NFL Week 12 Picks: Favorites Guaranteed To Cover the Spread

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent INovember 25, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders makes a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 10, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders are one of several favorites who are a lock to cover the spread in Week 12 of the NFL season.

The Raiders will play the Chicago Bears on Sunday, who are without quarterback Jay Cutler because of an injury.

Let's take a look at three favorites this week who are guaranteed to cover the spread. All spreads are according to Bodog.eu.

Carolina Panthers vs. Indianapolis Colts (Panthers -3.5)

The Carolina Panthers face the winless Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a game the Panthers will easily win.

The Colts defense allows 145.6 rushing yards per game which is the second most in the NFL. Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart and quarterback Cam Newton will have little trouble finding open running lanes against Indy.

The Colts are averaging about seven points scored per game the last four weeks, and they will lose big to the Panthers in Week 12.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Steelers -11)

Large spreads are usually hard to take but in this matchup the Kansas City Chiefs are simply overmatched by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will have all day to throw the football against a Chiefs defense that ranks dead last in sacks with just 12 on the season.

The Chiefs are really struggling on offense, and with quarterback Tyler Palko replacing the injured Matt Cassel last week the KC offense could only score three points against the New England Patriots.

The Steelers have a far better defense than the Patriots, and will blow out the Chiefs this week.

Oakland Raiders vs. Chicago Bears (Raiders -4) 

The Oakland Raiders will maintain their lead in the AFC West division with a win over the Chicago Bears this week.

Without quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears will have to rely solely on running back Matt Forte, which will make the Raiders' job on defense easier.

Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer has gotten better with each start this season, and has thrown just one interception the past two weeks.

Palmer will have a great day against a Bears defense that allows 270.7 passing yards per game. Palmer and the Raiders offense will carry them to a major win on Sunday.


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