I didn’t want to believe it either, but the end of the NFL regular season is here. After 17 weeks, there are two Playoffs berths available in the AFC and only one in the NFC.
If that’s not enough for you to consider Week 18 interesting, there’s more. First, the AFC No. 1 seed is still up for grabs. Second, it could be the end of an era for several franchises, including Pittsburgh and Seattle.
We already have the Week 18 odds fully loaded. Every game is crucial now, so be sure to check ‘em and pick your favorites!
NFL Week 18 Preview
Don’t worry, there’s no game scheduled for Thursday Night. Week 18 kicks off on Saturday with an AFC West matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos. Later, the Dallas Cowboys will pay a visit to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The rest of the games are scheduled for Sunday. That’s right, no Monday Night game either. You want to pay close attention to the Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, and San Francisco 49ers. Trust me.
The NFL Week 18 odds are ready and waiting as we look through each game.
NFL Games of the Week
Kansas City Chiefs (-10½)
Denver BroncosSunday, January 9th
The Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) are already in, but they need to win to put some pressure on the Titans. Tennessee is ahead of Kansas City based on head to head (1-0).
Last week, the Chiefs lost to the Bengals 34-31. At some point, they were up by double digits. Darrell Williams had a great game replacing Clyde Edwards Helaire. He finished with 88 rushing yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough.
The Chiefs are 10-2 against the spread in their last 10 games against the Broncos.
It was another disappointing season for Denver (7-9), especially for the offense. It seems like the Broncos will be hunting for a new quarterback, again, during the offseason. The good news is that rookie running back Javonte Williams seems like the real deal.
Drew Lock is expected to be under center when Denver plays host to Kansas City. This could be his last chance to prove…anything.
The Broncos are 6-3 SU in their last nine games played in January.
Dallas Cowboys (-7)
Philadelphia EaglesSunday, January 9th
The Dallas Cowboys (11-5) already clinched the NFC West. The Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) already clinched a spot in the Playoffs. It should be fun.
Dak Prescott is the favorite to win the Comeback Player of the Year award. Last week, he threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns. Those have been his numbers week after week. He already surpassed the 4000-yard mark.
Dallas will be without receiver Michael Gallup. He suffered a torn ACL during their Week 17 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.
Jalen Hurts has also had a good season. During his second year as a pro, he became one of the best dual-threat QB’s in the league. DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert have a lot to do with that. They’re one dangerous duo, don’t underestimate them.
The total has gone under in five of Dallas’ last six games when playing on the road against Philadelphia. Cancel your Saturday night plans, the Cowboys vs Eagles is worth it.
Green Bay Packers (-3)
Detroit LionsSunday, January 9th
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers did it again. The road to the Super Bowl, in the NFC, goes through Lambeau Field. The Packers clinched the No. 1 seed by crushing the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17. Rodgers and Davante Adams combined for 136 yards and one touchdown. One of the best duos in the league, no doubt about it.
As if that wasn’t enough, now Green Bay also has a lethal RB’s duo. I’m talking about Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. They combined for 139 yards and two touchdowns in Week 17. If Rodgers is having a bad day, they can carry the load.
Green Bay is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games on the road.
The Detroit Lions (2-13-1) waited to be off the race to start playing better. Last week, they lost 51-29 to the Seattle Seahawks, but it was a very entertaining game. Best news for the Lions is that WR Amon-Ra St. Brown is finally meeting expectations. He finished with 90+ yards and at least one touchdown in each of their last three games.
They’re already thinking about next season, but facing the Packers, and potentially beating them, should be enough to go all-in.
The total has gone over in eight of Detroit’s last 12 games against Green Bay.
Indianapolis Colts (-15½)
Jacksonville JaguarsSunday, January 9th
Believe it or not, this isn’t the biggest NFL Week 18 spread. The Indianapolis Colts (9-7) need to win to clinch a spot in the Playoffs. The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) will be playing for honor.
Last week, the Colts lost to the Las Vegas Raiders despite another great performance from Jonathan Taylor. He ran for 100+ yards, again! He also scored his 18th rushing touchdown of the season, best in the league.
The Colts are 5-1 straight up in their last six games against an opponent from the AFC.
Not much to say about the Jaguars. It was a very difficult first year for Trevor Lawrence and injuries didn’t leave them alone. The good news is that they found a good backup to James Robinson. I’m talking about Dare Ogunbowale. Last week, he finished with 68 total yards and one touchdown.
The Jaguars are 5-0 ATS in their last five games when playing at home against the Colts.
Washington Football Team (-6½)
New York GiantsSunday, January 9th
Both are eliminated, but Washington vs New York will be the last chance for several players to keep their job.
The Washington Football Team (6-10) did a lot better than I expected, but it wasn’t enough. With Dallas and Philly finishing with a winning record, they need to do a lot better. The good news is that they also found a good backup running back. Jaret Patterson proved he can carry the load during their Week 17 matchup against the Eagles. He finished with 98 total yards and one touchdown.
Washington is 2-4 SU in their last six games on the road.
New York should give Jake Fromm an opportunity. Especially after losing 29-3 to the Chicago Bears and Andy Dalton. Yes, Andy Dalton. Mike Glennon finished the game with 24 passing yards and two interceptions.
The good news is that Saquon Barkley played like the good ol’ times, finishing with 102 yards in 21 attempts. There’s still hope.
The total has gone under in 15 of the Giants’ last 18 games when playing at home against Washington.
Minnesota Vikings (-2½)Sunday, January 9th
To be honest, the Chicago Bears (6-10) did a lot better than I expected. Rookie QB Justin Fields showed enough to make us think that they made a good choice. He’s expected to come back in Week 18 after missing their last two games.
David Montgomery had a rocky first half of the season, but he’s finishing strong. He scored three rushing touchdowns over the last two weeks, victories over the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants.
Chicago is 3-6 ATS in their last nine games on the road.
The Minnesota Vikings (7-9) really missed Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen in Week 17. They were crushed by the Green Bay Packers. Sean Mannion did a decent job replacing Cousins, he finished with 189 yards and one touchdown.
Dalvin Cook returned but had his worst game of the season after finishing with 13 yards in nine attempts. Even Mannion finished with more rushing yards. Expect Alexander Mattison to carry the load when the Bears visit U.S. Bank Stadium.
The total has gone under in 14 of Minnesota’s last 20 games against Chicago.
Tennessee Titans (-11)
Houston TexansSunday, January 9th
Please stand up and put your hands together for the Tennessee Titans (11-5). They’re one victory away from clinching the No. 1 seed in the AFC despite losing Derrick Henry since Week 8.
Last week, they crushed the Miami Dolphins, who were on a seven-game winning streak. D’Onta Foreman finished with 132 yards and one touchdown in one of his best games replacing Henry. Ryan Tannehill and AJ Brown remain one of the most dangerous duos through the air.
Tennessee is 7-1 SU in its last eight games against an opponent from the AFC South. Expect that trend to continue when visiting Houston.
The Texans (4-12) had high expectations for Tyrod Taylor, Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, and David Johnson. Taylor and Johnson are injured, while Ingram and Lindsay are no longer with the team.
That’s why David Mills and Rex Burkhead have been in charge over the last couple of weeks. Already thinking about next season, I think Mills did enough to earn a competition during the offseason.
The total has gone over in four of Houston’s last six games against the Titans.
Baltimore Ravens (-4)Sunday, January 9th
Games between the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7-1) and Baltimore Ravens (8-8) are always fun. Next Sunday will be particularly fun, though, because both need to win to get in. They also need some help from other teams, but first, the victory.
Pittsburgh defeated the Cleveland Browns in Week 17 thanks to a great performance from Najee Harris. The rookie RB finished with 206 total yards and one touchdown. He already is the new face of the offense.
Ben Roethlisberger is expected to retire at the end of the season, so this could be his last game.
Regarding the Ravens, they lost their last five games. Lamar Jackson missed the last three, but he could return for the season finale. Tyler Huntley did a good job replacing him, but some coaching decisions didn’t help.
The total has gone under in five of Pittsburgh’s last seven games when playing on the road against Baltimore.
Cleveland Browns (-3)Sunday, January 9th
The Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) won the AFC North for the first time in the last six years. Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, and Ja’Marr Chase have a lot to do with that.
Cincy won its last three games in a row with a combined score of 90-67. Last week, they beat the Kansas City Chiefs in a potential Playoffs preview. Burrow threw for 446 yards and four touchdowns. Chase finished with 266 yards and three touchdowns.
The Bengals are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games when playing on the road against the Browns.
Cleveland has no chance to advance to the postseason after losing its last three games. It seems like Odell Beckham Jr. was right about Baker Mayfield. Plus, injuries didn’t leave them alone all season long.
Defensively, Myles Garrett had a great year, but he can’t do it all.
The Browns are 15-4 SU in their last 19 games when playing as the favorite.
San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Rams (-5)Sunday, January 9th
The San Francisco 49ers (9-7) have found a new franchise RB. His name is Eli Mitchell and he returned last week after missing three games. He led the Niners in route to beat the Houston Texans with 130 total yards and one touchdown.
Rookie QB Trey Lance did a good job replacing Jimmy Garoppolo. He finished with 249 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Maybe we won’t see Garoppolo in a 49ers uniform again.
San Francisco is 1-6 SU in its last six divisional matchups.
The Los Angeles Rams are one victory away from clinching the NFC West. Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr, Tyler Higbee, Sony Michel, that offense is simply too much.
As if that wasn’t enough, head coach Sean McVay confirmed that he expects RB Cam Akers to make his debut. Akers suffered a torn Achilles in July. He’s not likely to start, but he’ll contribute a lot.
The total has gone under in five of the Rams’ last seven games when playing as the favorite. They do deserve to be favorites against the Niners.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-9)Sunday, January 9th
Cam Newton returned to the Carolina Panthers (5-11) but that wasn’t enough for them to turn things around. In fact, Sam Darnold was their starting QB in Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints.
This team isn’t the same without Christian McCaffrey. Chubba Hubbard has done a decent job replacing him, but he’s not very good in the passing game.
Carolina is 0-6 ATS in its last six games.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12-4) already clinched the NFC South. They could still finish as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. They’ll have to try without Antonio Brown, who decided to leave the team in the middle of last week’s game.
No biggie, Mike Evans is back, Breshad Perriman is adapting, and Rob Gronkowski is Brady’s best companion. Plus, Ke’Shawn Vaughn has emerged as a very good dual-threat RB. In fact, I think he should start above Ronald Jones.
The Buccaneers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games when playing at home against Carolina.
Arizona Cardinals (-7)Sunday, January 9th
The Seattle Seahawks (6-10) scored 51 points in Week 17. That could have been the last game of Russell Wilson at Lumen Field. He threw for 236 yards and four touchdowns.
The good news for the Seahawks is that RB Rashaad Penny is finally meeting expectations. Over the last two weeks, he rushed for 305 yards and three touchdowns. Also, don’t forget about D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, one of the best WR’s duos in the league.
Seattle is 1-4 SU in its last five games on the road.
The Arizona Cardinals (11-5) still have a chance to win the NFC West. Last week, Kyler Murray played his best game since returning from the injury list. He threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys. He also ran for 44 yards.
Arizona remains a very competitive side despite not having DeAndre Hopkins due to injury. Christian Kirk, A.J. Green, and Zach Ertz have been doing a good job. Regarding the backfield, Chase Edmonds is back as the starter.
The Cardinals are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games played on a Sunday. I expect Seattle vs Arizona to be a back-and-forth battle, enough to consider the over.
New England Patriots (-7)
Miami DolphinsSunday, January 9th
Bill Belichick did it again after he was called a mad man for choosing Mac Jones over Cam Newton. The New England Patriots (10-6) will be in the Playoffs and still have a chance to win the AFC East. They need to beat the Miami Dolphins and hope for the Buffalo Bills to lose against the New York Jets.
Mac Jones, Rhamondre Stevenson, and Damien Harris have had a great season. Unlike past years, they aren’t the favorites, but they’ll put up a good fight in the postseason.
New England is 2-4 ATS in its last six games against the Miami Dolphins.
Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins (8-8) have no chance to get into the Playoffs. However, finishing with a winning record should be enough for them to go all-in.
Jaylen Waddle has been the best news for them. Him and Tagovailoa developed really good chemistry over the season. If Tagovailoa, Waddle, Mike Gesicki, and Davante Parker can stay healthy, they’re going to be a problem next year.
The Dolphins are 5-0 SU in their last five games at home.
New Orleans Saints (-4½)
Atlanta FalconsSunday, January 9th
Believe it or not, the New Orleans Saints (8-8) have a chance to make it. They need to beat the Atlanta Falcons and expect for the San Francisco 49ers to lose.
Injuries have been affecting them all season long, but Taysom Hill is back. He’s the best QB in the roster, no doubt about it. He has developed really good chemistry with Marquez Callaway, who became the team’s No. 1 receiver.
The Saints are 15-5 SU in their last 20 games on the road.
Atlanta has no chance. This game will be like a tryout for several players. They need to find a new No. 1 receiver. Cordarrelle Patterson has had a great season, but he can’t do it all. Rookie tight end Kyle Pitts played well enough but didn’t meet expectations.
The Falcons are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games at home.
New York Jets
Buffalo Bills (-17)Sunday, January 9th
As I mentioned before, the Buffalo Bills (10-6) need to win to secure the AFC East title. We’re talking about a very well-balanced team, but they’ve made some mistakes.
Fortunately for them, Devin Singletary is finally meeting expectations as their starting RB. Last week, he ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Josh Allen also scored two rushing touchdowns but threw three interceptions. It’s good for them to not depend on Allen all the time.
The Bills are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games against opponents from the AFC East.
The New York Jets (4-12) almost beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17. Braxton Berrios was their MVP after finishing with 77 total yards and two touchdowns. Michael Carter averaged 18 yards per carry. That’s insane.
I’m not saying they’ll win, but they could put up a good fight in Buffalo.
The total has gone over in 11 of the Jet’s last 16 games played in January.
Los Angeles Chargers (-3)
Las Vegas RaidersSunday, January 9th
Finally, we’ve an AFC West battle with a postseason ticket on the line. That’s right, the winner of Los Angeles Chargers vs Las Vegas Raiders will get straight in.
Last week, the Chargers scored 34 points against another divisional rival, the Denver Broncos. Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams, and Keenan Allen are one explosive group. Expect more of the same here.
Los Angeles is 6-2 SU in its last eight games against opponents from the AFC West.
The Raiders won their last three games, including a huge victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17. Zay Jones, Hunter Renfrow, and Foster Moreau have done a great job while Darren Waller sits out due to injury.
Josh Jacobs is getting back to his best form right on time. Last week, he ran for 63 yards and one touchdown.
The total has gone under in seven of Las Vegas’ last 10 games against the Chargers.
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