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NFL Football Week 18 2023 Preview

NFL Football Week 18 2023 Preview

NFL Football Week 18 2023 Preview. As is tradition, the last week of the season features only divisional matchups. More teams than usual are still vying for a playoff berth and need this last win to get in the door. Prepare for a week of line movements as excited bettors lay down their wagers.

Week 18 Schedule and Spreads

NFL Football Week 18 2023 Preview

Saturday, January 6

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5, 37.5) at Baltimore Ravens
  • Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (-1, 47.5)

Sunday, January 7

  • Jacksonville Jaguars (-3.5, 40.5) at Tennessee Titans
  • Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (-4, 44.5)
  • Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-3.5, 36.5)
  • New York Jets at New England Patriots (-2.5, 33.5)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-5.5, 37.5) at Carolina Panthers
  • Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-4.5, 39.5)
  • Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-3, 44.5)
  • Dallas Cowboys (-13.5, 48.5) at Washington Commanders
  • Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders (-2.5, 37.5)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (-6, 45.5) at New York Giants
  • Seattle Seahawks (-3.5, 47.5) at Arizona Cardinals
  • Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (-3.5, 42.5)
  • Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (-1.5, 35.5)
  • Buffalo Bills (-3, 49.5) at Miami Dolphins

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts

Whoever wins this Saturday will have at least a Wild Card entry into the playoffs. The loser will be out. The winner gets to sit back and watch Sunday’s game between the Jaguars and Titans to see if Jacksonville takes the division title with a win. But if Jacksonville loses, then Saturday’s winner gets the title.

When the Texans and Colts met in Week 2, Houston lost 31-20 in CJ Stroud’s second game as a pro. The Colts will be at home in this one. Houston has injuries on its offense, but at least Stroud is back after missing two games due to a concussion. Indy gave up 299 passing yards last week to Vegas, which could be a weakness Houston can exploit. The spread is only 1-point in the Colts’ favor, so it’ll be close. Watch your limits.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans

The Jaguars are in a three-way tie (9-7) with the Texans and Colts in the AFC South. If Jacksonville can beat the Titans, they will walk away with the title. They may get a Wild Card seat to the show if they lose.

The Jags shut out the Panthers last week, 26-0, without quarterback Trevor Lawrence. They played their cleanest game with no turnovers and only one penalty using backup QB C.J. Beathard. It’s unclear who will start this Sunday, but they’ve shown they can win without Lawrence. In fact, this is their first win in five games, so they should be fine without him.

The Titans lost badly to Houston last week, 26-3, and aren’t expected to play much better in this week’s game. Look for Jacksonville to win, cover, and gain the division title for the second year in a row.

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

The battle of Ohio probably won’t be much of a battle since the Browns have clinched the No. 5 seed Wild Card spot, and the Bengals are eliminated with their loss to the Chiefs in Week 17. The total will likely be low as both teams will probably rest their starters. Cincinnati doesn’t need to injure their stars for next season.

Since taking over the quarterback starting position, Joe Flacco has ignited the Cleveland offense. On Thursday, he threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns in their game against the Jets, which clinched their playoff position. All eyes will be on him to see how he navigates this team through the post-season.

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins

The last game on Sunday could be the best nail-biter of the weekend. If Buffalo wins, they’re in the playoffs and could go as high as the No. 2 seed. However, if they lose, they may be out of the playoffs altogether. With a loss, they can be bumped out of the playoffs with a win by the Steelers and the Jaguars. Both are favorites to win their respective games.

At least the Bills will know before their game starts if winning is a must because Pittsburgh’s game against the Ravens is on Saturday, and Jacksonville’s game against Tennessee will be in the morning.

Miami suffered a humbling defeat against the Ravens last week and will strive to prove they can beat a winning team. At least they’ll play at home, where they have only lost once. It was a 28-27 defeat against Tennessee. Of course, they have only beaten a winning team once. Buffalo has been a winning team since they were 6-6 and then went on a four-game winning streak.

The Dolphins are motivated to win the division, while the Bills’ motivation may change depending on the outcomes of the previous two games mentioned, so manage your limits as needed.

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