All eyes are on the NFC East as the last game of the season will once again determine the division’s champion. That game and another intriguing matchup between two playoff teams out in the AFC make up our top picks for Week 17.
Washington Redskins -3.0 vs. Dallas at 5Dimes
Sometimes it is all about peaking at the right time, and that is exactly what the Washington Redskins appear to be doing. Since their bye week back in Week 10, the Redskins are a perfect 6-0 SU and ATS including impressive wins at home against New York and Baltimore and on the road against Dallas and Cleveland, without having Robert Griffin III for the Cleveland game.
Washington is 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in five games against divisional opponents this season and will likely give the Cowboys more than they can handle on offense. The Redskins are averaging 30.3 points per game on offense over their current winning streak, and Dallas has allowed 33 points or more in three of its last five games.
Dallas won’t go down without a fight, and this should be a good game. But at home, look for Griffin to lead his team to another big divisional win to send the Redskins to the playoffs.
Indianapolis +7.0 vs. Houston at Pinnacle
It’s true, while Indianapolis is 8-2 SU and ATS over its last 10 games, the Colts have looked extremely pedestrian in those two double-digit losses to Houston and New England. Those two losses came on the road though, and at home the Colts are 6-1 SU and ATS this season.
On top of that, head coach Chuck Pagano returns to action this week after missing most of the season battling leukemia. The team has been inspired by their coach all season long, and having him back on the sideline should provide an even bigger emotional boost, especially at home.
Meanwhile, Houston hasn’t looked particularly sharp over its last three games with two double-digit losses of its own, one coming last week at home against Minnesota. Considering the Texans beat Indianapolis by just 12 points in Week 15, the change in venue, Pagano’s return, and a few bounces Indianapolis’ way could easily swing this week’s score six points in Indy’s direction.
Other lines available this week (all at 5Dimes) include NY Jets +3.5 at Buffalo, Miami +11 at New England, Baltimore +2.5 at Cincinnati, Jacksonville +4 at Tennessee, Philadelphia +7.5 at NY Giants, Dallas +3 at Washington, Chicago -3 at Detroit, Green Bay -3.5 at Minnesota, Carolina +5 at New Orleans, Kansas City +17 at Denver, Arizona +16.5 at San Francisco, and St. Louis +11.5 at Seattle.