It has all come down to this, the final week of the 2016 NFL regular season. But, nothing is set in stone as of yet, as there are plenty of teams still playing for a playoff berth and/or seeding, which makes the NFL odds for Week 17 and our early NFL predictions crucial.
If the season ended right now, the six teams in the AFC tournament would be (1) Patriots, (2) Raiders, (3) Steelers, (4) Texans, (5) Chiefs, and (6) Dolphins. Meanwhile, in the NFC, things would look like this for NFL betting experts: (1) Cowboys, (2) Falcons, (3) Lions, (4) Seahawks, (5) Giants and (6) Packers.
However, there’s still one more week to go, which means that our pro football predictions are going to be highly sought out this week. Given that there are still teams with hopes of clinching a playoff spot in Week 17, here are the two teams that are on the outside-looking-in in the AFC and the NFC respectively: Denver Broncos (8-6) and Washington Redskins (8-6-1).
(13-2) New England Patriots [-7] vs. (10-5) Miami Dolphins [+7]: The season finale between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots promises to be an interesting contest –depending on the outcome of the Broncos-Chiefs game Sunday night. The resilient Dolphins are desperately trying to hold on to the sixth and final spot in the AFC, while the Pats simply want home-field advantage all the way to the Super Bowl. As you can see, NFL Week 17 odds have Miami as seven-point underdogs and the Patriots favored by that same margin. This game is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Those who are familiar with these teams, know that mist of these games end up coming down to the wire. Naturally, if Miami s able to get into the playoffs via a Broncos loss Sunday night, the pressure would come off Adam Gase and the Fins’ shoulders. If not, I expect them to throw the kitchen sink at Tom Brady and the Patriots. In either case, I have this contest being decided by a single score and nothing more. Thus, it is a no-brainer to take the Miami Dolphins at home with a cushion of a touchdown and a PAT.
- Week 17 NFL Predictions: Miami Dolphins +7
(10-5) NY Giants [+8] vs (8-6) Washington Redskins [-8]: This is a contest where one team has clinched a Wild Card berth while the other one finds itself on the outside-looking in. Obviously, the Giants have already secured their spot in the postseason, while it is the Redskins the ones desperate for a “W”. Thus, it makes sense that the G-Men are the underdogs in this one, as it is unclear if Eli Manning and the rest of the starters will take the field to avoid any unnecessary risks. But even with that said, I don’t think pro football odds makers got these particular spreads right. To me, the Giants are capable of going into FedEx Field and making things interesting, as they’re preparing to play in the Wild Card round. Take the Giants and the free points and you can thank me later!
- Week 17 NFL Predictions: New York Giants +8
2016 NFL Odds Week 17 (Opening Point Spreads)
- Ravens (N/A) vs. Bengals (N/A)
- Texans (+3) vs. Titans (-3)
- Panthers (+4) vs. Buccaneers (-4)
- Browns (N/A) vs. Steelers (N/A)
- Cowboys (N/A) vs. Eagles (N/A)
- Bills (-6) vs. Jets (+6)
- Bears (+6) vs. Vikings (-6)
- Jaguars (+6) vs. Colts (-6)
- Patriots (-7) vs. Dolphins (+7)
- Chiefs (N/A) vs. Chargers (N/A)
- Cardinals (-6.5) vs. Rams (+6.5)
- Raiders (N/A) vs. Broncos (N/A)
- Giants (+8) vs. Redskins (-8)
- Seahawks (-9) vs. 49ers (+9)
- Saints (+6.5) vs. Falcons (-6.5)
- Packers (N/A) vs. Lions (N/A)