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Week 17 of the 2023 NFL Season is potentially the last chance for many teams in the league to win their final two games of the season for a potential playoff spot. The many open spots in the playoffs will push players to be at their best. This weekend will be a stellar opportunity for NFL fans and casual bettors to win significant earnings by betting player props through DraftKings.
Several experts believe the Los Angeles Rams under a new regime of a rookie wide receiver and undervalued running back would rejuvenate the offense led by quarterback Matthew Stafford. Not only has rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua become an elite player, Rams running back Kyren Williams has been electrifying in the second half of the season.
The Rams have a great opportunity to boost their chances for the NFC Playoffs with a wild garden by defeating the slumping New York Giants on the road. An easy way to accomplish this is to let Williams dominate the Giants’ defense. The Giants are ranked 29th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (134.2).
This game should be a great opportunity for Williams to account for another 100 rushing-yard performances. Williams has rushed for at least 100 yards in five of the last six games and six in the last 8. Not only is he among one of the top rushers in the league he is also on track to potentially receiving his first Pro Bowl invitation.
One of the hottest teams in the NFL going into week 17 are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by quarterback Baker Mayfield. He has been a player who has been among the biggest surprises in the league as he is performing at his best level since the 2021 NFL season when he was with the Cleveland Browns.
Through 15 games this season, Mayfield has thrown for 3,598 yards, 26 touchdowns, and only eight interceptions. His capability to play well on a one-year contract and bring the Buccaneers to a potential NFC South divisional title has given the team hopes and talks of potential contract extensions.
The Buccaneers clinched the NFC South with a home win over the New Orleans Saints this Sunday. While the Saints have the seventh-ranked passing defense (194.7 passing yards allowed per game), they have allowed 18 passing touchdowns this season. The Buccaneers will likely look to play this game like it's their final game of the season to clinch the division and a playoff spot before likely resting the starters. They will need another stellar performance from Mayfield to finish the season on top of the division.
The Sunday Night Football matchup between NFC North Divisional rivals in the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings has huge implications for multiple reasons. The biggest is a potential NFC wild card spot for the winner of this game.
Both teams are suffering from significant injuries on both sides of the ball. For the Minnesota Vikings, they will be without tight end T.J. Hockinson, who suffered a torn MCL and ACL. They also could be without rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison, who has yet to practice for this upcoming game. This immediately puts pressure on star wide receiver Justin Jefferson who has been stellar in the last two games played since returning from injury. Jefferson has accounted for 13 receptions for 225 yards and a touchdown. He will look to give the Packers secondary a hard time, especially with Green Bay having to suspend star cornerback Jaire Alexander.
The biggest drawback on this bet is whether third-string quarterback Nick Mullins will have the efficiency to deliver passes to Jefferson without problems. This, however, will cause Mullins to have Jefferson be his go-to receiver as he is stepping into the starting lineup this week and will need an efficient playmaker to throw to.
Michael Hanich is a sports journalist/analyst with a wide variety of experience in the newspaper and digital field. He has a love for all sports. The leagues that he covers are College Football, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, College Basketball (men’s and women’s), the MLB, Lacrosse, Volleyball, and the WNBA.More info on Michael Hanich
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