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Week 17 NFL Odds: Panthers vs Bucs

Carolina Panthers Josh Norman

The Panthers are no longer perfect but there’s still plenty to play for as they can clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday. The Panthers were simply outplayed by the Falcons in their first loss of the season, and after being a strong ATS bet for most of the season, they’ve been unable to cover the spread in three of their last four games.

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  • The Buccaneers are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against the Panthers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Panthers' last 16 games vs divisional opponents.
  • The Panthers are 9-0 ATS in their last nine games after consecutive ATS losses.

Tampa Bay has been on a serious slide since the end of November, going just 1-4 SU and ATS over their last five games. Despite averaging the seventh most yards per game this season (375.2), they rank in the bottom half of the league with just 22.1 points per games.

The teams met on October 4th, with the Panthers winning by a score of 37-23. Jameis Winston struggled in the game, throwing four interceptions—one of which was returned by Josh Norman for a touchdown.

The Bucs opened as 12 point underdogs, which is the third largest underdog they’ve been since 2010. It’s also the second highest favorites the Panthers have been since 2008.

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Road Team Has Edge Between SEA, AZ

Russell Wilson Seahawks

Both the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals have already booked their tickets to the postseason, but both have something to play for Sunday. The Seahawks want to grab the fifth seed instead of the sixth while the Cardinals can overtake the Panthers as the No.1 seed in the NFC. These two teams have battled each other tough in recent memory, but the road team has had the edge going 4-1 SU and ATS in the last five meetings.

The Seahawks wew double-digit favorites when they hosted the St. Louis Rams last week, but came out flat and lost SU. After some phenomenal performances quarterback Russell Wilson was just good in his last outing as he threw two touchdowns and one interception while spending a lot of the day running for his life.

The Seahawks will need to tighten up their protection if they want to the beat the Cardinals as Arizona embarrassed the Packers last week while notching nine sacks. It seems that every week it is a new player standing out for the Cards during their nine-game winning streak.

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UNDER Trending in SD-DEN Tilt

San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers

The Denver Broncos officially clinched a playoff berth in the wake of Week 16’s 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, but before they can advance to the postseason they’ll face off against the lowly San Diego Chargers at home– a game that will mercifully end the Chargers’ season.

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  • The UNDER is 4-0 in the Chargers' last four games.
  • The Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in January.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between the Broncos and Chargers.

San Diego (4-11 SU) suffered through one of its worst years since Philip Rivers came into the fold in 2004. While the Bolts have nothing to play for, they’d certainly love nothing more than to stick it to their division rivals one last time before they clean out their lockers.

UNDER bettors have fallen in love with Mile High Stadium this season, and for good reason. The UNDER has gone 1-5-1 in the Broncos’ seven home contests this year.

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Ravens Floundering Against Bengals

Maxx Williams Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have been one of the worst best in the NFL this season (4-9-2) and, if history stands, it looks like there could be one more loss before the end of the regular season. The Ravens will visit the AFC North Champion Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, a team that has defeated and covered against Baltimore in their last four meetings between the teams.

Last weeks 20-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers marked the first time in Ravens franchise history that they won a game that the entered as a double-digit dog. Ryan Mallett, of all people, played very well in his first game for the Ravens as he completed 68.3 percent of his passes and threw a touchdown.

Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron injured his wrist on Cincinnati’s final offensive play in their overtime loss to the Denver Broncos Monday. If McCarron’s wrist causes him to miss this game, that leaves Keith Wenning as the only uninjured quarterback on the Bengals roster. There is still a chance that the Bengals could have to play in the first round of the playoffs so this game will be important for Cincy to rest up regular starting quarterback Andy Dalton. 

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Week 17 Odds: Steelers vs Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers Antonio Brown

After a massive letdown in Week 16 that saw them lose 20-17 to the Ravens as 11.5 point favorites, the Steelers will be fighting for their playoff lives when they visit the Browns on Sunday. Luckily the Steelers have a long history of completely demolishing the Browns, winning 21 of their last 24 games against them.

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  • The Browns are 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games after a loss.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Steelers' last eight games on the road.
  • Johnny Manziel threw for 372 yards and one TD vs the Steelers in Week 10.

Another thing Steelers backers have going for them is the team’s strong play in January games, as they’ve gone 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games in the month. The teams met earlier in the season with the Steelers winning easily—30-9. Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown scorched the Browns for a combined 317 yards and three touchdowns.

The Browns managed to keep things close vs the Chiefs in Week 16, but ultimately lost 17-13. It’s been another season to forget in Cleveland as the team will once again be near the top of the draft board in April. The team also hasn’t done their backers any favors, as they’ve gone 2-7 ATS in their last nine games.

The Steelers enter the game as 11 point favorites—only the fifth time since 1995 that they’ve been a road favorite of 11 points or more. Also of note regarding the spread (and another depressing note for Browns fans), this is the largest home dog Cleveland has been since 2009.

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Redskins a Strong Bet vs Cowboys

Washington Redskins Kirk Cousins

With a playoff spot locked up, the Redskins will be looking to end the season on a four game winning streak (both SU and ATS) when they hit the road for a game in Dallas on Sunday. Despite only going 3-7 SU vs the Cowboys in the last 10 matchups between the teams, they’ve gone 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs Dallas.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Redskins' last seven games after consecutive wins.
  • The Redskins are 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
  • Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is unlikely to play (foot, ankle).

The Cowboys really have nothing going for them in this one. At home this season they’ve gone a pathetic 1-5-1 ATS, and are averaging just 15 points per game in their last five games at home. Kellen Moore is expected to get his third start in a row at quarterback for the Cowboys. In his two starts this season, Moore has thrown one touchdown and four interceptions, and has a quarterback rating of 45.4.

The Redskins are heating up at the right time and have become an offensive juggernaut during their three games wigging streak, scoring an average of 32.3 points in the three games. Despite not knowing the difference between spiking the ball or kneeling down, Kirk Cousins has been a major part of Washington’s success, as he’s thrown eight touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last two games.

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Favorites Struggling To Cover Between JAC, HOU

DeAndre Hopkins Texans

Barring a miracle of epic proportions, the Houston Texans will enter the playoffs as the AFC South champions, but a victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday will put the final nail in the coffin of the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans will enter the game as a favorite, which is not a great sign as the faves are just 1-5 ATS in the ast six games between Houston and Jacksonville.

The Texans are 6-2 in their last eight games and enter the final week of the regular season coming off two victories. Houston has won their past two games by a combined score of 50-16. The defense of the Texans has only allowed an average of 223.5 offensive yards in those two games while generating six turnovers.

The Jaguars offense completely revolves around the passing attack and it has been performing well this season behind the arm of Blake Bortles. The second year quarterback has not thrown more interceptions than touchdowns since Week 1, something he did on seven occasions last season. 

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Colts Easily Covering When Facing Titans

Andre Johnson Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts season has been a complete disaster, but they still have the smallest of hopes of making the playoffs (like, winning the lottery odds). There is one thing you can trust with the Colts, and that is not Clipboard Jesus, as Indy has gone 7-1 ATS in their past eight against the Tennessee Titans. 

How bad has the Colts season been? Well, they will likely be starting Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback Sunday. Whitehurst has throwing a combined 32 passes this season with a 50 percent completion percentage and one interception. Running back Frank Gore is coming off his second two-touchdown performance of the season last week, with the first coming in the first game against the Titans in Week 3.

The Titans have been terrible in their own right recently with the club losing their last three games by a combined score of 97-30. Not so surprisingly, two of those games saw Zach Mettenberger start under center with the LSU-alum throwing three touchdowns and three picks.

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Dolphins Just Can't Cover the Spread

Ryan Tannehill Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have not been very good this season, which should not be a surprise, but they have somehow been worse at covering the spread. The ‘Fins are just 1-8 ATS in their past nine and have failed to cover since Week 10. An ATS victory will not be easy Sunday as the Dolphins host the New England Patriots.

The Dolphins have just one win in their past six games, with that lone victory coming against the 5-10 Baltimore Ravens. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been getting his pounded over the past two weeks as he has been sacked nine times and injured his left leg in the Dolphins loss to the Colts.

Bill Belichick had more faith in his defense holding the Jets to a field goal than he did in his own offense scoring and it bite him on the ass. The Pats coach decided to kick the ball away in overtime rather than receive last week, a decision that proved boneheaded. But it would not have come to the if the offense could have done anything in the game as they had their fewest snaps of the season while going 1-for-10 on third down.

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Eagles Love Their Trips to the Big Apple

Jordan Matthews Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have been cashing out for bettors when they travel to meet the Giants with Philly going 7-1 SU and ATS in their last eight trips to New York. The Giants and Eagles play their final game of the season at Metlife Stadium Sunday.

The Eagles offense has been good enough to hide defensive deficiencies over the past two seasons, but with the Chip Kelly-led offense looking average this year, the team has been exposed. Under Kelly’s regime in Philadelphia, the Eagles defense has given up an average of 25.2 points per game.

Eli Manning reverted back to the Eli Manning of old in the Giants loss last week. The quarterback threw three interceptions and looked terrible even as he padded his stats slightly in garbage time. The Giants are now 2-6 in their last eight games and another loss could mean heads roll in the Big Apple.

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