Okay, much more coming this week on Outkick about the Alabama win over Washington and the destruction of Ohio State by Clemson, but for now, I have one game I’m betting this weekend: Atlanta -7 and the over 52 in the Saints game.
Here are the top OddsShark picks.
Some NFL teams obviously have much more meaningful games in Week 17 while others are simply trying to play the role of spoilers, making it one of the toughest to handicap all season. That being said, here are three that seem to be the easiest to pick from on a tough slate . . .
Bears at Vikings (-5.5) (Sun, 1 p.m. ET) â€“ Matchup Report
Minnesota’s season fell apart following an impressive 5-0 start with a four-game skid, with three of those games taking place on the road, including a 20-10 loss at Chicago in Week 8. The Vikings would still like to avoid a losing season and avenge that earlier setback to the Bears, who have a shot to grab a Top 3 pick in the NFL Draft. Regardless of how bad Minnesota has been lately overall, the team is still 8-2 against the spread in its last 10 home games. Go Vikes.
Patriots (-9.5) at Dolphins (Sun, 1 p.m. ET) â€“ Matchup Report
This is a tricky divisional matchup, mostly because New England’s motivation has trumped just about anything opponents have offered this season. Like Minnesota though, Miami has been outstanding at home, going 8-2 ATS in its last 10 there versus teams with winning records. The Dolphins are also 8-1-1 ATS in their past 10 overall, so look for them to stay within a touchdown against the mighty Patriots at home.
Saints at Falcons (-6.5) (Sun, 4:25 p.m. ET) â€“ Matchup Report
Atlanta wants the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a home game in the divisional round of the playoffs. New Orleans lost 45-32 to the Falcons at home as a 2.5-point favorite back in Week 3 and will be hard-pressed to keep this rematch within double digits on the road. The Saints simply do not have the defense to hold Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan in check, and counterpart Drew Brees will not be able to match him score for score in this one either. Look for the Falcons to take care of business with a cover and keep the Seattle Seahawks from taking their seed.