Week 17 NFL Predictions: Favorites Who Will Cover the Spread

December 28, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With a crowded postseason picture, nearly every team has something to play for in the final week of the NFL regular season. Consequently, we should see fewer upsets stemming from postseason squads resting their starters.
Indeed, most of this weekend's favorites at least need to jockey for playoff seeding. Only the Broncos have clinched a first-round bye, and just one team—Kansas City—is locked into its current playoff seeding.
NFL players are a prideful bunch, and even teams eliminated from the postseason will revel in playing spoiler. But how many of those squads will actually come through with the upset, and how many will falter when the favored team comes out determined to salt away the game early?
It's impossible to accurately answer that question now, but here's a guess at which favorites are most likely to cover the spread on the eve of Week 17.
Panthers (-5.5) over Falcons
Carolina can complete its remarkable ascension to a f...

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