Playoff positions are still up for grabs this week in the NFL as we dissect every Round 17 game.
December 31 will prove vital for many teams this week and it all ends with a highly-anticipated Colts vs. Titans matchup in Nashville.
We have free expert tips for every Round 17 NFL game.
5:00am Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins @ New Era Field
There isn’t much to play for in this game but for the Dolphins, getting back to 8-8 will mean more than the Bills getting to 6-10. That being said, bookmakers have the Bills as 4.5 favourites.
Josh Allen has been a mixed bag in his rookie season as the Bills quarterback and he would have hoped to have thrown for more than seven touchdowns. Allen could be the key this week and if the weather is cold, expect the Bills to have the clear advantage.
Betting tip: Bills –4.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Bills by 10
5:00am Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions @ Lambeau Field
It took a last gasp effort in overtime for the underperforming Packers to win last week but they enjoy playing the Lions and should take advantage.
Aaron Rodgers has had a tough season, battling injuries throughout but has still managed to throw for 25 touchdowns. One of the better QB’s in the league, Rodgers will need to be on fire to lead this stagnant offense to points on Monday.
Their home record of 5-1-1 is good enough and they should win against the 5-10 Lions, which has a losing 2-5 away record.
Betting tip: Packers –8 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Packers by 10
5:00am New England Patriots vs. NY Jets @ Gillette Stadium
Bookmakers are expecting this to be a one-sided game between the Patriots and Jets, but the Jets play the Patriots tough and we’re expecting a tight tussle.
New England hasn’t quite been the same this season and Tom Brady has looked old for the first time in his career. He has thrown for 25 touchdowns but his receiving corps isn’t much to look at and he could struggle for the rest of the season.
The Jets are a team that can keep it close with some luck.
Betting tip: Jets +13.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Patriots by 8
5:00am New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
This was billed to be a classic but the Panthers are riding an amazing losing streak and instead this game should be one-sided.
Panthers have clearly given up the ghost and we’re surprised bookmakers have this game at 7.5. The Saints have amassed a 13-2 record and although the two losses were slightly unexpected, they are the class outfit in this game.
Expect Drew Brees to have a good game and the Saints D to come up large.
Betting tip: Saints –7.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Saints by 12
5:00am NY Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys @ MetLife Stadium
The Giants have proven to be giant killers over the last few weeks and they could upset the Dallas Cowboys here.
The Cowboys have exceeded expectations with 9-6 record and have cemented their playoff spot, so might not want to play as hard here. That’s why bookmakers have the Giants at –6 in the betting and it’s hard to disagree with that.
Containing Barkley will be tough for the Cowboys defense and we think the Giants can score their sixth win of the season.
Betting tip: Giants –6 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Giants by 7
5:00am Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons @ Raymond James Stadium
Two disappointing teams which have won only 11 games between them this season. That’s not where both teams expected to be, especially last seasons’ Super Bowl finalists Atlanta.
Their 6-9 record is poor considering their talent but the Buccs’ are falling apart internally and that gives the Falcons the advantage.
Atlanta are 1.5 favourites and that’s a favourable line.
Betting tip: Falcons –1.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Falcons by 10
5:00am Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars @ NRG Stadium
With a 10-5 record and 5-2 at home, the Texans are expected to win against the Jaguars, despite losing last week.
Houston are playoff bound and they showed why when making a fist of it last week, despite looking easily beaten throughout the fourth quarter. A spirited comeback got them back into the game before losing in overtime.
Jacksonville are using Blake Bortles this week and that spells danger. Houston’s defense is a great asset and they should have a field day.
Betting tip: Texans -6.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Texans by 14
8:25am Denver Broncos vs. LA Chargers @ Broncos Stadium
For lack of a better word, the Chargers have been charging this season with an 11-4 record and they should be too good for the Broncos here.
The Broncos have shown promise throughout the season but there’s no consistency in their squad and the Chargers are too good across the board.
It could be the season for Phillip Rivers to make the Super Bowl and winning this game would take them a long way.
Betting tip: Chargers –6.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Chargers by 13
8:25am Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders @ Arrowhead Stadium
Patrick Mahomes has been a revelation this season, throwing for an incredible 48 touchdowns. The second-year player has put his hand up for MVP and he’s the reason why the Chiefs are 11-4.
That record could have been better had it not been for some close losses but they will deal to the Raiders here.
It’s been a dismal season for the Raiders under their new coach and don’t let some recent wins fool you, they’re still as bad as advertised.
Betting tip: Chiefs –13.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Chiefs by 18
8:25am LA Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers @ LA Memorial Coliseum
With an 0-7 away record, it’s hard to take the 49ers and considering they’re going up against the Rams, it makes backing them even harder.
The Rams have been steady this season but have shown some cracks of late. Look for them to rectify the uncertainty in the betting markets with a solid performance on Monday.
Bookies have them at –10 favourites and that’s generous given the level of opposition. The defense could cover that alone if they play well.
Betting tip: Rams -10 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Rams by 17
8:25am Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears @ U.S. Bank Stadium
This should be one of the best games of Round 17 as the Vikings (8-6-1) take on the impressive Chicago Bears (11-4). It has been a great season for the Bears with Mitchell Trubitzky at the QB position and their defense is also on point.
Minnesota has been solid throughout the season but Kirk Cousins hasn’t showed us why he’s worth such a high pay check.
Expected to be a close game, we’re going with the away side and we’re confident they’ll at least keep it close.
Betting tip: Bears +4.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Bears by 1
8:25am Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals @ Heinz Field
Haven’t the Steelers shown that they’re a Super Bowl contender in the last few weeks? The powerhouse has improved to 8-6-1 and they look a good chance of making a playoff run, but a win against the Bengals is needed.
That shouldn’t be too tough as the Bengals have been horrible this season and Big Ben should have a field day against a suspect defense.
14.5 is a lot of points to cover however.
Betting tip: Steelers –14.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Steelers by 17
8:25am Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals @ CenturyLink Field
The Seahawks needed an easy game as the playoffs loomed as they get exactly what they wanted here. Facing the Cards has been easy work for most opponents this year and the Seahawks should put up some points.
With a 9-6 record, the Seahawks, which looked destined to miss the playoffs earlier this season, have rallied well and should improve to 10-6 here.
Betting tip: Seahawks –13.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Seahawks by 24
8:25am Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles @ FedEx Field
The Eagles kept their chances of making the playoffs alive with a tough win last week and another one is needed this week against division rivals Redskins.
The Redskins have been relatively poor this season but running back Adrian Peterson has been a beast with 1042 yards.
Despite his play, the Redskins have only a record of 7-8 and the Eagles will simply want to win this game more than their opponents.
Betting tip: Eagles –7 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Eagles by 12
8:25am Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns @ M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore showed why they’re highly respected this season with a storming win over the Chargers last week.
With a rookie QB at the helm, the Ravens let their defense go to work and now the improved Browns stand in their way of a playoff spot.
The Browns have been good of late, improving to 7-7-1 in a season of firsts. Bookies have them as the –5.5 underdogs, which is giving this team plenty of respect.
The battle of the rookie QB’s should go to Baltimore’s way.
Betting tip: Ravens –5.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Ravens by 10
12:20pm Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts @ Nissan Stadium
Both teams sit at 9-6 and the winner will be enjoying the New Year much more than the loser.
The Colts have made a late season surge and Andrew Luck is showing why his team had faith in him throughout his injury crisis. On the other side of the coin, the Titans have done well considering their talent but there are doubts about the fitness of their quarterback.
Titans have a 6-1 home record but we can’t look past the Colts.
Betting tip: Colts –3.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Colts by 7