NFL Week 17 Look-Ahead Lines: Bills Road Favorites In Cincinnati

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on December 23, 2022
NFL Week 17 look ahead lines

NFL Week 17 look-ahead lines are out. In a potential AFC Championship Game preview, the Bills take on the Bengals, and the market has established them as early road favorites. That’s certainly the gem of the slate, taking place on Monday Night Football.

Every week, usually on Friday, 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 results.

NFL Week 17 Look-Ahead Lines

Compare NFL Week 17 odds below and click to bet now.

Game
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Cowboys at Titans
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Cowboys -3
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Cowboys -3
Steelers at Ravens
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Ravens -6.5
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Ravens -6.5
Panthers at Buccaneers
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Buccaneers -7
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Buccaneers -6.5 (-115)
Bears at Lions
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Lions -6.5
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Lions -6.5
Colts at Giants
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Giants -3
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Giants -3.5
Jaguars at Texans
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Jaguars -5
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Jaguars -5.5
Broncos at Chiefs
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Chiefs -10
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Chiefs -10
Browns at Commanders
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Commanders -1.5
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Commanders -1.5
Cardinals at Falcons
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Falcons -3
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Falcons -3
Saints at Eagles
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Eagles -5.5
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Eagles -5.5
Dolphins at Patriots
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Dolphins -2.5
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Dolphins -2.5 (-105)
49ers at Raiders
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49ers -4
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49ers -5
Jets at Seahawks
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Seahawks -1.5
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Seahawks -1.5
Vikings at Packers
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Packers -2.5
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Packers -2.5
Rams at Chargers
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Chargers -8
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Chargers -8
Bills at Bengals
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Bills -2.5
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Bills -2.5

Week 17 NFL Primetime Games

Thursday Night Football Odds

The reeling Titans look likely to take yet another blow in Week 16 as it sounds like Ryan Tannehill is a longshot to start at QB. Now, the team got the job done with Malik Willis last time against the Texans, but it’s certainly tougher. If the team continues scuffling, we may see Cowboys laying the hook here by the time markets reopen. Even a loss to the Gardner Minshew-led Eagles could likely be forgiven considering the strength of the Eagles roster. Cowboys -4 wouldn’t even be out of the question depending on Tannehill’s outlook going forward.

Sunday Night Football Odds

The battle of LA sees two teams hitting entirely different notes. While the Rams are basically collapsing amid a hail of injuries, the Chargers are starting to get healthy and look like a threatening playoff opponent for the AFC’s top seeds. The Chargers play a national TV game this week against the Colts, with newly minted starting QB Nick Foles taking the snaps for Indy. Chargers backers may as well wait and see if the team disappoints there. The other side of a potential line move involves mostly dead numbers, so there’s little harm in seeing if you can lay the key number of -7 here.

Monday Night Football Odds

This one was 13 seconds from being the AFC Championship Game last year, albeit in the Bills’ home stadium. Bengals Defensive Coordinator Lou Anarumo seems to have a knack for slowing down some of the high-volume passing offenses he encounters, having had notable success against the Chiefs. Both teams are on the road this week. Could a Bengals +3 pop up here? The Bills have been underperforming against the spread for months now, but there’s always a chance. Certainly, scuffling against the lowly Bears would inch the market the other way, but Cincy backers shouldn’t mind too much. A small spread won’t come into play very often with these two offenses involved.

MORE POTENTIAL WEEK 16 IMPACT ON WEEK 17 LOOK-AHEAD LINES

Colts At Giants

We haven’t seen Nick Foles get extended action since 2020, when he piloted the Bears to a 2-5 record in seven starts. There’s always the chance a former Super Bowl MVP performs well. Expect to see Colts +3 across the board if that happens. DraftKings and FanDuel seem to disagree for the moment about whether the Giants should be laying the hook, so bettors on both sides have a great opportunity to get a good number right now.

Cardinals At Falcons

Another QB situation in flux has the Cardinals starting Trace McSorley this week. The market showed what it thinks of him with hefty steam that has moved the Buccaneers from around -4 early in the week to now past -7 at most shops. Colt McCoy is dealing with a concussion. The fact he was ruled out so early probably isn’t a great sign. But, if he’s able to come back, Falcons -3 seems unlikely to remain the consensus number here, considering how rough Desmond Ridder has looked thus far. If you want to roll the dice on McCoy returning, this number makes sense.

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.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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