This will be the second year of the NFL’s extended schedule, with the league having added an extra regular-season game in 2022. 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.
NFL Games of the Week
Sunday, Jan. 7
Here’s a look at some interesting facts about NFL Week 18 matchups.
How The West Could Be Won
The Broncos will welcome the Las Vegas Raiders to Denver in the season’s final week. The second year 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 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 until the last season.
Other Important Matchups
- Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions: Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings will be eager to get back to the playoffs. A Detroit team with quarterback Jared Goff 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.
- Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Commanders: 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 couple of seasons but will face a Commanders team that projects the rookie Sam Howell as the starter.
- Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens: The Baltimore Ravens will be eager to knock the Pittsburgh Steelers down a peg. While the Steelers are in rebuilding mode after the departure of Ben Roethlisberger a couple of seasons ago, 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 Pittsburgh.