Bowl games are dropping like flies, which will lead more people to look at Week 17 NFL early lines. The playoff picture in the AFC remains a jumbled mess, but five of the seven spots in the NFC have been claimed and there are already two division winners. Most of the games this week have some sort of postseason implication, though there are some that will feature teams playing out the string.
Spreads and totals have been adjusted from the lookahead lines to give bettors a starting point for Week 17 and there are a few games that I like, as we’ll see 15 games on Sunday and one game on Monday with no more Thursday Night Football for the season.
Here are the early lines I like for Week 17:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-13, 46.5) at New York Jets
The Jets barely hung on to beat the hapless Jaguars, hurting their draft position in the process. This is not a team content to mail it in the rest of the way and every snap is an important one for Zach Wilson and his development going forward. The one thing I’ve noticed about the Jets throughout the season is that they are capable of holding their own in the trenches.
It would be hard for any team to overcome a -13 turnover margin to be competitive. The Jets do lack skill-position talent. Wilson may not be the guy in the long run. But, this team plays hard and should play hard here against the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay locked up the NFC South last week to win the franchise’s first division title in 14 years. The Bucs did so with a depleted roster and very few healthy bodies at the skill positions.