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Full list of Week 18 straight-up picks with confidence levels

We make picks for all 16 NFL games with levels of confidence ahead of Week 18.

Baker Mayfield #6 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks to pass during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on December 31, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Welcome to Week 18 of the NFL season. As usual, this final week brings teams playing all out for a playoff spot, teams resting players for the playoffs, and teams at varying degrees of wanting to get on the next plane to Cancun.

For reference, we have five teams that ill rest some key starters so they can keep them safe for the playoffs, the Ravens, 49ers, Chiefs, Browns, and Rams. There are X teams who have a shot at the playoffs and play all out, the Steelers, Texans, Colts, Vikings, Jaguars, Falcons, Saints, Buccaneers, Packers, Eagles, Seahawks, Cowboys, Bills, and Dolphins. The one team that could rest players who aren’t 100%, but say they will play their starters are the Lions. They have a very slim shot of moving up to the No. 2 seed form the No. 3 seed, but would need both the Cowboys and Eagles lose to inferior teams.

In the meantime, we’re back with straight-up picks for Week X of the regular season. We pick each game’s winner, and then slot the picks based on confidence levels — high, medium, low, and no. A game with three asterisks (***) after it indicates a game where I’m picking the betting underdog to get the win.

High confidence

Bengals over Browns
Buccaneers over Panthers
Eagles over Giants
Cowboys over Commanders

Medium confidence

Steelers over Ravens
Texans over Colts
Jaguars over Titans

Low confidence

Patriots over Jets
Saints over Falcons
Packers over Bears
Raiders over Broncos
Chargers over Chiefs
Rams over 49ers ***
Dolphins over Bills ***
Lions over Vikings

No confidence

Arizona over Seahawks***