NFL Week 18 picks: Raiders headed to playoffs after stunning Chargers, Rams beat 49ers, Colts crush Jaguars

Ladies and gentleman, it’s time for the playoffs!

Check that, it’s not time for the playoffs, but it should be. In any other year, we’d be talking about the playoffs right now, but the NFL decided to add an 18th week to the schedule this year, so now, you’re getting an extra week of regular season picks. And since you’re now probably wondering, yes, I do get a bonus for writing an extra week of picks, but it turns out I also lose 10% of that bonus for every pick I get wrong, and now that I’m saying that out loud, I probably need to fire my agent, which actually could get kind of awkward since I’d have to fire myself. 

Of course, even if I do fire myself, it wouldn’t even qualify as the most bizarre firing of 2022 and that’s because that honor belongs to Antonio Brown, who kind of got fired over the weekend even though he hasn’t technically been fired yet. Look, if you’re going to lose your job, you might as well do it while running shirtless off a football field. 

I have never quit a job in my life, but if I ever do, I will definitely be doing it while shirtless. 

I have no idea what’s next for Antonio Brown, but I do know what’s next for us and that’s this weeks picks, so let’s get them started. 

Actually, before we get to the Week 18 picks, here’s a quick reminder that you can check out the weekly picks from every CBSSports.com NFL expert by clicking here. The reason you should click over this week is because there’s a tight race brewing for the title of best straight-up picker for the 2021 season. After going 14-2 in Week 17, I am now clinging to a two-game lead heading into the season’s final week and as long as I don’t collapse like a FedEx Field guardrail, I think I can take home the title. 

If you’ve never seen a FedEx Field guardrail collapse, this is what it looks like. 

At this point, they should probably just tear the entire stadium down. If your stadium is leaking…

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