NFL Lines Week 17 2011 – 2012: Free Picks

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Don Shapiro
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NFL Lines Week 17 2011 – 2012

NFL lines for Week 17 of the 2011 – 2012 regular season, and the final week, were available at, serving the sports betting public since 1986.  Get a FREE $300 when you open your online betting account with $300 here.  We also have a few free picks for Week 17 appearing below. 

First off, the 49ers, Ravens, Giants and Cowboys were getting the most betting action from the public coming into Week 17.  The Giants-Cowboys game was obviously the most wagered on being that both sides were among the top 4 bets of the weekend.

The 49ers were a -10.5 favorite in St. Louis on Sunday. 

There is a reason why everyone is on San Francisco and why we here at are as well.  A win over the Rams guarantees a first-round bye.  Just beat a St. Louis team that has lost six straight by a 150-53 score and they are in.’s FREE PICK here is San Francisco -10.5

By far the top billed NFL game of Week 17 is the Sunday night showdown between the Cowboys and Giants.  New York is the -3 point home favorite here.

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The Tennessee Titans can still get into the post season but it won’t be easy.  Baltimore must defeat Cincinnati.  The Jets must beat the Dolphins and either Oakland or Denver.  Another combo is loss by the Jets paired with victories by Oakland and Denver and the Titans will somehow manage to be a Wildcard, meeting Houston once again in Week 1 of the Playoffs. 

A win by the Ravens in Cincinnati and a New England loss would give Baltimore home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.  Baltimore is 3-4 on the road this season and has dropped five of six in Cincinnati (9-6).  Cincinnati hasn’t had much luck in recent games against AFC teams as it's dropped four of five with two losses to Pittsburgh, one to Houston and one in Baltimore on Nov. 20. Three of those games were decided by seven or fewer points, including the 31-24 defeat to the Ravens.  They were a +1 to +2 home underdog depending on the book.  The Bengals have something to play for here as well since they have a one-game lead over Oakland, Tennessee and the New York Jets for the AFC's final playoff berth.

The Jets are +3 underdogs in Miami.  New York must defeat the Dolphins (5-10) and have Cincinnati lose at home to Baltimore, Tennessee lose in Houston and either Denver or Oakland lose if they wish to make the Playoffs.  The Broncos host Kansas City while the Raiders face San Diego at home.

Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz and the Lions are trying to secure the NFC's No. 5 seed and can accomplish that feat with their first win in Green Bay since 1991 on Sunday where they are +4 underdogs.  It is not immediately clear who will play for Green Bay as they are already securely situated in the post season and have little to play for other than to keep their key players injury free. 

The Broncos were -3 favorites hosting Kansas City.  Denver just has to win here.  This line, however, is a bit scary.  Shouldn’t Denver, with everything on the line, be a much bigger favorite? 

Kansas City is the AFC's lowest-scoring team, averaging 13.7 points, but is facing a Denver defense which has allowed an average of 30.8 in December.  Three of Denver’s last four games have gone OVER the 37 total.  Denver is an OVER team this regular season while Kansas City is an UNDER team.  At home in Denver, expect this game to go OVER 37.  Note that Kyle Orton has something to prove on Sunday in Denver. 

The Raiders were a -3 home favorite vs. San Diego and will need a lot of help to get into the Playoffs, beginning with a win over the Chargers. 

Pretty meaningless games of Week 17:

New England was a -10.5 favorite hosting the Buffalo Bills.

Carolina vs. New Orleans is a fairly meaningless game, however, the Panthers are in a good position to cover the +9 line here.  New Orleans (12-3), which has the third seed in the NFC locked up, can only improve its postseason position with both a victory over the Panthers (6-9) and an unlikely San Francisco loss to St. Louis. Given the circumstances, coach Sean Payton could choose to rest Brees for most -- if not all -- of Sunday's game.

The Panthers look to finish the season with a somewhat respectable 7-9 record, considering they were left for dead at the start of the season and the future looks brighter than ever with Cam Newton.  Carolina has won 2 of the last 6 in this series outright while finishing close in two other face-offs with New Orleans.  They have also won four of their last five games. is all over the Carolina Panthers here at +9.

- Don Shapiro,

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