NFL Week 18 is here. Picking NFL games straight up is hard enough, but picking against the spread is even tougher. Here are the NFL week 18 picks against the spread. (Spreads are from ESPN as of Tuesday morning)
Last week: 8-8, Season total: 117-122-1
NFL Week 18 Picks Against the Spread
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (-10.5)
The Broncos can’t move the ball consistently, while the Chiefs are putting up points like past years again. Kansas City will want to win in hopes of getting the top seed.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (-7.5)
Dallas may want to avoid a matchup with the Cardinals again after losing at home in week 17. They will keep their foot on the gas and win and cover against the Eagles.
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-6.5)
There is still a lot to play for in this game for the Bengals. A win could move them all the way up to the top seed with some help. Ultimately, they’ll want to beat the Browns even if it is just to hope they can earn a better seed. The Browns are just too banged up to win this one.
Green Bay Packers (-3.5) at Detroit Lions
The Packers have the number one seed in the playoffs, so there is nothing to play for in this game. Detroit will be playing their starters and still aren’t favored. The Lions will play the Packers’ backups well and get the win.
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (-3.5)
Both of these coaches may not make it to next season. The Vikings are at home and although they aren’t playing for anything, they should be able to beat the Bears.
Washington Football Team (-6.5) at New York Giants
New York has clearly quit on Joe Judge, even if he won’t admit it. Washington can win and cover for now and then look forward to addressing the quarterback position this offseason.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars (-15.5)
For the Colts to make the playoffs, they just need to beat Jacksonville. The Jaguars haven’t played any good teams close over the last several weeks. Indianapolis will run the ball and play defense well enough to win and cover.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (-5.5)
Ben Roethlisberger had his goodbye on Monday Night Football. Lamar Jackson is asking to play in this game and with the Ravens having an extra day of rest, should be able to win and cover.
Tennessee Titans (-9.5) at Houston Texans
Tennessee seemed to get back on track against the Dolphins. If they win, they get the number one overall seed in the AFC. The bye that comes with the top seed is extra important with Derrick Henry still recovering from a foot injury.
New Orleans Saints (-4.5) at Atlanta Falcons
The Saints can still make the playoffs with a win and a Rams win over the 49ers. Unfortunately, they don’t have a lot of offensive firepower. New Orleans may win, but the Falcons will keep it close.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-15.5)
Buffalo can win the AFC East with a win and the Jets have nothing to play for but pride. The Bills will want to clinch the home playoff game.
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams (-4.5)
The Rams can clinch the NFC West with a win. While Matthew Stafford hasn’t played his best over the last few weeks, Los Angeles should win and cover at home.
New England Patriots (-6.5) at Miami Dolphins
With a win the Patriots can still win the AFC East. Miami’s winning streak finally came to an end, but they should be able to keep it close against the Patriots.
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals (-6.5)
Arizona has a lot to play for, while Seattle is looking forward to a possible rebuild.
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7.5)
Tampa Bay has plenty of drama going on, but they will be focused enough to win and cover against the Panthers, who seem to always start strong, but fade down the stretch.
Sunday Night Football
Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5) at Las Vegas Raiders
Every week there seems like another distraction comes up for the Raiders. In a game that each team needs to make the playoffs, the Chargers should be able to win on the road after getting healthier over the last few weeks.
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