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NFL Predictions Week 12: Favorites Set to Flop on Sunday

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 11:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 25, 2012

The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers will both be on upset alert this Sunday afternoon as they prepare to take on underdogs in hostile environments in Week 12.

Although both NFC West powers look poised to make playoff runs, their margin for error this weekend is minimal, and in no NFL season has the saying "on any given Sunday" ever been more appropriate. With a handful of unpredictable matchups on the schedule this weekend, there are sure to be some jaw-dropping results to digest heading into next week.

Here are my predictions for favorites set to flop on Sunday.

*Spread info according to Covers.com.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1)

Matt Ryan and the NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons have been living life on the edge in recent weeks, but what hasn't killed them will only make them stronger on Sunday in Tampa. 

While a win this weekend won't come easy given the strength of Atlanta's opponent, the Buccaneers come into Week 12's divisional showdown red-hot and in the midst of a four-game winning streak, the Falcons do possess a key advantage.

Ryan and the Dirty Birds should have plenty of success through the air on offense, as they rank fourth in the NFL in that category, and the Bucs rank dead last in the league in pass defense.

Ryan isn't going to throw five interceptions again this weekend, but five touchdowns against Tampa's secondary isn't out of the question

 

Tennessee Titans (-4)

After nearly slaying Goliath last Sunday in Houston, the Jacksonville Jaguars return home in Week 12 to host division rival Tennessee, who enters Sunday's matchup favored by four points. 

Sure, the Jags are 1-9 overall and 0-5 at home this season, but they showed life in their last outing that few, if any, thought existed. With Chad Henne oozing confidence after last week's monster game against the Texans, I like Jacksonville to finally break through at home.

The Titans had a bye week to cool off after an out-of-nowhere performance against the Miami Dolphins in Week 10. Plus, the Jags' bad luck has to run out sooner or later. 

Jacksonville is more than due for a win, and if it plays like it did a week ago, its seven-game skid will run up this weekend.

 

New York Giants (-3)

In a matchup of the last two Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants will host the Green Bay Packers in a Sunday night clash at MetLife Stadium.

But given the state of each team and the revenge factor on the side of the Pack, I like Green Bay in this playoff rematch. The Packers have won five in a row, while the Giants are coming off a bye and, before that, two straight defeats. 

New York's pass defense ranks 25th in the league this November, and that's bad news for the G-Men considering the reigning NFL MVP in Aaron Rodgers is coming to town.

Rodgers has been a stud under center over the course of Green Bay's winning streak, and you can bet he'll want to put on show on primetime Sunday after the performance the Packers put together at Lambeau last January. Plus, it's no secret that the Giants play better as the underdog.

 

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