NFL Week 12 odds: Making a case for the underdogsBy Matt Verderame
NFL Week 12 kicks off with the Texans VS the Colts on Thursday Night Football. We examine all the underdogs in NFL Week 12.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (-4)
Indianapolis won the first game between these two and could be getting T.Y. Hilton just in time. This is a very even game, despite Houston having the better quarterback.
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-9.5)
Carolina won’t win, but it could cover. The Panthers are surely humiliated after losing 29-3 at home to the Falcons. Look for a terrific effort, especially from the defense. Don’t forget how well Carolina played in Lambeau a few weeks ago.
Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills (-4.5)
The Broncos almost pulled an upset win over the Vikings on Sunday, who are much more talented than the Bills. Denver has the defense to keep this tight.
Detroit Lions (-3.5) at Washington Redskins
The Redskins are at home and the Lions are probably starting Jeff Driskel. That’s the argument.
Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns (-11)
The Dolphins have been playing hard lately, winning two of their last three. Miami isn’t good, but the Browns are 4-6 and now have to deal with this Myles Garrett nonsense. Tough spot to win by 11 points in.
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New York Giants at Chicago Bears (-6.5)
The Giants are seeing either Mitchell Trubisky and his bad hip or Chase Daniel. Either way, the Bears can’t score. New York is terrible, but it shouldn’t be getting 6.5 points here.
Oakland Raiders (-3) at New York Jets
The Jets win this game outright. New York has played much better the past two weeks, and this is the ultimate trap game for Oakland. The Raiders have to come across the country and play the lowly Jets before an AFC West at Arrowhead Stadium. Love Gang Green here.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-7) at Cincinnati Bengals
There’s no case to be made for a win, but the Steelers have scored only seven offensive touchdowns in their past five games. Cincinnati could do enough to cover.
Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles (-2)
The Seahawks are the better team, and are coming off a bye week. There’s real reason to believe Russell Wilson torches Philadelphia’s bad secondary.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-4)
The Buccaneers are the biggest wild card in the NFL. If Jameis Winston dines’t throw four interceptions like he did last week, Tampa Bay should cover.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-3)
The Jaguars and Titans are basically the same team. Take the points.
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots (-6)
Dirtiest secret in the NFL? The Patriots can’t score. Dallas can, and will. Might not win, but the Cowboys should cover.
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (-3)
The Packers have a massive advantage at quarterback and are coming off a bye. Plus, Aaron Rodgers gets to go home and face the team that snubbed in the draft many moons ago.
Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) at Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are desperate and at home. Baltimore has to travel across the country and frankly, is due for a stinker. Every NFL team has a few.