Week 12 of the NFL season is here, and all 32 teams are in action this weekend. There are still some teams that have byes scheduled later in the year, but there are no teams on bye this weekend.
Thanksgiving week also means that there are three games on Thursday, and it will kick off an exciting weekend of football. Playoff races are heating up in each conference, and each game is important to every team in playoff position.
This Week 12 betting overview will highlight all 16 games taking place this weekend and will give a betting pick for each game.
The first game on Thanksgiving Day will feature the 4-6 Detroit Lions hosting the 3-7 Houston Texans. Neither of these teams will be making the 2020 NFL Playoffs, but this should be one of the more competitive games in Week 12.
Houston is coming off a huge win over the New England Patriots in Week 11, and this team is trending in the right direction. Quarterback Deshaun Watson has thrown for more than 2,800 yards this season, but he needs more help as the season goes along.
Detroit was shut out in a 20-0 Week 11 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Lions are dealing with several injuries on offense, and the team's defense has been a disaster all season long.
The Houston Texans feel like the right pick in this game, but the Lions are used to playing on Thanksgiving Day. Take the +2.5 points, but don't be surprised if the Lions come away with an upset win at home on Thursday.
A pair of 3-7 teams are set to meet up on Thursday afternoon in one of the best rivalry games in the National Football League. Both the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys still have a chance to win the NFC East this season despite a terrible record.
Washington has trouble moving the ball on offense, but its defensive line has been dominant all season long. The Washington Football Team held the Cincinnati Bengals to just nine points in Week 11, and that unit will have to carry the load on Thursday.
The Cowboys are the worst defensive team in the NFL, but they have many weapons on offense. Dallas put up 31 points in a win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11, and veteran quarterback Andy Dalton brings stability to this offense.
These two teams do not like each other, and that should make for a great matchup on Thursday. Dallas has more weapons on offense, and that will allow the Cowboys to cover the three-point spread.
AFC North rivals will collide on Thursday night when the 10-0 Pittsburgh Steelers host the 6-4 Baltimore Ravens. Pittsburgh is looking for the top overall seed in the AFC, while Baltimore is just trying to sneak into the playoff field.
Baltimore is now dealing with COVID-19 concerns as running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram tested positive on Monday. The Ravens are the top rushing team in the NFL but are the second-worst passing team in the league.
The Steelers just continue to pile up wins, and their defense has done most of the heavy lifting. Pittsburgh is allowing less than 18 points per game, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the passing attack can get things done as well.
This should be a terrific battle, but the Ravens just have too many questions. Take the Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.0) over the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.
The 6-4 Arizona Cardinals are slight favorites over the 4-6 New England Patriots on Sunday in what could be an interesting game. Both teams are fighting for a playoff spot in their respective conferences, and this game is a must-win for each team.
Arizona suffered a disappointing loss in Seattle in Week 11, but the Cardinals have still had a great year. Quarterback Kyler Murray has thrown for more than 2,600 yards this season, and he is also a weapon in the running game.
The Patriots are dealing with a ton of adversity, and quarterback Cam Newton just continues to come up short. New England should put up a solid defensive effort in this game, but it must find a way to score points.
Arizona is a much more complete team, and it will go on the road and cover the 2.5-point spread in this one.
The 4-6 Minnesota Vikings host the 4-7 Carolina Panthers in what should be an interesting matchup in the NFC. This game will likely feature Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater heading back to Minnesota to face his former team in the Vikings.
Bridgewater missed the Panthers' Week 11 matchup, but Carolina still picked up a 20-0 win over the Detroit Lions. The Panthers will be without running back Christian McCaffrey, and that will have a big impact on this game.
Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins has thrown for 2,461 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, but the Vikings want to run the ball. Running back Dalvin Cook leads the league with 1,069 rushing yards through 10 games.
The Vikings are having a disappointing season, but they find a way to get it done on Sunday in covering the 4.5-point spread against the Panthers.
The 1-9 Jacksonville Jaguars will host the 7-3 Cleveland Browns in an AFC showdown on Sunday in Week 12. Cleveland looks like a Super Bowl contender in the AFC, while the Jaguars have now lost nine straight games.
Cleveland continues to struggle to throw the ball, but it is the second-best rushing team in the league. The Browns still need more from quarterback Baker Mayfield, but he has been doing just enough.
Jacksonville has been without quarterback Gardner Minshew over the last two weeks, and it has really killed this offense. Running back James Robinson has run for 762 yards and five touchdowns, but the Jaguars have a number of holes.
Don't expect this game to be close for long as the Browns cruise to victory and easily cover the spread.
The 6-4 Las Vegas Raiders head on the road to Atlanta to take on the 3-7 Falcons on Sunday in what is an important game for both teams. Las Vegas is trying to find a way to sneak into the AFC playoffs this season, while the Falcons are hoping to turn things around.
Las Vegas nearly pulled off a second straight win over the Kansas City Chiefs before falling by a score of 35-31 in Week 11. The Raiders are led by running back Josh Jacobs, who has run for 755 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown for 2,978 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, and Atlanta can really put points on the board. The problem has been on the defensive side of the ball, and that will be an issue in this game.
Las Vegas is a much more complete team, and it finds a way to win this game and cover the three-point spread on the road.
The 7-3 Buffalo Bills will host the 3-7 Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday in a battle of two of the top young quarterbacks in the league. Los Angeles is trying to build for the future while the Bills look to be a Super Bowl contender this season.
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is likely the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year this season, but he hasn't gotten a ton of help. Los Angeles is just 1-4 on the road this season, and playing in Buffalo is no easy task.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen has thrown for 2,871 yards and 21 touchdowns this season, and Buffalo loves to throw the football. The defense in Buffalo is also full of young talent, and the Bills will make life difficult for Herbert and the Chargers offense.
The 0-10 New York Jets will be looking for their first win when they host the 6-4 Miami Dolphins on Sunday in the Meadowlands. These are two AFC East rivals, and records get thrown out the door when these two teams square off.
Miami rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was benched in a Week 11 loss to the Denver Broncos, but he will be back under center in this game. The Dolphins have gotten great play from their defense of late, and that will need to continue in this game.
The Jets have an absolute mess on their hands, and both sides of the ball have struggled. Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco has played well this season, but the Jets just don't have enough weapons to win games.
Look for the Dolphins to get things figured out on Sunday as they cover the 5.5-point spread in a win.
The New York Giants will travel to Cincinnati this weekend to take on the Bengals in a battle of two teams that are looking to the future. New York enters play with a 3-7 record, while the Bengals are just 2-7-1 on the season.
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has thrown for 2,122 yards and eight touchdowns this season, and he also leads the Giants in rushing. The defense of the Giants has been much improved, and that unit could take over this game.
Cincinnati will be without rookie quarterback Joe Burrow after he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 11. Burrow was the lone bright spot for this team, and the rest of the season could be a disaster.
The loss of Burrow will allow the Giants to cruise to victory and cover the five-point spread in this game.
AFC South rivals will collide on Sunday when the 7-3 Indianapolis Colts host the 7-3 Tennessee Titans. The Colts defeated the Titans by a score of 34-17 just two weeks ago in a game that was played in Tennessee.
Tennessee running back Derrick Henry has run for 1,079 yards this season, but he was quiet in the first meeting against the Colts. The Titans also have a talented group of receivers, and they will need to show up in this game.
The Colts are led by their defense, and that unit has completely shut down opposing passing games. Indianapolis will need quarterback Philip Rivers to play well on Sunday if they want to sweep the Titans.
Look for the Titans to get some revenge on Sunday as they beat the Colts and take over first place in the AFC South.
The 8-2 New Orleans Saints will be in Denver on Sunday for a matchup with the 4-6 Broncos. Denver has always been a tough place for opponents to play, but it is now much easier without fans in attendance.
The Saints are now without quarterback Drew Brees, but that didn't slow them down in Week 11. Taysom Hill had a pair of rushing touchdowns in that win, and the Saints still have a ton of offensive weapons.
Denver picked up a big win over Miami in Week 11, but this team still struggles to score points. The Broncos do have a dynamic duo of running backs in Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon, but the team needs a better passing attack.
Denver will keep this game close, but New Orleans is not losing this one. Bet the New Orleans Saints -5.5 over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
NFC West rivals collide when the 7-3 Los Angeles Rams host the 4-6 San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco won the NFC a season ago, but it looks like it might be the Rams' turn this season.
The Niners are dealing with a ton of injuries, and it's hard to know who will be on the field for this team. San Francisco still features a dominant defense, but the offense has been a mess.
Los Angeles just picked up a huge win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, and this team has a ton of momentum. The Rams can score in a hurry, and their defense is great at getting after the quarterback.
The Rams stay hot as they roll to a victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
The reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs will be in Florida on Sunday for a matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kansas City enters this game with a 9-1 record, while Tampa Bay is now 7-4.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown for more than 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns this season, but this team is loaded with weapons. Kansas City also has a dominant defense that will play an important role in this game.
Tampa Bay suffered a loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football, and quarterback Tom Brady struggled in that game. The Buccaneers have a ton of offensive weapons, but this team just continues to come up short in big games.
This has the potential to be a Super Bowl preview, but the Buccaneers have some work to do to reach that game. The Bucs will continue to slide on Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs cover the small spread and win this game.
NFC North rivals meet on Sunday night when the 5-5 Chicago Bears take on the 7-3 Green Bay Packers. Chicago has now lost four straight games while the Packers are coming off a disappointing loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11.
Chicago has one of the best defensive units in the entire NFL, but its offense just continues to struggle. The Bears could go back to Mitchell Trubisky under center in this matchup, and that could give the offense a spark to keep this one close.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown for almost 3,000 yards this season, and receiver Davante Adams has 10 touchdown receptions. Green Bay struggles at times on defense, but this offense is good enough to bail it out.
Even though this is a rivalry game, don't expect this one to be close. Take the Packers -8.0 over the Chicago Bears in a blowout on Sunday night.
The 3-6-1 Philadelphia Eagles will host the 7-3 Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football to wrap up the Week 12 slate. Both teams were playoff teams a season ago, and this could be a potential playoff preview this season.
Seattle has struggled a bit of late, but quarterback Russell Wilson continues to shine. Wilson has thrown 30 touchdown passes, and the Seahawks will try to win this game with their offense.
The Eagles are in a complete tailspin, and quarterback Carson Wentz has really struggled through the first 10 games. Philadelphia does have a dominant defensive line, but that unit needs some help from the offense.
This game won't be close for long as the Seahawks make quick work of the Eagles. Take the Seattle Seahawks -5.0 over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.
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