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Super Computer Week 17 Super Contest Picks

The final weekend of the Westgate Super Contest is here, and the OddsShark Super Computer is looking to go out on a winning note. The Computer is tied for ninth place with Nick Kostos and Jon Anik in the Team OddsShark standings, but we all know machines are destined to prevail. Haven't you seen the Terminator movies?

Here's who the Computer is picking this week:

Falcons (-6.5) vs Saints

The Computer is predicting a huge win for the Falcons in this contest – almost 20 points – and for good reason. The Falcons have plenty to play for as a win in this game clinches a first-round bye while the Saints have zero to play for, save for the role of spoiler against their NFC South foe.

While it’s true that the Saints have been ATS magic when tabbed as underdogs (9-1-1 ATS in their last 11), the Falcons have been a fantastic bet as faves of late. Entering their final game of the regular season, the Dirty Birds have gone 5-1 ATS (and SU) in their last six games when books set them as favorites.

Furthermore, Atlanta has covered the spread in three straight games heading into Week 17 and hung 45 on New Orleans in a seven-point win back in Week 3.

Dolphins (+9.5) vs Patriots

Two of the hottest bets in the league clash in Florida when the Dolphins host the Pats. New England enters Week 17 with a 12-3 ATS record while the Dolphins have gone 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games.

Miami has been ATS magic at home of late, going 4-0-1 ATS in its last five on home turf, and still has plenty to play for as a win paired with a Chiefs loss clinches the No. 5 seed.

The Computer is predicting a four-point Pats win, but that is enough for the Phins to cover that spread as home pups.

Steelers (-6) vs Browns

The Cleveland Browns may have finally picked up their first win of the season, but they’ll be in tough to knock off the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final weekend of the 2016 NFL campaign. The Super Computer is banking on the Steelers to cover the -6 spread, and there are plenty of reasons why.

Just how bad have the Browns been in the Steel City? Cleveland is 0-12 SU in the last 12 trips to Pittsburgh, and is also 0-10 SU and ATS in the past 10 vs the AFC North.

While the Steelers have already clinched the division, don’t expect Mike Tomlin’s crew to take their foot off the gas pedal. Pittsburgh has played better lately but hasn’t been the most consistent team in the league, so a win over the lowly Browns could go a long way toward building some momentum in the postseason.

Bills (-3.5) vs Jets

Rex and Rob Ryan have already been shown the door in Buffalo, and the Computer is banking on the Bills to end a disappointing 2016 season on a winning note against the New York Jets in Week 17 NFL action.

The Jets have had an even more miserable campaign, and they traditionally have had issues covering the spread against the Bills in the Big Apple. New York is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 home tilts vs the division rival.

The last week of the season is always a toss-up at the betting window, but it was no secret that Ryan’s tenure in Buffalo was bleak, to say the least. Without the boisterous coach in the fold, expect the Bills to put forth a better effort under Anthony Lynn.

Cardinals (-6) vs Rams

The Arizona Cardinals entered the season in the Super Bowl conversation, but things quickly went off the rails for Bruce Arians’ club. Despite their failures, Arizona has a favorable matchup in Week 17 against the floundering Los Angeles Rams, and the Computer is banking on the Cards to cover the -6 spread at home.

Arizona has had a major edge in this series lately, evidenced by the Cardinals covering the spread in five of the past seven meetings with the Rams. The Rams’ first year back in California has been a major flop, as an ineffective offense failed to get off the ground since Week 1. Don’t expect them to put many points on the scoreboard in the final game of the year.

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