NFL Week 12 2022: A case for each favorite
It’s time to look at the NFL Week 12 odds, and make our best case for why each favorite covers in pursuit of another victory.
Buffalo Bills (-9) at Detroit Lions
Buffalo has one of the league’s best offenses, while the Lions are dead last defensively in most metrics.
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-9)
The Cowboys went to MetLife Stadium earlier this year in primetime and handled the Giants with Cooper Rush under center. With Dak Prescott, Dallas is a contender.
New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings (-3)
After losing 40-3 to the Cowboys on Sunday, the Vikings should be out for blood. The good news? They get Mac Jones, who has been a bottom-five quarterback this season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3) at Cleveland Browns
The Bucs are coming ff their bye week and getting a 3-7 Browns team which is ready to roll over and start thinking about the draft.
Cincinnati Bengals (-1.5) at Tennessee Titans
Cincinnati is the much more desperate team here. Tennessee is rolling to the AFC South crown while the Bengals are simply fighting for the playoffs. Also, the Bengals have a better roster.
Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins (-12)
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Chicago Bears at New York Jets (-4.5)
New York has all kinds of issues at quarterback, but the rest of the team is actually good, particularly the defense. With Justin Fields banged up, Chicago could be in real trouble.
Atlanta Falcons at Washington Commanders (-4)
The Commanders are 4-1 with Taylor Heinicke starting this season, while the Falcons just lost tight end Kyle Pitts for the year with a torn MCL.
Denver Broncos (-2.5) at Carolina Panthers
Somebody has to win — as Nathaniel Hackett would say — and at some point, it’ll be the Broncos.
Baltimore Ravens (-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Ravens catch Jacksonville off a bye, but Baltimore is the superior team with better talent in all three phases.
Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5) at Arizona Cardinals
Arizona looks fried after being blown out by the Niners, and now has to host the desperate Chargers on a short week.
Las Vegas Raiders at Seattle Seahawks (-3.5)
The Raiders get the Seahawks off a bye, with Seattle understanding it has to win or face the likelihood of falling out of a first-place tie in the NFC West.
Los Angeles Rams at Kansas City Chiefs (-14.5)
Nothing has gone right for the Rams this season, and the Chiefs are in the midst of a four-game winning streak as they continue to roll towards another division title.
New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers (-8)
Getting healthy and loaded on both sides of the ball, the 49ers might be a top-five team in the NFL. The Saints, decidedly, are not.
Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles (-7)
The Packers are toast, and the Eagles are gearing up for a run at the NFC’s top seed.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5)
Neither team can move the ball, but the Colts are at home and have shown signs of life under interim head coach Jeff Saturday.