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Broncos vs Chiefs Preview

Kansas City ChiefsDenver Broncos
Jan 1, 4:15 PM | Grass of Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos Odds

6-9TEAM RECORD8-7

Hard to believe the Denver Broncos are in the playoffs with a victory here over the Kansas City Chiefs or an Oakland loss but that's the situation on the Week 17 NFL odds menu.

But can the Broncos rebound from consecutive blowout losses to get the job done? They opened as just 3-point home chalk as bettors believe the rival Chiefs would love to derail the Denver playoff spot, whether Tim Tebow has God on his side or not.

In Denver, the Broncos have played OVER in 9 of their past 10 season finales.

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Cardinals vs Seahawks Preview

Seattle SeahawksArizona Cardinals
Jan 1, 4:15 PM | Grass of University of Phoenix Stadium

Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals Odds

7-8TEAM RECORD7-8

The Seattle Seahawks have won and covered three straight against the Arizona Cardinals and they are now 4-0-1 ATS in their past 5 road games.

Seattle has also been an OVER machine in December, going 8-1 past 9. They face an improved Arizona team that is 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS past 9 home games in December.

One team will have the satisfaction of an 8-8 season after a horrible start to the season.

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Browns Steelers Betting Preview for Week 17

Pittsburgh SteelersCleveland Browns
Jan 1, 4:15 PM | Grass of Cleveland Browns Stadium

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns Odds

11-4TEAM RECORD4-11

The Pittsburgh Steelers need a win and help to leapfrog the Ravens in the AFC North and they face a Browns team they have defeated 18 of 20 times going back a decade.

The OVER has been the big Steeler angle in Week 17 (10-2 past 12 seasons in season finales) as they visit the Cleveland Browns. For their part, the perennial losers in the Dawg Pound are 6-2 ATS past 8 season-ending games.

The UNDER is 8-1 in past 9 Cleveland home games in December and they will be hard-pressed to take down the Steelers, who want to win this one.

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Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens in NFL odds tilt

Baltimore RavensCincinnati Bengals
Jan 1, 4:15 PM | Turf of Paul Brown Stadium

Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals Odds

11-4TEAM RECORD9-6

The Baltimore Ravens have the inside track to the AFC North title and No. 3 seed so expect a big effort from them as they visit Cincinnati in Week 17 odds.

But while the Ravens have struggled against Cincy (3-10-1 ATS past 14 meetings), the total has been a solid Week 17 play for them. In the past 12 seasons, the OVER is 10-2 in season finales.

The Bengals are 5-1 ATS past 6 at home to their AFC North rivals and they have plenty of motivation as a win earns them a Wild Card spot.

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Buccaneers take on Falcons in Week 17 contest

Tampa Bay BuccaneersAtlanta Falcons
Jan 1, 4:15 PM | Turf of Georgia Dome

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons Odds

4-11TEAM RECORD9-6

Atlanta got walloped on Monday night by New Orleans and wraps up their season against a Tampa Bay team they have struggled against in recent years.

The Bucs are 7-2 ATS the past 9 meetings with the Falcons, but they have struggled in season finales, going just 1-6 ATS past 7 seasons in Week 17.

Atlanta is in the playoffs win or lose but would like to win and avoid the Saints in the first round. Tampa is just 1-7 ATS in its past 8 December games.

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49ers visit Rams in Week 17 NFL clash

San Francisco 49ersSt. Louis Rams
Jan 1, 1:00 PM | Turf of Edward Jones Dome

San Francisco 49ers vs St. Louis Rams Odds

12-3TEAM RECORD2-13

The San Francisco 49ers visit the St. Louis Rams and are motivated to win because of playoff seeding, but are they motivated to cover a big spread?

The 49ers covered 16 points earlier against the Rams, who are just 2-18 SU past 20 December games. But the Rams are 7-3 ATS past 10 Week 17 matches.

St. Louis is just 2-11-1 ATS in 14 recent games as an underdog while the 49ers have been solid as chalk at 12-1 SU and 11-2 ATS.

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Philadelphia favored by 9.5 against Washington on Sunday

Washington RedskinsPhiladelphia Eagles
Jan 1, 1:00 PM | Grass of Lincoln Financial Field

Washington Redskins vs Philadelphia Eagles Odds

5-10TEAM RECORD7-8

Meaningless Week 17 games are tough on fans and tougher on handicappers, as much of the logic and motivation goes out the window.

That's the case as the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles on the Week 17 odds menu. Washington has been done for a while and the Eagles were eliminated last week.

But when these teams meet in Philly, the result has typically been a Redskin cover (5-1 ATS past 6 visits). Although the stronger Week 17 trend in Washington focuses on the total, where they are 9-1 favoring the OVER the past 10 season-ending games.

The Eagles opened as double-digit chalk and they have failed to cover the past 4 games in that situation.

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Panthers take on Saints in Week 17 contest

Carolina PanthersNew Orleans Saints
Jan 1, 1:00 PM | Turf of Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints Odds

6-9TEAM RECORD12-3

The situation between Carolina and New Orleans plays perfectly into the dominant trends for this Week 17 NFL matchup.

The Panthers are hungry for wins and to beef up Cam Newton's rookie QB records. They are also 7-1 ATS past 8 season finales.

The Saints can rest with their playoff spot locked down and with Drew Brees passing Dan Marino's yardage record last week. They are 2-11 ATS past 13 season-ending games.

So the trends mesh with the motivational scenario and you can expect the opening Saints vs Panthers point spread to reflect this reality.

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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

6-9TEAM RECORD12-3

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.

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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

7-8TEAM RECORD3-12

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.

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