NFL Games of the Week Feature Panthers at Falcons and Cardinals at Seahawks

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

By Tom Wilkinson
BETCRIS NFL BETTING OOD Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks

NFL Games of the Week feature the Carolina Panthers at the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals at the Seattle Seahawks. These Week 17 matchups can be seen on FOX on Sunday, December 31. The game between the Panthers and Falcons is critical to the Falcons, because with a win they are in the playoffs, while the Cardinals vs. the Seahawks is critical to the Seahawks who need to win and also have the Falcons lose to get the last NFC Wild Card spot. Let’s look at both games and Week 17 NFL picks.

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Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Date and Time: Sunday, December 31, 2017, 4:25 p.m. ET

Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

Week 17 Opening NFL Odds at BetCris: Falcons -3, O/U 47

Panthers vs. Falcons TV Coverage: FOX

The Atlanta Falcons have been a disappointment for much of this season but if they win on Sunday they will make the playoffs and if you make the playoffs in the NFC you can make the Super Bowl. The Falcons will have to beat a Carolina team that has already clinched a playoff spot, but one that could still finish No. 2 in the NFC if things fall right.

The Panthers are 5-2 ATS on the road this season, with four games going over the total and three going under. They are scoring about 23.5 points per game and giving up just over 20 points per game.

Atlanta can clinch the No. 6 seed in the NFC Playoffs with a win or a Seattle loss to Arizona. The Falcons look nothing like last year’s team that made the Super Bowl, as their offense under new coordinator Steve Sarkisian has been a major bust. The Falcons are scoring almost 12 points per game less than they did a year ago.

The Falcons are 4-3 ATS at home, with five of the seven games going under the total. They are scoring just over 22 points per game and giving up just over 20 per contest.

Key Stat

Carolina is just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 meetings in Atlanta. The Panthers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Under is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings in this series.

Panthers vs. Falcons Free Picks

This has all the looks of a defensive struggle and neither of these offenses has been that impressive this year, so I will go under the total…

Panthers vs. Falcons Week 17 ATS Pick: Under 47 at BetCris

Panthers vs. Falcons Score Prediction: Panthers 21, Falcons 20

Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks

Date and Time: Sunday, December 31, 2017, 4:25 p.m. ET

Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA

Week 17 Opening NFL Odds at BetCris: Seahawks -10, O/U 41

Cardinals vs. Seahawks TV Coverage: FOX

The Seattle Seahawks need to win on Sunday and have the Falcons lose at home to Carolina to make the playoffs. The Seahawks face a division rival in the Cardinals who will be playing with motivation to knock Seattle out of the playoffs. They may also be playing with motivation for head coach Bruce Arians who is reportedly not going to be back with Arizona next season. The Cardinals could also finish at .500 with a win.

Arizona has been playing excellent defense lately, as they are the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL since Week 10. The Cardinals are just 1-6 ATS on the road this season with five of the seven going under. They are scoring about 18 points per game and giving up about 22 per contest.

The Seahawks are 2-5 ATS at home, with four games going over and three going under. They are scoring about 23 points per game and giving up 20 per contest.

Key Stat

The Cardinals are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games in December. The Cardinals are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the NFC West. The Cardinals are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Seahawks are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games in December. The Seahawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Under is 5-1 in the Cardinals last 6 road games. The Under is 9-2 in the Seahawks last 11 vs. the NFC.

Cardinals vs. Seahawks Free Picks

Both of these offenses are a mess and both defenses are playing well. I will take this game under the total.

Cardinals vs. Seahawks Week 17 ATS Pick: Under 41 at BetCris

Cardinals vs. Seahawks Score Prediction: Seahawks 20, Cardinals 13

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