Monday Night Football best bets: Bills vs. Bengals
Deep Dive: The VSiN staff closes out NFL Week 17 with its best bets for Monday night’s Bills vs. Bengals game.
We’ve got an outstanding Monday Night Football game to close out Week 17 between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. This one has all sorts of playoff implications, ranging from the No. 1 overall seed to the AFC North Division race. This looks like must-see TV and our analysts have some advice to steer you in the right direction with your wagers.
Odds are from DraftKings (unless noted) as of Sunday night.
Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET
Dave Tuley: The Monday nighter is the game everyone is talking about as it’s the only Week 17 matchup with both teams sporting winning records. The Bills (12-3) are trying to hold off the Chiefs for the AFC’s No. 1 seed and a first-round bye, with the defending AFC champion Bengals (11-4) just a game behind as this game could have a huge impact on playoff seeding.
After an 0-2 start, the Bengals are arguably the hottest team in the league at 11-2 SU and 12-1 ATS. The Bills still have the No. 2 offense and No. 7 defense, but they let teams stick around a lot as they’re only 5-8 ATS in their last 13 games, and that includes covering as 7.5-point favorites in a 31-23 win vs. the Browns in Week 11 that a lot of people graded at -8 and a push.
We believe the Bengals will be in this the whole game, so we’ll tease them up over a TD (it was Bills -1.5 earlier in the week, meaning we could tease up over a TD at +7.5; most books were down to 1 on Thursday and Friday, but some 1.5 were available, so shop around). We’ll have some teasers from Sunday to the Bengals, but if you don’t have those, I’d go with teasing the UNDER up to 55.5 as this should be a playoff atmosphere.
Pick: Bengals +7 or better/UNDER 55.5 (2-team, 6-point teaser)