2021 NFL Week 18 Lines and Movement

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2021 NFL Week 18 Lines and Movement

The board of top sportsbooks details line movement for every NFL game from the opening to current numbers and where money influences point spreads as the week progresses.

This board is updated daily. Check back throughout the week as we detail the point-spread movement, not just in the numbers but also in the game-by-game synopses. 

Here’s where the numbers are moving or staying for NFL Week 18, the regular-season finale, as of Saturday, Jan. 8:

NFL WEEK 18 GAMESOPENING FAV., JAN. 2DRAFTKINGSFANDUELBETMGMCAESARS
Saturday: Chiefs 28, Broncos 24Chiefs -3Chiefs -10Chiefs -10.5Chiefs -10.5Chiefs -10.5
Saturday: Cowboys 51, Eagles 26Cowboys -3.5Cowboys -4Cowboys -3.5Cowboys -4Cowboys -4
Packers at LionsPackers -11Packers -3Packers -3Packers -3Packers -3
Bears at VikingsVikings -6Vikings -4Vikings -4Vikings -4Vikings -4
Patriots at DolphinsPatriots -2.5Patriots -6Patriots -6Patriots -6Patriots -6
Colts at JaguarsColts -8.5Colts -14Colts -14Colts -14.5Colts -14.5
Jets at BillsBills -17Bills -16.5Bills -16.5Bills -16.5Bills -16.5
Panthers at BuccaneersBuccaneers -16.5Buccaneers -9Buccaneers -8.5Buccaneers -9.5Buccaneers -9
Titans at TexansTitans -10Titans -10.5Titans -10Titans -10.5Titans -10.5
Football Team at GiantsFootball Team -4Football Team -7Football Team -7Football Team -7Football Team -7
Saints at FalconsSaints -3.5Saints -3.5Saints -3.5Saints -3.5Saints -3.5
Steelers at RavensRavens -6.5Ravens -3.5Ravens -3.5Ravens -3.5Ravens -3.5
Bengals at Browns Browns -1.5Browns -5Browns -5.5Browns -5.5Browns -5.5
Seahawks at Cardinals Cardinals -5Cardinals -5.5Cardinals -5.5Cardinals -5.5Cardinals -5.5
49ers at RamsRams -6.5Rams -3.5Rams -4Rams -3.5Rams -3.5
SNF: Chargers at RaidersChargers -2.5Chargers -3Chargers -3Chargers -3Chargers -3
Odds as of Saturday, Jan. 8. Odds updated once daily

Packers at Lions

MONDAY – Having clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the Packers went from an 11-point favorite down to -3 (DraftKings) and -2.5 (FanDuel) that shows the Packers may rest their starters in Detroit. Caesars, however, remained at 11 points. BetMGM was off the board.

TUESDAY – The spread was 2.5 points at every book except Caesars, which corrected to two points from 11 on Monday night.

WEDNESDAY – Packers backers hit the low spread, driving the market to a split at 3.5 and four points.

THURSDAY – Spreads remained split. DraftKings and FanDuel had 3.5 points. BetMGM and Caesars were at four.

FRIDAY – FanDuel was the one book at a key number of three points with all other books at 3.5.

SATURDAY – Lions bettors took “the hook” at all books listing 3.5 points, making the spread a market-consensus three points.

Bears at Vikings

MONDAY – Bettors dropped the Bears from +6 to +2.5 across the market.

TUESDAY – The spread remained a market-consensus 2.5 points.

WEDNESDAY – Action on the Vikings moved the market to 3.5 points, and a high of four at FanDuel.

THURSDAY – More money hit the Vikings, moving BetMGM to 4.5 points and all other books to 5.5.

FRIDAY – BetMGM joined fellow books at 5.5 points.

SATURDAY – More Bears backers resurfaced, dropping the spread to four points across the board.

Patriots at Dolphins

MONDAY – The Patriots moved from -2.5 at the opener to either -6.5 or -7 as books were split at those two marks.

TUESDAY – Dolphins backers hit books with a seven-point spread and moved the market to a consensus 6.5 points.

WEDNESDAY – The market held at 6.5 points.

THURSDAY – DraftKings and FanDuel took enough Dolphins action at +6.5 to drop to six points. BetMGM and Caesars held at 6.5.

FRIDAY – DraftKings kicked up to 6.5 points, in line with all books except FanDuel (6).

SATURDAY – All books were at six points after Dolphins bettors hit 6.5.

Colts at Jaguars

MONDAY – Early bettors felt Colts -8.5 was far too low, nearly doubling the spread to -15.5 at all books except DraftKings (15).

TUESDAY – Respective spreads held.

WEDNESDAY – Same respective spreads as Tuesday. DraftKings was at 15 points and all other books at 15.5.

THURSDAY – Caesars dropped to 14.5 points. The remaining three books were a point higher.

FRIDAY – FanDuel and BetMGM were highest at 15.5 points. DraftKings was 15 and Caesars was lowest at 14.5 points.

SATURDAY – DraftKings and FanDuel listed 14 points. BetMGM and Caesars were at 14.5 points.

Jets at Bills

MONDAY – Early money was on the Jets as big underdogs. The opening spread of 17 points dropped to 16.5 at FanDuel and BetMGM. DraftKings and Caesars held at the opener.

TUESDAY – Jets backers came for higher spreads at DraftKings and Caesars, moving those books in line at 16.5 points.

WEDNESDAY – DraftKings dipped to 16 points as all other books were at 16.5.

THURSDAY – Same respective spreads as Wednesday.

FRIDAY – DraftKings joined all other books at 16.5 points.

SATURDAY – All books held at 16.5 points.

Panthers at Buccaneers

MONDAY – This spread was cut in half from the opening number of 16.5 points with bettors backing the underdog Panthers down to eight points, and 7.5 at BetMGM.

TUESDAY – Books were split at 7.5 and eight points.

WEDNESDAY – BetMGM was the lone book at 7.5 points. All others were at eight.

THURSDAY – BetMGM leapfrogged all other books, going to 8.5 points while the rest stayed at Wednesday’s mark.

FRIDAY – Same respective spreads as Thursday.

SATURDAY – FanDuel was lowest at 8.5 points. DraftKings and Caesars were at nine. BetMGM moved to 9.5 points.

Titans at Texans

MONDAY – Opening on a key number of 10 points was not a deterrent for Titans bettors, who moved the spread to a market-consensus of 10.5.

TUESDAY – All spreads held at 10.5 points across the four above-listed books.

WEDNESDAY – Texans money picked off three books’ 10.5-point spreads, leaving DraftKings as the lone book at 10.5.

THURSDAY – BetMGM went back up to 10.5 points. DraftKings joined FanDuel and Caesars at 10.

FRIDAY – FanDuel was the lone book at 10 points. All others were at 10.5.

SATURDAY – Respective spreads held from Friday.

Football Team at Giants

MONDAY – The WFT moved to a 6.5-point favorite at three books and seven at Caesars, up from the opener of four points.

TUESDAY – BetMGM joined Caesars at seven points while DraftKings and FanDuel held at 6.5.

WEDNESDAY – Bettors hit DraftKings and FanDuel for WFT -6.5, making the market a consensus seven points.

THURSDAY – All books held at seven points.

FRIDAY – Same as Thursday.

SATURDAY – Same as Friday.

Saints at Falcons

MONDAY – Books tabbed this spread at 3.5 points, just over a key number, in favor of the road team. The market responded by betting the Saints up to a consensus 4.5 points.

TUESDAY – DraftKings fell off 4.5 points to four after taking enough Falcons action. The other three books held at Monday’s mark.

WEDNESDAY – The market solidified again at 4.5 points.

THURSDAY – Caesars moved down to four points. The rest dropped to 3.5.

FRIDAY – Caesars dipped further and joined the rest of the books at 3.5 points.

SATURDAY – All books held at 3.5 points.

Steelers at Ravens

MONDAY – The Ravens dropped from -6.5, just under a key number, to -4.5 at DraftKings and BetMGM, -4 at Caesars, and -3.5 at FanDuel as bettors across the market hit the underdog Steelers to varying degrees.

TUESDAY – DraftKings was the low book at five points. All other books were at 5.5, showing Ravens buyback across the board.

WEDNESDAY – Respective spreads held from Tuesday.

THURSDAY – All books dropped after Steelers backers hit the board. Caesars went to five points, FanDuel and BetMGM were at 4.5 points and DraftKings was lowest at four.

FRIDAY – All books were at 3.5 points.

SATURDAY – Same as Friday.

Bengals at Browns

MONDAY – Early bettors made the Browns a 2.5-point favorite at DraftKings and FanDuel, and went higher at BetMGM and Caesars (-3) after they opened at -1.5.

TUESDAY – Browns QB Baker Mayfield will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the regular-season finale. The market responded as the Bengals now are favored by 2.5 points at Caesars and three points at all other books.

WEDNESDAY – News of Bengals QB Joe Burrow (sore knee) and RB Joe Mixon (COVID) missing this game flipped the spread back to the Browns, favored by six points at all books except Caesars (-5.5). The Browns announced Case Keenum will start at QB.

THURSDAY – Caesars joined the rest of the market at six points.

FRIDAY – All spreads held at six points.

SATURDAY – Bengals backers drove down the spread to 5.5 points at all books except DraftKings, which dipped to five.

Seahawks at Cardinals

MONDAY – The Cardinals moved from -5 to -6.5 at all books except DraftKings (-7).

TUESDAY – Respective spreads held.

WEDNESDAY – Same as Tuesday, with DraftKings at seven points and all other books at 6.5.

THURSDAY – Same respective spreads as Wednesday.

FRIDAY – FanDuel went to 5.5 points, a market low, with all other books at six points.

SATURDAY – All books were at 5.5 points.

49ers at Rams

MONDAY – Early support was on the road underdogs, moving the spread from 6.5 points to 5.5 at Caesars, five at FanDuel, and 4.5 at DraftKings and BetMGM.

TUESDAY – The four books were split at either 4.5 or four points.

WEDNESDAY – FanDuel was the lone book at four points as the three others listed 4.5.

THURSDAY – Same respective spreads as Wednesday.

FRIDAY – FanDuel remained lowest at four points as all others sat at 4.5, same as the past two days.

SATURDAY – FanDuel stayed at four points, a market-high. All other books moved down to 3.5.

Chargers at Raiders

MONDAY – Winner goes to the playoffs. Loser goes not to the playoffs. Books installed the Chargers at -2.5 and slight early support was on the Bolts. FanDuel and Caesars ticked up to a key number of three points with DraftKings and BetMGM holding at the opener.

TUESDAY – Bolts backers hit books listing 2.5 points, moving the spread to a consensus three points across the board.

WEDNESDAY – Three points was the mark across the board.

THURSDAY – Three points was the consensus among all books.

FRIDAY – No significant action on either side kept this spread at three points for a third-straight day.

SATURDAY – Three points again was the mark.

Thursday’s result: Chiefs 28, Broncos 24

MONDAY – Sportsbooks installed the favored Chiefs on a key number of three points against the Broncos and bettors hammered the road team up to 10 points everywhere except Caesars (9.5).

TUESDAY – DraftKings was highest at 10.5 points as all other books were at 10.

WEDNESDAY – Respective spreads remained unchanged from Tuesday.

THURSDAY – FanDuel moved to highest of the books at 11.5 points. Caesars was 11. DraftKings and BetMGM were at 10.5 points.

FRIDAY – DraftKings dropped to 10 points. All other books were over a key number at 10.5.

Thursday’s result: Cowboys 51, Eagles 26

MONDAY – The Cowboys opened as a 3.5-point favorite, just over a key number. Since then, money flooded their side to upward of seven points at all books except BetMGM (6.5).

TUESDAY – BetMGM joined the rest of the market at seven points.

WEDNESDAY – DraftKings dipped to 6.5 points after taking action on Eagles +7. All other books held at seven points.

THURSDAY – Market-moving money hit the Eagles at all books. Spreads were down to five points at DraftKings and Caesars, and 4.5 at FanDuel and BetMGM.

FRIDAY – More Eagles money hit the entire market, moving FanDuel to 3.5 points and all other books to four.

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Mario Sanelli writes about sports betting for BeerLife Sports. He previously was the editorial assistant and a general-assignment reporter at The Denver Post for five years after serving as chief editor of The Metropolitan at MSU Denver. Mario was a NFL and college football insider with Mile High Sports for six years.

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