NFL Picks & Odds: Betting Recap of Week 17

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 12:45 PM GMT

We put to bed the regular season with our final NFL betting recap. Join us as we go over the entire week 17 NFL odds board and recap the action.

Week 17 NFL Betting Recap
At the close of Sunday's final round of the regular season, the favourites emerged 12-4 SU against underdogs but slipped to 7-9 ATS. Home teams went 9-7 SU and just 6-10 ATS against away teams. Finally, the over-under settled on a 5-11 mark.

 

Overall NFL Betting Trends
So the regular season finishes with the favourites going 167-82-1 SU and 119-127-2 ATS. Home teams went 141-108-1 SU and 121-125-4 ATS and the over-under settle down on a 114-135-4 mark.

 

Favourites Cashing
The Denver Broncos opened as the hefty 14.5-point favourites (or thereabouts on the NFL trading floor) but closed on a high of 16-points. Nevertheless, the Broncos handily covered in a 47-14 rout of the Raiders at Mile High and in so doing secured a first round bye in the playoffs.

Also resting in the wildcard round are the Seattle Seahawks (-11.5), who eventually eked out the 20-6 win over the Rams to cover as the home favourites, and Aaron Rodgers and the Packers after they overcame the Detroit Lions 30-20 to cover as the 8.5-point home favourites.

Dallas Cowboys, meanwhile, rode roughshod over the Washington Redskins in the nation's capital, winning 44-17 to come through for their NFL backers as the 6-point home favourites. Indianapolis Colts crushed the Titans 27-10 as the 7.5-point road favourites and the Chiefs overcame the Chargers in a 19-7 win to cover as the 3-point home chalk. Finally, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Cincinnati Bengals 27-17 to cover as the 3-point home favourites.

 

Underdogs Punching Above Their Weight Class
The Arizona Cardinals pulled off the 6.5-point cover on the road in a 20-17 loss to the Niners while the Jacksonville Jaguars (+8.5) covered in a 23-17 loss to the Houston Texans. The biggest cover on the NFL odds board by an underdog came from the Cleveland Browns, who lost to the Ravens 20-10. The Browns opened as the 7-point road underdogs but quickly swelled up to 14-points when it was announced Hoyer wouldn't start in the season finale in Baltimore.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers covered as the 4.5-point home underdogs in a 23-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints, but they could have pulled off the SU win had they not fritted away a 20-3 lead late in the game. Finally, the Chicago Bears (+7) covered on the road in a 13-9 loss to the Vikings.

 

Outright Upsets
Week 17 NFL betting served up several upsets, namely the Buffalo Bills beating the New England Patriots 17-9 at the Foxboro, to pull off wins in SU and ATS NFL picks. The Eagles finished the season on a positive note with a win over the New York Giants on the road. Eagles defeated the Giants 34-26 to cover as the notional 1-point underdogs.

The New York Jets upset the Miami Dolphins on the road, winning 37-24 and covering as the 7-point road underdogs.

Finally, the Carolina Panthers (+3) both won SU and covered for their NFL backers in a lopsided 34-3 win over the Falcons on the road.