Week 17 Spread Selections

By Zack Cimini



Another positive week almost guarantees an above .500 year picking against the spreads. Check around and you won’t see very many people that have done that this season. Week 17 is always tricky to handicap. Teams are sitting players and teams that are out of it are looking to their youth to see what they have for next year. Predictability hasn’t been a part of the 2010 season all year, so will move forward and expect another unpredictable weekend.



Overall Record: 124-113-4

Last Weeks Record: 9-6

Kansas City -3.5- The Chiefs are headed back to the playoffs because they dominated their division. They’ll tack on another win at home. A scary AFC team to face in the playoffs.

Miami +4.5- Besides their early season blowout home loss to New England, Miami has been in all their games. Traveling to New England is what Miami needs to end their year at .500. They’ve been a tale of two different teams and fare well on the road. They’ll hang around in this one and get the cover.

Indianapolis -10- The Colts are getting healthy at the right time. Manning will show on Sunday that they’re not going to be a quiet team entering the playoffs.

Houston -3- Both the Jags and Texans are banged up. Trent Edwards will get the start and try to fill in for David Garrard. With Andre Johnson out, expect a heavy load of Arian Foster.

Pittsburgh -5.5- A tough game to call here, but based on the Browns offensive woes lately, they’ll have a tough time scoring ten points. Pittsburgh should get in the mid 20’s and roll.

Cincinnati +9.5- Odd that the Bengals are performing better with Chad Johnson and TO sidelined. Hmmm.

Detroit -3.5- All it takes is one game tape on a new player to figure someone out. That’s how quick the NFL defensive coordinators can react. Detroit attacks with the best of them with their front four and will cause havoc for Joe Webb.

NY Giants -4- A loss here to end the year and the Coughlin speculations will surface to the top of coaches on the hot seat. His been down this road before and always digs himself out.

Green Bay -9.5- With the Bears likely resting their players this is a meaningless game for them. We all saw how their backup quarterbacks fared against the Giants and Panthers. They may have the worse backup quarterbacks in the NFL.

NY Jets -1- Buffalo has fell backwards and it’s been because of the quarterback play. Fitzpatrick did a solid job for the most of the year, but the lack of a true running game has caused him to become turnover prone. The Jets defense will step up in this one after being torched as of late.

Carolina +14- The trend of teams covering double digit spreads has been awful. As bad as Carolina has been will take the points here.

New Orleans -7.5- This team is gaining more momentum to the finish the season than anyone. They fought hard to pull out the victory and end Matt Ryan’s home streak. Now they’ll finish off Tampa Bay and end their playoff hopes.

St. Louis -3- Seattle has been one of the worst teams in the NFL the last eight weeks. St. Louis struggles to get touchdowns on their red zone drives, but they’ll do enough to win the division.

San Francisco -6- Everyone saw how poor the Cardinals offense was on Christmas Day. They survived because of their defense stepping up. San Francisco has the burden of Singletary in their ears constantly off their backs. They’ll respond in a positive way.

Denver +3.5- The Tim Tebow official 2011 starter continues with a finish and another win versus the disappointing Chargers.

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