N.F.L. Week 17 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread


The Vikings (7-8) count on to return the star operating again Dalvin Cook from the Covid-19 listing. Completing the season sweep of Green Bay (at Lambeau Field) might be too tall a job, however Minnesota may cowl — and edge its approach right into a playoff berth — if it feeds Cook throughout an evening sport during which the temperature isn’t anticipated to high 13 levels. Pick: Vikings +6.5

Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Bills -14 | Total: 44.5

This may very well be thought of a lure sport for the Bills (9-6), who would lose their newly established grip on the A.F.C. East if the Falcons (7-8) pulled off an upset. It would even be a reversal of each soccer norm if Atlanta, whose protection has surrendered 30 or extra factors six instances, may perform a win at Highmark Stadium, the place below-freezing temperatures and snow are predicted for kickoff.

If Buffalo retains Josh Allen upright towards the go rush, which it didn’t do in a Week 9 loss to Jacksonville (a real lure sport), the Bills will cowl the unfold simply. Pick: Bills -14

Giants at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Bears -6 | Total: 38.5

The Bears (5-10) and the Giants (4-11) have been two of the worst groups in the league, however Giants Coach Joe Judge is reportedly staying for a minimum of yet one more season whereas Matt Nagy’s future in Chicago is unclear. The results of this sport is unlikely to alter both of these circumstances, although the Bears will in all probability win.

The Giants’ offense struggled even earlier than Daniel Jones injured his neck, and has not had greater than 200 yards passing in a sport since early (*17*). Nick Foles, the Bears’ third-string quarterback, bought a win over Seattle final week and after confirming this week that he had criticized Nagy’s offense, he could relish the probability to be the purpose they win. Pick: Bears -6

Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Colts -7 | Total: 45

The Colts (9-6), for all intents and functions, have secured the high wild-card spot, making this sport extra necessary for the Raiders (8-7), who nonetheless technically have an opportunity at the playoffs, based on math. Indianapolis positioned Carson Wentz on the Covid-19 listing this week, and Coach Frank Reich mentioned it won’t be clear till Sunday if he’ll go protocols. If Wentz can not play, the rookie ​​Sam Ehlinger will begin. Jonathan Taylor continues to be the league’s main rusher (1,626 yards on 297 carries), and the Raiders’ protection is common towards the run (14th in yards allowed, with 1,736).