It’s finally the end of the NFL regular season, as we head into the playoffs.
There is particular reason to celebrate this year, as the league was able to overcome COVID, fake vax certificates, Aaron Rodgers, AB, and the addition of another week of regular season play to topple all the old records.
In honour of making it this far, we offer up our 18 Candles podcast, where Wade & Ryan celebrate this extra week of games, by making their picks and predictions for all the games.
Make sure you check out our podcast here, where you can listen to all of the guys predictions for the Week 18 games.
Among some of the games that the guys look at in this podcast includes:
-4 Packers (13-3) vs Lions (2-13-1) +44.5
The Packers have secured the top seed again, as they coast into the playoffs that have thwarted them for the past decade. With Aaron Rodgers and most of the starters expected to rest, this is a great chance for some of the backups to get some field time.
The Lions have had a woeful, yet inspired season thus far. Despite being the worst team in the league to start the season, the Lions have had some emotional games that have had fans applauding their resilience.
Wade & Ryan both think that this game will be close, although Wade has the plucky Lions winning the game off the inspired play of Jared Goff and the St. Brown.
Ryan likes the Packers to still win the game, but thinks that Detroit could keep it close.
Ryan- Packers 23 Lions 20
Wade- Lions 21 Packers 18
-15.5 Colts (9-7) vs Jaguars (2-14) +44
Indianapolis needs this win to keep them in the playoffs, as well as to upset much of the seedings heading into next week. Carson Wentz and the boys are ready to tumble these division rivals, and put the boot on their throat to move on.
Jacksonville is the worst team in the league…again. The Jags have played the Colts well though this year, keeping the games close despite the running phenom Taylor putting up some MVP like numbers.
Ryan thinks that the Colts will go out here, thrashing Jacksonville, and sending them limping home like Urban Meyer.
Wade points to the fact that the Colts tend to screw up big chances, and this is as big of a chance as any. He likes the Jags to keep it closer than expected.
Ryan- Colts 35 Jags 10
Wade- Colts 30 Jags 23
Bengals (10-6) vs -5.5 Browns (7-9) +38
How can the Browns be favoured in a game against their superior stat rivals?
One of the teams is going to the playoffs, and the other is going to play this game, and hope that they can figure it out in the offseason.
Joe Burrow and the Orange Cat gang can take it easy this week, as they throw out some of the back ups to try to get some field time against their Ohio foes. After an inspired win over the Chiefs last week, they have time to nurse their wounds and prepare for whomever they face on Wildcard Weekend.
Baker is done, Case is on it as the Browns shake and shimmy their line up for Week 18.
The Browns will likely rely on their running game, which has been effective and under used all season.
Ryan and Wade both like the Browns to get a more ‘needed win’ here, as many players might look to outshine their time under the Mayfield microscope.
Ryan- Browns 27 Bengals 10
Wade- Browns 24 Bengals 16
Sports Bar & Grill
Looking to watch the games this Sunday Funday?
Join us at either the Sports Bar & Grill Old Street, or Clapham, where the games and beers will be flowing all night.
Book your table in advance, so that you can let the lovely staff know which game you are looking to watch.
Book yourself in for the playoffs while you’re at it.
Enjoy your Week 18!