NFL teams will play a 17th regular season game for the first time in league history when the Week 18 NFL schedule unfolds Saturday and Sunday. In the offseason the league expanded the regular season from 16 to 17 games. It was the first expansion of the schedule since 1978 when the NFL went from 14 to 16 games. Week 18 begins with the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs facing the Denver Broncos. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m. ET. Kansas City is a 10-point favorite in the latest Week 18 NFL odds from Caesars Sportsbook while the over-under for total points scored is 44.
The game is one of 16 on a loaded Week 18 NFL schedule. Other key matchups include the Chargers and Raiders facing each other on Sunday night with a playoff spot going to the winner and the Rams and 49ers battling in a game with postseason implications. Before making any Week 18 NFL picks or NFL parlays, be sure to see the NFL predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,200 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception six-plus years ago. The model enters Week 18 of the 2021 season on an incredible 135-96 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.
The model also ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch four of the past five years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 94 percent of CBS Sports Football Pick’em players four times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.
Now, the model has locked in five confident NFL best bets for Week 18. If you successfully parlay its picks, you’d be looking at a massive payout of around 25-1. You can only see the model’s Week 18 NFL picks at SportsLine.
Top Week 18 NFL picks
After simulating every game 10,000 times, the model is high on the Buccaneers to cover as eight-point favorites at home against the Carolina Panthers. Tampa Bay (12-4) already has clinched the NFC South and holds the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs. Meanwhile Carolina (5-11) has been eliminated from playoff contention.
The reigning Super Bowl champion Bucs still have much to play for on Sunday. They have a chance to move up to the No. 2 seed in the NFC with a win and a Rams loss or tie to the 49ers. The No. 2 seed would ensure a second playoff game at home. Meanwhile the Panthers (5-11) have no incentive, having already been knocked out of postseason consideration.
How to make Week 18 NFL parlays
The model also jumped on four other NFL matchups where it says the line is way off, including an underdog that wins outright. You can only see the model’s NFL Week 18 best bets and parlay at SportsLine.
What are the model’s top Week 18 NFL picks? And which other NFL matchups should you target for a strong 25-1 payout? Visit SportsLine now to see the Week 18 NFL best bets from a model on a 135-96 run on its top-rated picks, and find out.