Jets among favorites for final week of NFL season

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The New York Jets can clinch their first playoff berth since 2010 with a win on Sunday when they visit the Buffalo Bills as 3-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Jets claimed sole possession of the second AFC Wild Card over the weekend with a 26-20 overtime victory against the New England Patriots, picking up the outright win as 2.5-point underdogs to improve their straight-up record to 10-5; they’re one game up on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

New York now rides a five-game SU win streak into Sunday afternoon’s Jets vs. Bills betting matchup at Ralph Wilson Stadium, including a pair of road victories, and has consistently rewarded bettors by going 4-0-1 against the spread during its current tear.

The Jets face a Bills squad that continues to battle the inconsistency that has plagued them all season. Buffalo is just 2-4 SU in its last six games, 2-3-1 ATS. However, both those wins came on home turf.

The Bills have also owned New York in recent meetings, posting SU and ATS wins in each of their last four overall, including a 22-17 victory at MetLife Stadium in Week 10, and are undefeated, SU and ATS, in their last three home dates with the Jets according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

That’s good news for the 9-6 Steelers, who visit the Cleveland Browns on Sunday as heavy 9.5-point chalk.

Pittsburgh is coming off a stunning 20-17 loss to Baltimore last weekend, which dropped them out of the AFC playoff picture. However, a Steelers win combined with a Jets loss in Buffalo would hand the second AFC Wild Card to Pittsburgh on tiebreakers.

The Steelers’ loss to Baltimore ended a three-game SU win streak and dropped them to 1-3 SU in their past four games on the road.

The Browns have been simply awful since their somewhat promising 2-3 start, losing SU in nine of their last 10 outings, and five of their last six home games, averaging just 14.1 points per game over their last seven outings.

In other NFL Week 17 betting action, the playoff-bound Kansas City Chiefs will be gunning for a 10th straight SU win when they host the Oakland Raiders as 6.5-point favorites. The 10-5 Chiefs have clinched an AFC Wild Card but can still capture the AFC West crown with a win combined with a Denver loss.

Fresh off their 20-17 comeback victory over Cincinnati, the Broncos are 9.5-point favorites in their regular-season finale against the San Diego Chargers, while the Bengals play host to the Ravens as 9-point chalk.

Watch Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts live on TNF

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The Indianapolis Colts host the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football in a battle of two former contenders whose seasons have gone wrong.

Following a strong start, the Broncos went 1-8, as their typically astute defense has struggled to keep opponents out of the end zone. Denver’s offense has not helped the team’s cause either. The Broncos have failed to find clarity at quarterback with Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch all seeing time.

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The Colts have had their own deficiencies this season without star quarterback Andrew Luck. Jacoby Brissett has provided admirable coverage under center with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions, but he has not been able to keep up with a Colts defense that has let up the second-most points in the NFL this season.

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The Oakland Raiders host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to keep their playoff hopes alive.

With a win, Dallas will maintain its chances of sneaking into the playoffs as a wild card. After struggling initially, Dak Prescott has been able to adjust to life without Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott threw for three touchdowns and a season-high 332 yards in the Cowboys win last week over the New York Giants.

If the Cowboys can hang around, Elliott can give them a boost when he returns from suspension next week heading into the final stretch of the season.

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The Raiders also find themselves in need of a win as they are in the middle of a contested AFC West battle with the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. Derek Carr and the Raiders’ offense will need to improve after dropping from the league’s sixth-best offense in 2016 to 19th this season.

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Cowboys vs. Raiders

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