We’ve officially hit the home stretch as just five weeks remain in the 2018 NFL season.
After 12 weeks of football, the NFL playoff picture is finally taking shape and we’re beginning to visualize what the January action will look like.
Five of the six AFC playoff teams appear to be locked in, for all intents and purposes. The New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans are all well on their way to division titles. The Los Angeles Chargers are clearly the best second-place team, leaving just the second wild card spot open.
As many as seven teams have a realistic shot at snagging the final playoff spot. The Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts, both coming off big wins Sunday afternoon, each sit at 6-5. The Tennessee Titans, who play tonight on Monday Night Football, are 5-5. The Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and resurgent Denver Broncos are each 5-6 and just a game out of that coveted final spot. And don’t forget the Cleveland Browns – yes, you read that right – who are 4-6-1 after two consecutive wins and are still within striking distance.
The NFC is ruled by two powerhouses, the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams, each 10-1. Beyond that, the Chicago Bears continued to prove they are a formidable bunch with a tough road win on Thanksgiving, improving to 8-3. The Seattle Seahawks picked up a huge come-from-behind road win over the Carolina Panthers to improve to 6-5, vaulting them toward the front of the wild card race.
Here’s a look at the opening odds for Week 13, courtesy of Oddshark.
Thursday, Nov. 29
New Orleans Saints (-7) at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, Dec. 2
Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers (-14.5)
Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans (-4.5)
Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers (-3.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chicago Bears (-4) at New York Giants
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (-5)
Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals (-1.5)
Los Angeles Rams (-10) at Detroit Lions
Indianapolis Colts (-3.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs (-15) at Oakland Raiders
New York Jets at Tennessee Titans (-9.5)
Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots (-4.5)
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (-10)
Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5)
Monday, Dec. 3
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (-7)