NFL Week 18 Teaser Legs: Can You Trust Bruce Arians?

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on January 9, 2022
NFL Week 18 teasers

Teaser bets remain a popular option with many NFL bettors. But, you must use caution when selecting which teams you’ll tease, as you can’t win long term without a sound strategy. At TheLines, we’ll go over each week’s NFL slate to see which teams fit best in teasers. Today, we look at options for NFL Week 18 teasers.

Be sure to go over our primer on teaser bets hereIt’s imperative that you understand what to look for, from the numbers to the sportsbook juice being paid.

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The Best NFL Week 18 Teasers

We’ve found plenty of winners in this space this year, but for the second straight week, we don’t have many options for NFL teaser bets. Like Week 17, Week 18 does not have many lines that land in the teaser zone in the first place. To top that off, some of those that are close have plenty of the usual Week 18 question marks hanging over them.

Buccaneers (-7.5) Vs. Panthers

This line looks mighty fishy at first glance. Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, these same Buccaneers were double-digit favorites on the road against these same Panthers. Not only that, they covered very easily in a 32-6 rout.

So, why can we suddenly bet them in the teaser zone at home?

It all comes down to questionable motivation. How motivated are the Bucs to stay out of the No. 4 seed?

That may mean a date with the Cardinals rather than the 49ers in the first round of the playoffs. While the 49ers probably have a more talented team overall, they might be in over their heads with Trey Lance potentially playing QB. The Bucs defense, if they get healthier, should feast on his inexperience.

The market seems to think the Bucs won’t give a full effort here. Head Coach Bruce Arians says otherwise, on the record that they won’t rest anyone. If you believe him, the Buccaneers make for a fine teaser side.

Other Potential NFL Week 18 Teasers

Cowboys (-7) At Eagles

This line opened Cowboys -3.5 in the look-ahead markets, but the Eagles now locked themselves into Wild Card position and have little for which to play. The Cowboys are in a pretty similar boat as it’s overwhelmingly likely they land on the No. 4 seed, but there are some scenarios in which they jump as high as No. 2.

On top of the Eagles’ questionable motivation, they announced a rash of COVID-19 cases early in the week. The likes of TE Dallas Goedert, C Jason Kelce and DT Fletcher Cox all find themselves on the list. Many players have tested out of protocols within the week lately, but the game being on Saturday gives them one less day to do so this week.

Add it up and the Cowboys do appear a likely winner, and the total looks good for teasers at . Still, question marks exist here, and the line isn’t quite where you want to buy points with Dallas not giving the hook.

Football Team (-7) At Giants

Laying points with Washington on the road sounds a little crazy until you look at just how badly the Giants are playing to finish the season.

No offense has produced worse than this team for the past month or so. In a league that still includes the Jaguars, that isn’t an easy bar to crawl under.

Not only did the team essentially give up last week against the Bears, but they will even go back to third-string QB Jake Fromm this week. You might think there’s no way he can be worse than Glennon, but Fromm delivered a 6-for-17 for 25 yards and an interception line in his only start of the season.

Still, laying a full touchdown with Washington, which has nothing to play for as well, might leave you tempted to tease this instead. It doesn’t technically fall into the ideal zone with a consensus line of -7, but the total is a bedrock-low , and the Giants have reached a truly ugly level of play.

Raiders (+3) Vs. Chargers

The last regular season game of the season has the Raiders and Chargers fighting for a win-and-in scenario in Las Vegas.

This line started the week in the teaser zone with the Raiders at +2.5. Now, you can get Raiders +3 and it’s even pushing toward +3.5 from the look of things. A majority of the sportsbooks tracked by TheLines have greater than -110 juice on the Chargers side.

Also, the total is on the higher side, though not outrageously so, at .

Still, there’s always a chance the market moves the other way and pushes the Raiders back to +2.5. They did get some good news with the announcement they expect TE Darren Waller to return.

If that line move ultimately happens and you miss the boat on the good Raiders numbers, a teaser is worth a look here. The Raiders have the offensive capability to stay with the Chargers, who just haven’t proven at any point this year they can stop an offense with a pulse.

 

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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