Week 18 is here for the first time in the history of the NFL. It’s confusing and perplexing because Week 17 has so long been the finale of the regular season. Having the regular season extend into the middle of January is throwing everything off. The calendar feels weird, my brain doesn’t know how to operate and I’m expecting this weekend to be the playoffs still.
But it’s not! And this is the new reality moving forward for the NFL. Plus it gives me one more week to catch Pete Prisco in season-long picks.
And the old Week 17 rules apply: you have to handicap motivation but remember that motivation, while it may change a team’s interest in winning a game, does not affect a team’s interest in covering the spread. Proceed with caution.
All NFL odds are via Caesars Sportsbook
NFL Week 18 Picks
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This game got Saturday flex status to motivate Kansas City to play a full game. The Chiefs are still chasing the No. 1 seed but need to win or tie and have the Titans lose to the Texans. Andy Reid likes to rest his guys when he can but he also likely wants to hold on to the No. 2 seed and multiple home games. A win gets him to 12-5 and guarantees he can’t fall below the second overall spot. Teddy Bridgewater is on IR so it’s the…