Fri, Dec 22, 11:06am by Staff Writer
With only two weeks of the regular season left, a number of divisions in both conferences remain up for grabs.
The battle for a wild card berth is also set to go down to the final weekend of games, with a number of teams still in contention.
The Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings have secured division titles with two matches remaining.
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Monday, 25 December 2017 at 5am AEDST
The Falcons and Saints both control their path to an NFC South division title, with this weekends match in New Orleans pivotal in deciding the division winner.
Both teams are coming off lacklustre performances in week 15. The Saints struggled at home against the New York Jets, while the Falcons needed a final second missed field goal from the Bucs to prevail by three points.
The Falcons have been a poor team on the road this season, covering in only two of their seven games so far. As an underdog the Falcons have proved profitable, winning 11 of their past 16 as an underdog.
The Saints have won all of their matches this season as favourites, covering seven of the nine contests.
Atlanta are not the same team that made the Super Bowl last season, with their offense struggling without coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
The Falcons defence ranks in the top 10 in points allowed per game, something they will need to control against a rampant Saints offense.
In a match with huge playoff implications, Atlanta are a juicy $2.94 at Sportsbet to beat the Saints, with a 5.5 point start.
For conservative bettors, the point start is a great option, but we are confident the Falcons can pull off an upset in New Orleans.
Best bet- Atlanta Falcons to win at $2.94 at Sportsbet
Jacksonville Jaguars at San Francisco 49ers
Monday, 25 December 2017 at 8.05am AEDST
The Jacksonville Jaguars have secured a playoff berth and a win this weekend at San Francisco will ensure them the division title.
The Jaguars boast the top scoring defence in the league, as well as a top five offence.
San Francisco is playing its best football of the season, winning three in a row and four of its past five.
Jacksonville have been a great road team all season, covering in seven of their last nine away fixtures.
After acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots, the 49ers offence has been sparked into life. Garoppolo has thrown for more than 1000 yards in his three starts, all 49ers wins.
This will be a tough task for a Jacksonville team that has so much to gain from a win in Santa Clara.
A 4-point head start is not enough to tempt us to back the 49ers against a red-hot Jags team.
Best bet- Jacksonville to cover 4-point handicap (-4.0) at $1.95 at Sportsbet
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
Monday, 25 December 2017 at 8.25am AEDST
It’s win or go home for the Cowboys and Seahawks on Monday morning. A loss for either team will end their hopes of an NFC wild card.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott returns for the Dallas Cowboys after a six-game league suspension. The Cowboys have won three straight, including a three point win in Oakland on Sunday Night Football.
The Seahawks were atrocious last weekend, losing 42-7 to the Rams at home, one of their biggest home losses in recent memory.
The Seahawks have covered in nine of their last 13 matches following a loss, but this appears a tall order against a Cowboys team playing its best football of the season.
Dallas’ offence will be boosted by the return of Elliott who has been a prodigious rusher in his two seasons in the league.
Seattle looked disjointed in their loss to the Rams and home field advantage will play a huge role in the Cowboys chances on Monday morning.
We are favouring the Cowboys to win a close one by between 1-13 points.
Best bet- Dallas Cowboys by 1-13 points in the Big Win Little Win market at Sportsbet
All odds provided by Sportsbet
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