The final weekend of the NFL regular season is arguably the most difficult for betting. Teams may be eliminated from postseason contention or become locked into a particular playoff seed following results from other games, rendering many a contest moot. That can throw NFL Week 18 odds out of whack and we could see some major point spread fluctuation on boards throughout Sunday afternoon’s games.
Nonetheless, these lines have been posted by top sportsbooks and are available to bet on now. Below we will look at those spreads and deliver betting info on all of the games scheduled.
NFL Week 18 odds
View NFL Week 18 odds from the top sportsbooks in the US below. Compare point spread prices as well as moneylines and totals.
NFL Week 18 betting lines
NFL Week 18 odds have been released, offering bettors a chance to potentially take advantage of some lines that could change a good bit as it gets closer to what can often be the most unpredictable betting week of the NFL regular season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
The Buccaneers clinched the NFC South title with a memorable performance from the Tom Brady-Mike Evans connection, with Brady throwing for 432 yards and hitting Evans for three touchdowns along the way in a 30-24 win over the Panthers. The Falcons notched a last-minute 20-19 win over the Cardinals in a battle between two teams already eliminated from the playoffs.
Head coach Todd Bowles said Monday that he plans on playing his starters in this game, but how long that will actually be for is naturally an open question. Considering Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask and not Brady could well be under center for a good chunk of this contest, Tampa Bay may not be ideally equipped to fully exploit what is typically a very favorable matchup against the shaky Atlanta defense.
Desmond Ridder will continue to stockpile reps in this finale and look to head into an offseason during which he’ll presumably prepare as a starting quarterback with some momentum. Ridder was relatively quiet during the Week 17 win, but he did complete 19 of 26 passes and didn’t throw an interception. The Buccaneers secondary has dealt with injuries for a good portion of the second half of the season and may have a makeshift crew manning it for this matchup, so Ridder and fellow rookie Drake London could have a strong opportunity to continue honing what Falcons brass hopes is a prolific connection for many years.
With the Bucs locked into the No. 4 seed, Atlanta is a three-point home favorite on the NFL Week 18 odds board.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
The Patriots are still alive for a postseason spot after moving to 8-8 with a 23-21 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
The Pats still don’t look right on offense, but they had enough to topple Miami, with some big assists from their defense. New England’s matchup against the Buffalo defense would be quite unfavorable, but if Buffalo does have the luxury of resting players in this spot, New England would catch a major break in its win-and-in quest for the postseason. If they lose, however, the Pats will need a Dolphins loss to the Jets, a Steelers loss to the Browns and a Jaguars win over the Titans to punch their ticket.
The Bills coasted to a 24-10 win at the Patriots back on Dec. 1. Buffalo has beaten the Pats three straight times, including a 47-17 blowout win in the Wild Card round of the playoffs last winter. These two teams could meet again in the Wild Card round depending on how things shake out in the AFC.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
The Vikings put forth another one of their trademark clunkers this past weekend, dropping a 41-17 decision to the Packers at Lambeau Field despite the fact Minnesota was still alive for the No. 1 seed coming into the contest. The Bears, already eliminated from the postseason picture, were handled easily by the Lions, 41-10.
The Vikings’ stumble still leaves them with a chance at the No. 2 seed if they can win and the 49ers lose to the Cardinals, which admittedly is an unlikely scenario. Nevertheless, with San Francisco’s game not kicking off until the late window, Minnesota will presumably be rolling out its usual personnel for as long as necessary in this spot, especially with the putrid performance they put together Sunday. The matchup against the Bears is highly favorable to Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, but Chicago has also given up plenty of chunk plays through the air.
Justin Fields put together another stellar rushing performance (132 yards on 10 carries), but with a notably undermanned wideout corps, he completed just seven of 21 passes for 75 yards. The spotty showing leaves some doubt as to his ability to fully capitalize on the favorable matchup against a Vikings defense that he completed 71.4 percent of his passes against for 208 yards and a touchdown back in Week 5.
The Vikings were as much as 2.5-point road favorites when looking at NFL Week 18 odds on Monday.
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
The Ravens fell to 10-6 with a narrow 16-13 loss to the Steelers on Sunday night.
Baltimore will once again hope to have Lamar Jackson back in the fold for this game after the star quarterback reportedly resumed some football-related movements this past week. Baltimore has struggled offensively under backup Tyler Huntley, and the matchup against the Bengals would be difficult enough with Jackson under center.
The Ravens took the first meeting against Cincy this year by a score of 19-17 back in early October. Justin Tucker’s 43-yard field goal won it for Baltimore.
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
The Texans played one of their poorer games in weeks against a Jaguars team that didn’t really have anything to play for in Week 17, dropping a 31-3 decision at home. The Colts didn’t really fare any better in their trip to the Big Apple, falling to the Giants by a 38-10 score in a game that clinched a playoff berth for New York.
The Texans continued to put together lackluster offensive performances in Sunday’s penultimate game, with Davis Mills barely completing over 50 percent of his passes while still working in tandem to a modest degree with Jeff Driskel. The same arrangement likely holds for this finale, although it’s fair to wonder what the level of motivation of either of the two teams will be.
The Colts will have one intriguing storyline associated with them, that being second-year signal-caller Sam Ehlinger getting one more chance at a 2022 audition. Ehlinger has already been named the starter for this contest after Nick Foles suffered a scary rib injury that left him convulsing in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. Zack Moss, who’s put some encouraging play on film in recent weeks as he, too, looks to make his 2023 case, should have an especially appealing matchup against the Texans’ porous run defense.
In a battle of two teams with nothing to play for, Indy is as much as a three-point home favorite.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
The Jets’ late-season swoon continued Sunday, and their latest loss, a 23-6 defeat at the hands of the Seahawks, eliminated New York from playoff contention. The Dolphins inched closer to suffering the same fate with a 23-21 loss to the Patriots that was Miami’s fifth straight.
Head coach Robert Saleh will likely have some serious work to do to lift his team’s mood ahead of this finale. New York once looked like a shoo-in for the postseason, but their current five-game losing streak derailed those plans. Gang Green is likely to roll with Mike White at quarterback again and probably deploy its normal personnel on both sides of the ball, at least to open the contest.
The Dolphins now need help to get into the playoffs, although the scenario involved is still a very realistic one. A Miami win and a Patriots loss to the Bills gets Mike McDaniel’s squad into the postseason tournament, but the Fins appear likely to have to try and accomplish the feat without Tua Tagovailoa, who head coach Mike McDaniel said Monday isn’t really on his radar as a starting option for the finale. Teddy Bridgewater is no sure thing himself after suffering a finger injury Sunday, so Skylar Thompson, who saw the first action of his NFL career against the Jets back in Week 5 when Bridgewater suffered an injury on the first drive, may well be due for a start against a pass defense that can be very stingy if motivated sufficiently.
As the week begins, the game is listed as anywhere from a Pick ‘Em to the Dolphins as up to 1.5-point home favorites.
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
The Panthers continued to make a ringing endorsement for interim coach Steve Wilks to get the job on a long-term basis, but they still dropped a 30-24 decision that knocked Carolina out of playoff contention. The Saints were also eliminated from postseason contention by day’s end, but they prevented the Eagles from clinching the NFC East and top seed in the conference with a 20-10 road win over the Gardner Minshew-led squad.
Sam Darnold still has plenty to play for Sunday, as he’s made a relatively solid late-season case to enter the offseason as the odds-on favorite to serve as the starting QB in 2023. Darnold established a season high in passing yardage for the second straight week Sunday, racking up 341 yards and tossing for three scores against the Bucs. However, ball security remains an issue – he threw an interception while committing three fumbles and losing two – and he’ll have a tough test on his hands against a Saints secondary that got Marshon Lattimore back versus the Eagles with resounding success versus Philly (six tackles and a pick-six).
It remains to be seen if head coach Dennis Allen will opt to give Jameis Winston a shot at a Week 18 start now that the postseason is no longer in play. Andy Dalton managed the game effectively Sunday while throwing only four incompletions, and the likes of Rasheed Shaheed, Juwan Johnson and Chris Olave could all enjoy success against an injury-hampered Panthers secondary torched by Tom Brady and Mike Evans repeatedly in Week 17.
The Saints were up to 3.5-point home favorites as the week began.
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Browns had nothing but pride to play for Sunday, but they ended up playing spoiler as well by knocking the Commanders out of postseason contention with a 24-10 win in Washington. The Steelers kept their postseason hopes alive with an impressive 16-13 win on the road against the Ravens, one that featured a second straight game-winning drive by Kenny Pickett and company.
Deshaun Watson continued to display an improving connection with Amari Cooper in Sunday’s win over Washington, with the veteran wideout burning the Commanders secondary for two touchdowns. Cleveland is arguably one of the likeliest teams with no Week 18 incentive on paper to take their game pretty seriously, as it’s certainly in the team’s best interest to have Watson continue knocking off rust and do so against an opponent that will be going all out to stop him in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers have to be highly encouraged by Pickett’s late-game resolve in the last two weeks, and the confidence his pair of successful game-winning drives has undoubtedly provided has a chance to pay off in another high-stakes environment in this spot. The Browns’ secondary has been a tough one all season, however, but there should certainly be a chance for Najee Harris, who was the co-hero Sunday night courtesy of catching Pickett’s game-winning toss, and Jaylen Warren to keep the defense honest by churning out yardage against Cleveland’s poor run defense (142 RYPG allowed on road).
With the Steelers having plenty of incentive – they must win and then pull for Dolphins and Patriots losses to secure a wild card — Pittsburgh is up to a 3-point home favorite.
LA Chargers at Denver Broncos
The Chargers, already in possession of their playoff berth, still showed plenty of interest in a 31-10 win over the Rams in Week 17. The Broncos played the first of what’s expected to be Jerry Rosburg’s two-game stint as head coach and gave the Chiefs all they could handle in a 27-24 loss.
The Chargers will need to win to ensure they clinch the No. 5 seed, and head coach Brandon Staley already said Monday he won’t rest any players in this spot. That should mean a close-to-full workload for Justin Herbert and company unless L.A. can jump out to and hold a big lead. The Broncos can be much more easily attacked on the ground most weeks, so Austin Ekeler and his backfield mates may be in for a busy day.
Russell Wilson played serviceably against the Chiefs while throwing for 222 yards and a touchdown while adding a pair of rushing scores as well. This game will represent the embattled veteran’s final chance to head into what he’s already said is going to be a critical offseason with some positive vibes, and he’ll at least have a chance to get a good test due to the Bolts still having motive to play well. However, as with the Chargers, the Broncos’ preferred method of attack should be via the ground game, as Los Angeles is allowing 149.9 rushing yards per road contest.
The Chargers are 3.5-point road favorites when looking at NFL Week 18 odds as the week begins.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
The Cardinals rolled with David Blough at quarterback against the Falcons in Week 17 and nearly pulled off a win, falling by a narrow 20-19 margin on a last-second field goal by Younghoe Koo. The 49ers were blindsided by first-time starter Jarrett Stidham, who threw for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-34 overtime loss for Las Vegas.
Blough appears set to make another start in this game, as head coach Kliff Kingsbury had already said he’d go with whoever had performed better in their respective spot starts between him and Trace McSorley. However, what the Cards’ level of motivation will be remains to be seen, and DeAndre Hopkins may not play for a second straight game due to a knee injury he sustained late in Week 17 prep. Meanwhile, James Conner may also be considered iffy to play after exiting early with a shin injury.
The Niners’ defense got quite the wake-up call versus Las Vegas, and perhaps it will be a blessing in disguise that will help lock in the team’s focus moving forward. San Francisco should have a much clearer path to success here, especially if Hopkins sits out, and the Niners will still be in play for the conference’s No. 1 seed going in since the Eagles have been unable to sew up that designation the last two weeks.
Given they’ll still have something to play for when this game kicks off, the Niners are unsurprisingly 14-point home favorites, tied for the biggest of the slate.
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
The Giants secured their first playoff berth since 2016 and only their second winning in the last decade with a big 38-10 win over the Colts on Sunday. The Eagles failed to secure the NFC East and the conference’s top seed for the second straight week, dropping a 20-10 decision to the Saints at home with Gardner Minshew drawing another start for Jalen Hurts (shoulder).
Head coach Brian Daboll remained coy as to his personnel plans for this game when asked Monday, and perhaps more clarity will be gleaned throughout the week. However, it’s clear there won’t be any incentive for New York to put any starter at risk, especially at receiver, where the team has suffered an abundance of injuries this season.
Naturally, the big question for Philly going in will be whether Hurts can suit up. It would seem likely he’d at least start the game if he’s anywhere close to healthy, as chances are a half or so worth of Hurts, even at less than full strength, against a makeshift Giants defense could be enough give Philadelphia the cushion it needs to ensure a victory and hold off the Niners and Cowboys for the top seed.
With New York highly unlikely to go with any regulars for a full game and very possibly holding the likes of Saquon Barkley out, the heavily incentivized Eagles are also two-touchdown favorites as the week begins.
LA Rams at Seattle Seahawks
The Rams saw Baker Mayfield come back down to earth after a near-perfect performance against the Broncos in Week 16 as they fell to the Chargers, 31-10, on Sunday. The Seahawks kept their playoff hopes alive with a 23-6 win over the Jets that kept their quest for an NFC wild-card spot viable.
While Mayfield took a big downturn while netting only 111 passing yards after factoring in lost yardage on sacks, Cam Akers continued his impressive late-season surge with 123 rushing yards to give him back-to-back 100-yard performances for the first time as a pro. Akers could shoulder another heavy workload in this game, as the Seahawks have developed one of the stingiest pass defenses in the league but are allowing 156.9 rushing yards per home contest.
Geno Smith continued to play efficiently Sunday with two touchdowns and 183 passing yards. The veteran signal-caller is now on the cusp of capping off his remarkable comeback season with a playoff berth, but he’ll need several other teams to do their part. However, with Tyler Lockett now back in action after a quick recovery from his finger injury and the Rams a highly vulnerable pass defense on the road, the air attack could be primed for a big day.
With Seattle having plenty to play for, the ‘Hawks are up to 6.5-point home favorites in NFL Week 18 odds.
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Commanders
The Cowboys preemptively ensured they’d remain in play for the No. 1 seed and clinched a playoff berth in the process when they topped the Tennessee Titans, 27-13, to open Week 17. The Commanders lost their chance at the postseason with a surprising 24-10 defeat at the hands of the Browns at home that saw Carson Wentz mostly underwhelm in his return to the starting job.
The Eagles’ inability to close the deal on the division title and No. 1 seed gives the Cowboys hope, and with a win and an Eagles loss to the Giants – the latter admittedly an unlikely scenario – Dallas secures the top seed. Dallas appears to have made a prudent addition to its passing game with the signing of T.Y. Hilton, and they’ll also likely have Tony Pollard available for this game after he sat out against the Titans with a thigh injury.
The Commanders’ encouraging late-season stretch run ultimately went for naught, and Wentz doesn’t really appear to be a long-term answer at quarterback. It’s also fair to wonder if Ron Rivera will be coaching his final game in the nation’s capital, as the ownership of the team itself is very much in flux. Washington may get up enough motivation to play spoiler and potentially send out their popular coach on a winning note, but that’s a difficult matter to get a grip on at this point.
With Dallas still in play for the top seed as this game kicks off, the Cowboys are projected as four-point road favorites in a game that will be difficult to gauge Washington’s motivation level for.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
The Lions continued their Cinderella run Sunday at home, throttling the Bears by a 41-10 score. The Packers put together a convincing victory over a division rival in their own right, toppling the Vikings by a 41-17 margin.
Detroit moved to 8-8 with its 31-point victory, one in which Jared Goff continued to exhibit the highest caliber of play of his career by throwing for 255 yards and three touchdowns. Goff now gets a crack at a Packers team he helped topple back in Week 9 by a 15-9 score, but one whose secondary is playing at what might be a season-best level and has given up a league-low 165.9 passing yards per home contest. The Jamaal Williams-D’Andre Swift backfield duo could therefore play a very pivotal role in this frigid Lambeau game following their combined 222-yard, two-touchdown performance versus Chicago.
The Packers have been on a memorable late-season run themselves, winning four consecutive contests. Green Bay’s domination of a Vikings team that still had something to play for stands out as particularly impressive, and the Pack will enter this game with their skill-position players enjoying good health. The Lions will need the unlikely scenario of the Rams beating the Seahawks in the late-afternoon window for them to still have a shot at the postseason when this game kicks off, but Green Bay needs no help – a win and they’re in.
The Packers were unsurprisingly 4.5-point home favorites when looking NFL Week 18 odds as the week began.
Kansas City Chiefs -8.5 at Las Vegas Raiders
The Chiefs crushed the Raiders, 31-13, on Saturday – easily covering the 8.5 point spread. The total of the game was 52.0 and went Under.
Tennessee Titans +6 at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Titans put up a fight and covered the +6.0 spread but ultimately fell to the Jaguars, who will advance to the playoffs.
How the spreads are changing
Below we will look at how point spreads are changing from when they were initially released to where they most recently stand.
|Date||NFL Week 18 Odds: January 1 spreads||NFL Week 18 Odds: January 2 spreads||NFL Week 18 Odds: January 4||NFL Week 18 Odds: January 8|
|Saturday, January 7||Chiefs -9.5 at Raiders +9.5||Chiefs -9 at Raiders +9||Chiefs -9 at Raiders +9||OTB|
|Saturday, January 7||Titans +6.5 at Jaguars -6.5||Titans +6.5 at Jaguars -6.5||Titans +6.5 at Jaguars -6.5||OTB|
|Sunday, January 8||Patriots +9.5 at Bills -9.5||Patriots +7.5 at Bills -7.5||OTB||Patriots +7.5 at Bills -7.5|
|Sunday, January 8||Jets +3 at Dolphins -3||Jets +1 at Dolphins -1||Jets -1 at Dolphins +1||Jets +3.5 at Dolphins -3.5|
|Sunday, January 8||Browns +3 at Steelers -3||Browns +3 at Steelers -3||Browns +2.5 at Steelers -2.5||Browns +2.5 at Steelers -2.5|
|Sunday, January 8||Ravens +7 at Bengals -7||Ravens +7 at Bengals -7||OTB||Ravens +9 at Bengals -9|
|Sunday, January 8||Vikings -1.5 at Bears +1.5||Vikings -4 at Bears +4||Vikings -5.5 at Bears +5.5||Vikings -7 at Bears +7|
|Sunday, January 8||Buccaneers +7 at Falcons -7||Buccaneers +3 at Falcons -3||Buccaneers +4 at Falcons -4||Buccaneers +4 at Falcons -4|
|Sunday, January 8||Texans +2.5 at Colts -2.5||Texans +2.5 at Colts -2.5||Texans +3 at Colts -3||Texans +2.5 at Colts -2.5|
|Sunday, January 8||Rams +6.5 at Seahawks -6.5||Rams +6.5 at Seahawks -6.5||Rams +6.5 at Seahawks -6.5||Rams +5.5 at Seahawks -5.5|
|Sunday, January 8||Chargers -3.5 at Broncos +3.5||Chargers -3.5 at Broncos +3.5||Chargers -3 at Broncos +3||Chargers +3 at Broncos -3|
|Sunday, January 8||Cowboys -6 at Commanders +6||Cowboys -3.5 at Commanders +3.5||Cowboys -5.5 at Commanders +5.5||Cowboys -7 at Commanders +7|
|Sunday, January 8||Panthers +5 at Saints -5||Panthers +3.5 at Saints -3.5||Panthers +3.5 at Saints -3.5||Panthers +3 at Saints -3|
|Sunday, January 8||Giants +13.5 at Eagles -13.5||Giants +14 at Eagles -14||Giants +14 at Eagles -14||Giants +16 at Eagles -16|
|Sunday, January 8||Cardinals +13 at 49ers -13||Cardinals +14 at 49ers -14||Cardinals +14 at 49ers -14||Cardinals +14 at 49ers -14|
|Sunday, January 8||Lions +4.5 at Packers -4.5||Lions +4.5 at Packers -4.5||Lions +4.5 at Packers -4.5||Lions +5 at Packers -5|
Here are the initial lines from last Wednesday.
|Date||NFL Week 18 odds: Spreads||NFL Week 18 odds: Moneylines||NFL Week 18 odds: Totals|
|Saturday, January 7||Chiefs -10.5 at Raiders +10.5||Chiefs -460 at Raiders +370||48|
|Saturday, January 7||Titans +6 at Jaguars -6||Titans +220 at Jaguars -260||39.5|
|Sunday, January 8||Patriots +9.5 at Bills -9.5||Patriots +370 at Bills -460||43|
|Sunday, January 8||Giants +2 at Eagles -2||Giants +125 at Eagles -145||40.5|
|Sunday, January 8||Ravens +6 at Bengals -6||Ravens +210 at Bengals -250||43|
|Sunday, January 8||Browns +2.5 at Steelers -2.5||Browns +115 at Steelers -135||40.5|
|Sunday, January 8||Texans +2.5 at Colts -2.5||Texans +120 at Colts -140||39|
|Sunday, January 8||Vikings -2.5 at Bears +2.5||Vikings -135 at Bears +115||45.5|
|Sunday, January 8||Panthers +3 at Saints -3||Panthers +140 at Saints -165||39|
|Sunday, January 8||Cowboys +4.5 at Commanders -4.5||Cowboys +170 at Commanders -200||39.5|
|Sunday, January 8||Buccaneers at Falcons PK||Buccaneers -110 at Falcons -110||40|
|Sunday, January 8||Cardinals +10.5 at 49ers -10.5||Cardinals +400 at 49ers -500||40|
|Sunday, January 8||Rams +3 at Seahawks -3||Rams +140 at Seahawks -165||42.5|
|Sunday, January 8||Lions +3.5 at Packers -3.5||Lions +165 at Packers -195||47|