Last Minute NFL Week 17 Bets Feature Bengals & Rams

Jay Pryce

Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:26 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 3:26 PM UTC

The Rams, Bengals and a play on the total in the Bears-Vikings clash feature in our last-minute NFL picks for Week 17. Start 2017 out with these strong picks that will definitely cash big.


Cardinals (-6.5) vs Rams

Analysis: Under bettors, beware. The OVER is 7-0 when Arizona takes to the road this season. Look for that trend to end in Los Angeles.

The Cardinals’ defense has fared well versus poor scoring teams this year and the Rams serve up the league’s worst. Squaring off against teams averaging 21 points or less a game, the Cardinals yield 18.2 points per contest as opposed to 28 versus those putting up more. L.A’s 14.5 points per game ranks last in the NFL. One has to go back to the 2012 Chiefs (13.8) to find a team posting less entering Week 17.

The Rams, meanwhile, typically dig in against division opponents. Since 2015, they allow 19.3 points per game to NFC West foes, seeing the UNDER go 8-3 in this stretch.

L.A.’s best performances in 2016 have come against inefficient passing teams. In six games against teams putting up less than 7 yards per attempt, it is 4-2 straight up and against the spread. Inconsistency has plagued Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer and company all season, the team averaging 6.4 yards per attempt through the air (23rd in the NFL).

The Cardinals have trouble separating from competition this season, winning only four games by more than a field goal. Expect this regular-season finale to mimic the Week 4 meeting in Phoenix in which L.A. upset Arizona 17-13 as an 8.5-point underdog.

Free NFL Picks: UNDER 41 & Rams +6.5Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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 Ravens vs Bengals

Analysis: The Ravens have only won twice on the road all season with victories coming against the lowly Browns and Jaguars. Their combined record is 4-26, for what it’s worth. Since 2015, Baltimore, in fact, has only won four road contests, three of them coming against teams with a points differential of -9 points or less. Cincy, despite a 5-9-1 SU record, owns a respectable -0.5 average scoring margin, better than the 8-7 Buccaneers (-1.1) or 9-6 Texans (-2.8). The Bengals are also 4-0 at Paul Brown Stadium against teams with a point differential of 3.7 or less this year. Baltimore enters with a 2.6 difference. Home-field advantage will be the difference-maker in this one.

Free NFL Pick: Bengals +102Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Bears vs Vikings (-6)

Analysis: Despite coughing up 72 total points over the last two games, the Vikings defense still ranks second in the NFL with 314.3 total yards allowed per game. Insubordination plagued the unit last weekend, but trust head coach Mike Zimmer took care of the problem. The Bears offense is anemic and should restore confidence in the Minnesota unit. Chicago averages 15.7 points per game against defenses allowing less than 24 points per game, scoring no more than 20 in any one contest.

The Vikings rank dead last in the NFL in total offense, the O-line and running game in complete shambles. Their 19.3 point per game entering the NFC North clash is the fewest the Bears have faced all season in a contest. The UNDER, in fact, is 7-1 when Chicago goes off against a team scoring fewer than 23 points per game this season. The Bears allow 19.6 per game in this situation

Free NFL Pick: UNDER 43Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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