Week 17 of the NFL provided us with plenty of entertainment. The Bengals won their first division title since 2015, and the Packers sealed the NFC. Let’s hope for more of the same in the final week of the regular season.
Last week’s parlay hit, and I doubled my money. I was right on seven out of eleven games on my other bets.
With NFL odds for Week 18 finding their range, let’s preview all 16 games.
This week’s parlay will again consist of five teams, while I shall be making other picks for the other games.
Chiefs: Kansas lost to the Bengals in a gripping game at Paul Brown Stadium. Patrick Mahomes had an excellent match with 259 yards and two TDs.
The rushing attack was prominent for the Chiefs on Sunday. They ran for 155 yards from 23 carries. Darrel Williams had 88 yards and two TDs at 6.3 yards per carry.
Chris Jones was the stand-out player on defense with two sacks and two tackles for a loss. Unfortunately, the defense couldn’t stop on the Bengals’ final drive, which cost them the game.
Broncos: Denver was convincingly beaten by the Chargers. Drew Lock had an average game. He finished with 245 yards and a TD with a 72% completion rate.
The running game was relied on to push the ball downfield. However, the backs managed 83 yards at 3.1 yards per carry. Noah Fant is proving his worth after another perfect day. He went for 92 yards and a TD.
The defense regressed after three excellent performances. Denver didn’t manage a sack or a takeaway. The front seven did limit LA to just three yards per carry.
Denver is now eliminated from the playoffs. They will now turn their attention to the offseason. They need to make some changes on offense for next season.
The Chiefs clinched the AFC West despite their loss. They will now be fighting Tennessee for the number one seed. I predict that the Chiefs will play their starters and will overpower the Broncos.
Therefore, I am adding Kansas to my parlay.
Cowboys: Dallas surprisingly lost to the Cardinals 25-22. Dak Prescott was too inaccurate to win the game. However, he still threw for 226 yards and three TDs.
The run game was the main factor in this loss. The backs rushed for a mere 45 yards from 17 carries.
All of the Cowboys’ receivers chipped in, but none managed more than 55 yards.
The defense conceded 413 total yards and let the Cardinals run out the clock with 4:42 left in the fourth quarter. The D didn’t have a turnover and finished with just one sack. Not a good day at the office.
Eagles: Philly beat the Football Team 20-16. Jalen Hurts had an average game. He threw for 214 yards and added 44 yards on the ground, at 6.3 yards per rush.
The Eagles’ run game was disappointing for the second straight week. They appear to be struggling without Miles Sanders. Scott and Howard averaged 3.4 and 2.4 yards, respectively.
The defense did have an interception and three sacks. But they relinquished 247 yards to Heinicke and 4.3 yards per rush to Washington’s offense.
The Eagles have clinched a playoff spot with their win over Washington. Dallas clinched the division and will want to do the double over the Eagles.
These teams might rest players as Green Bay has already taken the number one seed in the NFC. I think this will be another high-scoring match.
So, I am taking these teams to score over 41.5 points.
Bengals: Cincinnati beat the Chiefs in a shock upset to seal the division title. Joe Burrow had his second 400+ yard day in a row. He threw for 446 yards and an outrageous four TDs.
Ja’Marr Chase might have sealed offensive rookie of the year with his performance on Sunday. He caught eleven passes for a ridiculous 266 yards and three TDs.
The defense didn’t manage a sack or a turnover. They also conceded over 400 yards to Chiefs and four TDs. However, on their last drive, the Bengals held Kansas to a field goal.
Browns: Cleveland lost to the Steelers on Monday night. Baker Mayfield’s inconsistent season continued. He threw for 185 yards, two TDs, two INTs and a disappointing 42% completion rate.
Nick Chubb averaged 4.8 yards per carry, but was only given the ball 12 times. The Browns only managed 278 total yards on offense. Donovan Peoples-Jones was the most productive receiver with 76 yards.
Jadeveon Clowney had Cleveland’s only sacks of the game. The defense did limit the Steelers to 313 total yards and held them to four field goals in the red zone.
The Browns were eliminated from the playoffs before their Monday night game. The Bengals won their first divisional title for six years.
I expect Cincinnati to rest players this week as they are unlikely to move up to the first or second seed. This is why the Browns are favorites for this clash of Ohio’s finest.
As I am unsure who will play, I will bet these teams will score under 46 points.
Packers: Green Bay convincingly beat their divisional rival, Minnesota, on Sunday night. Aaron Rodgers bounced back from a disappointing performance last week with a 288-yard, two TD performance.
The running supported Rodgers excellently and went for 174 yards and two TDs. Aaron Jones was impressive with 76 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards. Davante Adamas was the stand-out player with 136 yards.
Green Bay’s defense had two sacks, six tackles for a loss and held the Vikings to ten points. Minnesota finished with 221 total yards, and Cook had a paltry 13 yards from nine carries.
Lions: Detroit lost a surprisingly high-scoring game to the Seahawks. Tim Boyle started at QB and had a shocking game. He threw for 262 yards with two TDs and three INTs.
D’Andre Swift helped the run game up to 95 yards at 4.3 yards per carry. Amon-Ra St. Brown was outstanding again with 111 yards from eight catches.
The defense had a shocking game. They conceded 51 points and six TDs. Rashaad Penny went for 170 rushing yards at 6.6 yards per rush.
The Lions were eliminated from contention months ago. They will hope to have Jared Goff back under center for this game. Green Bay clinched the number one seed after their win at the weekend. They might rest some of their stars for this game.
However, I am still taking Green Bay to win, and I am adding them to my parlay.
Bears: Chicago dismantled the Giants 29-3. The Bears controlled the game from the start, where they forced a sack-fumble on Mike Glennon, which was taken to the two-yard line.
The defense was outstanding. Chicago allowed just 185 total yards, and Glennon only threw for 24 yards with two interceptions. Chicago did struggle against the run. They conceded 161 rushing yards.
Andy Dalton was at QB and was wildly inaccurate. Dalton finished with 173 yards, a TD, and an INT at a completion rate of 51%. The run game was disappointing for Chicago yet again.
Vikings: Minnesota lost 37-10 at Lambeau Field on primetime. With Kirk Cousin testing positive for Covid, Sean Mannion started under center for the first time in two years. He was inaccurate and managed just 189 yards and a TD.
The run game was a shambles for the Vikings. Mannion and Cook combined for 27 yards from eleven carries. Justin Jefferson was the most productive receiver with 58 yards.
The defense didn’t manage a single turnover or sack. They struggled to pressure Rodgers, which resulted in him throwing for 288 yards. Jones and Dillon ran over the front seven and combined for 139 yards.
Minnesota has been eliminated from playoff contention. Their attention will now turn to the offseason and the draft. The Bears were eliminated a couple of weeks ago.
However, they have shown fight by winning their last two games. I think this could be a close match.
So I am taking the Bears to cover the spread of +6.
Football Team: Washington lost to the Eagles 20-16. Taylor Heinicke had a good game under center. He threw for 247 yards, and his only mistake was an unlucky interception.
The rushing attack was fruitful for Washington. They had 94 yards from 22 carries and a TD. Terry McLaurin returned and was productive with 61 yards.
The defense was average on Sunday. They didn’t have a single turnover or sack. However, the front seven held the run-heavy Eagles to under four yards per carry.
Giants: New York was dismantled by the Bears. The game couldn’t have started worse for Mike Glennon, who coughed up a sack-fumble which the Bears recovered at the two-yard line.
Glennon’s shocking season continued with a 24-yard two-INT day. He was only able to complete four of his eleven passes. Luckily Saquon Barkley averaged 4.9 yards per carry and went for 102 yards.
The defense did have an interception, two sacks, and four tackles for a loss. However, their offense often put the Bears in a short-field position which was hard to stop.
Both these teams have been eliminated from the playoffs. They are both expected to be in the QB market this year. I think WFT should win this game unless the Giants can figure out their QB situation in seven days.
However, I think this will be a low-scoring game, so I am betting these teams to score under 38.5 points.
Colts: Indy lost to the Raiders in a minor upset game. Carson Wentz completed less than 60% of his passes on his way to a 148-yard, one TD day.
Jonathon Taylor had his typical 100-yard rushing day and averaged 5.4 yards per rush. This season, Michael Pittman has shown promising signs with T.Y. Hilton’s season being disrupted due to injury.
The defense came away with two sacks and two interceptions. They held the Raiders to less than four yards per carry. However, Indy let the Raiders drive the field twice in the fourth quarter, losing them the game.
Jaguars: Jacksonville was torn apart by the Patriots on Sunday. Trevor Lawrence had another wildly inaccurate day. He threw three picks on his way to 193 yards.
The Jags’ run game only received 17 carries for 80 yards. This was due to being down by 25 points at halftime. Laquon Treadwell was excellent with 87 yards.
The defense didn’t have a takeaway, a sack and only managed one tackle for a loss. They conceded 471 yards and a whopping seven TDs.
If Indy wins, then they qualify for the playoffs. Jacksonville has won their previous three home games against the Colts. The Jags will likely have the number one overall pick again.
They will most likely want to trade out of there. The Colts are the second heaviest favorites of the weekend. I think they will blow away the Jags.
Therefore, I am adding Indy to my parlay.
Steelers: Pittsburgh beat the Browns on Monday Night Football. Ben Roethlisberger might have played his last home game. He threw for 123 yards, a TD, an INT with a 52% completion rate.
Najee Harris had his best game in his young career. He rushed for a hugely impressive 188 of the Steelers’ 190 yards. He averaged 6.7 yards per carry and scored a TD.
The defense had eleven pass breakups and an interception, limiting Mayfield to a 42% completion rate. T.J. Watt had four sacks which bought the Steelers’ total to nine sacks.
Ravens: Baltimore lost by one point against the Rams. Tyler Huntley has lost his last two games by one point. He threw for 197 yards with a solitary pick.
Huntley also added 54 rushing yards at nine yards per carry. The Ravens totaled 165 rushing yards at 5.2 yards per carry. Mark Andrews was outstanding with six catches for 89 yards.
Chuck Clark picked off Stafford twice. Tyus Bowser had the game’s only sack, which resulted in a fumble recovery. The front seven held the Rams to under four yards per rush.
Baltimore can still qualify for the playoffs, although this is very unlikely. Pittsburgh needs to win and the Colts to lose if they are to make the postseason. The Ravens are still struggling with injuries, so I expect the Steelers to win this game.
Therefore, I am taking the Steelers to win but the Ravens to cover the spread of +4.5.
Titans: Tennessee pummelled Miami in Nashville. Ryan Tannehill didn’t have much of a role to play against his old team. He threw for 120 yards and two TDs on an accurate day.
D’Onta Foreman was outstanding. He rushed for 132 yards at 5.1 yards per carry. The Titans managed 198 total rushing yards from 40 carries.
The defense conceded just three points. They had three sacks and forced Tua to fumble three times, only one of which was recovered. Tennessee conceded just 279 yards to the Dolphins.
Texans: Houston lost to the 49ers 23-7. Davis Mills was very shy when throwing the ball. He completed 21 passes for 163 yards, a TD and an interception.
The Texans’ run game reverted to type after an outstanding display in Week 16. They averaged 3.2 yards per carry and rushed for 86 yards.
Desmond King had Houston’s only takeaway of the day. The defense conceded 424 yards to the 49ers and held San Fran to just two TDs.
Houston was eliminated from the playoffs a couple of weeks ago. They will now turn their attention to the offense. They need to strengthen their offense and give Davis Mills an entire season under center. If the Titans win, they will have the number one seed in the AFC. In Week 11, Houston surprisingly beat the Titans 22-13. I think that Tennessee will have their revenge.
I am adding the Titans to my parlay.
Saints: New Orleans beat the Panthers in a low-scoring game. Taysom Hill returned to the starting line-up and threw for 222 yards and a TD.
Hill also led the Saints in rushing yards. However, the run game was disappointing again, with 73 yards from 28 carries. Marquez Callaway led the receivers with 97 yards.
The defense held the Panthers to just 220 total yards and only ten points. The defense also had two turnovers and six sacks. Cameron Jordon was outstanding with 3.5 sacks.
Falcons: Atalanta was blown away by the Bills. Matt Ryan only completed 57% of his passes for 197 yards. Ryan couldn’t get his offense going in the second half, which lost Atlanta the game.
Mike Davis was able to make an impact when rushing. He ran for 42 yards at 5.3 yards per carry. Kyle Pitts had the most yards with 69 from just two catches.
Josh Allen threw three wild interceptions, of which the Falcons took full advantage. However, the front seven was trampled on by Buffalo, who rushed for 233 yards from 44 carries.
The Saints need to win and hope the 49ers lose to the Rams to make the playoffs. The Falcons have now been eliminated from contention. I think the Saints’ defense will overpower the Falcons.
I am taking these teams to score under 40.5 points.
Jets: New York lost to the Bucs thanks to an incredible 93-yard drive led by Brady. Zack Wilson was inaccurate again with a 58% completion rate for 234 yards and a TD.
The Jets’ run game is proving to be the identity of their offense. They rushed for 150 yards at nearly six yards per carry. Michael Carter had a huge 55-yard run in this game.
The defense managed a sack and an interception. However, Tom Brady lit up the Jets’ secondary by throwing for 410 yards and three TDs.
Bills: Buffalo didn’t provide the most convincing display against the Falcons. Josh Allen had an awful game. He threw three interceptions and completed just 11 of his 26 passes.
Luckily for Allen, the Bills’ rushing attack was on fire. They went for 233 yards and four TDs. Devin Singletary rushed for 110 yards at 4.8 yards per carry. Allen redeemed himself with an 81-yard rushing day.
The defense held Ryan to a 57% completion rate and conceded less than 300 yards. The front seven also racked up five sacks and six tackles for a loss.
The Jets showed a lot of fight against the Bucs and were in the game until the last play. Buffalo has qualified for the playoffs and needs to win this game to come top in the AFC East.
I doubt Buffalo will rest any players in the first half. The Bills are the heaviest favorites of the weekend.
Therefore, I am taking the Bills to win but the Jets to cover the spread of +17.
Patriots: New England dominated the Jaguars in Foxborough. Mac Jones’ rookie season continued to be successful. He put in a 22/30 for 227 yards and three-TD performance.
Rhamondre Stevenson rushed with plenty of purpose for 107 yards and two TDs. Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers were the most productive receivers with 76 and 73 yards.
The Patriots’ defense was outstanding. They conceded ten points and less than 300 yards to the Jags. They also racked up three interceptions and two sacks.
Dolphins: Miami’s playoff ambitions came crashing down in classic Dolphins’ fashion. They were blown away by the Titans 34-3. Tua Tagovailoa regressed and completed just 47% of his passes.
The receivers didn’t help Tua. Miami had several dropped passes and slips. Duke Johnson was the only bright spot for Miami. He rushed for 49 yards at seven yards per rush.
The defense had been incredible in their seven-game winning streak. However, they were trampled on by the Titans’ run game and they struggled to pressure their ex-QB.
The Dolphins were eliminated from contention and will now turn their attention to the Deshaun Watson saga. The Patriots will be looking to move up a couple of playoff spots. However, if games go against them in the early window, then they might be tempted to rest players.
Therefore, I am taking these teams to score under 40 points as both teams have solid defenses.
Panthers: Carolina lost to the Saints 18-10. Sam Darnold started at QB and couldn’t make an impression on the game. He threw for 132 yards with a TD.
Carolina needed to rely on its run game. Unfortunately, the backs averaged 3.4 yards per rush. Without Christian McCaffrey, this offense falls to pieces.
The defense conceded less than 300 yards and only 18 points. They held the Saints to 2.6 yards per carry thanks to nine tackles for a loss.
Buccaneers: Tampa Bay beat the Jets thanks to a 92-yard game-winning drive. Tom Brady was outstanding. He threw for 410 yards and three TDs with a 68% completion rate.
Without Leonard Fournette, the Bucs only rushed for 62 yards from 21 carries. Rob Gronkowski was the stand-out receiver with 115 yards. Antonio Brown added drama to this game when he stormed into the locker room and was later released.
The Bucs’ defense conceded almost 400 yards to the Jets. They managed a turnover on the game’s last drive and managed just one sack.
The Bucs might be tempted to rest players this weekend as they can’t acquire the number one seed. The Panthers need to sort out the QB situation in the offseason. This will be a close game, but the Bucs will still come out on top.
As Brady might be rested, I am going to bet on these teams scoring under 42.5 points.
49ers: San Fran beat the Texans on Sunday. Trey Lance started for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo. Lance threw for 249 yards from only 16 completions and looked very potent.
Elijah Mitchell was outstanding on the ground. He rushed for 119 yards with an average of 5.7 yards per carry. Brandon Aiyuk was the star receiver with 94 yards from four catches.
The defense conceded just 249 yards and only seven points. The front seven had three sacks, and eight QB hits to add to their six tackles for a loss. Marcell Harris had the only pick for the 49ers.
Rams: LA won a tight game against the Ravens. Matthew Stafford had another average day. He threw for 309 yards and two TDs. However, he threw an INT, a pick-six, and lost a fumble.
Sony Michel kept the run game alive with 74 yards and a TD. Cooper Kupp had yet another 95-yard day. Van Jefferson and Tyler Higbee backed up Kupp with 63 and 69 yards, respectively.
The defense had five sacks and seven tackles for a loss but relinquished 165 rushing yards. The secondary also picked off Huntley, who threw for 197 yards.
The Rams need to win or Arizona to lose to take the division title. The 49ers are in the playoffs if they win or the Saints lose to the Falcons.
I think this will be an exciting match with both teams needing to win. I think the Rams will beat the 49ers, but they won’t cover the spread.
Therefore, I am adding the Rams to my parlay.
Seahawks: Seattle beat the Lions in a high-scoring encounter. Russell Wilson had a very productive day. He threw four TDs and a 69% completion rate.
Rashaad Penny was at his rampant best on Sunday. He rushed for 170 yards with two TDs and an excellent 6.8 yards per carry. DK Metcalf was Wilson’s favorite target with six catches for 63 yards.
The defense picked off Tom Boyle three times. The front seven limited the Lions to 95 rushing yards, but they didn’t register a sack.
Cardinals: Arizona beat the Cowboys to move to 11-5. Kyler Murray was outstanding. He threw for 263 yards and two TDs. Murray also added 44 rushing yards at 4.9 yards per carry.
The other running backs weren’t as successful as Murray. Chase Edmonds had 53 rushing yards at 2.9 yards per carry. Christian Kirk and AJ Green were the star receivers, with Hopkins still missing.
The defense forced two fumbles, one of which was recovered. Budda Baker had the only sack of the day on a blitz. The front seven was solid against the run. They conceded 45 yards from 17 carries.
The Cardinals might have turned around their form at the perfect time. They could still win the division, but that would require the Rams to lose to the 49ers.
The Seahawk will want to upset their divisional rivals after a disappointing season. I think the Cardinals will win this game, but it will be closer than the odds suggest.
So, I am betting on the Seahawks to cover the spread of +7.
Chargers: LA convincingly beat the Broncos 34-13. Justin Herbert had another outstanding game with 237 yards, two TDs, and a 71% completion rate.
The running backs didn’t have the most productive day. They combined for less than three yards per rush. Mike Williams had excellent stats. He caught three passes for 63 yards and a TD.
The defense did manage a turnover and a sack. However, more importantly, they forced three turnovers on downs and three punts. They also held the Broncos to less than 350 offensive yards.
Raiders: Las Vegas produced an upset to beat the Colts. Derek Carr had a roller-coaster of a game. He threw two interceptions yet still completed 77% of his passes.
Zay Jones had his best game of the season. He caught eight passes for 120 yards. Hunter Renfrow backed up Jones with a 76-yard, one-TD day.
The defense did manage a turnover. However, they didn’t let Jonathon Taylor run all over them. This resulted in Wentz throwing the ball more and finishing with a 59% completion rate.
This game feels like the first playoff game. Whoever wins will be going to the postseason while the other will end their season.
Both teams have a solid defense, but I think the Chargers’ offense has more confidence going into this game.
Therefore, I am taking LA to cover the spread of -2.5.
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