NFL Predictions Week 12: Vegas Odds, Spreads and Picks for All Games

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) throws the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Landover, Md.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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With a few exceptions, the 2018 season has been an unpredictable one on a week-to-week basis. The intrigue is likely to continue in Week 12.

With six teams coming off bye weeks, two of the most consistently dominant franchises in the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs on bye and more than a handful of teams in desperation mode, we could have our fair share of shockers.

How will Week 12 unfold? That's what we're going to try predicting here. We're going to run down the full schedule and the latest odds and over/unders from OddsShark. We'll also make score predictions for each individual game and take a closer look at some of the most interesting matchups.


NFL Week 12 Lines, Over/Unders and Predictions

Thursday, November 22

Chicago Bears (-4, 45) at Detroit Lions: Bears 30-20

Washington Redskins (+7.5, 40.5) at Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys 23-20

Atlanta Falcons (+13, 59.5) at New Orleans Saints: Saints 44-33

Sunday, November 25

Cleveland Browns (+3, 47.5) at Cincinnati Bengals: Browns 28-24

Seattle Seahawks (+3.5, 47.5) at Carolina Panthers: Seahawks 22-21

Jacksonville Jaguars (-3, 37.5) at Buffalo Bills: Jaguars 18-12

Oakland Raiders (+10.5, 42.5) at Baltimore Ravens: Ravens 26-17

San Francisco 49ers (+3.5, 55) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bucs 31-27

New York Giants (+6, 46) at Philadelphia Eagles: Eagles 25-21

New England Patriots (-9.5, 46) at New York Jets: Patriots 33-21

Arizona Cardinals (+12, 45) at Los Angeles Chargers: Chargers 27-20

Miami Dolphins (+10, 50.5) at Indianapolis Colts: Colts 30-21

Pittsburgh Steelers (-3, 47) at Denver Broncos: Steelers 24-17

Green Bay Packers (+3.5, 48) at Minnesota Vikings: Packers 26-25

Monday, November 26

Tennessee Titans (+6, 41.5) at Houston Texans: Texans 27-22


Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

The Washington Redskins take on the Dallas Cowboys in the second game on Thanksgiving. Washington will be without starting quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a broken leg during last week's loss to the Houston Texans.

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Gruden says QB Alex Smith's surgery went well and the team expects he will make a full recovery.

Instead, the Redskins will be forced to rely on journeyman backup Colt McCoy. This is likely why the current spread spots Washington more than a touchdown.

Don't be fooled into thinking that there will be a massive drop-off with McCoy in the lineup. He has been with Washington since 2014, the same year head coach Jay Gruden joined the team. He knows Gruden's offense inside out and will be able to execute it to its fullest.

This means Washington will remain competitive against its NFC East rival. We don't believe the Redskins will actually win—largely because the offensive line is at less than full strength—but they won't lose by a touchdown.


New England Patriots at New York Jets

To put it bluntly, the New England Patriots got their collective butts whipped by the Tennessee Titans before last week's bye. One of the biggest questions of the week is how the AFC champions will respond. We expect them to win big against the rival New York Jets.

The Patriots are spotting the Jets nearly 10 points, and that isn't going to be enough. This is an opponent New England knows well, and the Pats have had a full two weeks to prepare.

In addition, the Jets still don't know if rookie quarterback Sam Darnold can return to the starting lineup. Darnold hasn't yet returned to practice, but he has tested his injured foot by jogging.

"It feels good. It feels great," Darnold said, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. "Nothing for me to complain about. No pain, either."

While Darnold may not be back, star Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to return, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Expect New England to bounce back by pouring it on.


Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans

The Houston Texans can grab a firm grasp on the AFC South with a win on Monday night over the Tennessee Titans. Can they get it by at least six points? We're not so sure.

The Titans were embarrassed by the Indianapolis Colts 38-10 last week, but we expect them to bounce back and hang tough with the Texans. Let's not forget that Tennessee manhandled both the Cowboys and the Patriots before the Colts game.

Marcus Mariota was forced to leave that game with an injury, but it appears he'll be fine to go against Houston.

"He's getting treatment and it's really not even the elbow," head coach Mike Vrabel said, per Turron Davenport of ESPN.com. "He had a stinger when a guy hit him in the head."

Expect Tennessee to keep it close.