NFL Week 18 Betting Trends: Gamblers Back Giants Over Eagles

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One of two Saturday NFL Week 18 games, the favored Jacksonville Jaguars (-6.5) hosting the Tennessee Titans, is for the AFC South title.

DraftKings bettors are split down the middle, in terms of spread-bet handle, at that number, according to early betting trends.

Joshua Dobbs has been named the starting quarterback for the Titans. Derrick Henry is expected back. In the unforeseen event of a tie, Jacksonville would prevail.

The other game, featuring the chalk Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5) at the Las Vegas Raiders, concerns the Chiefs trying to steal the No. 1 playoff seed. They need a win and Buffalo loss to New England on Sunday.

Las Vegas has 57% of the spread-betting love at +7.5, while a significant majority of spread-bet handle, 82%, supports a track meet and Over 52.5 points.

Also read: Titans vs. Jaguars odds, prediction | Chiefs vs. Raiders odds, prediction

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Onto Sunday’s NFL Week 18 Card…

Eagle at Giants Odds

The Eagles have booted two chances to clinch the No. 1 seed and the NFC East.

That’s why Jalen Hurts is considered all but certain to play against the visiting New York Giants, who are locked into the No. 6 playoff seed. Hurts has missed the last two games with a strained shoulder and Philly lost both.

Here are odds from top sportsbook apps.

While the 40-34 road setback to the Dallas Cowboys was expected, the 20-10 home meltdown against the New Orleans Saints last week was not.

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Early NFL Week 18 betting trends show bettors taking the points with the Giants over the Eagles. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Philly needs to overcome mistakes like Gardner Minshew’s Pick 6, a botched 4th-down quarterback sneak, and an ineligible receiver penalty. That one halted a drive that looked prime to at least tie the game when Philadelphia trailed 13-10.

Besides Hurts, once the MVP chalk, they miss star tackle Lane Johnson, who will be out again this week. Johnson is sitting the rest of the season to nurse a torn adductor and has declined surgery. He intends to go in the playoffs. Winning this game would give the Eagles one more week to rest him.

Will the Eagles be ready against the Giants?

The public says thanks for the 14 points, as 73% of the spread handle is on the G-Men. A larger leap of faith, 79% handle, backs the Giants moneyline at +600. This is high support for a two-touchdown dog. Some suspect that the Eagles, -850 on the moneyline, are folding.

Backers of the Eagles believe the Giants will only use key players like Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley for a quarter or so, if at all.

Giants bettors figure Hurts could be rusty after two weeks off and that the Eagles could be tense. If they lose, they could forfeit the bye open the playoffs on the road.

Huge stakes.

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

Bettors backing Green Bay are expecting Detroit to be eliminated before the kickoff, because this has become the Sunday night game.

For Green Bay, it’s simple: win and you’re in the playoffs. Detroit, however, needs the visiting Los Angeles Rams (+6.5) to upset the Seattle Seahawks.

DET Lions vs GB Packers Odds NFL Odds

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The public backs Seattle on the spread and the moneyline both at 53%. The Rams are at least being respected.

If the Seahawks win, they get in if Detroit beats Green Bay.

Should the Rams deliver the upset, Green Bay-Detroit becomes a playoff winner take all and bettors will chase that spread number down.

The Packers might be more thrilled to enter the 2022 playoffs as the final seed than they did ending the 2021 season as the top seed.

This team was all but buried after a midseason losing streak but has carved a playoff path with four straight victories.

The Pack must win to get in. A tie eliminates them.

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Commanders

The shoe is on the other foot.

This was expected to be a must-win for the Commanders, because Dallas was supposed to be relegated to a wild-card spot by now.

But the Eagles’ collapse has kept Dallas alive in the NFC East. And the Washington Commanders’ collapse against the Cleveland Browns last week killed its season.

Dallas had a whopping 94% of the spread handle at -5.5 as Wednesday morning.

DAL Cowboys vs WAS Commanders Odds NFL Odds

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Riverboat Ron Rivera, the Commanders coach, helped make this Week 18 game meaningless by starting Carson Wentz over Taylor Heinicke last week. Wentz was slow, plodding, and ineffective. Washington bowed quietly 24-10 in a must-win game.

Riverboat Ron, revered as a gambler, threw craps.

New England Dilemma

The Patriots are in a tough spot. They must either beat the AFC’s top team or get help from three other clubs.

Interestingly, the Patriots would hit their projected Over of 8.5 wins with an unlikely win.

Pittsburgh Steelers Still Battling

Beat the Browns, get a Buffalo win over New England, and hope the eliminated New York Jets can upset the Miami Dolphins on the road. The Dolphins are playing with backup QB. Difficult, not impossible for Pittsburgh.

Miami Still in Good Spot

The Dolphins need to beat the Jets and get a Buffalo win over New England. Do-able.

Super Bowl Considerations at Caesars Sportsbook

The Chiefs are the new chalk at +375 to win the Super Bowl, with the Bills next at +400 on the Caesars oddsboard.

The red-hot 49ers are +500, and the sliding Eagles have become +550.

The book has some significant double-digit prices on the Super Bowl exacta. This requires bettors to plot ahead, think of matchups, and pick a winner over the loser in the big game.

  • Buffalo over San Francisco is +1200. San Francisco beating Buffalo is +1600.
  • Kansas City beating San Francisco is +1200 and +1400 the other way.
  • Buffalo defeating the Eagles is +1400 and flipped to +1600 if Philadelphia topples Buffalo.

The screen lists several possibilities and is worth a look.

With the Bengals suddenly getting play, their numbers would pay even larger. Prices dwindle each week and are attractive now.

Mahomes Tops FanDuel Props

The Kansas City superstar needs 430 pass yards to break the all-time record for pass yards in a season (currently 5,477 by Peyton Manning in 2013). Should he succeed, Mahomes pays +700 at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Although that’s a lot of yards, the Raiders can force him to try for it if they keep the game close.

  • Can Christian McCaffrey notch 199 scrimmage yards to reach 2,000? That’s +600 if he can do it against the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Can Miles Garrett notch a sack and Nick Chubb deliver a TD against the Steelers? That’s +240 for yes.
  • Can Aaron Rodgers and Jared Goff each toss two touchdown passes? It’s +260 for the affirmative. Goff may play less than normal if the Seahawks beat the Rams.
  • Can Haason Reddick notch two sacks? Yes is +350.

NFL Week 18 Lines

Here are current odds for the entire NFL Week 18 slate from US sportsbooks.

Bet TypeSpreads
Open
Sat (1/7) @ 4:29pm ET KC Chiefs -455 0 -10000 -2500 0 0
LV Raiders +350 +2500 +1700 +1100 +3000 0
Sat (1/7) @ 8:15pm ET TEN Titans +240 +1000 +900 +195 +230 +1060 +450
JAX Jaguars -303 -2000 -2000 -238 -263 -3333 -625
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET TB Buccaneers +240 +2500 +3300 +270 +1500 +2500
ATL Falcons -303 0 -10000 -345 -10000 -10000
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET NE Patriots +320 +1300 +1600 +1200 +3500 +6000
BUF Bills -400 -5000 -10000 -3333 0 0
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET MIN Vikings -120 -2000 -10000 -3333 -294 -2500 0
CHI Bears +100 +1000 +3300 +1200 +252 +900 +9000
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET BAL Ravens +240 +2000 +1500 +2000 +1700 0
CIN Bengals -303 -10000 -10000 -5000 -10000 0
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET HOU Texans +140 -10000 -714 -1250 -1667 +600
IND Colts -164 +1800 +450 +700 +800 -909
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET NY Jets +120 +2500 +3300 +1600 +172 +300
MIA Dolphins -145 0 -10000 -5000 -227 -370
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET CAR Panthers +170 -1429 -145 -1250 -143 0
NO Saints -208 +800 +110 +700 +112 0
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET CLE Browns +125 +1800 +3300 +1600 +350 +17500
PIT Steelers -149 -10000 -10000 -5000 -526 0
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET LA Chargers -175 +850 +900 +850 +220 +1200 +1400
DEN Broncos +145 -1667 -2500 -1667 -263 -5000 -2500
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET NY Giants +125 +2500 +1000 +900 +3500
PHI Eagles -152 0 -2000 -1429 0
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET LA Rams +240 +1800 +1250 +1200 +205 +1700 +2000
SEA Seahawks -303 -10000 -10000 -3333 -238 -10000 -10000
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET DAL Cowboys -200 +1600 +3300 +1400 -333 +1700 +17500
WAS Commanders +165 -10000 -10000 -5000 +270 -10000 0
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET ARI Cardinals +600 +1000 +3300 +4500 +725 +1060 +4000
SF 49ers -909 -2000 -10000 0 -1000 -3333 0
Sun (1/8) @ 8:22pm ET DET Lions +180 -1667 -2000 -10000 +200 -5000 -2000
GB Packers -227 +900 +900 +2500 -233 +1100 +1000
Sat (1/7) @ 4:29pm ET KC Chiefs -9.5 -110 -20.5 -141 -18.5 +160 -20.5 -169 -17.5 -1000 -18.0 +160
LV Raiders +9.5 -110 +20.5 +110 +18.5 -208 +20.5 +140 +17.5 +560 +18.0 -189
Sat (1/7) @ 8:15pm ET TEN Titans +7.0 -110 -2.5 -145 +4.5 -10000 +4.0 +850 +5.5 -109 -2.5 -141 -2.5 -130
JAX Jaguars -7.0 -110 +2.5 +115 -4.5 +1850 -4.0 -1667 -5.5 -112 +2.5 +108 +2.5 +110
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET TB Buccaneers +6.5 -110 +10.5 -233 +12.5 +3300 +12.5 +240 +12.5 +260 +13.0 -161
ATL Falcons -6.5 -110 -10.5 +190 -12.5 -10000 -12.5 -303 -12.5 -370 -13.0 +135
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET NE Patriots +7.5 -110 +12.5 -161 +11.5 +200 +12.0 +800 +11.5 +192 +11.5 +190
BUF Bills -7.5 -110 -12.5 +130 -11.5 -278 -12.0 -1429 -11.5 -263 -11.5 -238
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET MIN Vikings -1.5 -105 -16.5 +420 -16.5 +900 -16.0 -222 -7.0 -112 -16.5 +230 -16.0 +310
CHI Bears +1.5 -115 +16.5 -588 +16.5 -2500 +16.0 +180 +7.0 -109 +16.5 -323 +16.0 -400
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET BAL Ravens +7.0 -110 +10.5 +330 +12.5 -667 +10.5 +180 +11.5 -204 +10.5 0
CIN Bengals -7.0 -110 -10.5 -435 -12.5 +400 -10.5 -222 -11.5 +150 -10.5 0
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET HOU Texans +3.0 -110 +6.5 +215 +1.5 -714 +1.0 -667 +6.5 +290 +7.0 0
IND Colts -3.0 -110 -6.5 -270 -1.5 +450 -1.0 +450 -6.5 -417 -7.0 0
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET NY Jets +2.5 -110 +1.5 -120 +2.5 -125 +2.5 +105 +2.5 -114 -0.5 -105
MIA Dolphins -2.5 -110 -1.5 -110 -2.5 -105 -2.5 -135 -2.5 -114 +0.5 -115
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET CAR Panthers +4.0 -110 +2.5 +200 +2.5 -110 -3.0 +250 +2.5 +112 +3.0 -169
NO Saints -4.0 -110 -2.5 -250 -2.5 -120 +3.0 -323 -2.5 -147 -3.0 +140
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET CLE Browns +3.0 -120 +13.5 +210 +11.5 -130 +13.5 +185 +13.5 +210 +14.0 +125
PIT Steelers -3.0 +100 -13.5 -263 -11.5 +100 -13.5 -233 -13.5 -294 -14.0 -145
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET LA Chargers -3.0 -115 +2.5 +150 +7.5 +135 +10.5 -130 +6.5 -109 +2.5 +140 +2.5 +165
DEN Broncos +3.0 -105 -2.5 -185 -7.5 -175 -10.5 +100 -6.5 -112 -2.5 -185 -2.5 -200
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET LA Rams +6.5 -105 +3.5 -110 +3.5 +105 +3.0 -250 +5.0 -112 +3.5 +110 +3.5 +105
SEA Seahawks -6.5 -115 -3.5 -120 -3.5 -141 -3.0 +200 -5.0 -109 -3.5 -145 -3.5 -125
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET DAL Cowboys -4.0 -110 +19.5 +750 +18.5 +220 +20.0 -1429 -7.5 -106 +19.5 +680 +20.0 -149
WAS Commanders +4.0 -110 -19.5 -1250 -18.5 -303 -20.0 +800 +7.5 -115 -19.5 -1429 -20.0 +130
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET ARI Cardinals +14.0 -110 +25.5 -179 +25.5 -250 +25.5 -149 +14.5 -112 +27.5 +128 +27.5 +165
SF 49ers -14.0 -110 -25.5 +145 -25.5 +180 -25.5 +120 -14.5 -109 -27.5 -167 -27.5 -200
Sun (1/8) @ 8:22pm ET DET Lions +4.5 -110 -3.5 -110 -3.5 -141 -3.5 -145 +4.5 -114 +3.5 -114 -4.5 +115
GB Packers -4.5 -110 +3.5 -120 +3.5 +105 +3.5 +115 -4.5 -108 -3.5 -114 +4.5 -135
Sat (1/7) @ 4:29pm ET KC Chiefs o50.5 -110 o50.5 -105 o44.5 -110 o47.5 +104 o44.5 +310
LV Raiders u50.5 -110 u50.5 -125 u44.5 -115 u47.5 -135 u44.5 -400
Sat (1/7) @ 8:15pm ET TEN Titans u38.5 -110 u35.5 +120 u35.5 +115 u40 -110 u39.5 -112 u35.5 -108 u35.5 +100
JAX Jaguars o38.5 -110 o35.5 -149 o35.5 -149 o40 -110 o39.5 -109 o35.5 -120 o35.5 -120
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET TB Buccaneers u39 -110 u44.5 -115 u50.5 -10000 u47.5 -169 u47.5 -200
ATL Falcons o39 -110 o44.5 -115 o50.5 +3000 o47.5 +130 o47.5 +165
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET NE Patriots u42.5 -105 u65.5 -185 u64.5 -110 u64.5 +136 u61 -130
BUF Bills o42.5 -115 o65.5 +150 o64.5 -120 o64.5 -179 o61 +110
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET MIN Vikings u46.5 -110 u42.5 -263 u42.5 -1000 u42.5 -110 u42.5 -108 u44.5 -108 u42.5 -208
CHI Bears o46.5 -110 o42.5 +210 o42.5 +550 o42.5 -110 o42.5 -114 o44.5 -120 o42.5 +175
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET BAL Ravens o42.5 -110 o46.5 +120 o49.5 +100 o49.5 -108 o43.5 0
CIN Bengals u42.5 -110 u46.5 -149 u49.5 -130 u49.5 -120 u43.5 0
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET HOU Texans o38 -110 o55.5 +100 o63.5 +400 o58.5 -152 o57.5 0
IND Colts u38 -110 u55.5 -130 u63.5 -667 u58.5 +116 u57.5 0
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET NY Jets u39.5 -110 u15.5 -222 u15.5 -189 u15.5 -233 u15.5 -179
MIA Dolphins o39.5 -110 o15.5 +180 o15.5 +145 o15.5 +175 o15.5 +150
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET CAR Panthers o41.5 -110 o17.5 +145 o23.5 -105 o21.5 -114 o18.5 +135
NO Saints u41.5 -110 u17.5 -179 u23.5 -125 u21.5 -114 u18.5 -161
Sun (1/8) @ 1:02pm ET CLE Browns o39 -110 o42.5 -115 o41.5 +185 o42.5 -110 o42.5 +135
PIT Steelers u39 -110 u42.5 -115 u41.5 -250 u42.5 -118 u42.5 -161
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET LA Chargers u40.5 -110 u58.5 -110 u60.5 -130 u39 -110 u39.5 -114 u58.5 -128 u65 -125
DEN Broncos o40.5 -110 o58.5 -120 o60.5 +100 o39 -110 o39.5 -108 o58.5 -102 o65 +105
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET NY Giants o42.5 -110 o34.5 -149 o32.5 +120 o42.5 -110 o42.5 -112 o34.5 -135 o35 +105
PHI Eagles u42.5 -110 u34.5 +120 u32.5 -154 u42.5 -110 u42.5 -109 u34.5 +104 u35 -125
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET LA Rams o41.5 -110 o35.5 -238 o36.5 +100 o43 -110 o42.5 -114 o37.5 -114 o36 -110
SEA Seahawks u41.5 -110 u35.5 +195 u36.5 -125 u43 -110 u42.5 -108 u37.5 -114 u36 -110
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET DAL Cowboys o42 -110 o38.5 -130 o32.5 +280 o41 -110 o40.5 -110 o36.5 +106 o34.5 -110
WAS Commanders u42 -110 u38.5 +100 u32.5 -400 u41 -110 u40.5 -110 u36.5 -139 u34.5 -110
Sun (1/8) @ 4:25pm ET ARI Cardinals o40 -110 o57.5 -115 o52.5 -135 o40.0 -108 o57.5 -108 o54 +160
SF 49ers u40 -110 u57.5 -115 u52.5 +105 u40.0 -114 u57.5 -120 u54 -189
Sun (1/8) @ 8:22pm ET DET Lions o48.5 -110 o42.5 -149 o42.5 -141 o48.0 -110 o42.5 -135 o38.5 0
GB Packers u48.5 -110 u42.5 +120 u42.5 +110 u48.0 -110 u42.5 +104 u38.5 0
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Dave Bontempo

Dave Bontempo is a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster, who has covered the sports industry since the 1970’s. He won the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Boxing Broadcasting by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 1997, and is in the New Jersey and Atlantic City Boxing Halls of Fame. He has broadcast major fights all over the world. The advent of legalized sports wagering shifted his focus to this exciting new industry in 2018.

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