Happy New Year!! We made it to 2021. It has been some year that we will never forget as it affected our lives and even our betting lives as COVID-19 affected so many games.

Let’s be honest, it also benefited us. For example, the New Orleans Saints vs Denver Broncos game when Denver had no quarterbacks due to covid protocols. Week 17 has much of the same, but one extra factor. The “we have nothing to play for situation.”

Many teams will mail it in because nobody wants to get hurt in a meaningless game. But there will also be teams that run out many young players to see what they got. And some may take this opportunity to shine.

Combine all of these and it makes Week 17 so unpredictable. Let us talk about one game that matters.

Baltimore Ravens (10-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-10-1)

Spread: Ravens -13 (-114)
Over/Under: 45 points
Time: 1:00pm ET (CBS)

In the past four weeks the Ravens offense has woken up. Granted they only did this against teams with bad defense. Guess what, they play yet another team with a bad defense today.

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I think the most important thing we saw in the last four weeks was Lamar Jackson’s passing game. The Ravens must win to make the playoffs and I think they will be prepared to do so today. The Ravens will take full advantage of the Bengals issues and beat their division foe by 10+ to end the regular season.

Pick: Baltimore Ravens -13 (-114 DraftKings) |  2 Units 

Bonus Player Prop: Hollywood Brown Anytime Touchdown (+160) | 1 Unit