NFL capsules for Week 18

January 4, 2022 04:35 PM
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Kansas City Chiefs (-10, 44.5) at Denver Broncos

The first of two games on Saturday is an AFC West matchup. The Kansas City Chiefs were in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 seed in the AFC but lost a shootout as the Bengals kicked a field goal on the final play to pull off the upset. The Chiefs have clinched the AFC West and can reclaim the No. 1 seed with a win and a Titans loss to the Houston Texans. The Denver Broncos have been eliminated from postseason play, and are still without starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is recovering from a concussion. These teams met in December with the Chiefs winning 22-9 despite being outgained 404-267.

Dallas Cowboys (-7, 42.5) at Philadelphia Eagles

Saturday’s second game features NFC East teams that have already punched their tickets to the postseason. The Dallas Cowboys are the NFC East champions and will host a playoff game but have no hope of capturing the top seed after they were beaten at home by the Arizona Cardinals. They visit the Philadelphia Eagles, who defeated Washington on Sunday, and then clinched a playoff berth when the Minnesota Vikings lost in Green Bay. These teams met in September, with the Cowboys winning in a rout, 41-21. On Monday, The Eagles placed 11 starters on the COVID-19 list, but they can all be cleared by Saturday under the new protocols.

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-17, 45)

The New York Jets (4-12 SU, 6-10 ATS) look to play spoiler in their final game of the season as they visit the Buffalo Bills (10-6 SU, 9-6-1 ATS). The Jets nearly upset the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week but squandered a 14-point second-half lead and were defeated when Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass in the final minute. They are huge underdogs once again this week as the Bills can clinch the AFC East with a victory. The Bills have won three in a row and will look to feast on a Jets defense that is ranked 32nd in the league in points allowed. These teams met in November with the Bills winning 45-17 on the road.

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