Week 17 NFL Betting Lines

Week 17 NFL Betting Lines

The 2014 NFL regular season is about to come to an end. Only two playoff spots remain to be clinched and home field in the AFC has been wrapped up by the Patriots. The Chargers need a win to secure the final spot in the AFC, while the winner of Carolina-Atlanta seizes the laughable NFC South. Home field in the NFC is a little messier, although if the Seahawks dispose of the visiting Rams, the conference goes through CenturyLink field for the second straight season. From a betting perspective, with some teams likely to roll out backups in “meaningless” games, sticking to games that really matter will be the smartest course of action. Here’s a look at the Week 17 lines.

Detroit at Green Bay -7.5 – Can the playoff bound Lions really sweep the Packers and take the NFC North title? If this game were in Detroit, maybe. But this hugely important tussle takes place in Lambeau, where Green Bay is undefeated and Aaron Rodgers is pretty much unstoppable. Detroit defense is stout, but Rodgers has tossed at least three touchdown passes in all but one home game this season.

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh -3.5 – These bitter rivals met only two weeks ago in a back-and-forth contest that the Steelers blew open in the fourth quarter. Pitt has won three in a row. Cincy is coming off their best win of the year in toppling the mighty Broncos on Monday night. Black and gold are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in the series. Bengals are 4-3 ATS on the road.

Cleveland at Baltimore -8.5 – Ravens are giving a lot of points considering how putrid they played at Houston in Week 16. The quarterback situation in Cleveland has officially reached DEFCON 1: Rex Grossman was contacted, but he turned down the gig. The same Rex Grossman who hasn’t taken a snap since 2011. Basically, the Brownies have no idea who will be under center on Sunday. Advantage Ravens.

Carolina at Atlanta -4 – Winner is in, loser begins the offseason. Falcons are unbeaten in the division, including Week 11’s two-point W at Carolina. The ‘Cats have channeled their inner 2013 defense the last three weeks, holding opponents to a combined 40 points. They’ll need to do more of the same to contain a potent Atlanta attack led by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Panthers are 4-1 ATS in the last five in the series.

San Diego at Kansas City +2.5 – Bolts salvaged their season last Saturday by overcoming a 21-point deficit to the Niners. Ryan Matthews and Keenan Allen are both injured and might be sidelined. Chiefs knocked off Sand Diego in Week 7 by converting a field goal with less than 30 seconds on the clock. KC would love nothing more than to send their rivals packing for the winter.

St. Louis at Seattle -12.5 – The Seahawks have that look again. During their five-game winning streak, they have yielded three total touchdowns. Even though the Rams have been spry down the stretch and captured the first meeting in October, Seattle knows what’s at stake and will be hard to handle. ‘Hawks are 14-2 ATS at home in their last 16 versus NFC West foes. Rams are 4-1 ATS in the last five in the series.