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NFL week 17, picks against the spread: Broncos heavy favorites, but good pick

The final week of the NFL regular season is here and the biggest thing bettors should look out for is the trap game.


Finally, the end of the regular season is here. There are only a couple of games that are going to change the playoff brackets, but for the most part, things are set. With that, the trap game could come into effect this Sunday. Teams that would normally defeat an inferior opponent may end up losing as they try to rest their superstars.

Keeping all of that in mind, here are your picks against the spread. The divisonal battles are on! As always, the lines come courtesy of Bovada.

New York Jets +3 1/2 vs. Buffalo Bills

How fitting would it be if the Jets lost the final game of the season with Mark Sanchez back under center? I think the collapse completes.

Pick: Bills

Baltimore Ravens +3 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Ray Lewis looks like he will play, but will that make that much of a difference? Joe Flacco has looked mediocre recently.

Pick: Bengals

Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers- no line

I think the Steelers win this game, but if the line is over 7 points, take the Browns. They have been good as of late and are a bit underrated.

Houston Texans -7 vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are locked into the five seed, but that does not mean they won't be looking for momentum heading into the playoffs. I don't know if they will win, but I think it will be close either way.

Pick: Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars +4 vs. Tennessee Titans

The Titans have been awful as of late. It's looking like Jake Locker was a bust.

Pick: Jaguars

Philadelphia Eagles +7 vs. New York Giants

This probably won't be even close, even if Michael Vick is playing. The Giants still have an outside shot at making the playoffs, so they will play their hearts out.

Pick: Giants

Chicago Bears -3 vs. Detroit Lions

Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler have a special connection going, even if they have been on a landslide as of late (which they coincidentally halted in Arizona).

Pick: Bears

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3 1/2 vs. Atlanta Falcons

This is the kind of trap game you have to look out for. I think the Falcons will still crush the Bucs, especially at home, but you never know.

Pick: Falcons

Carolina Panthers +5 1/2 vs. New Orleans Saints

Neither of these teams are making the playoffs, so don't worry about the trap here. The Saints will be looking for some revenge by beating Cam Newton's Panthers.

Pick: Saints

Miami Dolphins +10 vs. New England Patriots

Another possible trap game. The Dolphins never play good in Foxboro, though. I still like the Pats.

Pick: Patriots

Green Bay Packers -3 1/2 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Will Adrian Peterson break Eric Dickerson's record? Who knows. Either way, this figures to be a good game. Can Minnesota's secondary hold up against a suddenly rejuvenated Packers offense?

Pick: Packers

Kansas City Chiefs +17 vs. Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning won't let his team miss a beat, even against the abominable Kansas City Chiefs and their 5 Pro Bowl players.

Pick: Broncos

Oakland Raiders +10 vs. San Diego Chargers

It looks like Terrelle Pryor will start for the Chargers. This should go swimmingly.

Pick: Chargers

Arizona Cardinals +17 vs. San Francisco 49ers

This game figures to be another blowout, with Brian Hoyer set to make his first NFL start as well. The Cardinals' offense is downright inept.

Pick: 49ers

St. Louis Rams +11 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Another game that could easily be a blowout with the Seahawks still vying for the division title. They have been on fire as of late, scoring almost 50 points their last game against the 49ers' vaunted defense.

Pick: Seahawks

Dallas Cowboys +3 1/2 vs. Washington Redskins

Tony Romo and the Cowboys always choke in big games. Robert Griffin III is going to put on a show. 'Nuff said.

Pick: Redskins

Happy hunting!

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