I hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving festivities (and the 3 football games), but it is time to refocus on the NFL week 12 slate.
Below you will find your preview for the marquee matchups this week…..
Buffalo (6-5) @ Philadelphia (9-1) 4:25 PM EST:
The biggest game of the week features an out of conference matchup between two of the best teams…… on paper.
Obviously, the Bills are yet to really hit their stride this season, but a big win over the Jets last week does bring some confidence heading into this one.
They go up against arguably the NFL’s hottest, and best team – the Philadelphia Eagles.
Philly had a HUGE win last time out away from home against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Can the Eagles keep the momentum going back on home turf?
Interestingly, the line is only Philadelphia -3.5, which seems low considering Buffalo’s struggles.
For Buffalo to win they will have to take care of the ball, and avoid the slow starts that have plagued them all season.
Jacksonville (7-3) @ Houston (6-4) 1:00 PM EST:
Who would have thought this game would have such high stakes at this point in the season?
Houston has been one of the surprises of the season behind rookie sensation C.J. Stroud.
Amazingly, if the Texans win, they will be tied for 1st place in the AFC South.
In their way is the solid Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jags are like the Lions of the AFC – bad for years, now good, but not feared.
Jacksonville is well on its way to a playoff appearance and a win here would really put them in the driver’s seat.
The Jags come in as a -1.5 favorite in a crucial contest.
Baltimore (8-3) @ Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) 8:15 PM EST:
There is A LOT on the line for the Chargers in this one.
Is head coach Brandon Staley fighting for his job?
Let’s put it this way, he does not want to lose, and find out he is no longer the coach of the Chargers.
My guess is come next season a new man will be coaching Los Angeles – there has been a real lack of success relative to the talent at their disposal.
Regardless, they get to face off against the Baltimore Ravens, who currently have the best record in the AFC.
Look for Baltimore to try and control the game with their balanced attack.
The run game will be especially key in this one – the Chargers have a terrible run defense.
Baltimore comes in as a -3.5 favorite in this important clash.
Kansas City (7-3) @ Las Vegas (5-6) 4:25 PM EST:
Are the Raiders doing their thing where they have a terrible start to the season followed by a late season surge that sneaks them into the playoffs?
Usually you can count on that happening at least once every three years.
Don’t look now but Las Vegas has won two of the last three…..
Of course, they now have to face a Chiefs team that just lost a big game at home to the Eagles.
KC will look to use this one as a bounce back as they look to regain control of the best record in the AFC.
Patrick Mahomes and company will need to be better in the second half if they really want to start racking up the wins.
If anyone deserves the benefit of the doubt it is Mahomes, so don’t be shocked if the Chiefs cover the spread at -9.
New Orleans (5-5) @ Atlanta (4-6) 1:00 PM EST:
Even though neither one of these teams qualifies as “great” this game does have significance.
The NFC South is the worst division in the NFL, but per the rules of the league the winner of each division must make the playoffs and host a game.
The winner of this one will be in pole position to win the division…..
So who has the edge?
MAYBE New Orleans?
This is arguably a true toss up.
The Saints have been SLIGHTLY better than the Falcons through their first 10 games, but this is also a road game.
Vegas currently has New Orleans as -1.5 favorite, so look for this one to come down to the 4th quarter.