Small NFL, Predictions Against Spread Week 12: Chiefs edge Bucs; Eagles stun Seahawks; The Raiders bounce back


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Our choices and forecasts for Week 11 directly and against the spread can be summed up in one word: Bru-tal. The injury effects and last-minute wild finishes didn’t go in the right way, leading to the toughest results of the season.

There’s only one way to overcome what’s happened – focus on doing better with the next set of pig skin predictions. It’s time to stay calm with Sporting News ’weekly football pro forecasts, immersing yourself in every upcoming match.

Week 12 gets a lot of tight lines, starting with two games on Thanksgiving Thursday. Here’s to your health and here’s to being more festive than hungry with choices. This week, we’re saying a bunch of 16 teamless games to say goodbye:

NO LONGER: Week 12 NFL power rankings Œ œ Week 12 picks up right away

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The NFL picks up against the spread for Week 12

Sunday, 8:20 pm ET, NBC

The Chiefs are coming off an exciting, last-minute victory over the Raiders. The Buccaneers started a week soon with a physical game on Monday night against the Rams. This game only comes if you like Patrick Mahomes and his weapons to outdo Tom Brady and his men. At this point, counting against Mahomes is a mistake. He will be under less pressure than Brady and come with another fourth-quarter clutch.

Choose: Chiefs won 31-27 and covered the spread.

Sunday, 8:20 pm ET, NBC

The Packers know they will have Aaron Rodgers rushing into quarterback, trying to compensate for the Colts ’loss by finishing better. The Bears don’t know if they will have Nick Foles, MItchell Trubisky or Tyler Bray at quarterback. Coming off a goodbye helps for a strong Chicago defense, but the offense will cost the distant second-place team in the NFC North another first-round division game.

Choose: The Packers won 27-20 but failed to cover the spread.

Sunday, 1 pm ET, CBS

The Councils are coming off a goodbye and should have their offense revolved around Josh Allen attacking a Chargers secondary that is really struggling. Justin Herbert will duel well, but he will also go into a hostile environment with some climatic concerns on a field trip against a Buffalo defense that can put a lot of pressure on him.

Choose: The Bills won 34-17 and covered the spread.

Monday 8:15 pm ET, ESPN

The Eagles desperately need this game to keep out the even weaker NFC East team pack behind them. They came away with a key win over the 49ers before and got that result here at home in prime time. The Seahawks are much more vulnerable on the defensive road. Wentz uses all his weapons and running style to outdo Russell Wilson with some help from his defense.

Choose: The Eagles won 27-24.

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Sunday, 1 pm ET, CBS

The Dolphins need to get rid of that bad loss against the Broncos and restore the quarterback with Tua Tagovailoa. The good news is that they made a shutout against the Jets the first time. The bad news is that New York seems to be playing with a little more life to prevent it from going away without a win. Miami still wins because of the strength of the defense, but it’s another killer offense to board a team led by former coach Adam Gase.

Choose: The Dolphins won 23-20 but failed to cover the spread.

Sunday, 1 pm ET, Fox

The profile of the Cardinals is very similar to the Texans, who have outscored the Patriots with a running QB and a great pitch playing across the field. Kyler Murray is hard to stop and the Patriots ’seven fronts are not equipped to do so with limited speed. They also had trouble contacting DeAndre Hopkins downfield. The Cardinals defense has a lot of holes, but they took spots to slow down and stop Cam Newton.

Choose: The Cardinals won 27-20 and covered the spread.

Sunday, 1 pm ET, Fox

The Vikings ’defense puts them back in a tough spot in the Cowboys’ loss. They need to get ahead of the game script and get Dalvin Cook to a big advantage. The Panthers ’defense is terrible, so you can bet that Cook will be fed all day to make up for the Dallas experience. Teddy Bridgewater, if he returns from his knee injury as expected, has a good chance for a good “revenge” game, but Cook’s Chunk’s constant run puts this game out of reach at the end.

Choose: The Vikings won 31-24 and covered the spread.

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Sunday, 1 pm ET, CBS

The Titans’ offense woke up with a monster day from Derrick Henry to turn around and knock out the Ravens. The Colts ’powerful defense has a different story, coming out of the confidence of a week 10 beatdown in Nashville. The Titans defense is also not very good and slows down in many ways, while Philip Rivers is suddenly red. It also resonates when Ryan Tannehill falls again.

Choose: Colts win 27-20 and cover the spread.

Sunday, 1 pm ET, CBS

The Browns will not put themselves in this game where time will not be a factor, unlike their past three home games. He tries to rely on a heavy dose of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in the running and short passing games, with a few passes passed in large percentage calculated by Baker Mayfield. The Browns defense rallied around the absence of Myles Garrett last week and will face him again this week, facing Mike Glennon.

Choose: Browns win 30-20 and cover the spread.

Sunday, 1 pm ET, Fox

The Giants get a massive break after the farewell while Daniel Jones has a much better chance of outdueling Brandon Allen on the road to Joe Burrow. The Giants defense is well rested and will go hard after Allen, forcing sacks and mistakes. The Bengals ’defense is ill-equipped to plant any of Jones’ versatile weapons.

Choose: The Giants won 23-17 and covered the spread.

Sunday, 1 pm ET, CBS

The Raiders will kick off that magical loss of Week 11 Mahomes in style with a strong road trip to the NFC South. Derek Carr plays too well to be held back by the Falcons a terrible cover of unstoppable passing back, taking advantage when they flash. Matt Ryan can’t seem to keep his key receivers healthy and now his offensive line and his running back are breaking at the wrong moment for an improved youth defense.

Choose: The Raiders won 31-27 and covered the spread.

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  • Corbi to Steelers (-3, 45)

Sunday, 1:15 pm ET, NBC

The Ravens are heading into this road game that stands out from the devastating loss to the Titans and has new COVID-19 concerns (Mark Ingram, JK Dobbins). Lamar Jackson comes out of a tough home game and the Steelers ’defense doesn’t make things any easier on the road in this rematch. Pittsburgh found its balance and explosiveness last week as Baltimore’s once-dirty defense kept marching everywhere.

Choose: Steelers won 27-20 and covered the spread.

Sunday, 4:05 pm ET, Fox

The 49ers will still have Nick Mullens at the helm of the quarterback but should be healthier in their ability support on the return and wide receiver. Kyle Shanahan and Robert Saleh would have planned the game well during the farewell for a team they managed to beat when they finished in Week 5. With the 49ers resting and the Rams tired from Monday night, look for a tighter rematch of that scheduled at SoFi Stadium.

Choose: Rams win 24-20 but fail to cover the spread.

Sunday, 4:05 pm ET, Fox

Taysom Hill shone in his home debut as a starting quarterback, but now goes to a hostile road environment in the elements, in the country of Mountain West. The Broncos woke up on defense with a good pass and a more respectable defense. They tend to play better at home while the Saints, Drew Brees or not, are not the best team to travel west and out. They survived with the best running game and superior running defense.

Choose: The Saints won 23-20 but failed to cover the spread.

Thursday, 12:30 pm ET, CBS

Texans have Deshaun Watson who cooks with gas with all his receivers wide and also feels like a runner. They have great offensive confidence after having their way with the Patriots. They pull off a weaker defense this week and their running defense will have another break, assuming D’Andre Swift misses another game with a commotion. Houston was more motivated without Bill O’Brien while Detroit is now working on moves with Matt Patricia.

Choose: The Texans won 27-24 and covered the spread.

Result: The Texans won 41-25.

  • Game of the Midweek II: Washington Football Team at Cowboys (-2.5, 46.5)

Thursday, 4:30 pm ET, Fox

Andy Dalton finally played well including Dak Prescott, far from his first effort against Washington. The Cowboys also had their run game with Ezekiel Elliott to help and they also played a more inspired defense against the Vikings. Dalton has more weapons than Alex Smith and Dallas seems to have the season series at home to revive its NFC East chances.

Choose: The Cowboys won 24-20 and covered the spread.

Result: Washington won 41-16.

Weekly Statistics

Week 11 straight: 6-8

Week 11 against diffusion: 4-10

Straight season: 102-58

Season against the spread: 91-67


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