NFL picks, predictions for Week 18: 49ers, Raiders, Colts reach playoffs; Eagles, Browns disrupt seeding

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Week 18 of the regular play is here, and determination remains playoff intrigue. 

Five AFC teams are pushing for the past 2 playoff spots, and the Sunday Night Football matchup betwixt the Chargers and Raiders is simply a play-in crippled that should beryllium a amusive mode to extremity the regular season. The Steelers and Ravens besides play, but they request the Colts to unfastened the doorway with a loss. 

The NFC representation is much focused, and San Francisco needs a triumph against the Rams to gaffe into the chaotic paper round. If not, New Orleans could get successful with a triumph against the Falcons.

The remainder of the play is astir seeding shuffling, and respective teams, specified arsenic the Packers and Bengals, could beryllium resting their starters this week. How does that interaction our play picks?

Here is simply a look astatine our way grounds heading into Week 18:

  • Week 17: 11-5
  • Total: 162-92-1

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Chiefs, Cowboys, Colts gaffe up; Titans, Bengals, Raiders emergence for Week 18

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NFL picks, predictions for Week 18

  • Kansas City Chiefs (-10.5) astatine Denver Broncos 

Saturday, 4:25 p.m., CBS 

The Chiefs mightiness not get home-field vantage arsenic a effect of their nonaccomplishment to the Bengals successful Week 17. Kansas City tin enactment the unit connected the Titans heading into the aboriginal games Sunday. Either way, Patrick Mahomes gets connected way against an AFC West part rival. 

Pick: Chiefs 33, Broncos 20

  • Dallas Cowboys (-3.5) astatine Philadelphia Eagles 

Saturday, 8:15 p.m., NFL Network 

Both teams clinched playoff spots, and Dallas missed retired connected its accidental for home-field with the nonaccomplishment to the Cardinals. The Eagles person won the past 2 successful the bid astatine home, which makes this a occupation spot for Big D. Will this beryllium much of a formal rehearsal successful the 2nd half? 

Pick: Eagles 24, Cowboys 21 

  • Chicago Bears astatine Minnesota Vikings (-5.5)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX 

Kirk Cousins could instrumentality for this matchup from the COVID-19 list, and the Bears could commencement either Andy Dalton oregon Nick Foles. Will this beryllium either Mike Zimmer oregon Matt Nagy's past game? Both? The Vikings decorativeness disconnected a disappointing play with a location victory. 

Pick: Vikings 28, Bears 20 

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  • Carolina Panthers astatine Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX 

The Buccaneers volition look to enactment down the Antonio Brown drama, and this is simply a squad that needs to get steadfast for the postseason. That means starters, including Tom Brady, could beryllium successful this one. The Buccaneers proved past twelvemonth that playoff seeding doesn't substance with Brady. The occupation is the Panthers are successful disarray either way. 

Pick: Buccaneers 27, Panthers 16 

  • New England Patriots (-6.5) astatine Miami Dolphins 

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

Mac Jones keeps it rolling successful mentation for his archetypal postseason tally for New England. The Dolphins, which were eliminated successful Week 17, support it competitive. New England, however, grinds retired yet different AFC East triumph and finishes 7-1 S/U connected the road. That matters heading into the postseason. 

Pick: Patriots 28, Dolphins 21 

  • New Orleans Saints (-3.5) astatine Atlanta Falcons 

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

The Saints request a triumph and a 49ers nonaccomplishment to back-door into the postseason. Taysom Hill settled backmost successful astatine backmost successful an disfigured triumph against the Panthers, and helium volition bash the crippled against a spoiler-minded Atlanta team. That's going to enactment unit connected the 49ers successful the day slate. 

Pick: Saints 21, Falcons 19 

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  • Green Bay Packers (-3) astatine Detroit Lions 

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

Get acceptable for this enactment to displacement dramatically, due to the fact that it's improbable Aaron Rodgers (toe) volition play knowing the Packers person home-field vantage for the playoffs. Green Bay has clip to get healthy, but that doesn't mean that Jordan Love can't bushed the Lions. Detroit can't bent connected successful the location finale.

Pick: Packers 23, Lions 20 

  • Indianapolis Colts (-15.5) astatine Jacksonville Jaguars 

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Colts request a triumph to get in, and Jacksonville is intelligibly looking up to 2022. Look for Indianapolis to hammer with MVP campaigner Jonathan Taylor against a Jacksonville tally defence that allowed 227 rushing yards per crippled successful its past 2 losses. Can Taylor get to 2,000 yards? 

Pick: Colts 34, Jaguars 17 

  • Washington Football Team (-7) astatine New York Giants 

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

Not overmuch to spot here. Both teams are playing retired the string, and Joe Judge's tenure mightiness beryllium successful jeopardy knowing the Giants person scored much than 13 points 1 clip successful the past 7 weeks. Washington puts much unit connected New York. 

Pick: Washington 21, Giants 14

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  • Tennessee Titans (-10) astatine Houston Texans 

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

We expect the Titans volition request to triumph to get that No. 1 seed, and Mike Vrabel won't request to preach astir overlooking the hostile knowing the Texans won the archetypal gathering 22-13. Tennessee rolls connected the roadworthy with the moving game, and possibly Derrick Henry volition instrumentality aft the playoff bye week. 

Pick: Titans 27, Texans 16

  • Pittsburgh Steelers astatine Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) 

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

Will this beryllium Ben Roethlisberger's past game? Will Tyler Huntley support the Ravens' slim playoff chances alive? This black-and-blue rivalry volition not beryllium for the AFC North championship, and if some teams miss the postseason those backmost questions volition beryllium louder. 

Pick: Ravens 21, Steelers 18 

  • New York Jets astatine Buffalo Bills (-16.5) 

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Bills request a triumph to clinch the AFC East, and that's atrocious quality for the Jets, which allowed an upset accidental gaffe against the Buccaneers successful Week 17. Josh Allen is 4-2 arsenic a starter against New York, but helium has humble totals of 5 TDs and 5 interceptions successful those games. Will the Jets bent astir into the 2nd half? 

Pick: Bills 31, Jets 17 

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  • Cincinnati Bengals astatine Cleveland Browns (-6) 

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

Sure, the Bengals would emotion to person this crippled knowing it's an in-state rivalry and Baker Mayfield has tormented Cincinnati. He is 3-0 head-to-head against Joe Burrow, too. The problem? Burrow already led the Bengals to the AFC North title, and this is an accidental to remainder his genu for the playoffs if the Chiefs triumph Saturday. Cleveland takes advantage. 

Pick: Browns 28, Bengals 21 

  • San Francisco 49ers astatine Los Angeles Rams (-4.5) 

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX 

The 49ers tin clinch a playoff berth with a victory, and it volition beryllium absorbing to spot if it's Trey Lance oregon Jimmy Garoppolo nether center. San Francisco is 5-3 S/U connected the roadworthy this play and won the archetypal meeting. They could beryllium a unsafe squad successful the playoffs, too. Eli Mitchell scores the game-winning TD precocious to nonstop San Francisco to the postseason. 

Pick: 49ers 26, Rams 24 

  • Seattle Seahawks astatine Arizona Cardinals (-5.5) 

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX 

The Cardinals got backmost connected way with a triumph against the Cowboys, and Arizona has won 3 of the past 4 meetings. Arizona needs assistance to triumph the NFC West, but the much apt script is playing connected the road. The Seahawks miss retired connected a accidental to play spoiler. 

Pick: Cardinals 28, Seahawks 24

  • Los Angeles Chargers (-3) astatine Las Vegas Raiders 

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

It's a win-and-in script for some AFC West rivals, and it should beryllium a classic. Four of the past 5 meetings person been one-score games, and Justin Herbert led a 30-27 triumph successful his past sojourn to Las Vegas. Will Raiders choky extremity Darren Waller (knee) return? The Raiders, arsenic portion of an up-and-down season, wage the eventual tribute to John Madden.

Pick: Raiders 30, Chargers 27 

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