Blazin' 5: Colin Cowherd Gives His Five Best NFL Bets For Week 17 (December 27th) (No video segment this week)
Colin's 2019 Blazin' 5 Record Through 16 Weeks: 42-36-3 (Week 15 included a Bonus Pick)
Information below provided by the writer, not Colin, who is out enjoying his vacation!
Dolphins at Patriots (SPREAD: NE -16.5)
New England still needs one more victory to clinch a bye in playoffs, as the Chiefs are just a game back of the Patriots and holding onto a potential tie-breaker for the no. 2 seed from a Week 14 victory at Foxboro. Both Kansas City and New England play in the 1pm ET time slot, so it's not like the Patriots will be resting starters depending on the outcome of the Chiefs game had the starts of both games been staggered. The Patriots defeated the Dolphins 43-0 in Week 2 in a game Josh Rosen started. Dolphins are 4-4 since starting the season 0-7.
Colin's Pick: New England -16.5
Chargers at Chiefs (SPREAD: KC -8.5)
The Chiefs would grab the number 2 seed and a bye in the AFC playoffs with a victory over the Chargers AND a Dolphins upset win over the Patriots. The Chiefs have locked up the AFC West division but could drop to the no. 4 seed in the AFC with a loss AND a Texans victory over the Titans (Texans own tiebreaker after beating Chiefs in Week 6). Week 17 could be the final game for Philip Rivers in a Chargers uniform. The Chargers have announced that star offensive lineman Russell Okung will NOT play.
Colin's Pick: Los Angeles +8.5
Browns at Bengals (SPREAD: CLE -3.0)
The Bengals have already locked up the no. 1 pick in this year's NFL Draft, so any perceived threat to tank the final game is already voided. Could be Freddie Kitchens' final game as head coach of the Browns. Despite being limited in practice this week, wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are expected to play (Landry has reportedly been playing with a fractured vertebrae for the entire season). Game will likely be quarterback Andy Dalton's final game as a Bengal in a home sendoff before they draft LSU QB Joe Burrow no. 1 overall. Teams played in Week 14 (Dalton started at QB), and Browns won 27-19.
Colin's Pick: Cleveland -3
49ers at Seahawks (SPREAD: SF -3.5)
Arguably the biggest game of the regular season considering the winner takes takes home the NFC West division, and the loser gets knocked down to the no. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs to become a road team in the Wild Card round. San Francisco would clinch the no. 1 seed in the NFC with a victory, while Seattle needs a win AND losses by the Saints [ vs. Panthers] AND Packers [vs. Lions] on Sunday. Seattle's two leading rushers Chris Carson (1,230 yards) and Rashaad Penny (370 yards) are out for the year, so Marshawn Lynch will attempt coming out of retirement to save Seattle's third ranked rushing attack. Jadeveon Clowney says he's playing in Week 17. Seattle won their Week 11 matchup at San Francisco in overtime, 27-21."
Colin's Pick: Seattle +3.5
Eagles at Giants (SPREAD: PHI -4.0)
Eagles capture the NFC East with a win, but will be knocked out with a loss in New York and a Dallas victory at home over Washington. Giants have not made any commitments to Pat Shurmur in what could be his last game as Giants head coach. There will be no final swan song for Eli Manning, as Daniel Jones will start coming off a five touchdown and no interception game versus the Redskins in Week 16. Superstar Eagles tight end Zach Ertz will NOT play in the game after suffering broken ribs last week, and wideouts Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery are still out as well. Saquon Barkley will start at running back for New York.
Colin's Pick: New York +4
***All point spreads are provided by Fox Bet, and are locked in on Friday at 12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT