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NFL Week 17 best bets: Picks for every game

Every Friday during the NFL season, ESPN betting analysts Doug Kezirian (1-2-1 last week, 19-30-2 overall), Joe Fortenbaugh (0-4, 31-55-1), Anita Marks (14-10, 92-98-2), Preston Johnson (1-1, 15-20), Mike Clay (1-0, 16-10) and Tyler Fulghum (1-5, 58-78-2), sports betting deputy editor David Bearman (2-2, 31-22), Seth Walder (2-2, 48-31) of ESPN analytics and Aaron Schatz (4-0, 40-43-2) of Football Outsiders will tell us what they like from the weekend’s slate.

Note: Lines courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill and subject to change.

Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET games

Dallas Cowboys (-3, 44.5) at New York Giants

Fulghum: The winners of this game will keep their playoff hopes alive and become massive Eagles fans on Sunday night. If the Eagles beat Washington, the winner of this Cowboys-Giants game is your 2020 NFC East champion. What an accomplishment. I like the Cowboys, who have covered three consecutive games after starting the season an NFL-worst 2-10 against the spread (ATS). The offensive line has solidified and avoided more injury, the defense is playing better — especially taking the ball away — and quarterback Andy Dalton is capably distributing to his myriad weapons. Now that Ezekiel Elliott realized Tony Pollard might take his job, the Cowboys have a dynamic duo at running back that can expose a Giants defense that has allowed 257 yards to opposing running backs over the past two weeks at 4.9 yards per clip. Whether it is Colt McCoy or a clearly hobbled Daniel Jones at QB for the G-Men, I just don’t think they have enough firepower to hang with the Cowboys.

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