The longest regular season in NFL history is about to wrap up and playoff slots are quickly becoming occupied. It is last call for many pro football teams and there will be plenty of games with playoff implications on the second weekend of the New Year. Key games while looking at NFL Week 18 odds include Chargers at Raiders, Chiefs at Broncos, Saints at Falcons and 49ers at Rams.
View all of the NFL Week 18 odds below.
NFL Week 18 odds
Top sportsbooks have posted NFL Week 18 odds with point spread, moneyline and over under betting options.
In New York? The Best Sports Betting Opening Weekend Promos
Saturday, January 8
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – 4:30 p.m. ET
The Chiefs appeared to be on their way to a ninth straight win in Week 17 before blowing a big lead and falling to the Bengals, 34-31. The Broncos stumbled in a big way with Drew Lock at quarterback against the Chargers on Sunday, falling by a 34-13 score and eliminating not only themselves from playoff contention, but the Dolphins and Browns as well.
Kansas City’s offense seemed to be well on its way to continuing it fine-tuning process on the way to the postseason in the first half Sunday while racking up 28 points, but both sides of the ball completely faltered during the second half and the Joe Burrow-Ja’Marr Chase connection completely steamrolled Kansas City’s normally stingy secondary. The good news for Andy Reid’s club in this regular season finale is the fact the Broncos are completely eliminated from contention and that they’ll likely get to face Lock.
The Broncos looked listless on both sides of the ball in Sunday’s loss, as the final score indicates. The fact both Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick were sidelined due to COVID-19 naturally played a part in the sluggishness on offense, but the defense also suffered a significant downturn. How motivated Denver is with only a spoiler role to play remains to be seen, but the chance to prevent the division-rival and defending-conference-champion Chiefs from having any chance at the No. 1 seed could certainly give them some juice.
This line has seen some major movement following its initial release, jumping from Chiefs -3 to a 9.5-to-10-point figure now that the Broncos are without playoff hopes.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – 8:15 p.m. ET
The Cowboys may have read their press clippings a bit much following their Week 16 throttling of Washington, as they were upended by the Cardinals at home, 25-22, in a game that featured a controversial late fourth-quarter call. The Eagles took care of business against Washington on the road, 20-16, and kept themselves firmly in the NFC Wild Card picture by moving to 9-7.
The Cowboys actually finished their Week 17 loss with some momentum, scoring 15 second-half points to make matters interesting. While that potential missed call on what seemed to be a Cardinals fumble late in the contest may have indeed cost Dallas the win, there’s no denying the Cardinals got the better of Dallas for large chunks of the game. With homefield advantage in the NFC now out of reach and the division sewn up, the Cowboys will look to simply head into the postseason with a strong showing.
The Eagles have already cinched an NFC wild-card spot as well, so this game is also devoid of significant implications for Philadelphia. Philly once again got away with a lackluster passing attack Sunday versus Washington, something which isn’t likely to fly come the playoffs and potentially not for this contest, either. Dallas put 41 points up on Philly in the first meeting between the teams, although that came back in Week 3.
With both teams’ postseason positioning more or less sewn up, the Cowboys’ initial advantage of -3.5 has already doubled at some sportsbooks.
Sunday, January 9
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns – 1 p.m. ET
The Bengals put together a second straight prolific performance in a memorable Week 17 comeback win over the Chiefs, with Ja’Marr Chase setting a single-game rookie receiving record courtesy of an 11-266 line on 12 targets. The Browns suffered a 26-14 loss to the Steelers on Monday night and no longer have postseason aspirations, as the Broncos’ loss to the Chargers on Sunday night eliminated L.A. from playoff contention.
Joe Burrow has now thrown for 971 yards and eight touchdowns in the last two games, and although he did appear to hurt his leg late in Sunday’s victory, the belief is he’ll be fine for this Week 18 finale. Cincy clinched the AFC North with the win as well; if no real improvement in positioning is possible by the time this game kicks off — the Bengals need help, beginning with an unlikely Chiefs loss to the Broncos on Saturday afternoon, to have a shot at the AFC’s No. 1 seed — coach Zac Taylor may well just play his starters long enough to keep them sharp for the forthcoming postseason.
The Bengals remain narrow road favorites at most sportsbooks as the week begins.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions – 1 p.m. ET
The Packers were able to sew up the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a Sunday night shellacking of the short-handed Vikings in Week 17. The Lions gave the Seahawks trouble at times but still fell to Seattle in what may have been Russell Wilson’s last home game, 45-29.
The Packers will have nothing to play for in this spot thanks to having taken care of business early, so Aaron Rodgers and company may only be in the game long enough to get some work in ahead of the postseason. Green Bay approaches the contest in very good health in terms of its skill positions, and the one key absence, that of Randall Cobb (IR-groin), isn’t likely to end ahead of this game so as to ensure the veteran is healthy for the playoffs.
The Lions are an ugly 2-13-1 going into this contest, but there’s an air around the franchise that’s much more positive than, say, a similarly downtrodden squad like the Jaguars. Detroit has fought hard nearly every single week, even in the loss to Seattle that unfolded with the Lions missing top QB Jared Goff and two key receivers in Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds. Dan Campbell’s squad actually gave Green Bay some trouble in the first meeting way back in Week 2, and it’s certainly likely the Lions go all out against what will likely be a Packers team playing mostly reserves in the second half.
The line for this game is an intriguing one as the week begins — the original look-ahead figure of Packers -11 is now down to -3 at multiple sportsbooks due to the likelihood of a rag-tag Green Bay squad, but it’s still at double digits in a couple of other books.
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings – 1 p.m. ET
The Bears notched a second straight win Sunday over one of the few teams more hapless than they are, as they knocked off the Giants by a 29-3 score at Soldier Field behind Andy Dalton. The Vikings were forced to go into Lambeau Field with Sean Mannion at quarterback and predictably got thumped by a Packers squad out to clinch the No. 1 seed, 37-10.
Chicago has used three starting quarterbacks this season and enjoyed varying degree of success with each, and it appears Dalton could be the one drawing the final opportunity of the campaign. Nevertheless, coach Matt Nagy left the door open for Justin Fields to take the field instead if he’s feeling healthy enough over the course of the practice week. All signs point to the game being the final one of Nagy’s tumultuous tenure, although if the Bears do manage a third straight win it could move the needle in his favor some.
The Vikings are now 7-9 and eliminated from postseason contention, although Sunday’s rout at the hands of the Pack wasn’t exactly a fair fight. In addition to Kirk Cousins’ absence due to COVID-19, Adam Thielen was also unavailable due to his placement on injured reserve earlier in the week with an ankle issue. This game will therefore be simply for pride for both clubs, although Minnesota will have the motivation of getting one more win in front of its home crowd and possibly making a bid to save Mike Zimmer’s job.
Early bettors have jumped on the Bears following an early line of Vikings -6, with that number narrowing considerably following last week’s results.
Washington Football Team at New York Giants – 1 p.m. ET
Washington fell to 6-10 in Week 17 with a narrow 20-16 loss to the Eagles. The Giants’ ugly season mercifully inched another step closer to a conclusion, with New York taking a 29-3 thrashing at the hands of the Bears in which New York somehow managed to throw for all of 24 yards.
The Football Team saw Taylor Heinicke bounce back from his atrocious 7-for-22, 121-yard, two-interception effort versus the Cowboys in Week 16, but he still couldn’t do enough to put Washington over the top against Philly. It’s part of a disappointing finish to a season that once had some hope for Ron Rivera’s squad, although this Week 18 battle does present an opportunity to finish matters off on a high note. The Giants look completely disinterested at this point, although they have been a solid defensive team by the numbers at home.
Mike Glennon would have been pulled at some point during Sunday’s contest were he to have been on almost any other team, but at this stage, coach Joe Judge’s only other option, Jake Fromm, hardly has any appeal in his own right. The one bright spot Sunday was Saquon Barkley’s 102-yard effort on the ground, a rare taste of success in what has mostly been a frustrating year for the talented running back. New York continues to be decimated by injury and COVID-19 at the receiver position as well, but they may have a chance to get promising rookie Kadarius Toney from his shoulder injury in this finale.
Even against a mediocre opponent like the WFT, the public has no faith in the Giants, already pushing Washington’s initial four-point projected advantage up.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars – 1 p.m. ET
The Colts suffered yet another narrow loss on its home field in Week 17, falling to the Raiders by a 23-20 score on a Daniel Carlson field goal. The Jaguars suffered a defeat that was ugly even by this season’s standards, losing to the Patriots by a 50-10 score.
Indianapolis was able to get Carson Wentz under center after he missed the practice week in COVID-19 protocols, but even with Jonathan Taylor pitching in yet another 100-yard effort, the defense couldn’t prevent a 10-play, 60-yard march in the fourth quarter that culminated in Carlson’s field goal. Despite the stumble, Indy is in the playoffs with a win against a Jags squad they squeaked by with a 23-17 win earlier in the campaign.
Trevor Lawrence’s first-year nightmare is almost over, and he’d certainly hope to end it on a high note after throwing another three interceptions Sunday to push his season total to 17. Now also down his top running back in James Robinson (IR-Achilles), Lawrence has few weapons to realistically turn to with the likes of DJ Chark (ankle) and Jamal Agnew (hip) both having hit injured reserve long ago.
With the Colts having major incentive in this spot and the Jaguars being the Jaguars, the public has already pushed the initial line of Indy -8.5 halfway to 20 as the week starts.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens – 1 p.m. ET
The Steelers closed out Week 17 with an emotional 26-14 Monday night win versus the Browns, a game that for all intents and purposes served as Ben Roethlisberger’s final one at Heinz Field. The Ravens are also still in contention despite blowing a lead against the Rams at home in Week 17 and falling by a 20-19 score.
The Ravens were forced to turn to Tyler Huntley again in Week 17 after he cleared COVID-19 protocols and Lamar Jackson remained too hampered by his ankle injury. Whether the one-time NFL MVP can get healthy enough to suit up in this spot remains to be seen, and it will certainly be one of the most intriguing storylines of the week to monitor given the significance of the contest. Huntley was adequate once again under center Sunday, but Jackson clearly gives Baltimore the best chance to win. One silver lining of the loss to the Rams was the resurgent play of Devonta Freeman, who turned 14 carries into 76 yards. Given the Steelers’ struggles to stop the run this season, Freeman could be integral to Baltimore’s chances in this divisional clash.
With both teams needing a win to retain any hope for the final AFC Wild Card spot, the line here is anywhere from 3.5 to 5 points in favor of the home team.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans – 1 p.m. ET
The Titans put themselves in position for the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a 34-3 defeat over the Dolphins in Week 17. The Texans fought hard out west but couldn’t do enough offensively, falling to the 49ers by a 23-7 margin.
Even with Julio Jones unavailable in Week 17 due to COVID protocols and Derrick Henry still on injured reserve, the Titans had enough to notch the comfortable win. Tennessee could conceivably have both players at its disposal for the finale, as Henry was slated to reenter individual drills Monday as one of the final steps toward gaining clearance for game action. However, even if Mike Vrabel opts to play it safe with his star back, he’ll have the luxury of turning to D’Onta Foreman, who was the Titans’ best offensive player Sunday with 132 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The Texans were able to stay competitive for three quarters Sunday, but they were outscored by a 13-0 margin over the final 15 minutes. However, rookie quarterback Davis Mills garnered another game of valuable experience and was able to take advantage of the return of Brandin Cooks from a one-game absence, hitting the veteran for seven receptions, 66 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. Houston will look to play spoiler and notch a fifth win, yet the Titans will also have the incentive of trying to avenge a 22-13 home loss to David Culley’s squad earlier in the season.
With the AFC’s top seed on the line for the Titans, they’re comfortable double-digit favorites as the week begins.
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – 4:25 p.m. ET
The Saints remained alive for an NFC Wild Card spot with an 18-10 win over the Panthers in Week 17. The Falcons were eliminated in an interconference clash against the Bills they lost by a 29-15 margin.
Taysom Hill returned at quarterback for New Orleans on Sunday and his 267 total yards were key to the Saints notching the win and getting to 8-8. He’ll look to put together a successful encore with the help of Alvin Kamara, who was second-best target Sunday with a 5-68-1 line. A win doesn’t lock New Orleans into the postseason, but it’s necessary to vault them in in conjunction with a 49ers loss.
The Falcons are now out of the running for the playoffs but will be looking to finish the season strong in front of the home crowd and get to eight wins in Arthur Smith’s first season. It’s been a ragged season for Atlanta’s offense in particular without the services of Calvin Ridley (personal) for large chunks of it, but the play of Kyle Pitts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Russell Gage has particularly been encouraging.
With the Saints the only team of the two with a postseason stake, New Orleans has already seen its favorite status expand.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – 4:25 p.m. ET
The Jets gave the defending champion Bucs a real scare in Week 17 before falling late in part because of a controversial fourth-down decision by head coach Robert Saleh. The Bills put themselves in position to clinch the AFC East crown with their third straight win, a 29-15 win over the Falcons.
New York’s late-season play has been encouraging irrespective of Sunday’s loss, but a win over Tampa Bay would have been a crowning achievement for Saleh and his staff to carry into the offseason. Jamison Crowder, Tyler Kroft and Ryan Griffin were all out of action and Michael Carter exited the contest early – making the Jets’ showing even more impressive.
The Bills, meanwhile, endured a surprisingly poor performance by Josh Allen – who threw three interceptions without a passing TD. Buffalo nevertheless won ugly and Allen’s hiccup is almost certainly an outlier, but the Bills will have to bear down and make sure there is no letup so they can take the division crown.
Unsurprisingly, the Bills were mammoth favorites as the week began.
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins – 4:25 p.m. ET
The Patriots bounced back from a tough loss to the Bills by dismantling the Jaguars, 50-10. The Dolphins fell out of playoff contention with an embarrassing 31-point defeat on the road at the hands of the Titans that snapped a seven-game winning streak.
New England took out its frustrations on Jacksonville while dominating in every phase of the game. Assuming Damien Harris’ hamstring concern that led to an early exit isn’t serious, New England enters Week 18 with a playoff spot locked up, but they’ll need a win and unlikely Buffalo loss to the Jaguars to also take the AFC East.
Miami made a very valiant effort after opening the season 1-7, but the jig was finally up Sunday in resounding fashion. Nevertheless, the Dolphins will be looking to make sure the shine of their winning streak isn’t further diminished with a second consecutive loss to close out the campaign. The Fins would also certainly love to do their part to ensure the Pats don’t have a shot at the division, and a win would also naturally lock in a second consecutive winning season at 9-8.
The public is in on the Pats, with their original -2.5 line growing considerably following each team’s respective lopsided Week 17 game.
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4:25 p.m. ET
The Panthers’ miserable season continued Sunday against the Saints, which toppled them by an 18-10 score. The Buccaneers almost lost a game that rightfully had no business even being close before escaping New York with a 28-24 win over the Jets and one passenger lighter on the return flight back home.
If Panthers brass was hoping to glean some clarity on the future of Sam Darnold with the franchise Sunday, it was far from mission accomplished. The embattled 2018 first-round pick threw for just 132 yards with no TDs and an INT. This Week 18 clash represents Darnold’s last chance to head into the offseason with some momentum, and it remains to be seen if coach Matt Rhule gives Cam Newton at least a handful of plays in what could well be the final game in Carolina for both.
The Buccaneers will have to answer questions about Antonio Brown’s antics over the early part of this week before the matter is likely put to bed, but their bigger concern might be their lackluster play at times Sunday and the fact their receiving corps is thinner than ever. The personnel shortage may not be much of an issue in this contest, but come the playoffs, even Tom Brady may not be able to pull off a Super Bowl run.
The Bucs are locked into the No. 3 seed, but given what is heavy motivation to sharpen up considerably before the playoffs, Tampa Bay’s initial projected advantage of -9.5 has already grown by a touchdown.
San Francisco 49ers at LA Rams – 4:25 p.m. ET
The 49ers took care of business against the Texans in Week 17, posting a 23-7 win to move to 9-7 and remain alive for an NFC Wild Card spot. The Rams pulled off a memorable comeback win against the Ravens, edging Baltimore by a 20-19 score.
Trey Lance stepped in and performed well for the sidelined Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) on Sunday, throwing for 249 and a pair of touchdowns while rushing for 31 more. A season of mostly sitting and learning on the sideline may have paid off for Lance, who could also get the call in this contest if Jimmy G can’t go and would be tasked with securing a win that San Fran needs to have to ensure a Wild Card spot.
However, the Rams aren’t exactly going to lay down and do their division rivals any favors, as the stakes will be very high for L.A. as well. A win gets the Rams the NFC West crown, so the motivation will be substantial on the part of Sean McVay’s squad also. Matthew Stafford encouragingly continued to develop his rapport with Odell Beckham in Sunday’s win, hitting the mid-season acquisition for the winning touchdown pass. Additionally, it appears likely Cam Akers makes his season debut in this contest after completing his recovery from a summer Achilles injury that he’s bounced back from in impressively short time.
The public is favoring the Rams, boosting their initial look-ahead advantage of 5 points after Week 17.
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – 4:25 p.m. ET
The Seahawks ensured what may have been the Lumen Field swan song for either Russell Wilson or head coach Pete Carroll, or both, was a memorable one, as they blasted the Lions by a 51-29 score. The Cardinals were able to go into Dallas and pull of a clutch victory over the Cowboys, 25-22.
Seattle will look to play spoiler in this visit to their division rival, as Arizona needs a victory to have a shot at the NFC West crown. As far as their own team goals are concerned, the Seahawks will hope to see Rashaad Penny further solidify his spot as the clear lead back going into the offseason after he posted a 170-yard, two-touchdown effort versus Detroit. Wilson will also undoubtedly be out to finish the season strong heading into an offseason that holds some personal uncertainty.
The Cards were able to finally snap out of their doldrums Sunday, even as they almost blew a big lead and needed a little help from a controversial call on a would-be fumble on Arizona’s part. Kyler Murray finally experienced some success without DeAndre Hopkins by throwing for 263 passing yards and two touchdowns, a confidence booster heading into both this contest and the playoffs. The matchup does line up well for more strong production considering Seattle’s struggles on defense all season.
The Cards’ initial go-ahead spread of -5 has already grown following Week 17 results and could certainly continue its ascension throughout the week.
LA Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders – 8:20 p.m. ET
The Chargers set up this Week 18 win-and-in scenario with a 34-13 throttling of a short-handed Broncos squad. The Raiders did the same in much more dramatic fashion by toppling the Colts on the road as time expired, 23-20.
The Bolts have been a picture of inconsistency all season, and they’ll head into this finale with a 9-7 mark. L.A. does have four of its wins on the road and a 28-14 victory against the Raiders on its 2021 resume as well. Against Denver, the Chargers showed some flashes of the smooth and efficient offense that led them to plenty of early success this season, with Mike Williams hauling in a long TD and Austin Ekeler finding the end zone as well.
Derek Carr overcame a pair of interceptions to help Vegas stay alive Sunday, and he flashed an unprecedented connection with Zay Jones, who posted a career-best 8-120 line on 10 targets. The journeyman’s work in the intermediate areas of the field helped make up for the ongoing absence of Darren Waller (knee/COVID-19), and he could well be needed to step up again if the star tight end remains sidelined against a Chargers team that’s been powerless to slow down the position most of the season. Josh Jacobs could also be set up for a big day, as Los Angeles is allowing an NFL-high 158.1 rushing yards per road game.
In this elimination contest, the Chargers’ initial projected edge of 2.5 points has already grown slightly.
How the NFL Week 18 lines are changing
The playoff picture is almost complete, but there will still be some positioning finalized in the final weekend of this unpredictable NFL campaign. There will be two to-be-determined games Saturday, followed by the remainder of the slate on Sunday with no Monday night contest ahead of the first playoff weekend.
Games involving at least one team with something to play for will include Steelers-Ravens, Chiefs-Broncos, 49ers-Rams and a Chargers-Raiders faceoff in Las Vegas that will see the winner clinch a postseason spot and the loser eliminated.
Point spreads will likely see a fair share of movement throughout the week, while totals have opened very modestly, as has been the trend for the last several weeks as winter weather and COVID absences have wielded a heavy hand. Entering the week, no Week 18 contest has a total of at least 50, and 11 sport a figure of under 45 points.
Here are the initial NFL Week 18 odds followed by updated point spreads.
- New York Jets +17 at Buffalo Bills -17
- New England Patriots -2.5 at Miami Dolphins +2.5
- Cincinnati Bengals +1.5 at Cleveland Browns -1.5
- Dallas Cowboys -3.5 at Philadelphia Eagles +3.5
- Pittsburgh Steelers +6.5 at Baltimore Ravens -6.5
- Carolina Panthers +16.5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers -16.5
- Indianapolis Colts -8.5 at Jacksonville Jaguars +8.5
- Green Bay Packers -11 at Detroit Lions +11
- Washington Football Team -4 at New York Giants +4
- Tennessee Titans -10 at Houston Texans +10
- Chicago Bears +6 at Minnesota Vikings -6
- New Orleans Saints -3.5 at Atlanta Falcons +3.5
- Kansas City Chiefs -3 at Denver Broncos +3
- San Francisco 49ers +6.5 at LA Rams -6.5
- LA Chargers -2.5 at Las Vegas Raiders +2.5
- Seattle Seahawks +5 at Arizona Cardinals -5
Updated NFL Week 18 odds.
- New England Patriots -6 vs. Miami Dolphins +6
- Carolina Panthers +9 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -9
- New York Jets +16.5 vs. Buffalo Bills -16.5
- Cincinnati Bengals +5 vs. Cleveland Browns -5
- Tennessee Titans -10.5 vs. Houston Texans +10.5
- Dallas Cowboys -3.5 vs. Philadelphia Eagles +3.5
- Indianapolis Colts -14.5 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars +14.5
- Pittsburgh Steelers +3.5 vs. Baltimore Ravens -3.5
- Green Bay Packers -3.5 vs. Detroit Lions +3.5
- New Orleans Saints -3.5 vs. Atlanta Falcons +3.5
- Chicago Bears +4 vs. Minnesota Vikings -4
- Washington Football Team -6.5 vs. New York Giants +6.5
- LA Chargers -3 vs. Las Vegas Raiders +3
- Kansas City Chiefs -11.5 vs. Denver Broncos +11.5
- San Francisco 49ers +3.5 vs. LA Rams -3.5
- Seattle Seahawks +5.5 vs. Arizona Cardinals -5.5
Best NFL betting sites
Check out the best offers from legal US sportsbooks below and click to get started.