Week 18 NFL Best Bets – Sunday Slateby Dom Lunardo January 8, 2023 0 comments
Well, folks, here we are – the final Sunday of the 2022 National Football League regular season. With a few AFC and NFC playoff spots still “up for grabs,” what better way to delve into the action than to place some best bets? As the season comes to a close and we move toward the postseason, here are two betting plays for your perusal.
Best Bet # 1: Steelers -3.0 (+100)
Mike Tomlin has been head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2007. During that period, he has never had a losing record, spanning a total of 15 seasons. It’s absolutely remarkable if you think of it, given the challenging and grueling AFC North division and the general nature that is the NFL. Yet, that record is in Jeopardy during the final week of the season.
Heading into Sunday, the Steelers still have an outside chance at a playoff berth. Winners of five of their past six games, Pittsburgh has crawled their way back into playoff contention. They’ve done so with savvy QB play from rookie Kenny Pickett and their incredible defense core. I can’t make any promises about whether they’ll get into the dance, but I’m extremely confident they will win against the Cleveland Browns. At plus money (+100), this is a great spot for the Steelers. This game has a 16-10 look and feel written all over it, which should play right into the hands of the black and yellow. Lock in Pittsburgh at -3.0 as soon as you can.
Best Bet # 2: Packers -4.5 (-110)
When placing bets during week 18 of the NFL schedule, it’s important to prioritize teams with added motivation and incentives. In the case of Matt LaFleur and the Green Bay Packers, it’s extremely simple – win and you’re in. If that’s not motivation, for Aaron Rodgers and Co. I don’t know what it is. Be that as it may, there are indeed a few “moving parts” and factors that went into this particular selection.
For one, as I write this article, the Lions will be officially eliminated from postseason contention before they take the field if the Seattle Seahawks (who are favored) defeat the Los Angeles Rams. This is one of the reasons why I locked in the Packers at -4.5 early because, should the game go as such, the Lions will ultimately have nothing to play for. You may even see the spread move heavily in favor of Green Bay, making the selection of the Packers at -4.5 with -110 odds all the more appealing. Despite a valiant effort from the Lions to corral their way back into the mix after starting the campaign 1-6, I think the clock ultimately strikes 12 on them in the final week of the NFL season. Going into Lambeau and scrounging out a W is a tough ask for any team. I don’t see any scenario where Green Bay loses this one. Lock in the Pack at -4.5.
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