NFL Week 17 best bets: Eagles can smell postseason, plus Steelers give Ben Roethlisberger one last home win

Had a solid enough Week 16. Went 2-1. I can live with that. Brings us to 22-17 on the season. The COVID factor remains very significant and is altering the landscape of many of these games by the day as new positive results trickle in and as players return from the reserve/COVID list as well. Even doing these picks on Friday gives me pause because there has been more Saturday afternoon roster activity this season than I can ever recall before — especially when it comes to players previously believed to be available suddenly becoming out for basically five days.

So, buyer beware in general here. There are still way more variables at play than we would experience pre-pandemic.

That in general has led me to be fairly judicious with how I make these picks, wanting to limit the sample size because of so much uncertainty. We’re going to stick with that philosophy this week.

Latest Odds:

Washington Football Team
+4.5

I have been riding the Eagles with some regularity in this space, believing them to be a playoff team and a value play since the middle of the season. Seems Vegas was slow to come around on this, and even now this line looks low to me. Especially with COVID continuing to wreak havoc on WFT. The Eagles figured out who they were and what they do and the coaching staff generally puts Jalen Hurts in position to succeed. They run the ball on everyone,…

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