The Best & Worst NFL Games to Bet in 2018 Regular Season

Posted by Eric Williams on Monday,April 30, 2018 4:49, EDT in

Thanks to the recent release of the next regular season schedule we now know what NFL games on the 2018 docket look like flat-out thrillers and which ones look like boring snoozers that either isn’t worthy of betting on – or wasting time watching. If you haven’t looked at the entire 2018 schedule and you want to know which games look like fun-filled affairs and which ones you probably want to avoid like the Bubonic Plague, then let’s get started with my expert look at some of the best – and worst NFL betting picks based on the 2018 schedule.

The Best & Worst NFL Games to Bet in 2018 Regular Season

Best NFL Games to Bet

Week 1

Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles

  • When/where: Sept. 6, 8:20 p.m., NBC, Lincoln Financial Field

The 2018 regular season opener is a really good pairing, with Carson Wentz and the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) hosting Matt Ryan and the Falcons (10-6) in a rematch of their NFC wild-card matchup from last season that Philly won 15-10. Can the Eagles win again or will the Falcons serve notice that they are going to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders this coming season?

Week 2

Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers

  • When/where: Sept. 16, 1 p.m., CBS, Heinz Field

Andy Reid stunned almost everyone by trading up to nab former Texas Tech star Patrick Mahomes with the 10th overall pick in last year’s NFL draft when now, Houston Texans and former Clemson national championship winner Deshaun Watson was still on the board before going 12th to the Texans. Now, after trading veteran Alex Smith, the strong-armed Mahomes will be the starter in 2018 and all eyes will be on him – and he’ll be tested in this Week 2 matchup against a Steelers team with legitimate Super Bowl hopes.

Week 11

Green Bay Packers AT Seattle Seahawks

  • When/where: Nov. 15, 8:20 p.m., Fox/NFL, CenturyLink Field

Aaron Rodgers will be back on the field for Green Bay after missing a major portion of the season with a broken collarbone while Russell Wilson will be back looking to lead Seattle to brand new heights following his ‘do everything’ MVP kind of campaign from last season.

Week 13

Minnesota Vikings AT New England Patriots

  • When/where: Dec. 2, 4:25 p.m., Fox, Gillette Stadium

This Week 13 matchup pits a pair of legitimate Super Bowl contenders that both won an identical 13 games last season against one another. Minnesota is looking to take the next step following their stunning 38-7 blowout loss against Philadelphia in the NFC Championship under new starting quarterback Kirk Cousins while the Pats look to get back to their Super Bowl winning ways after also coming up short against Philly in Super Bowl 52.

Week 15

Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams

  • When/where: Dec. 16, 8:20 p.m., NBC, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

The Rams went from worst to first last season under the youngest head coach in NFL history and now they’re poised for even bigger things in 2018 after making a series of stunning offseason moves that brought them quality veterans like defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, wide receiver Brandin Cooks and Pro Bowl cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.

Worst NFL Games to Bet

Week 3

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns

  • When/where: Sept. 20 (Thursday), 8:20 p.m., NFLTV, FirstEnergy Stadium

The Jets will look to improve on their 5-11 mark from last season while Cleveland looks to record its first victory since beating San Diego in Week 16 of the 2016 regular season.

The Browns will face the Jets in one of the worst NFL Games to Bet in 2018.


This game could be unwatchably ugly, even though I’ll be the first person to admit that I love Cleveland’s haul from their last NFL Draft.

Week 6

Chicago Bears at Miami Dolphins

  • When/where: Oct. 14, 1 p.m., FOX, Hard Rock Stadium

The best thing about this Week 6 matchup is that the completely awful Jay Cutler won’t be suiting up for either of his last two teams after ‘leading’ Miami to an embarrassing 6-10 record last season and never leading Chicago anywhere in each of his eight years with the Bears.

Week 16

New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts

  • When/where: Dec. 23, 1 p.m., CBS, Lucas Oil Stadium

There’s no other way to say it, except, that the Giants were a complete embarrassment last season. The G-Men suffered through a pitiful 3-13 campaign, foolishly benched longtime starting quarterback Eli Manning even though he wasn’t the reason why they were losing and eventually fired uninspiring head coach Ben McAdoo. The Colts struggled mightily through an equally abysmal 4-12 mark with franchise quarterback Andrew Luck missing the entire season. Now, with both teams looking to rebound in 2018, their Week 16 matchup looks like it could be ‘Bugly’ or…Butt Ugly, whichever you prefer!