NFL Week 17 look-ahead lines have hit the market, and several games matching playoff teams feature short lines. Among them is a game matching the Cardinals with the Cowboys in Texas that will likely impact playoff seeding in the NFC. Both teams remain in the hunt for the top seed, waiting to see if the Packers falter.
How does the market line this game and others more than a week out of Week 17 action?
Every week, usually on Thursday, TheLines will post look-ahead lines from FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook. These look aheads give an early snapshot of the current market opinions of teams absent the week-to-week bias that can take hold following weekend result.//s.
NFL Week 17 Look-Ahead Lines
Raiders at Colts
Giants at Bears
Buccaneers at Jets
Falcons at Bills
Panthers at Saints
Eagles at Football Team
Chiefs at Bengals
Jaguars at Patriots
Dolphins at Titans
Broncos at Chargers
Texans at 49ers
Cardinals at Cowboys
Lions at Seahawks
Rams at Ravens
Vikings at Packers
Browns at Steelers
Week 17 NFL Primetime Games
Thursday Night Football Odds
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Sunday Night Football Odds
The Packers are big favorites this week against the Browns but the line has begun to creep down. If the Browns get healthier and get some of their guys off the COVID-19 list, one could certainly see them putting a scare into the Packers. However, the Packers have some upward mobility as well, particularly if they get elite players like CB Jaire Alexander and LT David Bakhtiari back. The Vikings have a major chance to impress by beating the Rams at home. So, this line seems pretty fluid either way, but there’s probably a little more urgency to bet it if you like the Pack since it’s a half point off a key number.
Monday Night Football Odds
This is an odd one because both the Steelers and Browns could be finished playing meaningful football in Week 17, or they could be in the thick of the playoff hunt. Both are large underdogs in Week 16, so either one winning would count as a major surprise. The Browns have the more talented team and arguably face the tougher spot since the Chiefs (Pittsburgh’s opponent) might be pretty short-handed due to COVID-19 issues. It’s a little easier to see the line moving toward Cleveland so it might be a good time to grab them at plus-money.
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Rams At Ravens
The Ravens made a resounding statement in Week 15: even sans Lamar Jackson, we’re good enough to beat anyone. They came within a whisker of toppling the heavily favored Pack, and now they face another top contender, again at home. The market has responded to Tyler Huntley’s strong showing by making this line considerably shorter. Unlike the ultra-consistent Packers, the Rams have looked shaky at several points this season. They have a tough opponent on the road this week in Minnesota, and a loss there could easily drive this down as low as Rams -1.5 or so.
Cardinals At Cowboys
Next week’s biggest battle for playoff positioning happens in Texas, with these former division rivals jostling to stay in the hunt for the top seed. A loss by either of them, especially the Cardinals, likely dooms their chances of home-field advantage. The Cardinals have slumped with two straight losses, so their markets have sunk considerably. An emphatic win over a surging contender in the Colts this week would go a long way to remedying that. If they falter again, though, expect the Cowboys to hit -3 as long as they take care of business as big favorites. It’s hard to see the Cardinals moving the line too far, so there’s definitely more urgency to take the Cowboys early, short of the key number.
Eagles At Football Team
Washington’s roster has begun to recover, at least on the offensive side of the ball. But, they still have a lot of question marks on defense, with seven starters listed questionable or out this weekend. That’s in addition to Chase Young being on IR. If they get beaten resoundingly this weekend by Dallas as the market expects, it’s pretty easy to see this line nudging up to Eagles -3 or even Eagles -4. They are pretty huge favorites themselves and should have little trouble with a Giants team that has packed it in on offense.
HOW TO USE NFL LOOK-AHEAD LINES
The look-ahead lines allow you a sneak peek at the projected lines for the following week’s games. This information from a leading online sportsbook will help provide lessons in understanding lines and projections before the current week’s games are played.
Many bettors tend to overreact to the previous week’s scores and results. The NFL Week 17 look-ahead lines provide a sense of stability from the oddsmaker. They sometimes offer a clear, unbiased snapshot of perceived team strength
Bettors can also gain an edge or find value in the lines once the weekend results take hold. See if you can find any over- or under-reactions by the market.
Of course, always take note of key injuries, travel and scheduling situations, and NFL power rankings. Making adjustments is part of the process, along with accounting for teams’ strengths, weaknesses, against-the-spread angles and personnel matchups.