Jay’s Plays NFL picks: Week 17 bettor’s guide
Jay's Plays

Jay’s Plays NFL picks: Week 17 bettor’s guide

Ernesto the Prediction Iguana tread water through a 3-2-1 week, 1-2 in teasers after the Panthers barely got past the Bucs, the Bills get robbed by the refs (again in favor of the Cheatriots), and the Giants got blanked by a milquetoast Arizona team. That puts the season totals at 58-19-1, 22-17 in teasers.

Happily, for Week 17 Ernesto saves up his energy for the playoffs, and since NFL teams do to, you only get two plays this week. As always, we do two-team teasers here, so we can move the line six points either way. We use the lines from Vegas Insider, HOME TEAM IN CAPS.


Raiders (+13) at CHARGERS
Panthers (+10) at FALCONS

“What does it mean to go ‘Full Chargers?'” my friend asked. It means to stink out loud for the beginning of the year, miraculously get yourself possible for a possible playoff spot after a wild mid-season winning streak, then choke it away at the last second. See “Capitals, Washington.” Which Falcons team is going to show up? The one that scores 28 early of the one that fizzles late?


Saints (-1.5) at BUCCANEERS
LIONS-Packers OVER 36.5

With Carson Wentz out for the season, the Saints just became the team to beat in the NFC. They have a higher-octane offense than the Vikings, and they make fewer mistakes than the Rams. Meanwhile, Green Bay fans can only dream of what might have been had Rodgers not gone down. The Patriots would never have stopped Rodgers in the Super Bowl had they met.

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Jay Flemma

Jay Flemma

Starting with a blog and a dream, Jay Flemma launched his first sports-writing website in 2004. Some 13 years and 25 major golf championships later, Jay has won multiple national sports writing awards. Besides GNN, his work has appeared in numerous books as well as on-line at Cybergolf, PGA.com, GolfObserver, GolfChannel.com and many other sites and print magazines. When not trying to find a lost golf ball, Jay is an entertainment, copyright, Internet, sports and trademark lawyer in Manhattan. His clients have been nominated for Grammy and Emmy awards, won a Sundance Film Festival Best Director award, performed on stage and screen, and designed pop art for museums and collectors. Jay lives in Forest Hills, N.Y., and is fiercely loyal to his alma maters, Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and Trinity College in Connecticut.

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