Biggest Line Movers of NFL Week 18

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Krys Barnes #51 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with teammates. Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP.

In the final week of the regular season, there have been many players resting up for the postseason, which has sent many lines into a frenzy. Of course that, other players getting COVID has really made for some interesting line movement at the NFL odds. Let’s break it down.

New York Giants +7 (-110) vs. Washington Football Team

  • Opened: -2 (-110)
  • Currently: +7 (-110)

A lot of the time, top-rated sportsbooks will allow bettors to bet on divisional rivalry games way before the season gets to that week. The Giants opened as a -2 point favorite against Washington over a month ago and now are sitting at +7 at home.

Even if Daniel Jones was under center, Washington would be a favorite at this point. The Giants are the most embarrassing team in sports and would probably lose to the Jaguars right now.

With Mike Glennon or Jake Fromm under center for the Giants, the Washington Football Team should be well on their way to another win. It won’t help them make the playoffs, but it’s never a bad thing to finish off the season with momentum.

Cleveland Browns -6 (-110) vs. Cincinnati Bengals

  • Opened: -1 (-110)
  • Currently: -6 (-110)

Again, the line opened with the Browns being favorited by one point. Then as the season progressed, the Bengals became favorites. Unfortunately, Joe Mixon got COVID, and the Bengals opted to bench Burrow and wait for the playoffs.

After all, Burrow was injured last year and had a big recovery. The Bengals had to be smart here. So the line started with the Browns as minor favorites, then the Bengals became favorites, and now the Browns are back to being heavy favorites against the Bengals who won’t be starting Burrow in this game.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Browns also struggled in this game, knowing Baker Mayfield won’t be available. Mayfield had an injured shoulder throughout the season and will get surgery and elect not to play in the final game of the season.

So I’d still roll with Cincinnati here at the NFL picks!

Green Bay Packers -3.5 (-110) at Detroit Lions

  • Opened: -11 (-110)
  • Currently: -3.5 (-110)

It’s not official, but it seems likely that the Packers will opt to play backups in this game. The Packers have no need to risk injury as they’re already in first place with 13 wins on the year.

In a normal setting, the Packers would be heavy favorites, on the road, against the Lions. But now the Lions, 2-13-1, are small underdogs with Jared Goff potentially missing this game due to injury.

There’s a better chance that Goff will actually play in this game and that will be helpful to an offense that is starting to get some rhythm. The Lions scored 29 against the Seahawks and 16 against the Falcons. Prior to that, the Lions scored 30 on Arizona and found a way to get 29 on Minnesota.

The Lions are an interesting team right now. They’ve played better than their record and if Jordan Love is under center for the Packers, I’ll be ready to fade him as he’s shown nothing since being in the league.