NFL Best Bets Week 17
Coming off a 3-3 week, I enter week 17 at 39-26 on the season. The last week of the season is always a tough one with players and teams resting for the playoffs. I tried to stick with teams that have something to play for this weekend, but you never know what will happen in this league. No matter what happens this week, I think we've had a very successful season and it sucks its already coming to an end.
The Saints still have a chance on Sunday, with a little bit of help, to secure the #1 seed in the NFC. Not only can they secure a first round bye, but New Orleans can use Sunday to get a rhythm going in the pass game. Since Drew Brees missed four games with injury, the offense has struggled moving the ball down the field through the air. Brees is missing his #1 target Michael Thomas for the rest of the year, so he needs to build a repour with newly acquired Emanuel Sanders and the other wide outs. The Panthers on the other hand, have nothing to play for and again will be without star running back Christain McCaffrey. I think the Saints use this game to build a lot of confidence and run up the score on a terrible Carolina defense. Saints win big. New Orleans -6
Tampa Bay may be in the oddest playoff position of all time. They don't need a win to secure a first round bye or a top seed, they need a win to play a NFC East winner in the first round. Playing the NFC East winner may be the best first round matchup behind the bye week! Tom Brady and the Bucs also just played the Falcons two weeks ago and struggled before coming from behind and beating the Matt Ryan led team, 31-27. Tom Brady always learns from his mistakes, and I would find it hard to believe the defense wont play better this time around. The Bucs will look to make a statement before heading into the playoffs. Tampa Bay -6.5
14 points in the NFL? In January?? Nope. No matter how bad the Jags are I have to take the points here. Jacksonville +14.5
The NFC East is a dumpster fire. It would only make sense that the 4-10-1 Eagles beat Washington in week 17 to send the Washington Football Team home. Jalen Hurts has played well since replacing Carson Wentz, and I don't think he was the reason the Eagles lost last week to the Cowboys. The Eagles, for some reason, stopped running the football. I don't think they make that same mistake this week. I also don't know the health status of sure-thing comeback player of the year Alex Smith. Even if Smith does play, I'm not sure the offense can find any success against the Eagles defense. The Eagles have been very good for me this season and I'm giving them one more go in week 17. Philadelphia +3.5
The Steelers are resting a TON of players against the Browns and I couldn't care less. If I've learned anything about football, never should the Pittsburgh Steelers be double digit underdogs no matter what. Especially to the Cleveland Browns! Here's a great question for you, are the Steelers backups that much worse than the Jets starters? Pittsburgh +9.5
Lock of the Week
Oh man, here we go. If you've been paying attention, you would know I'm picking the Eagles to win against the Washington Football Team and I'm picking the Cowboys to win. That means the Dallas Cowboys will be your NFC East champions.
Yes, you read that right. I just don't see how the Giants can be competitive in this game. Daniel Jones probably isn't healthy, and honestly who cares if he is healthy. Jones has only thrown 9 touchdowns on the season and has been a turnover machine. Not only has the second year quarterback thrown 9 interceptions but he's coughed the ball up a staggering 10 times this year. The defense for the Giants hasn't been too bad this season, but last time they played the Cowboys, they allowed a season high 37 points. Andy Dalton and the Cowboys offense is playing the best they have all season coming into Sunday. The most 2020 thing to ever happen is about to happen in 2021, the 6-9 Cowboys are going to win the division.......... Dallas -1.5