This will be the second year of the NFL’s extended schedule, with the league having added an extra regular-season game in 2021. The Week 18 NFL matchups can be a dangerous week for bettors. Every team will have different objectives for this week, whether or not they are headed to the playoffs or not.
The way the NFL set up the schedule this year, all 16 games this week will be battles between foes in the same division.
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Here’s a look at some interesting facts about NFL Week 18 matchups.
How The West Could Be Won
The Broncos will welcome the Los Angeles Chargers to Denver in the season’s final week. If year one of the Russell Wilson experiment goes well, the Broncos are hoping this game will be for a division championship. Getting Denver to the edge of a playoff berth would be a big deal for first-year coach Nathaniel Hackett. The Broncos haven’t made the playoffs since 2015.
The Chargers, who quarterback Justin Herbert leads, haven’t made the playoffs since 2018 and haven’t won the AFC West since 2009. Winning Los Angeles’ first division title since Philip Rivers left town will require the Chargers’ defense to show major improvements.
Other Important Matchups
- Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings will be eager to get back to the playoffs. A Chicago team with second-year quarterback Justin Fields under center may be a good spot to add another win to the resume. The Vikings, who lead the all-time series between the teams 63-57-1, have won three of the past four meetings between the teams.
- Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Dallas will try to add another victory over the Washington Commanders on the road in Week 18 NFL matchups. The Cowboys swept Washington last season but will face a Commanders team with veteran quarterback Carson Wentz under center.
- The Baltimore Ravens will be eager to knock the Cincinnati Bengals down a peg. While the Bengals rose up and won the AFC North and conference titles, the Ravens are always in contention yearly to steal the crown back. Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson will need to develop a better rapport with his playmakers to be able to trouble Cincinnati. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has shown his stock is on the rise.