Week 17 NFL Football Betting Preview: December 30th 2010
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It is the final week of the 2010 NFL regular season and while nine of the 12 available spots in the postseason have already been claimed the final playoff picture will not be complete until the last of the 16 games have been played.
The one thing we know for sure is that 13-2 New England has clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC regardless of the outcome of its game against Miami. The Patriots are only a three-point favorite at home but do not expect them to be resting too many starters in this game.
Pittsburgh and Baltimore have clinched playoff spots and are tied at 11-4 atop the AFC North with the Steelers holding the tiebreaker. The Steelers can clinch the division and the second seed with a win over Cleveland, but could fall all the way to the sixth seed with a loss. They are a six-point road favorite and the ‘over/under’ line is set at 37 ½.
Indianapolis is in control in the AFC South at 9-6, but still needs a win over Tennessee to win the division. A loss to the Titans combined with a Jacksonville win over Houston would give the title to the Jaguars. The Colts are a 10-point home favorite and the ‘over/under’ is set at 48. Jacksonville is a 2 ½-point road favorite with an ‘over/under’ set at 49 ½.
Kansas City has already clinched the AFC West and Philadelphia has clinched the NFC East making their final games relatively meaningless. The Chiefs are a three-point home favorite against Oakland and the ‘over/under’ is set at 43 ½. The line for the Eagles’ game against Dallas is currently OFF due to the playing status of Michael Vick.
Green Bay needs a win at home against Chicago to punch its ticket to the playoffs. This task was made much easier after Tuesday night when Philadelphia’s shocking loss to Minnesota clinched a first-round bye for the Bears. The Packers are a 10-point home favorite and the ‘over/under’ is set at 41 ½.
Atlanta needs a win over Carolina to win the NFC South and clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC. A loss could send them all the way to the fifth seed and open the door for the New Orleans to sneak into the top spot. The Falcons are a 14 ½-point home favorite and the ‘over/under’ is set at 41.
The Saints have clinched a playoff berth and are a 7 ½-point favorite over Tampa Bay with an ‘over/under’ set at 47 ½. A Buccaneers’ win can still get them in the playoffs as a wildcard if both Green Bay and New York lose. The Giants can get in with a win over Washington and a Packers’ loss. New York is four-point road favorite and the ‘over/under’ is set at 44 ½.
The NFL decided to save the best for last as 7-8 St. Louis will face 6-9 Seattle for the NFC West title on Sunday night. The Rams are a 2 ½-point road favorite but if the Seahawks pull off the upset they would be the first team to win a division and make the playoffs with a losing record. The ‘over/under’ for this game is set at 41 ½.
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