2017 NFL Must Bet GamesNoah Williams
If you’ve been ‘Jonesing’ for some NFL gridiron action ever since the end of Super Bowl 51 and you’re excited about the upcoming 2017 regular season, then you should know that there are some absolutely huge matchups on the coming season’s schedule that are both, must-see TV and must-bet matchups.
Thanks to this look at a handful of those contests, you’re going to be able to whet your NFL appetite – at least until the quickly approaching 2017 NFL Draft. Now, let’s get down to business.
2017 NFL Must Bet Games
Week 1: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Date: Sunday, September 10 at 8:30 PM ET
Point spread: Dallas -6
The G-Men and Cowboys will kick off the regular season with their third straight opener and fifth in the last six years when they meet in their Sunday Night Football divisional showdown. New York won 11 games to reach the postseason a year ago before ending up on the wrong end of a 38-13 wild-card loss to Green Bay. Dallas won a stunning 13 games and the NFC East crown last season before getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Packers 34-31 in the divisional round. NFL fans and betting enthusiast should expect another knock-down, drag-out thriller between these longtime rivals.
Week 2: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
Date: Sunday, September 17 at 7:30 PM ET
The Packers and Falcons will meet in a Week 2 rematch of the NFC Championship game that Atlanta won 44-21 in January.
The Packers went 10-6 last season, but caught fire late, just as Aaron Rodgers said they would, by winning their final six regular season games and beating the Giants and Cowboys to reach the NFC Championship.
Atlanta dispatched both, Seattle and Green Bay to reach Super Bowl 51 before collapsing against New England in the biggest game of the season. Will the Packers get their revenge or will Matt Ryan and company light up the scoreboard again?
Week 3: Oakland at Washington
Date: Sunday, September 24 at 7:30 PM ET
The Raiders and Redskins will hook up in a matchup of two of the best offenses in the league in 2016. The Raiders look like they’ll have the edge in this matchup if only because they’re likely adding powerful running back Marshawn Lynch while Washington foolishly let speedy wide receiver DeSean Jackson walk in free agency.
Week 4: Detroit at Minnesota
Date: Sunday, October 1 at 1:00 PM ET
This NFC North divisional matchup will be all about Detroit’s explosive offense versus Minnesota’s stout defense – and hey, if Teddy Bridgewater is back on the field for Minnesota, well, that would make it even better, because no one I know wants to see any more of Sam ‘Badford’.
Week 7: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
Date: Thursday, October 19 at 8:25 PM ET
This Week 7 AFC West divisional showdown figures to be a thriller with both, the Chiefs and Raiders going 12-4 last season to reach the playoffs. Can Kansas City’s stingy defense put the clamps on Derek Carr and Oakland’s high-coring offense? Can Alex Smith and the Chiefs put enough points on the board to get the win or will the Raider get some revenge for falling to their longtime rivals in both regular-season meetings a year ago? No matter what transpires in this intriguing affair, it’s a must-see matchup!
Week 5: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys
Date: Sunday, October 8 at 4:25 PM ET
Can Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys get their revenge after losing to Aaron Rodger and the Packers 34-31 in their NFC division round playoff game last season or will Rodgers show his younger counterpart how to really play the quarterback position?
Week 7: Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots
Date: Sunday, October 22 at 7:30 PM ET
The Falcons will be looking for revenge following their upper Bowl 51 collapse against the Patriots but New England is playing at home – and probably believes they can beat Atlanta no matter how many points they’re behind.
Week 15: New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Sunday, December 17 at 4:25 PM ET
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will look to extend their dominance over Ben Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh Steelers when they meet in their Week 15 ‘showdown.’ As surprising as it may be, you should know that the Pats have won four straight against the Steelers dating back to 2013 while winning eight of the last 10 meetings overall dating back to 2005.