James Salinas - Game Notes NFL Week 17

James Salinas - NFL Week 17 (1-1) Overall: 27-19-2 (49% ATS)

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Game: Cleveland @ Cincinnati (+2.5)

Selection: Cincinnati (+2.5)

Score: CLE 23 - CIN 33

Result: W

Notes: Week #17 of the NFL season is unlike any other week as the psychology of motivation plays a critical role in the sports handicapping process. Aside from a handful of teams competing for a playoff position or resting starters in preparation for the postseason, many teams are looking ahead to next year as their season ends today. Going inside a team's head to determine its collective game effort is the ultimate challenge for bettors, and the Browns/Bengals matchup serves as this year's week 17 case study. Cleveland's self-imposed preseason hype put the team in the crosshairs of every NFL team as the Browns took their opponents best shot every week. This talented Browns roster lacked accomplished leadership from both a player and coaching perspective and their season has been a total disaster. Although the Bengals 2019 record is a league worst 1-14, today will be the final game for QB Dalton in a Cincy uniform. Say what you will about Dalton's ability to play QB, but his leadership in the locker room and genuine engagement to community service is greatly respected by his Bengals' teammates and the residents of Cincinnati. With the Browns' coaches looking for work after today and its players booking vacation plans, the Bengals team effort to win Dalton's last game will play out as a small home underdog, so trust the psychological process of team sports and bet Cincy +2.5.

Game: San Francisco @ Seattle (+3)

Selection: Seattle (+3)

Score: SF 26 - SEA 21

Result: W

Notes: In recent years the NFL has reworked its scheduling approach to week 17 to keep games competitive. The season finale for the league consists of all division matchups and start times are flexible to ensure early games are not correlated with games played later in the day. Flexing the SF/SEA game to Sunday is the perfect nightcap to what should be an exciting day of football. With the NFC West title and a potential #1 playoff seed on the line, tonight's game will be played with maximum intensity and emotion. Seattle's recent wave of emotion from losing its top 3 RBs to bringing back the beloved Marshawn Lynch has re-energized the team and the city. Despite what figures to be a rusty Beast Mode, don't underestimate the emotional lift his presence will bring to the atmosphere at Century Link Field tonight. This is the 49ers biggest game since their Super Bowl appearance seven years ago and this will be QB Garrapolo's opportunity to establish himself as a player capable of winning a championship. Seahawks' QB Wilson has proven himself in big games and will play with the confidence of a champion and lead his team to victory tonight, so take the bonus of a home underdog and play Seattle +3.


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