The final week of the NFL regular season is here and there are still five total playoff spots open. Although the top seed in each conference has been decided, the seeds and wild card spots are still to be decided in this last weekend of action. The NFL has placed two games on Saturday evening that will have some impact on the AFC South and wild card berths. Without a Monday or Thursday primetime game, these added games should fill the void from the dwindling college bowl season and the NFL regular season. Each week, Canal Street Chronicles will preview the props and wagers for most primetime games. Thank you to our friends over at DraftKings Sportsbook for the wagering lines for the CSC Thursday Football preview and props.
Saturday Night Football best bets
Steelers game line -2.5(-150)
The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to face the Baltimore Ravens in the first Saturday game this weekend. The Ravens have already announced that some starters are sitting out since they clinched the top overall seed in the AFC last week. This bodes well for the Steelers who are trying to get to 10 wins and into the playoffs with a victory. Games between these two divisional rivals are always heated, but do not expect the Ravens to use any of their superstar players in this matchup. There is no reason to risk injury going into this meaningless game for the Ravens. The Steelers win this game since they have everything to play for by more than three points.
Colts game line +3(-150)
The second Saturday game is a very interesting fight for potentially the AFC South title. Should the Jacksonville Jaguars lose on Sunday, the winner between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts will decide the winner of the division. With the way the Jaguars have played lately, they could easily lose to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, who would love to play spoiler. Even if the Jaguars win, the winner of this game between the Texans and Colts will get at least a wild card berth. It will feel like a playoff game in Indianapolis and the young Texans team might fold under the pressure. In this scenario, take the home dog and the points with the Colts.
Pat Freiermuth over 26.5 receiving yards(-115)
The Ravens defense has been very good, but they do allow yards. Since week 12, the Ravens are allowing the sixth most yards to opposing tight ends in the NFL. Although they are only allowing five catches per game, they are not disputing many passes to tight ends since these came on six targets. If opposing teams target their tight end, they are likely catching the ball against the Ravens. This means that Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth should have a good game this week. Freiermuth is averaging five targets in his last four games which should be plenty to take him over 27 yards receiving, especially with the Ravens sitting players.
Devin Singletary over 63.5 rushing yards(-115)
If the Houston Texans are going to win on Saturday, they will need to rely on the veteran running back Devin Singletary. Singeltary has easily out snapped former starter Dameon Pierce in the last month of football. Piece has gotten just 17% of carries while Singletary has a huge share at 68%. The matchup is very juicy as well as the Colts are allowing nearly five yards per carry and 118 yards on the ground. Singletary will not be phased by the playoff environment in Indianapolis and the Texans are likely to use him to keep the young team grounded throughout. Expect 15 or more rushes for Singletary which will easily take him over 64 rushing yards this weekend.
Long shot of the night
Tyler Huntley anytime TD scorer(+340)
With the Ravens already set as the top seed in the AFC, starting players like Lamar Jackson will not play in this game. The bad news for the Steelers is that Tyler Huntley is a more than serviceable backup in the league. Huntley has a 65% completion percentage in his career while also adding 25 yards per game on the ground. With the Steelers pass rush and emphasis on winning, Huntley is likely to use his mobility often in the game. This along with some key receivers not playing for the Ravens, Huntley will have to scramble and should find the end zone using his scrambling ability.