After a few entertaining Thursday Thanksgiving games, the Week 12 of the NFL betting season continues with a full slate of games on Sunday. Here’s our picks for Week 12:
Oakland Raiders @ Cincinnati Bengals
Odds: Bengals -9.5
Oakland’s Carson Palmer makes his return to Cincinnati, where he spent the first seven years of his career, but no matter how well he plays, he may be undermined by a defense that has allowed 135 points over the last three games (all losses). The Bengals have won two in a row and it could be a massive day for the duo of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green through the air. It does seem like a lot of points, but the Raiders’ defense looks like they’ve checked out already.
Pick: Bengals -9.5
San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints
Odds: 49ers -1
The 49ers are giving the start to rookie Colin Kaepernick after he destroyed Chicago on Monday night, even though Alex Smith has been cleared after a concussion. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said that he may go back and forth between the two against the Saints, whose defense has actually played much better as of late. A 36-32 win over the Saints in last year’s playoffs ended a six-game skid against New Orleans for the 49ers, who haven’t won in Louisiana since 2002. Revenge can be a big motivator and these Saints are feeling themselves right now after four wins in their last five. Combine that with the tricky quarterback situation (going between QBs never seems to work in the NFL) in San Francisco and you have a football betting upset win for the home team.
Pick: Saints +1
Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants
Odds: Giants -3
Week 12’s marquee matchup sees another playoff rematch and the winners of the last two Super Bowls go head-to-head. The bye week couldn’t have come soon enough for the Giants, who have lost two in a row and their loss to Cincinnati was especially disappointing. The Packers are going for their sixth straight victory and it looks like they were angry after many counted them out following a slow start. The Giants’ secondary has finally been exposed as of late and that isn’t a good thing as they prepare to face Aaron Rodgers, who surely remembers his poor performance in the loss to the Giants in the playoffs. A motivated Rodgers is a scary thing to face, and the Giants definitely needed this extra week to plan for the reigning MVP. This game will be won up front: if the Giants’ front four can’t get to Rodgers, they’re going to be in for a long day, but the Packers’ offensive line has been prone to lapses in form over the last couple seasons. In what should be a fantastic game, take the Packers for a ride.
Pick: Packers +3