It’s that time of the year. Good food, quality family time, and three NFL games on a Thursday. Week 12 of the NFL regular season is here. Things are wide open in pretty much all divisions, especially in the AFC. On the other hand, the Detroit Lions remain winless but will have a great opportunity to change that on Thanksgiving.
I know I’m thankful for another week of the best sports league in the world. We already have the Week 12 odds fully loaded. Be sure to check ‘em and pick your favorites!
NFL Week 12 Preview
Week 12 kicks off on Thursday, as usual, but we won’t have to wait until night. Thanksgiving football’s long tradition will involve six teams, meaning there will be action throughout the entire day.
Sunday’s menu includes two MVP candidates colliding in Indianapolis and several divisional matchups. Monday Night will be Russell Wilson’s return to prime time.
The NFL Week 12 odds are ready and waiting as we look through each game. Keep in mind that the Arizona Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs will be “enjoying” their bye week. That’s another thing to be thankful for, only three more weeks for no more teams on bye.
NFL Games of the Week
Chicago Bears (-3½)
Detroit LionsThursday, November 25th
What a great opportunity for the Detroit Lions (0-9-1). Jared Goff remains questionable, but he wants to play. It would be a huge improvement for the offense after Tim Boyle’s performance in Week 11. He threw for 77 yards and two interceptions against the Cleveland Browns.
Running back D’Andre Swift took advantage of Goff’s absence to carry the load and prove he belongs to the elite. He ran for 136 yards and one touchdown. That was the third time they lost by three points or less. They’re getting closer!
Detroit is 5-12 against the spread in its last 17 games played in November.
The Chicago Bears (3-7) are most likely to face the Lions with Andy Dalton under center. Rookie Justin Fields sustained a rib injury in Week 11 and remains questionable. Dalton did a good job against the Baltimore Ravens (201 yards, two touchdowns), so maybe isn’t a bad change.
Defensively, they’ll be without Khalil Mack, who recently made it into the injury reserved list.
The Bears are 6-1 straight up in their last seven games against the Lions.
Las Vegas Raiders
Dallas Cowboys (-7½)Thursday, November 25th
The Dallas Cowboys (7-3) will play host to the Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) in a crucial match for both. The Cowboys could increase their lead atop the NFC East. The Raiders need to win to keep pressuring the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Amari Cooper won’t be available, but the Cowboys expect CeeDee Lamb to be ready. Otherwise, expect Ezekiel Elliott to carry the load offensively. Dalton Schultz and Michael Gallup would be Dak Prescott’s main targets through the air.
Dallas is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games at AT&T Stadium.
The Raiders lost their last three games in a row by a combined score of 96-43. It’s clear they need to improve on both ends. Offensively, Josh Jacobs needs to be more efficient when carrying the ball. Defensively, they need to cause more errors.
Some good news is that Darren Waller had a monster game in Week 11 with seven receptions for 116 yards. They need him to play at his best more than ever.
The total has gone over in 11 of the Raiders’ last 15 games when playing as the underdog.
Buffalo Bills (-4½)
New Orleans SaintsThursday, November 25th
The Buffalo Bills (6-4) and New Orleans Saints (5-5) will try to get back into the winning column. The Bills already lost first place in the AFC East, while the Saints are falling behind in the NFC South.
Buffalo suffered an embarrassing loss in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts. The good news is that Dawson Knox is back, and Matt Breida played well enough to become the starting RB. More weapons for Josh Allen to lead them to the Super Bowl.
The Bills are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games against an opponent from the NFC.
Trevor Siemian isn’t a bad QB, but he’s not elite. The Saints need to find a more reliable backup. I’m not sure Jameis Winston is better but at least with him they were winning. They also suffered an embarrassing loss in Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
They also need Alvin Kamara back. The RB missed the last two games with a knee injury, greatly limiting the repertoire of the offense.
The Saints are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games at home.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-2½)
Indianapolis ColtsSunday, November 28th
This is the MVP candidate’s matchup I previously mentioned. I’m talking about Tom Brady and Jonathan Taylor. Brady had another 300-yards game in Week 11, while Taylor scored five total touchdowns. Both deserve to be in the conversation.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) are favorites over the Indianapolis Colts (6-5) due to experience. Brady, Mike Evans, Leonard Fournette, Rob Gronkowski, and possibly Antonio Brown. That offensive core is better than the Colts’ core, except for the RB position, of course.
Defensively, Indianapolis’ unit just limited Josh Allen and the Bills to 15 points. They allowed less than 20 points in their last two games.
Antonio Brown is expected to be back, The Buccaneers have missed him on short routes. On the other hand, T.Y. Hilton is expected to be more involved in the Colts’ game plan.
The total has gone over in five of Indianapolis’ last six games against Tampa Bay.
New York Jets
Houston Texans (-3)Sunday, November 28th
Mike White’s magic lasted one game. The New York Jets (2-8) trusted Joe Flacco to lead the way in Week 11. They still lost, but the veteran threw for 291 yards, two touchdowns and no mistakes. If rookie Zach Wilson doesn’t return, expect to see Flacco again under center.
The Jets will collide with the Houston Texans (2-8) without the support of rookie RB Michael Carter. He won’t be available for the next two or three weeks due to a mild high ankle sprain. Tevin Coleman should become their No. 1 runner.
New York is 0-6 ATS in its last six games on the road.
Believe it or not, the Texans beat the Tennessee Titans in Week 11. They did it 22-13 thanks to a solid performance from Tyrod Taylor, who ran for two touchdowns. They finally ran the ball more than 30 times and paid off.
Chris Conley, Brandin Cooks, and Danny Amendola have the potential to become a very dangerous receiving trio. They just need to be more consistent.
The total has gone under in four of Houston’s last five games against an opponent from the AFC East.
Philadelphia Eagles (-3½)
New York GiantsSunday, November 28th
Watch out for the Philadelphia Eagles (5-6). They won their last two games scoring 30+ points. Jalen Hurts has become a real dual-threat QB. He scored three rushing touchdowns in Week 11 while also throwing for 147 yards.
Dallas Goedert’s confidence is up to the roof after signing a new lucrative contract. DeVonta Smith finished with 60+ receiving yards in each of their last three games. The Cowboys still sit in the NFC East first place, but the Eagles could be a very dangerous Wild Card.
Philadelphia is 8-1 SU in its last nine games against the New York Giants.
Speaking about the Giants (3-7), Daniel Jones and company need to figure something out as soon as possible. They scored less than 20 points in three of their last five games. Saquon Barkley returned in Week 11 but didn’t look like himself.
Rookie WR Kadarius Toney is questionable to face the Eagles. Sterling Shepard could be back to replace him.
The Giants are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games played in November.
Carolina Panthers (-1½)
Miami DolphinsSunday, November 28th
Cam Newton is back but the Carolina Panthers (5-6) just keep losing. Most recently, they lost 27-21 to the Washington Football Team despite Newton scoring three total touchdowns. The good news is that Christian McCaffrey played his second consecutive game and remains healthy.
I don’t think Sam Darnold will get back the starting job. Newton completed at least one pass to six different receivers and can run the ball like an elite RB. Receiver DJ Moore, 50 yards and one touchdown in Week 11, is very happy to have him back.
Carolina is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games on the road.
The “renewed” Panthers will pay a visit to a highly confident Miami Dolphins team. Yes, they’re 4-7 but have won their last three in a row. Tua Tagovailoa threw for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Week 11. Myles Gaskin ran the ball 23 times and finished with 89 yards.
Miami’s becoming a well-balanced team. Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki have had a great season. Both have taken advantage of Davante Parker and Will Fuller not playing due to injury. Both veterans remain questionable.
The Dolphins are 2-6 SU in their last eight games played in Week 12.
New England Patriots (-5½)Sunday, November 28th
The perfect match to finally figure out which team’s the real deal. The Tennessee Titans own the best record (8-3) in the AFC. However, the New England Patriots (7-4) won their last five games in a row.
Tennessee really missed Derrick Henry in Week 11. Adrian Peterson led the team with 40 rushing yards in nine attempts. That’s Henry’s production in one quarter. Also, Ryan Tannehill threw four interceptions. If they want to have a chance against the Patriots, they need to polish their game plan.
The Titans are 1-6 SU in their last seven games when playing on the road against New England.
Rookie QB Mac Jones doesn’t have stunning numbers, but he’s a natural leader and a great game administrator. Besides, the Patriots own a great defensive unit and two great running backs in Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris.
Nelson Agholor, believe it or not, has become a reliable WR. Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers have done a good job as well but need to be more consistent.
The total has gone over in five of New England’s last seven games.
Cincinnati Bengals (-3½)Sunday, November 28th
Ben Roethlisberger returned and played one of his best games, but the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4-1) still managed to lose. The veteran QB threw for 273 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. However, the defense couldn’t stop the Los Angeles Chargers’ prolific offense.
More good news for the Steelers because WR Chase Claypool also returned and had a good game. He finished with five receptions for 93 yards. Having Big Ben and Claypool back prior to such an important divisional matchup is crucial.
Pittsburgh is 12-6 ATS in its last 18 games against an opponent from the AFC.
The Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) really took advantage of their Week 10 bye to polish their game plan. They crushed the Las Vegas Raiders 32-13 in Week 11 led by RB Joe Mixon, who finished with 123 yards and two touchdowns.
Joe Burrow had a quiet game, but he and rookie Ja’Marr Chase blended for another touchdown. They’ve become one of the most dangerous QB-WR duos in the league.
The Bengals are 3-6 ATS in their last nine games when playing as the favorite.
Atlanta Falcons (-1)
Jacksonville JaguarsSunday, November 28th
The Atlanta Falcons’ (4-6) offense is a mess. They scored three total points in their last two games. They really missed Cordarrelle Patterson in Week 11. The WR/RB is expected to be back after a long week in recovery.
One of Atlanta’s problems has been the running game. They haven’t been able to figure things out in the backfield. Qadree Ollison led the team against the Patriots with 9 attempts and 34 yards. I don’t blame you if you just did a quick search to find out who Qadree Ollison is.
Atlanta is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games played on a Sunday.
Good thing for them they’ll be facing the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8). The victory isn’t assured, but at least they’ve a chance. Trevor Lawrence isn’t a bad QB, but he needs more time to adapt to the NFL. He also needs more talent around him. James Robinson has become a reliable RB, but he can’t do it all.
Bad news for the Jaguars because Jamal Agnew will miss the rest of the season due to a hip injury. He was becoming a dual-threat menace for opposing teams.
The Jaguars are 2-11 SU in their last 13 games at home.
Los Angeles Chargers (-2½)
Denver BroncosSunday, November 28th
Austin Ekeler put the league on notice with a four-touchdown performance in Week 11. That allowed the Los Angeles Chargers (6-4) to remain in the divisional title race. They’re one game behind the Kansas City Chiefs.
Justin Herbert, Keenan Allen, and Mike Williams also had a monster game, showing how scary this offense can be. Defensively, Joey Bosa is back, but he’s going to need some time to get back into beast mode.
The Chargers are 1-7 SU in their last eight games when playing on the road against the Broncos.
Denver (5-5) will be back after “enjoying” its bye week. They’re in a must win situation, at least if they want to remain in the race as well. The QB debate is still going at Mile High, but it looks like Teddy Bridgewater will be under center once again.
The Broncos will activate Bradley Chubb from injured reserve, but Garrett Boles is questionable. Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick signed a new multi-year deal, expect them to be highly motivated.
The total has gone under in four of Denver’s last five games. Whoever loses this AFC West matchup will need some help to be in the postseason.
Los Angeles Rams
Green Bay Packers (pk)Sunday, November 28th
Aaron Rodgers vs Aaron Donald. Cooper Kupp vs Davante Adams. That’s what the Los Angeles Rams vs Green Bay Packers will offer us.
The Rams will be coming back from their bye week. They’re in a must win situation after the Arizona Cardinals won again to sit atop the NFC West. They lost their previous two games with a combined score of 59-26. The bye week came at a perfect time.
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in their last five road games.
The Packers suffered a heartbreaking loss against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11. Rodgers threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough. AJ Dillon was the starting RB and finished with 97 total yards. Aaron Jones remains questionable towards Sunday.
The total has gone over in five of Green Bay’s last seven games against an opponent from the NFC West. Expect that trend to continue, the Rams average 27.1 points per game, while the Packers average 22.5.
Minnesota Vikings (-3)
San Francisco 49ersSunday, November 28th
The Minnesota Vikings (5-5) woke up in Week 11 to score 34 points. Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen had a great performance. It’s hard to stop them when the four of them are synchronized.
Minnesota needs to keep winning to keep the divisional title hopes alive. Right now, they could be considered a dangerous Wild Card. However, if they manage to become a consistent team they could be upgraded to real menace.
The Vikings are 1-10 SU in their last 11 games when playing on the road against the 49ers.
San Francisco won its last two games while scoring 30+ points and allowing only 10 points in each one. With Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle healthy, the 49ers can become a real problem.
Defensively, Nick Bosa just keeps remembering everyone he’s an elite player. He finished Week 11 with two sacks.
The 49ers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games played on a Sunday.
Cleveland Browns (-4)
Baltimore RavensSunday, November 28th
What a great AFC North matchup to close out Sunday’s action. Well, that’s if Lamar Jackson returns, if not, forget about the word great. The speedy QB missed Week 11 and Tyler Huntley threw for 219 yards and one interception.
Baltimore managed to win because it was against the Chicago Bears. Also, because they’ve one of the best kickers in the league. Justin Tucker scored three field goals to seal the deal.
The Ravens are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games when playing at home against the Browns.
Cleveland barely beat the Detroit Lions in Week 11. Nick Chubb led the way with 144 total yards and one touchdown. With Odell Beckham Jr. gone, the No. 1 receiver job is still up for grabs. Jarvis Landry is the favorite, but don’t sleep on Rashard Higgins.
Myles Garret is having a great season. Enough to be considered among the favorites to win Defensive Player of the Year. If Jackson returns, it’s going to be a great personal matchup.
The Browns are 5-1 SU in their last six games played in November.
Seattle Seahawks (pk)
Washington Football TeamMonday, November 29th
Russell Wilson is back, but it seems like he left his talents at home. The veteran QB hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since coming back (two games). The Seattle Seahawks (3-7) sit in the NFC West last place.
If Wilson doesn’t get his powers back soon, Seattle will be competing for getting the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Chris Carson is expected to return, that would be a huge boost for the offense.
The Seahawks are 2-4 ATS in their last six games when playing on the road against the Washington Football Team.
Washington will be welcoming the Seahawks after getting back into the winning column in Week 11. That means their confidence will be up to the roof. Taylor Heinicke threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns, proving he’s here to stay.
Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic are two very reliable runners. Expect them to shine on Monday Night against a weak defense.
The total has gone over in five of Washington’s last seven games against an opponent from the NFC.
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