Bills visit Patriots in Week 17 battle

Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots
Jan 1, 1:00 PM | Turf of Gillette Stadium

Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots Odds


The Buffalo Bills enjoyed their Super Bowl moment back in Week 3 when they upset the New England Patriots at home, ending a 15-game losing skids against their AFC East rivals.

At the tail end of another sour season in Buffalo, the Bills visit the Pats again, a place they have lost 10 in a row and 16 of 18 trips. Their saving grace could be how many Patriot players get rested for the playoffs.

New England continues to dominate at home late in seasons and they are now 19-0 SU at home in December since 2002. Of note, the Bills have played OVER in 12 of their past 14 season finales.

The Pats are 9-2 ATS past 11 Week 17 games and the OVER is 10-2 past 12 season-ending games.


Vikings home to Bears in NFL betting action

Chicago BearsMinnesota Vikings
Jan 1, 1:00 PM | Turf of The Metrodome

Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings Odds


The Minnesota Vikings have struggled to win season finales for the past decade, going just 2-8 ATS past 10 Week 17 games and the trends are against them in hosting the Chicago Bears in 2011.

The Bears have struggled without Jay Cutler but have motivation for a playoff push. They are also a division rival and the Vikings have lost 10 in a row SU within the NFC North.

Minnesota lost Adrian Peterson to an ACL tear last week and play knowing they have lost 8 of 10 at home in December. They also have nothing to play for except a high draft position.


Jets face Dolphins in Week 17 odds

New York JetsMiami Dolphins
Jan 1, 1:00 PM | Grass of Sun Life Stadium

New York Jets vs Miami Dolphins Odds


There are OVER trends galore as the New York Jets visit the Miami Dolphins in Week 17 NFL odds action.

The Jets have been OVER machines on the road generally and the OVER is 8-2 past 10 Week 17 games. They face an improving Dolphins team that has also trended OVER in season finales (9-1 past 10 Week 17 games).

Point spread bettors who focus on this AFC East battle will remember padding their bankrolls by betting the Jets at Miami. New York is 11-2 ATS past 13 trips here.


Jaguars home to Colts in NFL betting action

Indianapolis ColtsJacksonville Jaguars
Jan 1, 1:00 PM | Grass of EverBank Field

Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars Odds


In the Peyton Manning Era, Week 17 meant a week of rest because the Colts had their playoff position locked up and it predictably meant a good spot to bet against Indianapolis.

But with the Colts struggling in 2011 and starved for wins, are they a good bet to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on the Week 17 odds menu?

The Colts are just 3-14 ATS past 17 season-ending games, but recently, they have been terrific in the month of December, covering 6 straight. The Jaguars meanwhile have trended towards the OVER in Week 17 (5 in a row), angle mirrored in Indy as the Colts have gone 9-1 past 10 season-ending matches.

Of note, 5 of the past 6 meetings here have gone OVER as well.


NFL Matchup - Texans Titans Odds Preview

Tennessee TitansHouston Texans
Jan 1, 1:00 PM | Grass of Reliant Stadium

Tennessee Titans vs Houston Texans Odds


Houston predictably have lost two straight since clinching the AFC South and they are small underdogs to close out the season at home to Tennessee Titans.

Houston is 10-2 ATS past 12 December home games but oddsmakers figure they will rest their banged-up starters and let the Titans win this one. Tennessee would like to finish 8-8 on a high note and have motivation because a win plus some help will get them a Wild Card spot.

Watch injury updates and line moves during the week.


Lions visit Packers in Week 17 battle

Detroit LionsGreen Bay Packers
Jan 1, 1:00 PM | Grass of Lambeau Field

Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers Odds


On Dec. 15, 1991, when Detroit beat the Packers for the third straight time at Lambeau Field, they had no idea it would be a generation before it happened again.

Since then, the Lions have lost 20 straight at Green Bay and only covered the spread five times. In Week 17, with both teams in the playoffs, the chance for Detroit to repeat that long-ago victory is here.

Watch for the opening point spread here and it will move through the week as coaches disclose which players will rest in this NFC North battle.

Of note, the Lions have played 8 straight Week 17 OVERs.


NFL playoff picture

Breakdown of playoff ramifications which impact the handicapping focus and motivational angles for betting Week 17 NFL matches.

Data courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.

Check out Week 17 NFL picks here.

AFC Playoff Picture
1. New England Patriots (12-3)
Clinched a first-round bye with a win. Would clinch the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage through the playoffs with a win or both a Ravens loss and Steelers loss.
Next: vs. BUF (Sun., 1 ET)


Falcons vs Saints: Week 16 odds

Atlanta gets a Monday Nighter to try to push into the NFC playoffs against division rival New Orleans in Week 16 NFL odds action.

But in four recent Monday Nighters against the Saints, they are 0-4 SU dating to 2004. The Saints are also big home favorites here as they continue their hot play at 7-1 ATS.

Before you immediately bet OVER in this one, check out the recent Saints trend within the division - they are 13-2 favoring the UNDER in 15 games vs NFC South foes.


Packers vs Bears Odds Preview

How the Green Bay Packers respond to their upset loss in KC will be interesting for bettors as they host rival Chicago in Week 16 NFL odds action.

The Bears have lost 4 straight without QB Jay Cutler and opened as 2-TD underdogs here. The Packers excel as chalk and the Bears have struggled as underdogs lately but does Green Bay have the motivation to romp here?

The best play lately when these NFC North rivals clash has been the UNDER - the past 8 meetings all went UNDER the total. Green Bay is 9-1 SU in its past 10 games within the division.
Green Bay was favored by 11.5 points at Bovada this weekend while the total sat at 42 over at BetOnline.


NFL Props: Who Will Make the Playoffs?

With just two weeks left in the NFL's regular season, the question on everyone’s mind is “who is going to make the playoffs?” This week’s NFL prop betting gives bettors a chance to wager on which teams they believe will find their way into the NFL playoffs and which teams will end up on the outside looking in.

Here’s a look at the teams available to bet on at Bovada in Week 16 to make or miss the playoffs, as well as a prop bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills.



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