NFL week 12 is here. Picking NFL games straight up is hard enough, but picking against the spread is even tougher. Here are the NFL week 12 picks against the spread. (Spreads are from tallysight.com as of Tuesday afternoon)
Last week: 5-9, Overall: 81-79-1
Houston Texans (-3) at Detroit Lions
Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys (-3)
It is a short week for both teams, but Washington also has to travel across the country for this one. Alex Smith has not played well and the Football Team may not have even beat the Bengals at home if it weren’t for Joe Burrow getting injured.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-9)
As more time goes on, more COVID cases are coming in for the Ravens. The Steelers probably would’ve won without the help, but now they should be able to cover a decent-sized spread as well.
Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills (-5.5)
With how many issues the Chargers have had against good teams this year, the Bills will cover at home. The Chargers’ only wins are against the Bengals, Jaguars and Jets.
Cleveland Browns (-6.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Browns are seemingly hitting their stride and are playing a rundown Jaguars’ team. It may be on the road, but if the Browns stop the run, they will cover easily.
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (-3.5)
These two teams are battling for the top spot in the AFC South, which means this will likely be a tight game. The weather is getting colder, which seems to make Derrick Henry more effective. Tennessee will be able to keep the game within a field goal.
New York Giants (-5.5) at Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati has lost Joe Burrow for the season and there are reports of the locker room being broken. The Giants aren’t good, but they should be able to win and cover against the Bengals in their current state.
Miami Dolphins (-7) at New York Jets
The Dolphins may not have played well against the Broncos, but they are still much better than the Jets, who look hopeless.
Las Vegas Raiders (-3) at Atlanta Falcons
If the Falcons couldn’t even keep up with the Saints, who were playing Taysom Hill at quarterback, how are they supposed to keep up with the Raiders? Jon Gruden has Derek Carr playing really well and the Falcons’ defense won’t be able to put a stop to that.
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings (-4)
The Vikings just dropped a game to the Cowboys, who are absolutely awful this year, while the Panthers shutout the Lions. Carolina will be able to keep the game close, no matter which quarterback is under center this week.
Arizona Cardinals (-2.5) at New England Patriots
Arizona has won games against good teams and dropped some against bad teams. They should be able to cover as long as they can force Cam Newton to beat them with his arm.
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams (-7)
San Francisco still plays hard, but they simply have too many injuries to keep this game against the Rams within a touchdown.
New Orleans Saints (-5.5) at Denver Broncos
There is something about playing in Denver, even without a full stadium, that makes things tougher. Denver will keep it close with New Orleans playing Taysom Hill playing quarterback.
Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers are coming off a short week where they lost to the Rams. Kansas City looks unstoppable at this point and will be too much for the Bucs to keep up with.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-9)
Chicago doesn’t even know which quarterback will be starting this week. Green Bay will be able to beat the Bears by a few scores on Sunday Night Football.
Seattle Seahawks (-5.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles look awful right now and the quarterback play is part of the reason why. Carson Wentz is getting sacked and throwing too many interceptions. Seattle hasn’t been playing their best football, but beating the Eagles by a touchdown shouldn’t be too hard.
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