The Green Bay Packers will try to clinch their spot in the NFL playoff bracket when they face the Detroit Lions on Sunday Night Football. Green Bay has won four straight games to give itself a chance to make the postseason following a disastrous start to the year. Detroit enters the Week 18 NFL schedule needing to win and get help if it wants to earn the final wild-card spot in the NFC playoff picture. The Packers are 4.5-point favorites in the latest Week 18 NFL odds at Caesars Sportsbook. Which teams should you target for your Week 18 NFL bets? All of the Week 18 NFL lines are listed below, and SportsLine’s advanced computer model has all the NFL betting advice and predictions you need to make the best Week 18 NFL picks now.
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Top Week 18 NFL predictions
One of the model’s strongest Week 18 NFL picks is that the Seahawks (-6) cover the spread at home against the Rams. Seattle began the season with a 6-3 record and led the NFC West at the halfway point. However, losses in five of six saw them fade in the divisional race and now they need a win and help to claim an NFC Wild Card spot.
Now, they’ll be taking on a Rams squad with nothing to play for. After a 2-1 start, the defending Super Bowl champions have lost 10 of 13 and are coming off a 31-10 loss to the Chargers in the Battle of SoFi Stadium last week.
The Rams allowed the Chargers to rush for 192 yards in the loss and now they’ll have Kenneth Walker III to contend with. The rookie running back has rushed for 100 yards or more in back-to-back weeks and he’s now 64 yards shy of 1,000 despite beginning the season as the second-string back. The model says he winds up just shy of that milestone, but does predict he’ll score his 10th rushing touchdown to help Seattle cover in well over 50% of simulations. See which other teams to pick here.
Top Week 18 NFL survivor picks
The model’s Week 18 NFL knockout pool picks say to avoid the Buccaneers, even though they’ve beaten their Week 18 opponent, Atlanta, five straight times. Tampa Bay is reportedly planning on playing its starters in this game, but there is no guarantee they will be on the field for the entire 60 minutes. The Buccaneers have already clinched the NFC South and will not be moving in the standings based on any results in Week 18, so motivation is going to be an issue for them.
Atlanta was able to snap a four-game losing streak with a 20-19 win against Arizona last week, giving the Falcons momentum heading into their final game of the campaign. They are also trying to give themselves something to build on going into next season, and a win over their division rival would achieve that goal. SportsLine’s model thinks Tampa Bay’s lack of motivation will play a pivotal role in the outcome of this game, which is why it recommends avoiding the Buccaneers with NFL survivor pool picks. See which team you should pick here.
Top Week 18 NFL office pool picks
One of the strongest Week 18 NFL football pool picks from the model is that the 49ers beat the Cardinals. San Francisco is still alive to earn the top seed in the NFC playoff picture, while Arizona has lost six straight games and is eliminated from playoff contention. The 49ers were double-digit favorites in their 38-10 win against Arizona two months ago in Glendale.
Arizona had to use its fourth starting quarterback in as many games last week, as David Blough stepped in for Colt McCoy. The Cardinals have been unable to overcome their quarterback carousel, getting held under 20 points in four straight games and five of their last six. They have lost seven of their last eight games against NFC West teams, which is one reason why the model loves San Francisco to win in blowout fashion on Sunday. See which other teams to pick here.
How to make Week 18 NFL picks
The model has made the call on who wins and covers in every other game on the Week 18 NFL schedule, and it’s calling for a shocking loss by a team on the playoff bubble. It’s also backing a surprising team in its NFL survivor picks. You can only get every pick for every game at SportsLine.
So what NFL predictions, NFL pool picks, and NFL survivor picks can you make with confidence? And which team on the playoff bubble goes down hard? Check out the latest NFL odds below, then visit SportsLine to see which teams win and cover the spread, all from a proven computer model that has returned well over $7,000 since its inception, and find out.
Week 18 NFL odds, lines, spreads
Sunday, Jan. 8
Buccaneers at Falcons (-4, 40)
Featured Game | Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Featured Game | Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
Featured Game | Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Featured Game | Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
Featured Game | Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Featured Game | Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Featured Game | Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
Featured Game | Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
Featured Game | New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers
Featured Game | Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants
Featured Game | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
Cardinals at 49ers (-14.5, 39.5)
Featured Game | San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Rams at Seahawks (-6, 41.5)
Featured Game | Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams
Featured Game | Washington Commanders vs. Dallas Cowboys