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NFL Week 17 Betting Primer

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is traditionally great for mailing it in. I certainly mailed it in during the few days that I had off during the holidays — I barely moved and treated my body like a dumpster by filling it with beer and junk food. But now I’m back at it and ready to take on the bookie for one last time this regular season.

I bet many of you are mailing it in right now. Some of you are probably reading this at work while your unsuspecting boss is also mailing it in and most likely looking at pornography on their computer. With all this mailing it in going on, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that some NFL teams slack off in the last game of the season, while others put their foot on the gas and finish the season strong.

Here’s some Week 17-specific trends you should be aware of before placing your bets:

  • Over the last three seasons, road teams are 28-19-1 ATS in Week 17.
  • The Patriots are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 games in Week 17.
  • The Cardinals are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games in Week 17.
  • The Steelers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 17.
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of the Chargers' last 11 games in Week 17.
  • The Bills are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games in Week 17.
  • The Cowboys are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games in Week 17.
  • The Vikings are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 17.
  • The Rams are 0-10 SU in their last 10 games in Week 17.
  • The Colts are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games in Week 17.
  • The Jaguars are 1-10 SU and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in Week 17.
  • The Saints are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games in Week 17.

Should you be basing bets solely off the trends above? Absolutely not, but different teams have different philosophies for the last game of the season and the numbers above might be helpful to differentiate between who mails it in and who finishes strong.

Be sure to check back next week as the betting primer will continue throughout the playoffs, and as always, KEEP CHASING THAT PAPER!!! And give me a follow on Twitter for more stats like the ones above and below.

Bears at Vikings
  • The Vikings are 28-8 ATS in their last 36 home games.
  • The Bears are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five games on the road against the Vikings with an average losing margin of 12.6 points.
  • The Vikings are allowing a league-low 12.9 points per game at home this season. The Bears are averaging just 15.1 points per game on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of the Bears' last 12 games against the Vikings. The average combined score in those games was 39.7.
  • The Vikings are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games at home in December.
  • The Vikings are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games as favorite.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of the Vikings' last 13 divisional home games.
  • The Bears are 2-13 SU in their last 15 games on the road.
Saints at Buccaneers
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Saints' last six games against the Buccaneers. The average combined score in those games was 41.8.
  • The Saints rank first in the NFL in net yards per play this season. The Bucs rank 25th.
  • The Saints are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games against the Buccaneers.
  • The Saints are 3-1 ATS in their last four games against the Buccaneers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the last nine games between these teams in Tampa Bay.
  • The Buccaneers are 0-9 SU in their last nine games as underdog.
  • The Buccaneers are 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games at home in December.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Buccaneers' last six games vs divisional opponents.
  • The Saints are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games vs divisional opponents.
  • The Saints are 11-0 SU and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as favorite.
Panthers at Falcons
  • The Panthers are 5-1 SU and ATS as an underdog this season.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Panthers' last nine games against the Falcons. The average combined score in those games was 44.
  • The Panthers are 2-7 SU and ATS in their last nine games on the road against the Falcons.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the Falcons' last eight games in the late afternoon.
  • The Falcons are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games vs divisional opponents.
  • The Falcons are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games at home after covering in their most recent home game.
  • The Panthers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games on the road.
  • The Panthers are 20-5 SU in their last 25 games in December.
Bengals at Ravens
  • The Ravens are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games at home. The 10 wins have come by an average of 15.8 points.
  • The Ravens have six double-digit wins this season. The Bengals have five double-digit losses.
  • The Ravens are averaging 29.3 points per game over their last three games. The Bengals are averaging 13.3 over that span.
  • The Bengals are 6-2 SU in their last eight games against the Ravens.
  • The Bengals are 1-3 ATS in their last four games against the Ravens.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Bengals' last three games against the Ravens. The average combined score in those games was 30.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Bengals' last eight December road games.
Bills at Dolphins
  • The total has gone OVER in the Bills' last five games against the Dolphins. The average combined score in those games was 52.6.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the Dolphins' last 10 games. The average combined score in those games was 49.1.
  • The visiting team is 2-6 SU and ATS in the last eight games in this matchup.
  • The Dolphins are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games in December.
  • The Dolphins are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games at home.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the Bills' last eight games in December.
  • The Bills are 2-8 SU and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games in the late afternoon.
Browns at Steelers
  • The Browns are 0-13 SU in their last 13 games on the road against the Steelers with an average losing margin of 13.4 points.
  • The Browns are 3-25 SU in their last 28 games against the Steelers.
  • The Steelers are averaging 32.3 points per game over their last three games. The Browns are averaging 11.3 over that span.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Browns' last six games against the Steelers. The average combined score in those games was 40.5.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Steelers' last six games in Week 17.
  • The Steelers are 9-0 SU in their last nine games vs divisional opponents.
  • The Browns are 0-16 SU and 1-14-1 ATS in their last 16 games vs divisional opponents.
  • The Browns are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of the Browns' last 14 games on the road.
Cowboys at Eagles
  • The Cowboys rank first in net yards per play over their last three games. The Eagles rank 27th over this span.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Cowboys' last eight games. The average combined score in those games was 40.1.
  • The Cowboys are 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games on the road against the Eagles.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Cowboys' last eight games on the road against the Eagles.
  • The Eagles are 9-0 SU in their last nine games at home.
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of the Eagles' last 14 games vs divisional opponents.
  • The Cowboys are 11-3 SU in their last 14 divisional road games.
  • The Cowboys are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games in Week 17.
Jaguars at Titans
  • Over their last three games, the Jaguars are first in the NFL with 36 points per game. The Titans are averaging 17.7 points per game over that span.
  • The Jaguars are 2-7 SU in their last nine games on the road against the Titans.
  • The Jaguars rank third in net yards per play over their last three games. The Titans rank 24th over this span.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Jaguars' last six games on the road against the Titans.
  • The Titans are 9-27-2 ATS in their last 38 games vs divisional opponents.
  • The Titans are 5-1 SU in their last six games at home.
  • The Jaguars are 0-7 SU in their last seven games on the road in December.
  • The Jaguars are 1-10 SU and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in Week 17.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Jaguars' last 10 games in the late afternoon.
Jets at Patriots
  • The Patriots have covered the spread in seven straight home games as a favorite of 14 points or more.
  • The Jets are averaging a league-low 8.7 points per game over their last three games.
  • The Jets are 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine games against the Patriots.
  • The Jets are 1-6 SU in their last seven games against the Patriots.
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of the Patriots' last 17 games at home in December.
  • The Patriots are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 games in Week 17.
  • The Patriots are 29-3 SU in their last 32 games at home in December.
Packers at Lions
  • The Packers are 27-7 SU in their last 34 games against the Lions.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Packers' last four games against the Lions. The average combined score in those games was 53.25.
  • The Packers are 8-3 SU and ATS in their last 11 games on the road against the Lions.
  • The Lions are 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games in December.
  • The Lions are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games at home against teams with losing records.
  • The Packers are 6-2 SU and ATS in their last eight games after consecutive ATS losses.
Cardinals at Seahawks
  • The Cardinals are 8-1 ATS in their last nine divisional road games.
  • The Seahawks rank 28th in net yards per play over their last three games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in three of the Cardinals' last four games against the Seahawks. The average combined score in those games was 39.25.
  • The Cardinals average just 14.6 points per game on the road.
  • The Cardinals are 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four games on the road against the Seahawks.
  • The visiting team is 5-0-1 SU and ATS in the last six games in this matchup.
  • The Seahawks are 19-6 SU and 18-7 ATS in their last 25 divisional home games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the Seahawks' last 13 games at home in December. The average combined score in those games was 37.8.
  • The Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in their last six games on the road.
Chiefs at Broncos
  • The Chiefs are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs divisional opponents.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Chiefs' last three games against the Broncos.
  • The Chiefs are 8-26 SU in their last 34 games on the road against the Broncos.
  • The visiting team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight games in this matchup.
  • The Broncos are 18-5 SU in their last 23 games at home against teams with winning records.
  • The Broncos are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 17.
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Chiefs' last seven games. The average combined score in those games was 41.
  • The Chiefs are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games in December.
Raiders at Chargers
  • The Raiders are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games on the road against the Chargers.
  • The Raiders are 8-20 SU in their last 28 games against the Chargers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Chargers' last nine games in the late afternoon.
  • The Chargers are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games at home in December.
  • The Chargers are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games in Week 17.
  • The Raiders are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games as road underdogs.
  • The Raiders are 3-12 SU in their last 15 divisional road games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Raiders' last six games.
Redskins at Giants
  • The Giants are averaging just 15.3 points per game at home this season and are allowing a league-high 28.4 points per game at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of the Redskins' last 12 games against the Giants.
  • The Redskins are 1-4 SU in their last five games on the road against the Giants.
  • The Giants are 12-4 SU in their last 16 games at home against teams with losing records.
  • The Giants are 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games at home.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the Giants' last nine divisional home games.
  • The Redskins are 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six games vs divisional opponents.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the Redskins' last 11 games on the road.
49ers at Rams
  • The 49ers are 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in their last four games against the Rams.
  • The 49ers are 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four games on the road against the Rams.
  • The total has gone OVER in three of the 49ers' last four games on the road against the Rams.
  • The Rams are 0-10 SU in their last 10 games in Week 17.
  • The Rams are 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six games as favorite.
  • The 49ers are 0-6 SU in their last six games vs divisional opponents.
  • The 49ers are 0-9 SU and 0-8-1 ATS in their last nine games on the road against teams with winning records.
Texans at Colts
  • The Texans have allowed a league-worst 35 points per game over their last three games.
  • The Texans are 7-24 SU in their last 31 games against the Colts.
  • The total has gone UNDER in three of the Texans' last four games against the Colts.
  • The Colts are 15-5 SU in their last 20 games at home against teams with losing records.
  • The Colts are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games in Week 17.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of the Colts' last 15 divisional home games.
  • The Texans are 0-6 SU in their last six games on the road.
  • The Texans are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games vs divisional opponents.

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