The final week of the NFL’s regular season has come and gone. For 12 teams, they’ll advance to the NFL playoffs in hopes of bringing home the Lombardi Trophy. For the other 20 teams, their offseason and draft prep begins now.
There will be plenty of postseason action to bet on, but the sharps in Vegas weren’t quite done with the regular season. They identified three plays that tickled their fancy on Sunday.
How did the final day of the NFL regular season play out for bettors? Let’s take a look.
Kansas City came into Sunday with a pretty big carrot dangling in front of them. With a victory over the lowly Oakland Raiders, the Chiefs would clinch homefield advantage in the AFC. They refused to let that opportunity slip through their hands.
Kansas City got off to a fast start with an offensive and defensive touchdown in the opening quarter. They were covering the spread less than 10 minutes into the game and never relinquished that big advantage. The Chiefs’ defense actually outscored the Raiders’ offense 6-3, holding Oakland to a single measly field goal in 60 minutes of action. This was an easy, stress-free win for Chiefs fans and bettors.
7-point Teaser: Saints (-0.5), Packers (-0,5), Texans (PK), Ravens (+0.5), Bills (+1)
This was a more complicated bet, but one that looked very promising when the day began. However, things quickly took a turn for the worse as the Panthers jumped out to a 23-0 halftime lead right as Aaron Rodgers was leaving the Packers game with a head injury. He didn’t return and neither New Orleans nor Green Bay were able to come back in their games. In fact, they combined for just 14 total points. The unpredictability of Week 17 strikes again.
With the teaser already lost, it was of little solace to bettors that they final three legs were right on the money. The Texans, Ravens and Bills were all victorious in their games.
Browns/Ravens (UNDER 21 in 2H)
This was a tough beat. The sharps jumped on this play at halftime and were likely pleased with just a 10-point third quarter. However, Baker Mayfield’s one-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway with 3:24 remaining in the game sent the second-half total over the mark by just two points.