tundra of Lambeau Field will be quite frozen when the Minnesota Vikings visit the Green Bay Packers. Could this game be for the NFC North Division lead? Perhaps, if this year’s Viking team lives up to last year’s hype that went unfulfilled.
ESPN Monday Night Football gives us a traditional rust belt rivalry of the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. This matchup could prove pivotal in determining the NFC North Division title.
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