Sunday NFL Previews
Okay, so NFL fans can't rely on either the Los Angeles Rams nor the Kansas City Chiefs for their pigskin entertainment here in Week 12 - they both have byes comin' off last Monday's wild/wacky 54-51 win/push by the Rams - but there's still plenty of goodies on the table ..
In NFL Week 12 action on this Sunday, it's ...
NEW ENGLAND (7-3) at NEW YORK JETS (3-7) - 1 p.m. ET, CBS
If you believe the reports, then Patriots' mega-star QB Tom Brady (illness) could be questionable for this matchup in the Meadowlands but not sure we're buying considering New England's up to a 10-point favorite here ... hmmm. The fact of the matter is the Pats have put up some pretty pedestrian numbers this year - they rank 19th in rushing offense / 11th in passing offense - and they do come off a 24-point loss in Tennessee prior to last weekend's bye and so gotta believe NE is in an ornery mood here. No rookie QB Sam Darnold (foot) here for the J-E-T-S who stagger into this AFC East bash on a four-game ATS (against the spread) losing streak and NYJ's scored a grand total of 43 points the past four games.
Spread Note - New England's 10-4 ATS in divisional games the past two-plus seasons.
PITTSBURGH (7-2-1) at DENVER (4-6) - 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Can you believe the last time the Steelers played a regular-season game in the Mile High City was all the way back in Week 1 of the 2012 campaign? They did play in the 2015 playoffs (see Denver 23, Pittsburgh 16) but the bottom line is Mike Tomlin's team is roaring-hot with six wins in a row SU (straight up) and now QB Ben Roethlisberger (3,202 yards passing with 23 TDs and 10 INTs) must overcome that white noise in Denver - expect a suddenly-stingy Steelers defense to bring an extra body or two into the box to stifle RB Philip Lindsay.
Spread Note - Pittsburgh is 5-0-1 versus the vig during this winning streak and overall the Steelers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last half-dozen road tilts.
On Sunday Night, it's ...
GREEN BAY (4-5-1) at MINNESOTA (5-4-1) - 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
The last time these NFC North teams clashed they were fit to be tied ... 29-all apiece back in a kooky Week 2 game at Lambeau Field. Hey, back then both the Vinings and Packer were fresh off Week 1 wins but now there's real desperation in the air for this prime-time matchup. Gotta say that Minny has not exactly gotten a great bang for their buck when it comes to QB Kirk Cousins but he did post a 425-yard, 4-TD game against Green Bay in mid-September and so Mike Zimmer's club is banking on a big showing here but if the Packers - a 3.5-point / standard home-field disadvantage here in the price - are gonna stop the road slide (see 0-5 SU away in 2018) then QB Aaron Rodgers (19 TDs / 1 INT) must be nearly perfect while "reading" where Minny S Harrison Smith is gonna be at all times ... gotta Mr. Rodgers?
Spread Note - Minnesota and Green Bay sit at a dead-even but vig-losing 10-10 ATS in their last 20 head-to-head matchups.
Here's some final NFL Week 12-related goodies to gobble up this holiday weekend ...
Baltimore's failed to cover its last four games;
Indianapolis is 3-0-1 ATS in its last four outings;
Jacksonville is 0-4-2 spreadwise in its last six games;
And Tampa Bay is 1-4-1 ATS in its last six tilts.