From one of the best NFL video games to wager, to those it’s best to keep away from, take a look at our information to get you thru the week a winner. Then take a look at how the remainder of our crew of pigskin consultants see this weekend’s motion as they choose in opposition to the unfold.
JETS at PATS
1 p.m., Ch. 2, Patriots by 15, 44½
HANK’S HONEYS: The Patriots, for as soon as, have a significant Week 17 sport and, enjoying at house with an opportunity to wrap up the AFC ’s prime seed, even this big unfold gained’t be too large to cowl. Of Pats’ seven Tremendous Bowl appearances below Invoice Belichick, 5 have come by way of the No. 1 seed, so it’s essential to him. In addition to, the erstwhile HC of the Patriots by no means minds placing it to his AFC East rivals when he has the prospect. Jets have been cash ATS at house however have misplaced their final 4 street video games whereas Pats have had little bother overlaying large spreads at house. They’re good ATS the final seven instances they’ve been favored by a minimum of 14 factors. Can’t see Bryce Petty immediately coming alive in a shootout state of affairs with Tom Brady or Jets slowing down Gronk.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Patriots and the below.
WASHINGTON at GIANTS
1 p.m., Ch. 5, Washington by three, 39½
HANK’S HONEYS: Washington, because it stands, is the higher workforce and the Giants the larger mess. The 2 groups could don’t have anything to play for however Kirk Cousins does. He’ll be seeing greenback indicators within the Giants’ secondary. It’s an enormous mismatch again there. Cousins wants three TD passes to get to 30 for the season whereas the Giants rank fifth worst in each opposing passer score and passing yards allowed.
In the meantime, Eli Manning faces a protection that sacked him 4 instances and held him to a 44.2 passer score. Plus, it means a minimum of one thing to the Washingtonians to complete .500 with all of their accidents. It will be similar to the Giants to win and slip to No. three within the draft. We simply don ’t suppose they’re as much as it.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Washington and the below.
BILLS at DOLPHINS
Four:25 p.m., Ch. 2, Payments by 2½, 42½
HANK’S HONEYS: Gotta go together with the workforce that wants the win with Payments making an attempt to make the playoffs for the primary time since 1999. Inconsistent Dolphins gained their Tremendous Bowl in opposition to the Pats and have misplaced two video games by 24 factors since, together with an eight-point loss in Buffalo two weeks in the past. The Payments have the worst passing offense within the league and Tyrod Taylor has simply three landing passes within the final six video games. However the man has been a Dolphin killer due to his mobility. In 5 video games, he has thrown for 9 TDs with out an interception whereas operating 38 instances for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He and LeSean McCoy get it achieved right here.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Payments and the below.
JAGS at TITANS
Four:25 p.m., Titans by 3½, 41½
HANK’S HONEYS: Jaguars have clinched and Titans want the win however Jacksonville ’s protection can also be coming off an embarrassing efficiency in San Francisco and must get again on monitor earlier than the playoffs. As CB A.J. Bouye stated of the S.F. spanking, “we would have liked this.” Doug Marrone additionally says he’s “100 % all-in” to successful this sport so we now have to take him at his phrase. Titans could not have DeMarco Murray, who’s day-to-day with a knee damage, and apart from their operating assault, what else have they got? Titans haven’t stepped up within the large spots all 12 months. Don’t see them doing it, particularly laying six factors in opposition to an offended divisional rival.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Jaguars and the below.
BOYS at EAGLES
1 p.m., Cowboys by 2½, 39½
HANK’S HONEYS: Anticipating the Eagles to relaxation some starters whereas Cowboys attempt to end the season robust. Dallas nonetheless has some pleasure and doesn ’t wish to be swept. Dak Prescott has stated he doesn’t wish to exit of 2017 with that terrible efficiency in opposition to the Seahawks final week. Ezekiel Elliott is contemporary sufficient to wish to do harm to Philly’s top-rated run protection, which may’t be anticipated to be sky excessive because the Eagles sit up for a well-deserved bye. Would anticipate the Eagles to hold round for some time and for Cowboys to take over within the second half with a lot of their entrance liners on the heated bench.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Cowboys and the over.
BENGALS at RAVENS
Four:25 p.m., Ravens by 9½, 40½
HANK’S HONEYS: John Harbaugh has been griping concerning the late beginning time as a result of it may have an effect on attendance by New Yr ’s Eve revelers. Actually? Makes us wonder if Ravens can cowl this large a diffusion. It was a shocking effort from the Bengals final week. The gamers like Marvin Lewis and it appears as if they’ll be enjoying this final sport for the coach. There’s actually sufficient expertise on this Bengals roster if they simply put up an effort (contemplate their final sport that mattered in opposition to the Steelers) and with the added incentive of knocking a rival out of the playoffs, we predict they’ll present up even when the Ravens followers don’t.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Bengals and the below.
49ERS at RAMS
Four:25 p.m., 49ers by three, 43½
HANK’S HONEYS: With Rams locked into third or fourth seed, appears like Sean McVay will relaxation some starters. With no Andrew Whitworth, Jared Goff or Todd Gurley, that makes the crimson sizzling Niners a wise choose with the factors, if not outright. They’ve all of the motivation right here as they attempt to proceed their momentum via the tip of the 12 months, enjoying with what they are saying is a chip on their shoulder. It’s superb what’s gotten into the 49ers since Jimmy Garoppolo has taken over at QB with 95 factors scored during the last three video games. Out of the blue Kyle Shanahan appears like a genius together with his play calling.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: 49ers and the below.
SAINTS at BUCS
Four:25 p.m., Saints by 7, 50½
HANK’S HONEYS: Saints are enjoying for playoff positioning, Bucs for nothing however Tampa has been out of it for some time and so they ’ve nonetheless been preserving issues shut with three straight losses by a discipline objective. That should imply they get pleasure from enjoying for Dirk Koetter and with rumors of his demise spreading, there isn’t any method they lay down now in a house finale in opposition to a division rival. The Saints ought to win the sport. They’ve been enjoying properly on the street all 12 months in opposition to good groups. However by a minimum of a landing? Jameis Winston has performed two straight video games with a passer score above 130 and Mike Evans has some additional motivation after getting shut down by Marshon Lattimore within the first assembly.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Bucs and the over.
PANTHERS at FALCS
Four:25 p.m., Falcons by 3½, 44½
HANK’S HONEYS: It ’s the final likelihood for the Falcons to recover from their Tremendous Bowl hangover, needing the house win or a Seattle loss whereas for the Panthers, it may make the distinction between opening the playoffs on the street or at house. Nobody is sitting this one out. The priority right here is with a Steve Sarkisian offense that hasn’t seemed proper all 12 months. Matt Ryan remains to be unable to complete drives and now he’s screaming at his receivers whereas Julio Jones has missed follow time with ankle and thumb points. Different key’s whether or not the Falcons can cease the Panthers from operating the ball. Cam Newton killed them within the first assembly popping out the again door.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Panthers and the over.
TEXANS at COLTS
1 p.m., Colts by Four, 40½
HANK’S HONEYS: Which workforce has extra left within the emotional tank? Must be the Colts. Chuck Pagano appears to be nearly as good as gone however he ’s well liked by the gamers. Pagano has constructed this one up because the workforce’s “final rodeo.” We’d search for large video games from Frank Gore, who at all times runs laborious, and from Jacoby Brissett in opposition to Houston’s lame secondary. On the identical time, it could’t be a straightforward journey for the Texans, whose season went south as soon as Deshaun Watson blew out his knee. T.J. Yates has been terrible in his final two begins, one other reminder of what the Texans misplaced with Watson, and whereas he additionally faces a weak secondary this week, he could not have the accuracy to take advantage of it.
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Colts and the over.
BEST OF THE REST
CARDS at SEAHAWKS
Four:25 p.m., Seahawks by 9, 38½
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Playing cards and the below.
PACKERS at LIONS
1 p.m., Lions by 6½, 43
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Packers and the below.
BROWNS at STEELERS
1 p.m., Steelers by 10½, 37½
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Browns and the below.
BEARS at VIKES
1 p.m., Vikings by 12, 39½
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Bears and the over.
CHIEFS at BRONCOS
Four:25 p.m., Broncos by three, 38
IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Chiefs and the over.
LOOK DON’T TOUCH
RAIDERS at CHARGERS
Four:25 p.m., Chargers by 7, 42½
HANK’S HONEYS: Chargers ought to win however by how a lot? All of it will depend on whether or not the Raiders present up. We all know their previous LA followers will. Chargers nonetheless have a shot in the event that they get some assist whereas Raiders are closing out a disappointing season with nothing on the road. Each groups fly again from east coast for the sport however Raiders achieve this on a brief week. Oakland continues to battle offensively whereas Philip Rivers has had a robust season. Chargers made Derek Carr look unhealthy within the first assembly, however Marshawn Lynch can exploit their rubbery run protection and hold this shut.
CAN’T HELP YOURSELF?: Chargers and the over.
WEEK’S BEST BET
Colts: They wish to play, Texans could not.
LAST WEEK: Four-10-1
BEST BETS: 5-10-1