When the NFL schedule is made, there’s never a guarantee for a winner-take-all game in the final week of the season.
While there are a lot of moving parts in the AFC wild-card race, we know the winner of next week’s Los Angeles Chargers-Las Vegas Raiders will get an AFC wild-card spot. The Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens are all still alive too with one game to go in Week 17. Among those five teams, two will make the playoffs. If the Colts beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Chargers-Raiders game will see the winner go to the playoffs and the loser go home.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr faces the Chargers in a huge Week 18 game. (Photo by Terry Pierson/The Press-Enterprise via Getty Images)
There is still plenty on the line going into the final week of the season, and here’s a first look at the Week 18 lines at BetMGM:
Kansas City Chiefs (-10) at Denver Broncos
The Chiefs probably blew their shot to get the No. 1 seed in the AFC. But they have to play it out, in case the Titans lose to the Texans.
Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
The Cowboys suffered a damaging loss on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. When Green Bay won on Sunday night it clinched the No. 1 seed for the Packers and a playoff berth for the Eagles, so neither of these teams have much to play for in a prime-time Saturday game.
The Saints are in if they beat the Falcons and the 49ers lose. That gives them plenty to play for against a Falcons team that is trying to avoid losing 10 games this season.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-16.5)
The Bills win and they’re AFC East champs. To the Jets’ credit they played the Buccaneers hard before losing in the final seconds in Week 17.
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-3)
This could have been a huge game but the Bengals clinched the AFC North title with a win over the Chiefs. They’re likely to be resting some starters, and the Browns are eliminated.
New England Patriots (-5.5) at Miami…