The final Sunday of the regular season is upon us, and with it comes the last opportunity to make some money before the playoffs roll around.
Motivation plays a major factor in the outcome of games late in the year, and we’ll outline all of the big matchups on Sunday that could affect how the playoffs shape up and who enters the postsesaon as the favorites to win Super Bowl 50.
The Panthers fell short of a perfect season with a loss to the Falcons in Week 16, and that means that they must win or hope for a Cardinals loss in order to secure home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Carolina is expected to make short work of Tampa Bay and is an 11.5-point home favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. The Panthers are a perfect 9–0 against the spread in their last nine games after consecutive ATS losses, and it’s hard not to see Carolina rebounding after last week’s loss.
Should the Panthers fall short this week, they’ll be looking for the Seahawks to upset Arizona as 4.5-point underdogs on the road. The visiting team is 4–1 straight up and ATS in the last five games of this matchup, so Seattle could definitely be a live dog.
The NFC North division winner will be crowned on Sunday night as the Packers host the Vikings. The Vikings are 0-5-1 straight up and 1–5 ATS in their last six games in Lambeau Field, and it’s no surprise to see them listed as a three-point dog away from home.
Green Bay will have a little extra motivation after getting steamrolled by the Cards last week, and this looks like a great bounceback spot at a fair price.
Over in the AFC, the Broncos can clinch a first-round bye and the AFC West with a victory over the Chargers. Denver has been installed as a nine-point favorite, but the Chargers have been road warriors, going 5–0 ATS in their last five games away from home.
Rex Ryan and the Bills are three-point home dogs as they look to possibly end the Jets’ season. The Bills are 7–2 ATS in their last nine games as home underdogs, and they’ll be treating this game like it’s their Super Bowl, so we’ll gladly take the points with Buffalo at home.