The ultimate week of the 2019 NFL season is upon us, bringing plenty of interesting matchups that will define the playoff picture. The Baltimore Ravens have clinched No. 1 seed in the AFC, and that’s pretty much all we know at the moment. The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are still racing for the NFC East title, while it’s unknown which two teams will get a first-round bye in the NFC. All 16 games are set for Sunday, December 29, so let’s take a look at the hottest NFL betting trends for Week 17.
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Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs can earn a first-round bye if they beat the Los Angeles Chargers and the Miami Dolphins upset the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Although Miami needs a miracle to beat the reigning champs, the bookies are pretty sure the Chiefs will defeat the Chargers even if Patrick Mahomes hit the sidelines to take a rest and avoid any injury worries. The Chargers are one of the biggest disappointments of the season and can’t wait to finally wrap it up.
Los Angeles is only 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six games overall, while the Chargers are 3-5 SU and ATS in their previous eight outings on the road. They are 2-4 SU and ATS in the last six showings as underdogs and are 0-5 SU and ATS in their five meetings with the AFC West this season. On the other side, the Chiefs are riding a five-game winning streak, covering on all five occasions. They are 3-0 SU and ATS in the last three showings at home, while the Chiefs are 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS in their previous ten home meetings with the AFC West.
Furthermore, the Chiefs are 5-0 SU and ATS against division rivals this season. They’ve been dominating the Chargers for years, winning ten of the previous 11 head-to-head encounters and covering eight times in that stretch. Likewise, the Chiefs are 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games against the Chargers when listed as favorites.
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The Saints eye their seventh straight win on the road
The New Orleans Saints desperately need a win Carolina. They are 6-0 SU and ATS in the last six games on the road, while the Saints covered in 13 of their previous 16 showings away from home. Also, the Saints are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games against the NFC South. They are 5-1 SU in the last six meetings with the Panthers, but the Saints failed to cover in four straight encounters with Carolina. The Panthers are 0-7 SU and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games overall and are 2-8 SU and 3-6-1 ATS in their previous ten outings at home.
Can the Eagles beat the Giants on the road to clinch the NFC East?
The Philadelphia Eagles are in a must-win situation in Week 17. They are undefeated in six straight meetings with the Giants and are 16-4 SU in the previous 20 H2H duels. Although Philadelphia is only 1-4 ATS in its last five matchups with the Giants, the Eagles are 12-8 ATS in the previous 20 H2H duels overall. Also, the Eagles are 10-2 SU and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road meetings with the Giants. Interestingly, the over is 7-0 in the last seven encounters between these two NFC East foes in New York. The Eagles are 5-3 SU and 4-4 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Giants are 2-9 SU in their last 11 outings and are 4-1 ATS in their previous five games overall.
Under trending in Chicago
The Bears outlasted the Vikings 16-6 at home in Week 4. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two NFC North foes, and it is 12-4 in their previous 16 encounters. Also, six of the last eight head-to-head duels in Minneapolis went in the under. The under is 7-2 in Chicago’s last nine games overall, and it is 7-1 in Chicago’s previous eight matchups with division rivals. Likewise, the under has hit in seven of Minnesota’s last eight meetings with the NFC North, while 11 of the Vikings’ previous 15 games against the NFC went in the under.
Over trending in Tampa
Well, there’s been an over trending in Tampa all season long, as five of the previous six games at Raymond James Stadium went in the over. The total has gone over in 11 of the Buccaneers’ 15 games this season and 11 of their previous 13 outings. Six of the last seven encounters between the Falcons and Buccaneers went in the over, as well as four the Falcons’ previous six games on the road. The over is 5-2 in Atlanta’s last seven games played in December, and it is 9-3 in Tampa Bay’s previous 12 contests against the NFC South.