NFL Week 17 Odds & Early Line Moves: Cardinals-Cowboys, Chiefs-Bengals, Rams-Ravens Among Playoff-Shaping Matchups

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The penultimate week of the 2021 NFL regular season is replete with important matchups, as nine of the 16 Week 17 games feature two teams still in the playoff picture. Here are opening odds and notes on early betting action from around the marketplace.

Fifteen games are set for Sunday, Jan. 2, with Browns at Steelers on tap for next Monday night.

Lines listed are current as of this Monday morning’s writing.

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Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts (-7.5, 46)

There was an early adjustment toward the hometown Raiders at SuperBook USA, the first U.S. sportsbook to hang NFL point spreads on Sunday nights, as the Colts opened -8.5.

New York Giants at Chicago Bears (-6, 37.5)

Chicago comes in off an outright win in the snow in Seattle and will face the second- and/or third-string Giants quarterback. Still, this feels like lot of points for the Bears to lay. The total on this matchup of big-market also-rans is among the lowest of the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-13, 46) at New York Jets

This is the eighth time this season the Bucs have been double-digit favorites, and they are 6-1 against the spread in these spots, including Sunday’s 32-16 win as 10.5-point chalk in Carolina. BetMGM is on high end of the early market, dealing Tampa Bay -13.5.

Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills (-14, 44.5)

The Bills look back on course with a 33-21 win at New England and will be large home favorites in their two final regular-season games, this Week 16 affair against the Jags and vs. the Jets in Week 17.

Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys (-5.5, 50)

SuperBook USA hung Dallas -3 before the Cowboys’ 56-14 throttling of the Washington Football Team on Sunday night. Monday morning, DraftKings is dealing Dallas -5.5 for this key NFC contest. The Cardinals, since their 7-0 start, have looked pretty ordinary, winning just three of their last eight games and none of their last three.

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-7, 38)

While COVID issues at quarterback have prompted the spread to move against the Saints for their MNF game against the Dolphins, Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian have plenty to time to get themselves out of protocol for Week 16. New Orleans is available for -6.5 at Caesars.

Philadelphia Eagles (-4, 43.5) at Washington Football Team

Philly -3.5 was the SuperBook’s original number, but DraftKings went to -4 after watching Washington’s woeful Sunday night showing.

Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5, 48) at Cincinnati Bengals

Immediate move at the SuperBook on the red-hot Chiefs, with the line moving from -4 to -5 in early wagering. Kansas City sits -4.5 on most oddsboard for this showdown of AFC contenders.

Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-15.5, 42)

While this line reached as high as Pats -16.5 in advanced wagering, the large spread juxtaposed with the low total figures to get the attention of underdog bettors.

Miami Dolphins at Tennessee Titans (-3.5, 41)

Early action on the underdog Dolphins moved this line off its initial offering of Titans -4.

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers (-5.5, 45)

There are +6s available for Broncos bettors looking to fade a Chargers team that lost outright as 13-point favorites in Houston on Sunday, 41-29. That would require, of course, backing a Drew Lock-led Denver club.

Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers (-14.5, 45.5)

The Niners were bumped from -14 to -14.5 during early wagering at the SuperBook and are priced -15 on several other oddsboards.

Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks (-7.5, 42)

Opening -9, the Seahawks have seen the market move against them in early wagering, dipping to as cheap as -7 at Circa Sports, as bettors clamor to be a part of the money-making machine that is the Detroit Lions and their nifty 10-5 record ATS.

Los Angeles Rams (-3, 45.5) at Baltimore Ravens

Circa attaches -120 juice a Rams -3 bet, as QB uncertainty hovers around Baltimore.

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-7, 47.5)

The market has nudged its way toward the Vikes in this spot, as BetMGM and Caesars are among the bet shops offering Green Bay -7 with reduced juice.

MNF: Cleveland Browns (-3 even, 40.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers

The opening line of Cleveland -2.5 proved light for the market’s taste, as the spread sits at the key number ‘3’ with reduced vig on most oddsboards.

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Marcus DiNitto

Marcus DiNitto

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Marcus DiNitto is Senior News Editor for Gaming Today. He has been managing editor at national sports websites SportsBusiness Daily, Sporting News, and The Linemakers, as well as with licensed sportsbook operator USA Sports Gaming. Marcus graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

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