VSiN’s NFL knowledgeable affords some betting suggestions for Week 17.
Panthers at Saints (-6.5, 37.5)
The Panthers simply is perhaps past restore, however at the very least Sam Darnold represents an improve over Cam Newton. Newton’s return was a determined ploy to regain some type of relevance by tapping into the previous, however it was clear just about immediately that the previous MVP had nothing left within the tank.
The Saints will get Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian again this week, which represents an enormous improve over Ian E book, however why would anyone wish to lay virtually a landing with the Saints? Even with Hill and Siemian for many of the motion, this can be a group that has exceeded 17 factors as soon as within the final 5 video games. That got here in opposition to the Jets and occurred as a result of the Saints had three fourth-quarter scoring drives of 51 or fewer yards.
If nothing else, Carolina nonetheless has a stout protection. In a sport by which scoring alternatives appear moderately restricted, getting a 6.5-point head begin with defensive group in opposition to a suspect offense looks as if funding.
Decide: Panthers +6.5.
Giants at Bears (-6.5, 36.5)
These are a few groups enjoying out the string. One appears much more engaged than the opposite, however that group can be practically a landing favourite.
My focus on this sport is on the whole. It is among the lowest totals that you will note for an NFL sport within the present period, however one which may be very a lot deserved. The Giants have scored 13.6 ppg of their final eight video games, lots of these performed with both an injured Daniel Jones or some mixture of Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm.
The Bears acquired some Nick Foles magic final week, however nonetheless managed simply 4.6 yards per play. These are two of the worst offenses within the NFL within the YPP division. The climate gained’t assist. The forecast requires a excessive temperature beneath 20 with a bit little bit of wind and wind chills round zero. I’m undecided both group can be excited to exit and play in this type of climate. These are two bad-weather cities, however that is fairly excessive.
Decide: Below 36.5.
Jaguars at Patriots (-16.5, 41.5)
Invoice Belichick’s dominance in opposition to rookie quarterbacks has been introduced up with each alternative in opposition to a first-year sign caller. It’s virtually not even value mentioning anymore. What’s value mentioning is that the Jaguars are completely enjoying out the string on a season from hell and can now achieve this with out their finest offensive participant in James Robinson.
Trevor Lawrence has been arrange for failure and the Jaguars group ought to be ashamed. Not solely was City Meyer a horrible rent, but in addition Lawrence is extraordinarily restricted with what he has to work with at extensive receiver and the play designs and route ideas have had guys operating into one another or not separated to create throwing lanes.
Possibly New England doesn’t rating sufficient to cowl this monumental unfold. Possibly the Patriots are deeply flawed, as the previous couple of weeks have steered. The New England protection, nevertheless, is in a “get proper” spot in opposition to an offense that reveals no indicators of being environment friendly or efficient in opposition to any group, not to mention among the best defenses within the NFL.
Decide: Jaguars Crew Whole Below 12.5.