NFL picks: Best bets for Week 17
Mike Ortiz Jr. makes his football picks and predictions for Week 17 of the 2022 NFL season, with three best bets for Sunday.
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Best Bets NFL Week 17: Odds, Picks and Predictions
Cardinals vs Falcons Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NFL Betting Lines Week 17
Moneyline: Arizona Cardinals (+150), Atlanta Falcons (-175)
Spread: Arizona Cardinals +3.5, Atlanta Falcons -3.5
Total: Over/Under 42 points
Cardinals vs Falcons Predictions and Pick
After taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers down to the wire last week, the Arizona Cardinals will get back their recent starting quarterback Colt McCoy, who replaced Kyler Murray due to a season ending ACL injury. As for the Atlanta Falcons, they’ll roll out rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder for the third time this year and will see what he has to offer.
I wish the Falcons would give backup quarterback and former AAF legend Logan Woodside a chance to show them what he has to offer as Woodside would certainly outshine Ridder. I get the circumstances, though, as Ridder was their shiny new draft pick and their attempt at a quarterback for the future.
While the Cardinals defense held the Buccaneers offense in check, that was the first time the Cardinals held an opponent under 20 points since Week 10.
As for the Falcons defense, they're still dreadful, and the only reason they’ve looked good is due to their opponents having bad offenses.
We will definitely see some bad offensive possessions in this one, but we’ll see enough good ones to exceed the over.
The Pick: Over 42 points (-110)
Browns vs Commanders Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NFL Betting Lines Week 17
Moneyline: Cleveland Browns (+110), Washington Commanders (-130)
Spread: Cleveland Browns +2.5, Washington Commanders -2.5
Total: Over/Under 40.5 points
Browns vs Commanders Predictions
As it stands right now the Washington Commanders currently have the last spot in the NFC wild card race and, as long as they win their last two games, they’ll be in. There are some other factors that could help get them in as well, but the focus for them is just to win out.
The Cleveland Browns enter this game with nothing to play for besides spoiler, and that’s the tone that defensive end Myles Garrett set a few weeks ago.
“I don’t know what our chances are,” Garrett said during his post-game press conference. “I don’t know what the percentage is. I just know that next week, we have to go punch somebody in the mouth, and if our chances are zero, we got to knock down somebody else’s chances.”
“At the end of the day, I’m not giving up, and this team’s not giving up. And regardless of where we stand, it’s all about pride, it’s all about desire.”
Quarterback Deshaun Watson will be playing in his fifth game and, while he has yet to look like the Deshaun Watson of old, now would be a perfect time. With just two passing touchdowns in four games and only exceeding 200 yards once, Watson will look to change that on Sunday.
The Commanders have a top-10 pass defense, ranking seventh in the NFL in opponent passing yards per game, and will pose a true test for Watson.
While Watson has been struggling and this Commanders defense is good, he will finally get things going on Sunday. Wide receiver Amari Cooper is trending in the right direction to play and their chemistry together is getting better and better every week.
Myles Garrett will make sure this Browns defense is ready to go on every possession and will give this Commanders offense a lot of problems on Sunday. The Browns play spoiler and get it done on the road.
The Pick: Cleveland Browns ML (+110)
Vikings vs Packers Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NFL Betting Lines Week 17
Moneyline: Minnesota Vikings (+160), Green Bay Packers (-190)
Spread: Minnesota Vikings +3.5, Green Bay Packers -3.5
Total: Over/Under 48 points
Vikings vs Packers Predictions and Pick
The Packers have been on the outside looking in on the playoff picture for the majority of the season and now that hope is growing more and more each day. The Minnesota Vikings embarrassed Rodgers and company in Week 1, winning 23-7, and I can promise you that Rodgers didn’t forget that.
Not that he needs any extra motivation than making the playoffs, but the fact that the Vikings held them in check certainly does add some more fuel to the fire.
Rodgers and his new rookie wide receivers appear to have their connection now as the three are clicking on all cylinders. Romeo Doubs is back and healthy and Christian Watson has a shot to play on Sunday.
If Rodgers has his weapons ready to go on Sunday, and if this Packers defense continues to play the way that it’s been playing, then the Packers will get it done and they’ll keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Pick: Green Bay Packers -3.5 (-105)