It’s Thanksgiving week, and I think any football fan would be thankful for the amazing matchups that will be taking place this week. Not only does NCAA football have some of the best games of the season taking place on Friday and Saturday, but the NFL book-ends the weekend with Thursday and Sunday games (with the Monday punctuation mark).
Marquee games for Sunday include the Packers visiting the Falcons, Chargers at Colts, Eagles at Bears, Bucs at Ravens, and Saints at Cowboys – in a game that would not have been enticing until two weeks ago.
The bottom line for Week 12 is that I would NOT want to be wagering money on half the games as the spread stands now. Too many traps. Sure, I think Cleveland will beat Carolina – with or without Colt McCoy – but do I think they beat them by 11pts? Is a 7-3 Baltimore squad really 9pts better than a 7-3 Tampa Bay? Will the San Diego road problems travel with them to Indianapolis, or will the Colts continue to struggle?
Last week, the Bang crew got a little bit of our swagger back. Our Week 11 picks were what we expected to be getting all along. Sadly, it may be a little late in the season to be hitting our stride (are we the
Here’s our stats through last week:
That’s right. A remarkable comeback that would make
Anyway, with so many great games to be played, this week gets harder. So without further ado:
|Saints at Cowboys +3.5||Saints||Saints||Saints||Dallas is playing well, but the Saints have been rolling. Plus, New Orleans NEEDS to win if they want a playoff BYE.|
|Bengals at Jets -9.5||Jets||Jets||Jets||I’m not sure they can make the spread wide enough as the Bengals are hapless and hopeless. Revis will look to KO T.O. and there’s not much he can do about it.|
|Patriots at Lions +7||Patriots||Patriots||Patriots||It’s Thanksgiving tradition: The Lions will lose to a superior
|Vikings at Redskins -3||Vikings||Redskins||Redskins||Is firing the head coach mid-season a formula for success? We’ll find out.|
|Steelers at Bills -7||Steelers||Steelers||Steelers||The Bills are riding high after their first consecutive wins since Wks 6 and 7 of last year. However, the Steelers have a defense…|
|Titans at Texans -7||Texans||Titans||Texans||The Texan D is anemic. But who is gonna torch the secondary? Surely not Moss. And if he does, who will throw it to him?|
|Jaguars at Giants -8||Jaguars||Giants||Jaguars||Both teams are 6-4, but recent games could not be more different. Everything is going their way for Jacksonville.|
|Panthers at Browns -10.5||Browns||Browns||Panthers||No Colt for Cleveland, but defense is still there. Carolina is by far the worst
|Bucs at Ravens -8.5||Ravens||Ravens||Bucs||The Ravens D scored TDs on consecutive drives last week. Yeah, Tampa is a little better than Carolina, but still.|
|Eagles at Bears +3||Eagles||Eagles||Eagles||A possible playoff preview with teams who just can’t seem to lose. It’s a little more inexplicable for the Bears, though.|
|Packers at Falcons -3||Falcons||Falcons||Falcons||Serious match-up here between two of the best teams in the league. Injuries be damned, the Packers are tough. The Falcons have just been amazing to watch all year.|
|Dolphins at Raiders -3||Raider||Raiders||Raiders||Oakland had a set back in Pittsburgh, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of. Miami is starting
|Chiefs at Seahawks +2||Chiefs||Chiefs||Chiefs||If this season has taught us anything, it’s that the NFC West sucks more than the AFC West. And the SEC.|
|Rams at Broncos -3.5||Broncos||Rams||Rams||The Rams have been bad
|Chargers at Colts -3||Chargers||Chargers||Chargers||Manning played well, but had 3INTs. Those are the types of mistakes that Rivers hasn’t been making.|
|49ers at Cardinals +1.5||49ers||49ers||49ers||The two worst teams in the worst division in the NFL playing on Monday Night Football. Well, at least I won’t be tired at work on Tuesday.|
There you have it. I would also like to add that the over/under on passes that
That being said, Happy Thanksgiving everyone. And remember that if you don’t hate yourself on Friday, you didn’t eat enough on Thursday. Enjoy the Holiday.