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Picking Winners for Week 18 in the NFL

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh. The Steelers need it while the Ravens do not. It will still be very close.

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts Houston. The Colts have been surprisingly good this year with Gardner Minshew as the backup quarterback, but I think this will be C. J. Stroud's time to shine for the Texans.

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions Detroit. The Vikings have a chance at the playoffs, but it's a very slim chance. I think the Lions will be in a foul mood after last week's highway robbery loss at Dallas and whip the Vikings fanny.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay. It's simple for the Buccaneers. Win and they make the playoffs and host a playoff game next week.

New York Jets at New England Patriots New England. If this is Bill Belichick's last game as head coach of the Patriots, I think he will go out a winner.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans Jacksonville. I understand Trevor Lawrence is very likely to play, so I think the Jaguars will find a way to win and thus win the AFC South.

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints New Orleans. The winner of this game will will the NFC South if Carolina can knock off Tampa Bay. I'll take the home team Saints to win a close one.

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati. The Browns are playing solid football, but they have already clinched a playoff berth and don't have much to play for. The Bengals have played rather well with backup quarterback Jake Browning.

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Commanders Dallas. The Commanders would dearly love to keep the Cowboys from winning their division, but I just don't think they quite have the team to do it.

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Seattle. I'm very tempted to take the Cardinals who beat the Eagles on the road last week. The Seahawks playoff chances are hanging by a thread as they need to win and have the Packers lose. I'll take the Seahawks in a close one.

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers San Francisco. The Rams are sitting many of their starters, so I don't see the backups of the Rams beating the backups of the 49ers.

Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas. I think the Broncos are a divided team due to Sean Payton's meddling with Russell Wilson's contract situation, so I do not see them going on the road and beating a Raiders team that is at least playing together.

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers Green Bay. If the Packers win, they are in the playoffs. They are used to beating the Bears every time they play them, but beating the Bears in this game might be a tougher task than they think because the Bears are playing really good football. I'll take the Packers in a very close game.

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants Philadelphia. The Eagles defense is playing so poorly that it would not shock me if the Giants win this game. Surely to goodness the Eagles can manage a win... Surely!... Maybe?

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers. The Chiefs are locked into the AFC number 3 seed, so they are planning to rest many of their starters. The Chargers haven't won a game in a long time, but I think they will manage a win against the Chiefs backups.

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins Buffalo. I think the Dolphins have a 50-50 shot of winning this game. But, I have a slim lead a year long pick 'em contest against some excellent game pickers, and I just don't quite have the nerve to pick the Dolphins.

May God always be your number 1 draft pick!

Draftman Rick

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