Another exciting NFL week is here, bringing with it a lot of games with tremendous importance for playoff positioning.
Our VSiN experts -- Adam Burke, Dave Tuley, Will Hill, Wes Reynolds and Matt Youmans, along with Ben Brown of Pro Football Focus -- combine to give their opinions on every Sunday game in Week 17.
Note: Lines are from DraftKings Sportsbook as of Thursday night.
Here are our Week 17 best bets:
Sunday, Jan. 2
Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts (-7, 44)
Tuley: Jonathan Taylor has carried the Colts into the playoff hunt, and many are regarding them as a top contender, making me finally feel good about my 35-1 future-book tickets bought last winter. The Colts were favored by more than a touchdown earlier this week, but then came news Tuesday morning that quarterback Carson Wentz was placed on the reserve/ COVID-19 list and this line plummeted to as low as Colts -1.5. After it was learned that Wentz might be able to play Sunday, the line went back up to -6.5 and is now up to 7. That’s enough to put me on the Raiders, who are 8-7 and also fighting for a wild-card spot. Derek Carr has enough weapons to match the Colts score for score, and he might be getting tight end Darren Waller back this week. I would grab the 7 now in case Wentz ends up not starting, as the line would drop again if Sam Ehlinger was thrust into the starting role.
Pick: Raiders + 7
New York Giants at Chicago Bears (-5.5, 37)
Burke: The Giants and Bears are a couple of teams playing out the string on the season. One seems a lot more engaged than the other, but that team is also nearly a touchdown favorite on Sunday.
My focus in this game is on the total. It is one of the lowest totals that you will see for an NFL game in the current era, but one that is very much deserved. The Giants have scored 13.6 points per game in their last eight games, many of those played with either an injured Daniel Jones or some combination of Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm.
The Bears got some Nick Foles magic last week, but still managed just 4.6 yards per play. These are two of the worst offenses in the NFL in the YPP department. The weather won’t help this week. The forecast calls for a high temperature below 20 with a little bit of wind and wind chills around zero. I’m not sure either team will be excited to go out and play in this kind of weather. These are two bad-weather cities, but this is pretty extreme.