2015 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS) - Week 17

Since we began, all of our handicappers have made exactly three picks each week. No more, no less. By limiting our picks to three per week, the goal was to narrow down our picks to only those we thought were quality plays.

Starting in 2014, we have switched to a new format allowing each handicapper to make between two to five picks versus the spread each week. In addition, we will use units to better designate each handicapper's confidence in their picks ranging from one to five units.

For tracking purposes, we have tracked (and will track) both wins/losses and units (+/-) against the spread throughout the season.

Cumulative results from previous four seasons:

NFL Week: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17

Week 17 lines from Sportsbook.com will be posted in the table below:

DateFavoriteSpreadUnderdogO/U
Sun., Jan. 3 at 1:00 PMJets3BILLS41.5
Sun., Jan. 3 at 1:00 PMPatriots10DOLPHINS46.5
Sun., Jan. 3 at 1:00 PMBENGALS9.5Ravens41.5
Sun., Jan. 3 at 1:00 PMFALCONS5.5Saints53
Sun., Jan. 3 at 1:00 PMTEXANS6.5Jaguars45.5
Sun., Jan. 3 at 1:00 PMBROWNS11.5Steelers47
Sun., Jan. 3 at 1:00 PMCOWBOYS3.5Redskins39.5
Sun., Jan. 3 at 1:00 PMBEARS1Lions45.5
Sun., Jan. 3 at 1:00 PMGIANTS5.5Eagles51
Sun., Jan. 3 at 4:25 PMCOLTSNLTitansNL
Sun., Jan. 3 at 4:25 PMPANTHERS10.5BUCCANEERS46
Sun., Jan. 3 at 4:25 PMCHIEFS7Raiders43.5
Sun., Jan. 3 at 4:25 PMBRONCOS9.5Chargers41.5
Sun., Jan. 3 at 4:25 PMRams449ERS37.5
Sun., Jan. 3 at 4:25 PMCARDINALS6.5Seahawks47
Sun., Jan. 3 at 8:30 PMPACKERS3Vikings45.5
Odds are as of Sunday, January 3rd at 7:15 AM ET.

Our Week 17 NFL Picks Against the Spread

All of our Week 17 NFL picks against the spread will be centralized in the table below:

ContributorPicks
Sean Beazley
2015: 27-32-0 (45.8%), -26 units
2014: 36-26-3 (58.1%), +32 units
2013: 23-26-2 (46.9%)
2012: 31-20-0 (60.8%)
2011: 27-21-3 (56.3%)

Pittsburgh Steelers -11.5 over Cleveland Browns (5 units)

The Steelers need a win in Cleveland and some help by Buffalo to make the playoffs. I actually think the Jets would be a harder playoff matchup for the Patriots since the Steelers pass D is so bad, so the conspiracy theory crowd needs to relax. I believe everyone who was burned by the Steelers last week will be rewarded in this one. The Browns secondary is banged up, and that should lead to a monster game for Ben Roethlisberger and all his weapons. Steelers smoke the Browns, 38-17. ...

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Kevin Hanson
2015: 25-23-1 (52.1%), +10 units
2014: 32-23-0 (58.2%), +22 units
2013: 25-24-2 (51.0%)
2012: 22-28-1 (44.0%)
2011: 33-14-4 (70.2%)

New England Patriots -10 over Miami Dolphins (2 units)

With home-field advantage potentially on the line, the Patriots will have something for which to play in the regular-season finale. If the Patriots were to lose and the Broncos were to win, New England would be the No. 2 seed. Historically, the Patriots have closed the season strong as they have covered 12 of their last 15 Week 17 games. ...

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John Trifone
2015: 27-23-0 (54.0%), +20 units
2014: 31-34-3 (47.7%), +3 units
2013: 26-22-3 (54.2%)
2012: 20-28-3 (41.7%)
2011: N/A

Pittsburgh Steelers -11 over Cleveland Browns (4 units)

Week 17 is always tough to pick because you never know how coaches are going to decide to play it. They may rest players and try to see what they have in some younger guys, or they may treat it as any other Sunday. There are some games where it is easier to predict what coaching will do, and in this case, the Steelers are playing for their season. ...

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Dan Yanotchko
2015: 23-26-1 (46.9%), -12 units
2014: 25-28-0 (47.2%), -9 units
2013: 15-34-2 (30.6%)
2012: 28-23 (54.9%)
2011: 24-21-6 (53.3%)

New York Jets -3 over Buffalo Bills (5 units)

Week 17 is always one of the hardest to gauge, but the best thing to do is to look for must-win games and obvious mismatches. This week, the Jets are in a must-win game, as if they win on the road, than they will punch their ticket to the playoffs. For all of the bragging and defensive résumé that Rex Ryan brings, the Bills have actually taken a step back this year. And to me, it looks like they already have their car engines running in the parking lot just ready to get to the offseason. ...

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Note: All lines used will be as of the time picks are made.

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