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NFL 2021 Week 18 Betting Picks: Matchups To Watch

NFL 2021 Week 18 Betting Picks: Matchups To Watch

The final week of the 2021 NFL season is upon us. For most teams, this week is meaningless. But for the ones still relevant, this may as well be a playoff week. Several playoff spots are still up for grabs as well as playoff seedings. With that in mind, we break down the latest Super Bowl odds while previewing can’t-miss matchups for NFL Week 18.

With one final regular-season game to play, the current Super Bowl betting odds still have the usual suspects in the top led by the Green Bay Packers, who have clinched home turf advantage until Super Bowl. Last year’s runner-ups, the Kansas City Chiefs are the AFC’s best representative while the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, and the defending champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers round out the top five. 

Super Bowl LVI Odds sports-interaction betway betonline

Green Bay

4.97 4.33 4.25

Kansas City

6.25 6.00 5.75

Buffalo

8.03 9.00 9.00

Los Angeles Rams

8.20 8.50 10.00

Tampa Bay

8.43 8.00 9.00

Dallas

12.00 12.00 11.00

Tennessee

15.00 12.00 13.00

New England

16.00 15.00 15.00

Arizona

18.00 16.00 19.00

Super Bowl LVI Odds – Alternative Bets

More than likely, the Super Bowl champion will come from the table. Even Tampa Bay, which was a long shot in the preseason last season, finished in the top six of the NFL betting odds of 2021. But instead of betting on favourites like Green Bay, Kansas City, or even Tampa Bay, here are three other contenders who are great enough to win the Lombardi Trophy.  

Los Angeles Rams (10.00)

Getting 9-1 on the Rams to win the Super Bowl is a great deal. This team is just as good as the four teams listed ahead of them. Matthew Stafford has transformed the offence into the most explosive, leading the NFL in yards per play. The defence is elite and the team is peaking at the right time, having won five straight.  

Tennessee Titans (15.00)

The Titans are the top team in the AFC and they got this far despite getting decimated by injuries. Since losing superstar running back Derrick Henry, Tennessee has gone 7-3 with wins over Kansas City and San Francisco. This team is 6-2 against playoff teams. With Henry’s impending return, get in on the Titans now.

Indianapolis Colts (23.00)

The Colts need to beat the Jaguars if they hope to clinch their spot in the playoffs. Assuming they do, no team would want to play them. They have the best (healthy) running back in Jonathan Taylor and a defence that is adept at forcing turnovers. If Carson Wentz can recapture his elite days in Philadelphia, the Colts may just go all the way. 

NFL 2021 Best Games of Week 18

Bet on those three dark horses now as the odds may shift depending on how these Week 18 games play out. Based on the latest football betting odds (courtesy of SportsInteraction (SIA)), all four of these could go either way: 

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7-1) at Baltimore Ravens (8-8)

  • Date/Time: Sun, Jan. 9 – 1:00 P.M. ET
  • Spread: Pittsburgh +5.5 (1.91), Baltimore -5.5 (1.91)
  • Moneyline: Pittsburgh 2.94 Baltimore 1.43
  • Totals: Over 42 (1.91), Under 42 (1.91)

A lot will need to happen for either Pittsburgh or Baltimore to make the playoffs and winning this game is one of them. Per the odds, it’s best to side with the Steelers as Baltimore is just 2-3 against the spread (ATS) as a home favourite. But we like for this to go under as five of their last seven have in Baltimore. SBR’s Pick - Under 42 (1.91). 

New Orleans Saints (8-8) at Atlanta Falcons (7-9)

  • Date/Time: Sun, Jan. 9 - 4:25 P.M. ET
  • Spread: New Orleans -4.5 (1.91), Atlanta +4.5 (1.91)
  • Moneyline: New Orleans 1.48, Atlanta 2.75
  • Totals: Over 40 (1.91), Under 40 (1.91)

This is far from an attractive game, but if anyone can throw chaos into the NFL playoff picture, it’s Sean Payton’s Saints. New Orleans needs to beat Atlanta and have San Francisco lose to qualify. New Orleans is 5-3 ATS on the road and are 6-1 ATS in their last seven trips to Atlanta. With their backs to the wall, don’t bet against New Orleans. SBR’s Pick – New Orleans -4.5 (1.91). 

San Francisco 49ers (9-7) at Los Angeles Rams (12-4)

  • Date/Time: Sun, Jan. 9 - 4:25 P.M. ET
  • Spread: San Francisco +4.0 (1.91), Los Angeles Rams -4.0 (1.91)
  • Moneyline: San Francisco 2.71, Los Angeles Rams 1.49
  • Totals: Over 44.5 (1.91), Under 44.5 (1.91)

Speaking of San Francisco, it needs to beat the Rams to control its own destiny. The 49ers have once again struggled with injuries, but have the Rams’ number. San Francisco has won five straight against the Rams and are 4-1 ATS in their last five in the SoFi Stadiums. When it comes to matchups, Kyle Shanahan just seems to outcoach Sean McVay. SBR’s Pick - San Francisco 2.71.

Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) at Las Vegas Raiders (9-7)

  • Date/Time: Sun, Jan. 9 - 8:20 P.M. ET
  • Spread: Los Angeles Chargers -3.0 (1.91), Las Vegas +3.0 (1.91)
  • Moneyline: Los Angeles Chargers 1.60, Las Vegas 2.39
  • Totals: Over 49.5 (1.91), Under 49.5 (1.91)

The feature matchup for Week 18 could be the best one: win and you’re in. The Chargers and Raiders, two prolific offences will air it out for a spot in the playoffs. While we lean on the Chargers here, their defence cannot stop anything. Instead, look to the totals here. Thirteen of the Chargers’ last 19 road games have gone over, a trend that should persist. SBR’s Pick – Over 49.5 (1.91) 

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