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2023 NFL Week 18 Odds, Overview & Picks

By Hank Blaine

The 2023-2024 NFL Regular Season ends this weekend. Two games, Steelers at Ravens and Texans at Colts, take place on Saturday. Then on Sunday, the rest of the games happen. Check out NFL odds, analysis, and picks for every contest on the NFL Week 18 schedule.

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens

Pittsburgh kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the Seattle Seahawks in NFL Week 17. The Baltimore Ravens secured the top seed in the AFC after laying 56 onto the Dolphins, which is why the Steelers are the chalk in this. But although the favorite, Pittsburgh will struggle to win even if Lamar is on the bench. Ravens get the cover victory.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: Baltimore Ravens

Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts

  • When: Saturday, January 6th, 2024. 8:15pm EST.
  • Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
  • NFL Odds: Texans (+1) // Colts (-1)

In this AFC South elimination game, the Colts are the -1.5 favorites due to their terrific 23-20 win against the Raiders. The Texans beat the Titans in their last.

Houston can for sure get it done in this. With C.J. Stroud, Houston is one of the better teams in the conference and the Colts may have fired their best shot versus Vegas.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans

The Jaguars dominated Carolina 26-0 to put themselves into a great position to win the AFC South. Beating the Titans is not a sure thing, though.

Tennessee would like nothing more than to end Jacksonville’s playoff quest before it begins. The Titans keep this closer than the spread.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: Tennessee Titans

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions

Kevin O’Connell doesn’t know who he will start at quarterback. It doesn’t really matter because Detroit isn’t going to let up on the gas pedal. Dan Campbell knows that his team must stay sharp heading into the playoffs no matter if they’re the 2 or 3 seed. Campbell will play his starters and the Lions roar to a 10 to 20 point victory.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: Detroit Lions

Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati will cover the -4.5. Even though the Bengals have no chance of making the playoffs, Cincy will start Jake Browning and any healthy player. The Browns will sit Myles Garrett, Joe Flacco, Amari Cooper, etc.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: Cincinnati Bengals

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints

The ATL, New Orleans, and Tampa Bay will fight for the NFC South division title on Sunday. One of the three will make it to the playoffs.

Everybody is all over the Saints because of how well they played against the Buccaneers. But Atlanta is a rival, and the Falcons beat the Saints by a healthy margin in the first matchup. Back the Falcons.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: Atlanta Falcons

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

Neither team has done much in about a month. The Jets defense has fallen to the offense’s level. Robert Salah won’t push his squad now that he knows he’ll be the head coach in 2023. Because this happens on New England’s field, the Patriots should end the season with a win and cover.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: New England Patriots

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

The Buccaneers could have locked down the NFC South in NFL Week 17, but the Saints blasted Tampa. Don’t expect Carolina to pull off the magic New Orleans displayed. The Panthers are tired after a brutal 2023.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers

The Packers will be motivated, but this is a game that could go to the scorching Bears. Chicago is feeling great after securing the top pick in the NFL Draft due to the Carolina Panthers finishing with the worst record in football.

The Bears are going to take this opportunity to show that they are a force to be reckoned with in 2024. Chicago is one of the better teams in the NFC. If not for a terrible first half of the season, they’d be in the playoffs.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: Chicago Bears

L.A. Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco locked up the top seed. So although Kyle Shanahan is likely to play his starters for at least a half, he won’t put his top players in harm’s way.

Shanahan might even pull a fast one and send Brock Purdy, Deebo Samuel, Christian McCaffrey, and Brand Ayuik to the bench before kickoff. Even if SF’s starts play, the Rams are a good football team. LAR covers.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: L.A. Rams

Kansas City Chiefs vs. L.A. Chargers

It’s tough to like the Chargers against anybody. But LAC will play against a Chiefs’ side that may not even play their second stringers.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: L.A. Chargers

Denver Broncos vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Denver will start Jarrett Stidham against the Raiders. It should work out okay because Stidham had a decent game versus the Chargers, throwing for 224 yards and a TD in a 16-9 Broncos’ victory.

Vegas, though, might have the better defense. Not only that, but Antonio Pierce has the Raiders playing hard. Even though they had no shot of beating the Colts towards the end of the game, Vegas still worked to get a touchdown to cut the lead to 23-20. Vegas won’t quit and it’s a matter of time in this one before the Broncos do quit.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: Las Vegas Raiders

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

The Seahawks may not have a ton of enthusiasm after blowing a game against the Steelers at Lumen Field on Sunday. Zona’s offense played fantastic football in the upset victory over the Eagles after falling behind 21-6 at halftime. Back Kyler Murray and his mates to cash.

2023 NFL Week 18 Pick: Arizona Cardinals

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