NFL capsules for Week 17

December 28, 2021 10:18 PM

Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills (-13.5, 44)

The Atlanta Falcons (7-8 SU, ATS) kept their slim playoff hopes alive Sunday as they held off Detroit with a late interception on the goal line, preserving a 20-16 victory. They have a tall task if they wish to continue their playoff push: They must defeat the Buffalo Bills (9-6 SU, ATS) to stay in the wild-card race. The Bills are coming off a statement win in Foxboro, where they overtook the Patriots in the AFC East with a 33-21 victory in which they led throughout. The Bills have a favorable schedule to finish the season, hosting the Falcons and the Jets. If the Bills win their two remaining games, they will win their second consecutive AFC East title.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-13.5, 45) at New York Jets

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-4 SU, 8-7 ATS) clinched the NFC South when they dominated the Panthers in Carolina. They will now look to increase their status as they visit the New York Jets (4-11 SU, 5-10 ATS). Last week’s victory came despite being short-handed, as the Bucs were without wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, while running back Leonard Fournette also missed the game. Godwin is out for the season and Fournette won’t return until the playoffs, but Evans could be back in the near future. And wide receiver Antonio Brown returned after serving a suspension. The Bucs will look to exploit a Jets defense that is at the bottom of the league in many categories, including points allowed.

Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts (-8.5, 45)

In a battle of teams vying for playoff spots, the Las Vegas Raiders (8-7 SU, 6-9 ATS) have won two in a row and look to upset the Indianapolis Colts (9-6 SU, 10-5 ATS). It has been a roller-coaster season for the Raiders, who won their first three games, then lost seven of 10 and have now won back-to-back games to give themselves a shot at postseason play. Tight end Darren Waller has not played since Thanksgiving and remains out. The Colts are inching toward a wild-card berth and scored a big road victory on Christmas against the Cardinals. The win came despite their entire offensive line missing some or all of the game, and the status of those players will be something to monitor. Colts All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this game.

New York Giants at Chicago Bears (-5, 38)

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