Week 17 Parlay, Teaser & Prop Best Bets
Week 17 of the NFL season is finally here and while some teams have their position in this year’s playoffs already locked up, several division crowns and wild card slots remain up for grab.
With 16 games on tap, VI has you covered with another full slate of parlay and teaser suggestions to help you handicap your betting action.
NFL Week 17 Parlay Best Bets
2-Way Money Line Parlay
- Philadelphia Eagles (+150) vs. Washington
- New England Patriots (-154) vs. N.Y. Jets
Payout: +312 at FanDuel
As anticipated, the final week of the season is among us and the NFC East crown remains up for grabs with the Giants, Cowboys, and Washington all battling out for the bottom seed in the NFC playoff bracket.
Philadelphia heads into this week as the only team from the division to be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but there is plenty to play for in the City of Brotherly Love as the Eagles’ front office has made it clear that all jobs are on the line down the stretch of this season.
Eagles’ quarterback, Jalen Hurts, is one of those people with a job on the line and while he may not be in danger of being “cut” or “fired” like the rest of his constituents, Sunday night will be the last chance he gets before next season to prove that he should be Philadelphia’s starting quarterback moving forward.
QB Alex Smith, running back Antonio Gibson, and wide receiver Terry McLaurin are all listed as 'questionable' for Sunday night’s matchup against Philly, but I would have to figure that the cornerstones of Ron Rivera’s offense will suit up if they are physically able to in a win-or-go-home situation in Week 17.
Washington appears to be limping to the finish line as this wild NFL season comes to a close, whereas Philadelphia seems to have cranked up the intensity on both sides of the football since the benching of Carson Wentz and could be good for one last upset victory in primetime.
I’ll back the Eagles in the first leg of this parlay.
The Jets and Patriots will meet up for a second time to close out their respective seasonal campaigns and while both of these teams have nothing left to play for, I still feel inclined to bet on this game for some reason.
New York was widely regarded as the worst team in the NFL for the majority of this season, but now that they have won back-to-back contests (Rams and Browns) and officially lost out to the Jaguars for the #1 pick in next year’s draft, people are beginning to warm up to the Jets.
I am not one of those people. Winning three consecutive games in the National Football League is an extremely grueling process, especially when you are dealt the level of talent New York currently possesses.
The Patriots came out of the gates extremely lethargic against the Jets back in Week 9 but were still able to sneak out a come-from-behind win rather easily down the stretch of that contest.
I don’t think Bill Belichick will let them hang around on Sunday as long as he did last time. I would back New England to put away the “red-hot” Jets early.
NFL Week 17 Teaser Best Bets
- Tennessee Titans -1.5 at Houston (7.5)
- Baltimore Ravens -7 at Cincinnati (-13)
- Cowboys-Giants Over 38.5 (44.5)
Payout: +140 at FanDuel
The Tennessee Titans (10-5) are currently the leaders in the AFC South and are just one win away from claiming the division crown and punching their ticket to this year’s postseason.
Fortunately for the Titans, they are waltzing straight into a tailor-made matchup for RB Derrick Henry, as the league’s leading rusher will get his second crack at a Houston defensive front ranking 31st in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (151.7) and 29th in rushing touchdowns allowed per game (1.3).
In his first matchup against the Texans, Henry rumbled for 264 yards of total offense and 2 TD’s on 9.64 yards per carry during the Tennessee victory, easily marking his most dominant output of the season.
I’ll back the Titans to take it to the Texans on Sunday afternoon and secure their second consecutive playoff berth.
The Ravens are another team that can punch a ticket into this year’s postseason with a victory against a divisional opponent and there is no doubt in my mind that they will do exactly that, coming off wins by two touchdowns or more in three of their last four games.
Baltimore lost some tough matchups early on in the year, causing the majority of bettors to completely hop off the Ravens’ bandwagon, but it appears that all of the pieces to the Baltimore puzzle are finally beginning to mesh together as they draw another favorable matchup against the Bengals, quarterbacked by Brandon Allen this week.
I don’t believe head coach John Harbaugh plans on leaving his team’s playoff fate up to the teams remaining in the AFC Playoff hunt. The Ravens should win this game comfortably.
The final leg of this teaser comes from a game that could potentially decide this year’s NFC East winner, if the Eagles are able to knock off Washington on Sunday Night Football.
During the first matchup between these two teams, QB Dak Prescott suffered his season-ending leg injury early on in the contest but the Cowboys ended up winning the game anyways on a Greg Zuerlein field-goal with time expiring (37-34).
I don’t think we will get quite as many points from these teams this time around, but I have to believe they should easily cruise over 38.5 total points given the structure and the energy this contest is destined to be filled with.
NFL Week 17 TD Prop Best Bets
Anytime TD Props at FanDuel
Baltimore Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins at Cincinnati (+125)
The Baltimore Ravens find themselves in a position where a win over the Bengals this week automatically gets them into this year’s postseason, and I have to imagine that means another busy day for the rookie, J.K. Dobbins, as he will be seeking a touchdown rush in his fifth consecutive contest.
Back Dobbins to run in another TD against a Cincinnati defense ranking 25th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (131.7) and 30th in yards allowed per attempt (4.8) in a game Baltimore needs to win.
N.Y. Giants RB Wayne Gallman vs. Dallas Cowboys (+150)
When the Giants aren’t getting blown out by their opponents, Wayne Gallman has proven to be a valuable asset to Joe Judge’s team by scoring a touchdown or going for over 100 rushing yards in six out of the nine games since the injury to Devonta Freeman.
Gallman has now gone consecutive games without punching in a TD for the first time since gaining the starting role, but he draws a very favorable matchup this week against a Dallas defensive front ranking 31st in yards allowed per attempt (5.0) and dead last in rushing yards allowed per game (161.1).
Las Vegas RB Josh Jacobs at Denver (-115)
My final prop selection comes from another game that does not carry any weight in regards to this year’s postseason, but is nonetheless another divisional matchup being played for pride to close out the year and I like the value of Josh Jacobs to punch in a TD in this one.
Last time these teams met up, Jacobs rumbled for 136 yards of total offense and two TD’s during the Raiders’ victory, and I expect him to have another big day against a divisional opponent this Sunday.
Odds and Payouts per at FanDuel (Subject to Change)
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