NFL Week 12 Odds + Predictions
Looking for NFL Week 12 Odds and free NFL picks? Week 12 of the NFL season is on the horizon and it kicks off with three quality Thanksgiving Thursday games. There are certainly some other interesting games on the schedule as usual for us to ponder. Here is a preview of the games in Week 12 and the early lines associated with them.
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Let’s take a look at all of the games on the NFL Week 12 schedule, examine the odds that accompany the games and TRY to determine what will play out on another scintillating week of NFL action.
Vikings (6-4) at Lions (6-4)
(Opening line: Lions, -3 points)
The early game on Thanksgiving features the Vikings, looking to avenge a 22-16 OT loss at the hands of the lions less than three weeks ago. This one could go either way.
The Lions have won three straight Thanksgiving games and they enter pretty hot.
They are also 4-2 SU and ATS at home this year. The Vikings on the other hand are 5-1 on Thanksgiving and they proved last week that defense and special teams can win you a game.
I’m looking at the upset here – Stafford and crew are due for a mistake or two – the Vikings take advantage again.
Redskins (6-3-1) at Cowboys (9-1)
(Opening line: Cowboys, -6.5 points)
Another interesting game features the Hot Redskins taking on the scorching Cowboys.
The biggest factor in this game may be the fact that Washington played Sunday night and now must go on the road to take on perhaps the best offense in the game.
This game has track meet written all over it with the Cowboys stellar offense easily coming out on top – 37-27.
Steelers (5-5) at Colts (5-5)
(Opening line: Steelers, -3 points)
If you can get this line – take it. Andrew Luck is highly questionable to play – that makes it a showdown between Ben Roethlisberger and Scott Tolzein – ya I know who I’m taking!
Even with Luck I think Pittsburgh is a far better team.
Chargers (4-6) at Texans (6-4)
(Opening line: Texans, -1 point)
The Texans will be a motivated team after their Monday night loss in Mexico City. They have been money at home all season long – 5-0 SU and ATS. It will all come down to San Diego’s fourth ranked offense versus Houston’s fourth ranked defense.
I usually lean toward offenses in such cases – this time is no different.
I like the road team to emerge in this one – I can’t see Osweiler keeping up with Rivers.
Titans (5-6) at Bears (2-8)
(Opening line: Pick’em)
This is another line to watch. Early word is that Jay Cutler has a bum shoulder – that will leave Chicago’s third string quarterback going to work without Alshon Jeffrey and Zach Miller who broke his foot Sunday.
Tennessee has the third ranked rushing offense and Mariota leading an emerging passing game – this one shouldn’t be close.
Jaguars (2-8) at Bills (5-5)
(Opening line: -6.5 points)
The Jaguars just aren’t very good folks – especially on the road. They did beat the Bills last season in London – one of their few highlights the last couple of years.
LeSean McCoy may not play but it shouldn’t matter – Mike Gillislee is a quality backup for sure.
Buffalo is playing some meaningful football – I think they pull away in this one.
Bengals (3-6-1) at Ravens (5-5)
(Opening line: -3 points)
The Bengals are faced with taking on one of the best defenses in the league in their first game without AJ Green and Giovanni Bernard.
Forget about the fact that Cincinnati is 5-0 in the last five matchups – Baltimore has been showing up in divisional game – 3-0 ATS this year.
Baltimore is a decent team – Cincinnati is a team in shambles. Look for Baltimore to cover in this one.
Cardinals (4-5-1) at Falcons (6-4)
(Opening line: -4 points)
There is a lot going against the Cardinals this week – Coach Bruce Arians was just released from hospital after having some heart issues. They are just 3-7 ATS this year and they haven’t won in Atlanta in 14 years!
Atlanta is just 2-3 in their last five games but they arrive off their bye with an offense that has been firing on all cylinders.
Arizona is a wounded animal right now – take Atlanta’s offense to roll in this one 30-23.
49ers (1-9) at Dolphins (6-4)
(Opening line: Dolphins, -8.5 points)
The Fins are 5-0 SU and ATS in their last five game – impressive. This is a game that puts the terrific Jay Ajayi against the worst rush defense in the game – by a mile.
While I think 8.5 points may be a stretch I think the Dolphins ride their young running back and pull away to add to San Francisco’s woes. Take Miami by 10 or more.
Rams (4-6) at Saints (4-6)
(Opening line: Saints, -6.5 points)
Drew Brees at home versus Jared Goff – pretty easy decision for me especially considering the fact that the Rams have averaged less than 10 points per game in their last four.
I suppose Goff could have a day against the Saints brutal defense but to expect LA to score the 20 points needed to cover the spread is just too much.
The Saints roll here to an easy win!
Giants (7-3) at Browns (0-11)
(Opening line: Giants, -6.5 points)
The Giants should easily roll in this game – Cleveland is that bad!
They have been especially brutal against NFC teams this year losing all three attempts by an average of 18.3 points. The Browns are just 2-9 ATS on the season – there is no reason to think they right the ship this week.
I, like most have zero faith in the Browns – take the Giants by 10 or more here.
Seahawks (7-2-1) at Buccaneers (5-5)
(Opening line: Seahawks, -6 points)
The Seahawks at pretty big favorites on the road this week.
The Bucs played well on the road last week in a win against KC but unfortunately they are just 1-4 SU and ATS at home this season.
Seattle is firing on all cylinders – it is hard to imagine Jameis Winston having any success against Seattle’s defense and it is equally difficult to see Tampa’s defense slowing Seattle’s offense down in this one.
Despite being a road game across country I like the Seahawks to continue their push and to dispatch the Bucs with ease.
Panthers (4-6) at Raiders (8-2)
(Opening line: Raiders, -4.5 points)
The Raiders are now 7-3 ATS this year after their Monday night win and now return home to face a Carolina squad that looks like they will be without their defensive leader – Luke Kuechly.
Add in the fact that Carolina is just 0-3-1 ATS on the road this year and this looks like a good spot for Oakland. The Raiders seem to be finding new ways to win games – expect more of the same Sunday.
Patriots (8-2) at Jets (3-7)
(Opening line: Patriots, -7.5 points)
Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for the Jets Sunday – yay!
That’s how bad the backup QB position is in New York! New England is 8-2 SU and ATS on the year – there is no reason to think New York is any sort of road block for them this week.
The Jets pass defense is absolutely brutal and the offense can’t get anything going at all right now.
The Jets are a mess – the Pats – not so much! Expect New England to run up the score yet again and for there to be more questions in Jets-land Sunday.
Chiefs (7-2) at Broncos (7-3)
(Opening line: Broncos, -3.5 points)
This is an important AFC West pitting Denver’s stout defense against a KC offense that has been awful of late.
It also features two teams with opposite Prime Time records – Denver is 13-1 in their last 14 at night (2-0 this year) while KC is just 1-5 in their last six in Prime Time.
Say what you want about the Broncos but they are 7-3 ATS this year – at home and at night against a struggling team they should cover the 3 points.
My guess is a 17-10 final.
Packers (4-6) at Eagles (5-5)
(Opening line: Eagles, -3 points)
The question is – will the Packers have any healthy bodies on defense? The Pack have lost four straight games (they are 0-3 ATS in the last three) and now face the prospect of taking on an Eagles squad that is 4-0 SU and ATS on home turf this year.
Green Bay has surrendered 38.3 points per game in their last four – I can’t see them being able to score even close to that amount against Philadelphia’s stout defense in this one.
This one could get ugly folks with the Packers ending up with their tails between their legs.
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