With two weeks to go in the 2018 NFL season, there is still plenty on the line. Here’s a look at the early odds for Week 16.
After Week 15, only three of the eight NFL divisions have been clinched. Only four teams have officially clinched a playoff spot. That leaves eight spots up for grabs in the final two weeks.
After the Eagles shocked the world in Los Angeles and the Cowboys got shut out in Indianapolis, the NFC East suddenly isn’t as much of a sure thing. Although unlikely, Philadelphia would take the NFC East crown with a pair of wins and a pair of Dallas losses.
The more likely way for the Eagles to sneak into the playoffs would be as a wild card team. They’d need some help there, too, as the Vikings currently hold the last spot and sit a half-game ahead of them.
The AFC race is where things really get interesting. All four divisions are technically up for grabs, but the AFC East and South are all but locked up by New England and Houston. But, the Chiefs and Chargers are tied atop the AFC West at 11-3, and the winner will likely secure home-field advantage while the loser must play on the road in the playoffs.
Baltimore sits just a half-game behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North race, and both teams face elite teams on the road in Week 16.
The AFC wild-card race seems poised to draw the most intrigue down to the final minutes of the regular season. Baltimore holds the final spot via tiebreaker at the moment, but Tennessee and Indianapolis sit at 8-6, too. Only one of those three teams can make it, potentially leaving teams above .500 and out of the playoffs.
Here’s an early look at things heading into Week 16, via OddsShark.
Saturday, Dec. 22
Washington Redskins at Tennessee Titans (-10)
Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers (-4.5)
Sunday, Dec. 23
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys (-7)
New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts (-9)
Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles (-1)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins (-4)
Green Bay Packers at New York Jets (-1)
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-7)
Minnesota Vikings (-5.5) at Detroit Lions
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (-12.5)
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers (-3)
Chicago Bears (-4) at San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Rams (-14) at Arizona Cardinals
Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints (-5.5)
Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) at Seattle Seahawks
Monday, Dec. 24
Denver Broncos (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders