NFL Week 18 Picks
The final weekend of the 2022-23 NFL season will have a strange hybrid for gamblers to work through. Some of the Week 18 games will be do-or-die matchups with playoff spots on the line for both teams. Other games will pit a desperate team needing a win to gain the playoffs against a team with nothing to play for. And then some matchups will resemble preseason games between clubs that are either out of the running or looking to avoid injuries with the playoffs coming up. There will be great teams that will rest all of their key players and bad teams playing starters in the attempt to build momentum for next year.
Live betting has become an institution for the pro football wagering community. And Week 18 is a great example of how live betting can be the best of bad options. Lineups will be impossible to track in many games, let alone the incentive or lack thereof for both teams in a game.
Since nobody knows which games will matter and which matchups will not, the NFL will use flex scheduling for the final weekend of the regular season.
Despite not knowing which games will have playoff implications, one thing that gamblers and fans can count on is some traditional rivalries that date back decades and to the current game as we know it. Best of all, many of these rivalry games could have playoff implications that would make them postseason tilts in their own right.
The Buffalo Bills will host the New England Patriots in a rivalry that dates back to 1960 and the founding of the American Football League. The Bills and Pats have shared the same division ever since.
The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals are a newer rivalry from the AFC North. But it’s a rivalry that could become very nasty very fast. Especially if playoff spots are on the line.
One of the great pre-merger rivalries from the NFL is the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. These teams will meet on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field.
Detroit has generated a level of interest and enthusiasm not seen in recent memory with the arrival of top draft pick Aidan Hutchinson. Hutchinson is a local hero as an All-American from the University of Michigan.
The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles have a rivalry that dates back well before the merger. The Eagles will host Big Blue in what Philly fans hope will be a second consecutive playoff season.
The Cleveland Browns will be at the Pittsburgh Steelers. This rivalry is so old and bitter that the two teams insisted that they had to come over to the AFC together to play in the same division at the 1970 merger. Both clubs are hoping for playoff berths but will begin the year with quarterback uncertainty.
Once upon a time, the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins had the NFL’s hottest rivalry. Things are not the same these days with the putrid and politically correct Washington Commanders hosting Dallas in the season finale.
The AFC West will feature two rivalry showdowns that date back to the founding of the American Football League in 1960. The Denver Broncos will host the Los Angeles Chargers, and the Las Vegas Raiders will host the Kansas City Chiefs. All four of these clubs have shared the same division from Day-One of their founding. The Chiefs and Raiders had one of the greatest rivalries in sports history from 1966 through 1973.
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