The copious amounts of Turkey has been eaten and the (food) hangover is slowly wearing off. As such it’s back to a Sunday schedule of football to look forward to. Below you will find our expert predictions on the top NFL game week 12 matches. We look at the key fixtures on the American Football calendar and give you insight into our score predictions as well as tips and picks on featured games. Be sure to check here every week for our latest information on NFL odds and betting. With the last games of November taking place we see some important divisional matchups that will surely have a bearing on the playoff picture come the end of the season. With teams looking to bounce back from defeats and the Panthers and Seahawks meeting in a winner takes all matchup, week 12 promises to produce some great games this Sunday. Read on to see our moneyline predictions together with some tips on the spread and total points for all of the NFL games this week.
Arguably the biggest game of week 12 sees the rejuvenated Seahawks travel to the Bank of America stadium to take on a Panthers team which has just gone off the boil at a critical part of the seasonr. The 5-5 Hawks know that anything but a win and their thin chances of sneaking into the playoffs via the wild card is all but over. Ron Riviera’s troops are only one game ahead, on 6-4, and are looking for a win that will simultaneously improve their standing and also knock off a potential rival. The Panthers are undefeated at home so far this season, but are coming off 2 recent defeats which have stalled their progress and ended their hopes of staying with the red hot Saints. In what is likely to be a close encounter we think Carolina will edge the contest and look to use the versatile Christian McCaffrey out of the back field. Cam Newton will need to take care of the football and let his defence slow down and contain Russell Wilson, who interestingly has won his last 3 games in Charlotte. Will he make it 4?
What a season Andrew Luck is having, when some were questioning if he would return to the Colts team after his injury. With some elite quarterbacks lighting up the league already this year, it is testament to Lucks performances so far that analysts are mentioning Andrew Luck as an MVP candidate. Miami on the other hand is set to welcome back its franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill who has missed a number of recent games due to a shoulder injury. Both teams come into Week 12 on a 5-5 record, but have contrasting feelings ahead of the matchup. The Colts are casting opponents aside and on an impressive 4 game win streak, whilst the Dolphins have lost 3 of the last 4 – with the only win against the Jets before their bye week. Luck has plenty of time to look for receivers due to the great protection from his offensive line and has not been sacked in his last 214 pass attempts (that is not a typo). The Miami defence cannot seem to stop the run and that, together with the fact they average less than 20 points a game, sees the Dolphins somewhat flattered by their 5-5 standing. We expect the Colts winning streak to continue at home and Luck to have a field day against a Miami pass rush which despite Cam Wake averages less than 2 sacks a game. With the winner of the game moving to 6-5 on the season it certainly can have importance as the playoff picture starts to shake up in the coming weeks.
With the Bears on a 5 game winning streak and seeming to have the NFC North locked up, this game has significance for both teams who are in the hunt for an NFC playoff place. In a repeat of the Week 2 matchup which ended in a draw after overtime, the stakes couldn’t be higher in this Week 12 clash. Green Bay can ill afford to lose and drop to 4-6-1 but will have to improve on recent performances which have seen them lose 3 out of the last 4 games. The Packers are an incredible 0-5 away from home this season and the Vikings will be looking to bounce back in front of their home fans after a close divisional loss last week to the Bears last time out. Kirk Cousins will be looking to hit prolific wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs in space, which in turn will open up the running game for the running back duo of Cook and Murray. Aaron Rodgers has struggled in parts of games recently and the Packers will need their quarterback to be firing on all cylinders if they have any chance of keeping their season alive and returning from the US Bank stadium with the win. We see the Vikings defence coming up big in the fourth quarter and edging out their division rivals in what will be a close encounter.
Which Steelers show up to the Mile High stadium will go a long way to determining the result of a game which certainly looks dangerous if you are a Pittsburgh fan. Will it be the Steelers offence from last weeks first half limp performance against the Jags, where they managed a total of zero points and Big Ben threw multiple interceptions. Or will it be the Steelers from the second half of the same game, where they battled back against a stout Jags defence to claim an unlikely victory. Truth be told, it was the Steelers defence that should be given credit for limiting the Jags to only 3 first half field goals and keeping the score manageable. This Denver team has been trending upwards recently, most notably with a gritty win against the high flying Chargers last time out. They also held both the Texans and the Chiefs to tight scores and can feel confident of getting the result if they can get pressure on Roethlisberger from the edge in the form of Bradley Chubb and Von Miller. The Broncos will need to shore up the run defence and not leave any running lanes for the explosive James Conner to exploit, whilst at the same time keeping Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster quiet. That being said, the Steelers 6 game winning streak looks likely to extend to 7 as they have just enough offensive playmakers to get the job done – as they did last week.
The Browns are not the joke of the NFL that they used to be, so much so, that we feel they will be very confident going into this NFC North game against a Bengals team struggling for form at the moment. In what has admittedly been a tough run of a games for the Bengals, they have lost 4 of the last 5 games and come into the game on a 5-5 record after a tough loss to division rivals the Ravens last week. The Browns meanwhile are coming off the bye and a morale boosting win over the Falcons fresh in their collective memories. With Bengals star receiver AJ Green set to miss the game with injury, Andy Dalton will look for Tyler Boyd for big chunks of yard and lean on the run game of Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard. The Cincinnati defence is giving up over 30 points per game and rookie QB Baker Mayfield will fancy his chances for a big game if he can cut out the costly turnovers. Expect a big day from fellow rookie running back Nick Chubb as the Bengals are giving up over 150 rushing yards a game currently. We like the look of the Browns to chalk up their 4th win of the year even though they are currently 0-4 on the road this year.
After a surprise defeat to the Broncos last week, we feel that the Chargers will bounce back with a resounding victory at home. Phillip Rivers has quietly gone about his business this season and should surpass the 3,000 yards passing mark during this game. With Melvin Gordon in the backfield and the Cardinals giving up over 140 yards a game on average we see a comfortable home win for the Chargers as they move into December and look to book their playoff spot.
5-15 is the record of these two teams combined and whenever 2 poor teams get together it is normally an unpredictable outcome. Tampa has again made a change at quarterback, the seemingly week to week rotation of Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick meaning that the Winston gets the start this week. If Winston can cut out the turnovers and hit dangerous receivers in Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson then Tampa will have too much for a 49ers team who sit on 2-8 and still reeling from the loss of franchise QB Jimmy Garoppolo.