Free Sunday NFL betting tips for the final week of the regular season

NFL
Detroit's Matthew Stafford
Detroit's Matthew Stafford

David John picks out his best bet for the final week of the NFL regular season on New Year's Eve.

The final week of the regular season provides the usual heady mix for punters to ponder as a handful of teams get ready for the post-season, some take a desperate last shot to get in while the majority play out their final 60 minutes hoping to be in a better position in 12 months’ time.

It is all a bit of a minefield with good teams like New England and Minnesota expected to cover huge handicaps against considerably lesser rivals while big names Atlanta and Seattle have their own futures inexorably entwined with one or the other set to miss out.

Organisations with nothing on the agenda suddenly rise to the challenge of playing spoiler so the New York Jets and Cincinnati will certainly have an influence on proceedings moving forward if able to come up with a shock victory against the Patriots and Baltimore respectively – both divisional rivals.

Tennessee, Buffalo and the Los Angeles Chargers are also in the shake-up for what has turned out to be a very messy finish in the AFC with some sort of degree in advanced mathematics required to unravel all the potential combinations when it comes to who is in and who is out.

I am not even going to begin on that quest so will instead head to Ford Field and a bet on Detroit in a game that has nothing riding on it when they host NFC North rivals Green Bay.

Both managed to reach the post-season last year but will be emptying out their lockers on New Year’s Day and heading home having underwhelmed in 2017 for one reason or another.

The Lions still had a fighting chance to keep their dreams alive as recently as last week but a Christmas Eve defeat on the road at the Bengals left them on the outside looking in once and for all.

Ask any long-suffering Detroit fan about that game and you will get the same answer – this is a talented team who once again were unable to deliver the goods when it really mattered.

Green Bay’s situation was all but resolved in week six after quarterback Aaron Rodgers damaged a collar-bone and left him sidelined until the middle of December with the team immediately forced to rely on an untested Brett Hundley under centre.

The latter managed to win just enough games to keep them in the hunt for a place in the play-offs but a defeat in week 15 at Carolina finally extinguished any hope and Rodgers was packed back off to Injured Reserve following the most fleeting of comebacks.

They were subsequently shut out by Minnesota and now head into the season finale battered and bruised as top wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams plus running back Aaron Jones are all dinged up and unlikely to play.

Hundley is a competitor with real ability judged on his earlier performance against Pittsburgh but he is seriously undermanned for this fixture and could well struggle to keep up with the Lions offense.

I fancy them – in classic Detroit fashion – to come out firing on all cylinders with nothing now on the line and put on a show for the home fans in what could well be head coach Jim Caldwell’s last game.

Caldwell is hugely popular with the players but his four-year stint at the helm has seen them at best get no further than the first hurdle in the play-offs on two occasions with the front office now under plenty of pressure to make a change.

Detroit have the highest-paid player in the league on their roster in quarterback Matthew Stafford and another January sat at home is not acceptable but can at least ensure any send-off for Caldwell is relatively exciting – back them to score over 24.5 points.

Recommended bets: Sunday NFL

2pts Detroit to score over 24.5 points at 10/11

Click here for our transparent tipping record.

Posted at 1125 GMT on 30/12/17.

Related links

Most Read

Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring for Liverpool in the Champions League1

Champions League Tuesday review

Liverpool steal points v PSG and Lionel Messi scores 42nd Barcelona hat-trick, all on a busy opening night of the Champions League group stages.

Wednesday's Champions League tips2

Wednesday's Champions League tips

Both Manchester clubs are in Champions League action on Wednesday night. Tom Carnduff looks at the best bets across Europe.

Our best bets for the latest Sky Bet EFL action3

Sky Bet EFL betting preview

The Sky Bet Championship continues on Wednesday with five games in England's second tier. Tom Carnduff looks at the betting.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action4

Wednesday's racing preview

The Owen Burrows-trained Wadilsafa is the standout selection at Sandown, according to Nick Robson. He has a tip for every race.

Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele (left to right): Spurs' players react after conceding v Inter Milan5

11/2 Spurs lose three in a row

Two late goals flattened Tottenham as Inter Milan came from a goal down to win their Champions League Group B opener 2-1 at the San Siro.

Most Read

Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring for Liverpool in the Champions League1

Champions League Tuesday review

Liverpool steal points v PSG and Lionel Messi scores 42nd Barcelona hat-trick, all on a busy opening night of the Champions League group stages.

Wednesday's Champions League tips2

Wednesday's Champions League tips

Both Manchester clubs are in Champions League action on Wednesday night. Tom Carnduff looks at the best bets across Europe.

Our best bets for the latest Sky Bet EFL action3

Sky Bet EFL betting preview

The Sky Bet Championship continues on Wednesday with five games in England's second tier. Tom Carnduff looks at the betting.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action4

Wednesday's racing preview

The Owen Burrows-trained Wadilsafa is the standout selection at Sandown, according to Nick Robson. He has a tip for every race.

Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele (left to right): Spurs' players react after conceding v Inter Milan5

11/2 Spurs lose three in a row

Two late goals flattened Tottenham as Inter Milan came from a goal down to win their Champions League Group B opener 2-1 at the San Siro.

Racing Tips

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action

Tuesday's racing preview

Keith Hamer picks out the best bets for Tuesday and has a tip for every race on every card.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Ben Linfoot heads to Sandown for the Sporting Life Daily Nap selection on Wednesday while he also has a couple of fancies at Yarmouth.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action

Wednesday's racing preview

The Owen Burrows-trained Wadilsafa is the standout selection at Sandown, according to Nick Robson. He has a tip for every race.

Next Race Off
09:15 Mysore
7
(3)
Perfect Horizon
J: A R Pradeep
14
(5)
Eudora
J: Darshan R N
12
(13)
New Beginning
J: M J Gautam Raj Urs

Football Tips

Wednesday's Champions League tips

Wednesday's Champions League tips

Both Manchester clubs are in Champions League action on Wednesday night. Tom Carnduff looks at the best bets across Europe.

Our best bets for the latest Sky Bet EFL action

Sky Bet EFL betting preview

The Sky Bet Championship continues on Wednesday with five games in England's second tier. Tom Carnduff looks at the betting.

Our best bets for the 2018/19 Champions League

Champions League outright tips

The Champions League returns with Europe's elite battling for the trophy - Tom Carnduff picks his best outright bets.