With two weeks remaining in the 2022 NFL season, there’s more than just snow up in the air.
The latest: The Buffalo Bills have a date with the Cincinnati Bengals in a game that will drastically impact the AFC. The Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football, with both teams still in the playoff picture. The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will battle it out for first in the dreadful NFC South.
Check out the latest NFL Week 17 odds.
NFL Week 17 odds
|Dec. 29||Cowboys||Titans||DAL -9.5||42.5|
|Jan. 1||Cardinals||Falcons||ATL -3.5||39.5|
|Jan. 1||Panthers||Buccaneers||TB -3.5||40|
|Jan. 1||Bears||Lions||DET -5||51.5|
|Jan. 1||Lions||Panthers||DET -2||43.5|
|Jan. 1||Browns||Commanders||WAS -2.5||40.5|
|Jan. 1||Broncos||Chiefs||KC -13.5||43.5|
|Jan. 1||Colts||Giants||NYG -3||40.5|
|Jan. 1||Jaguars||Texans||JAX -4||43.5|
|Jan. 1||Dolphins||Patriots||MIA -1||43.5|
|Jan. 1||Saints||Eagles||PHI -7||43.5|
|Jan. 1||Jets||Seahawks||SEA -1||43|
|Jan. 1||49ers||Raiders||SF -6||43.5|
|Jan. 1||Rams||Chargers||LAC -7||40.5|
|Jan. 1||Vikings||Packers||GB -3||47|
|Jan. 1||Steelers||Ravens||BAL -3.5||36.5|
|Jan. 2||Bills||Bengals||BUF -1||49.5|
Odds as of 10:36 a.m. ET on 12/26/2022.
NFL Week 17 odds: Matchup of the week
Bills (-1) vs. Bengals
The Bills have the inside track on the No. 1 seed in the AFC, but they’ll have their hands full with the Bengals in Week 17.
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Cincinnati is picking up steam and is a team that can cause some problems in the postseason. It’s riding a seven-game winning streak ahead of Monday’s clash, a run that most notably includes a win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Joe Burrow has been excellent during this stretch, completing 68.7% of his passes for an average of 275.9 yards per game with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions.
The Bengals will be without an important player, however, as right tackle La’el Collins tore his ACL and MCL in Week 16’s win over the New England Patriots. It’s worth mentioning that after he left the game, the Pats actually outscored Cincinnati 18-10. Cincy also committed all three of its turnovers – including two interceptions – after he checked out.
The Bills have been equally as hot, entering with six consecutive wins. They secured first in the competitive AFC East this past Saturday with a 35-13 win over the Chicago Bears.
Buffalo is 6-2 on the road in 2022, tying it with Kansas City for the best road record in the AFC. Cincinnati is an impressive 5-1 on home field.
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Steelers vs. Ravens (-3.5)
The line of teams trying to get into the AFC playoffs is nearly as long as most establishments’ on New Year’s Eve, but the Steelers have somehow managed to get themselves on the waiting list.
A last-minute touchdown from George Pickens gave Pittsburgh a 13-10 win over the Las Vegas Raiders, improving its record to 7-8. The Miami Dolphins’ loss to the Green Bay Packers on Christmas Day added a little more belief that Mike Tomlin’s crew can sneak into the postseason.
Having T.J. Watt on the field has made a major difference for Pittsburgh this season. The team is 6-2 in games where the star pass-rusher suits up, and 1-6 when he’s absent.
The Ravens will hope to have Lamar Jackson back, as the superstar QB has missed the last three weeks with a sprained PCL. Baltimore has managed to go 2-1 without Jackson, but hasn’t scored more than 17 points in any of those contests.
The top spot in the AFC North is what’s still at stake for the Ravens on Sunday Night Football. They sit one game behind the Bengals for first and square off with Cincinnati in Week 18, also.
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Panthers vs. Buccaneers (-3.5)
Not all NFL divisions are equal, and that’s especially true about the NFC South.
Even on a good day, this division is bad. Tampa Bay beat the Arizona Cardinals on Christmas Day, but it certainly wasn’t a feel-good win. The Buccaneers needed overtime to knock off third-string QB Trace McSorley and the 4-11 Cards.
The Bucs have lost two of their last three and three of their last five. Despite leading the division with a 7-8 record, they actually own the worst point differential (-38) of the four teams.
Carolina seems to be trending in the right direction. It’s 3-1 since Sam Darnold returned under centre and although he’s not lighting the league on fire, he’s giving the Panthers some consistency.
The winner of this game will take hold of first in the NFC South and set itself up for a home playoff game.
Week 17 notes
- Another intriguing matchup on the slate is the Green Bay Packers (-3) hosting the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers are only a half-game behind the Washington Commanders for the seventh seed, while the Vikings are still mathematically able to surpass the Philadelphia Eagles for first in the NFC. A chance to send Green Bay packing provides some added motivation for Minnesota, too.
- If you’re a fan of chaos, you’ll be rooting for the Patriots against the Dolphins (-1). The latter is 8-7 and holding down the final playoff spot in the AFC. New England, however, is 7-8 like three other AFC teams and can drag Miami into the dog pile for the seventh seed.
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