Another NFL regular season is coming to a close as another calendar year winds down. NFL Week 17 provides some opportunities for New Jersey bettors to cash out before either ends.
Several franchises need to win their games to secure a playoff spot or better playoff positioning this week. Bettors can take advantage of that urgency and opposing teams’ desires to play the spoiler.
A lot on the line in NFL Week 17
While a few of the games on Sunday, December 29 have no postseason implications, many contests have a lot riding on them. The implications include:
- A first-round bye in the AFC
- The AFC’s second wild card
- Home-field advantage in the NFC
- Both NFC first-round byes
- The NFC East and West divisions
There are 11 games on Sunday with some kind of postseason gravity to them. The nuances in each game make some alternate spreads, parlays and prop bets attractive.
One of those contests involves the Philadelphia Eagles. All the signs point toward a decisive Eagles win and there will likely be plenty of NFL betting action in support of Philadephia this holiday weekend.
Eagles likely to cover and hit the over on Sunday
The New York Giants come into this contest without any wins over any team above .500 on the season. New York is 2-5 at home ATS this season as well.
Philadelphia has covered in its past two games. It’s easy to make an argument that it should be the most-motivated team come Sunday.
The Eagles enter Sunday’s game with a lot on the line. A Philadelphia win not only gets them into the playoffs but guarantees them at least one home game as the NFC East champion.
A loss, on the other hand, opens the door for Dallas to win the division. That would mean the Eagles could start their offseason early, as the only way that Philadelphia is getting into the postseason is winning its division.
DraftKings Sportsbook offers an attractive line on the spread for this game. Taking the Eagles -4.5 would pay out +105 if Philadelphia covers.
FanDuel Sportsbook takes that further with a spread/total parlay. Taking the Eagles -4.5 and the over on 45.5 has a line of +260 right now.
PointsBet Sportsbook has one of the best alternate spread bets available. If Philadelphia wins by at least two touchdowns, bettors would reap the benefits of the +265 offering there.
If the first score of this game is an Eagles touchdown, William Hill Sportsbook would pay out +155. Other games have attractive bets as well.
The article was written on Dec. 24. Updated lines are here:
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Below are a few recommend wagers, organized by game and then New Jersey legal sportsbook:
Green Bay at Detroit
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Miami at New England
The Patriots need a win to avoid having to play in the wild-card round. The Dolphins are dead-last in the league in scoring defense.
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New Orleans at Carolina
The Saints can similarly claim the NFC’s top seed with a win and some help. Only the Dolphins have been worse this season in scoring defense than the Panthers.
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Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City
The Chiefs can score that first-round bye if they win and get an assist from the Dolphins. There will be some scoreboard watching going on in this one, so don’t be surprised if Kansas City pulls its starters if the Patriots get off to a significant lead early.
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Washington at Dallas
The Cowboys have to win this game to have any hope of winning their division. Washington is 24th in scoring defense coming into this game.
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Just like every other season, NFL Week 17 this year promises some dramatic finishes. Whether that also means a payoff for those who take part in legal sports betting in New Jersey depends on how well bettors fill out their tickets.