Atlanta Falcons cornerback Darren Hall (34) looks on as Buffalo Bills’ Devin Singletary (26) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
- Week 18 will conclude the NFL’s first expanded regular season schedule next weekend
- The Bills are the biggest favorites at 17 points at home against the Jets
- A look at all the NFL Week 18 opening lines and spreads can be found below
The first-ever Week 18 will conclude the NFL’s regular season schedule and feature two games in which both teams are still trying to gain playoff spots.
The Los Angeles Chargers visit the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium next weekend. Both teams are 8-7 and the winner will be assured of a trip to the postseason.
With a 34-13 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Chargers snapped a two-game losing streak. The Raiders ran their winning streak to three games with a 23-20 road victory over the playoff-bound Indianapolis Colts.
The Baltimore Ravens (8-8) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7-1) at M&T Bank Stadium. Whoever wins that game is not necessarily assured of a playoff berth, though.
Baltimore’s losing streak reached five games Sunday with a 20-19 home loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Steelers have lost four of their last six games heading into Monday night’s matchup against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh.
Here is a look at all the NFL odds for Week 18:
NFL Week 18 Opening Odds
|Green Bay Packers||OFF||OFF||OFF|
|Chicago Bears||+166||+3.5 (-105)||Over 44.5 (-110)|
|Minnesota Vikings||-198||-3.5 (-115)||Under 44.5 (-110)|
|New England Patriots||-230||-5.5 (-106)||Over 40 (-110)|
|Miami Dolphins||+190||+5.5 (-114)||Under 40 (-110)|
|Indianapolis Colts||-1100||-14.5 (-110)||Over 44 (-110)|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||+700||+14.5 (-110)||Under 44 (-110)|
|New York Jets||+750||+17 (-114)||Over 45.5 (-110)|
|Buffalo Bills||-1200||-17 (-106)||Under 45.5 (-110)|
|Carolina Panthers||+330||+9.5 (-110)||Over 42.5 (-110)|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-420||-9.5 (-110)||Under 42.5 (-110)|
|Tennessee Titans||-620||-11.5 (-110)||OFF|
|Houston Texans||+460||+11.5 (-110)||OFF|
|Washington Football Team||-300||-6.5 (-110)||Over 38.5 (-110)|
|New York Giants||+245||+6.5 (-110)||Under 38.5 (-110)|
|New Orleans Saints||-215||-4.5 (-110)||Over 41 (-110)|
|Atlanta Falcons||+180||+4.5 (-110)||Under 41 (-110)|
|Dallas Cowboys||-130||-2 (-110)||Over 41 (-110)|
|Philadelphia Eagles||+110||+2 (-110)||Under 41 (-110)|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||+180||+4.5 (-110)||Over 42 (-110)|
|Baltimore Ravens||-215||-4.5 (-110)||Under 42 (-110)|
|Cincinnati Bengals||+130||+3 (-114)||Over 44 (-106)|
|Cleveland Browns||-154||-3 (-106)||Under 44 (-114)|
|Seattle Seahawks||+235||+6.5 (-114)||Over 48 (-110)|
|Arizona Cardinals||-290||-6.5 (-106)||Under 48 (-110)|
|Kansas City Chiefs||-420||-9.5 (-110)||Over 44.5 (-110)|
|Denver Broncos||+340||+9.5 (-110)||Under 44.5 (-110)|
|San Francisco 49ers||+176||+5.5 (-110)||Over 44.5 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Rams||-210||-5.5 (-110)||Under 44.5 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Chargers||-120||-1.5 (-110)||Over 47.5 (-110)|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+102||+1.5 (-110)||Under 47.5 (-110)|
Odds as of January 2nd at FanDuel
Bills Big Picks Over Jets
The Buffalo Bills are whopping 17-point favorites over the New York Jets, the biggest spread on the Week 18 board. Buffalo can win its second straight AFC East title with a win.
The Bills (10-6) beat visiting Atlanta Falcons 29-15 on Sunday to extend their winning streak to three games. Devin Singletary scored two rushing touchdowns in the second half to make up for Josh Allen being intercepted on three consecutive possessions.
No stopping, @motorsingletary!
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 2, 2022
Allen rushed for two touchdowns on the snow-dusted field.
The Jets (4-12) dropped a 28-24 heartbreaker to the Buccaneers at home when Tampa Bay drove 93 yards for the winning touchdown in the final minutes.
— NFL (@NFL) January 2, 2022
Tom Brady capped the march by throwing a 33-yard pass to Cyril Grayson with 15 seconds left. The Jets led 24-10 in the third quarter but lost for the fourth time in their last five games.
Chargers vs Raiders: Big Game, Small Spread
The Chargers are 1.5-point road favorites over the Raiders in the big showdown game in the desert. That is the smallest opening line of Week 18.
On Sunday, Justin Herbert threw two touchdown passes and Andre Roberts had a 101-yard kickoff return for a score for the Chargers in their rout of the Broncos.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) January 2, 2022
Herbert now has 35 touchdown passes this season, which is a franchise record. Phillip Rivers had 34 in 2008.
Herbert completed 22 of 31 passes for 237 yards.
Daniel Carlson kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the Raiders their win over the Colts.
The Raiders took over at their 25 after the Colts’ Michael Badgley kicked a tying 41-yard field goal. Derek Carr found Hunter Renfrow for 24 yards on third-and-10 in the final minute, setting the stage for Carlson’s third field goal of the game.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) January 2, 2022
Carr passed for 255 yards and a touchdown and Zay Jones had eight receptions for 120 yards.
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Movement on the Line?
The Washington Football Team has opened as a 6.5-point road favorite over the New York Giants.
The Giants are awful but also a betting favorite. Look for line to go down as fade money goes against the mediocre WFT.
In Minnesota, the Vikings are 3.5-point picks at home over the Chicago Bears. That line seems low considering the Bears aren’t very good despite back-to-back wins.
The Vikings’ quarterback situation is unsettled as Kirk Cousins sat out Sunday night’s game against the Packers in Green Bay while on the COVID-19 reserve list. Look for the line to go up, especially if Cousins is cleared to play.
John Perrotto has been covering and writing about sports for various outlets for over 40 years. His work has appeared in the likes of USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and more. John is based out of Beaver Falls, PA.