FAQ – FRIDAY AFTERNOON QUARTERBACK: NFL WEEK 12
Our Week 12 of NFL action officially kicked off while we were all trying to drink enough hard seltzers to ignore everything our most annoying uncles spouted between bites of mashed potatoes.
The day opened with a surprisingly spry effort from the Detroit Lions. They fell 28-25 to the Buffalo Bills, but they did show up. Josh Allen, who definitely hasn’t looked like himself with his UCL injury, did look exactly like that guy in the final 22 seconds, driving the team down the field for a winning field goal.
The Dallas Cowboys held off the New York Giants 28-20 and the Minnesota Vikings, with Kirk Cousins playing in prime time no less, took down the New England Patriots 33-26. And Mac Jones even showed up too, throwing for 382 yards and two touchdowns.
But, most importantly, I picked all the games correctly and opened the week 3-0 straight up and against the spread. But we still have an entire mid-day slate on Sunday to look through.
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (+4, O/U: 43.5)
The good news for Baltimore is Lamar Jackson practiced Thursday and should play. The bad news for the Jaguars is that Lamar Jackson practiced Thursday and should play. Ravens 31, Jaguars 20
DENVER BRONCOS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (+1.5, O/U: 36)
This is it. The quarterback duel we’ve all been waiting for as Russell Wilson brings his health department closed-down cooking station to Carolina to face the return of Sam Darnold. I hope Scott Hanson already has some scripted apologies ready for this one when he cuts to it on NFL Red Zone. Broncos 13, Panthers 10
ATLANTA FALCONS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (-4, O/U: 40.5)
The Commanders are becoming a real feel-good story after turning their season around the second Daniel Snyder said he was looking to sell the team. In spite of Marcus Mariota occasionally chucking a football from a downward dog yoga pose, the Falcons are in the playoff hunt and could end the day tied for the NFC North. I have regretted picking Atlanta every time I’ve done it, but here we go again. Falcons 24, Commanders 20
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (+3, O/U: 42)
Tom Brady is 2-0 since announcing his divorce and just came off a bye where, I’m guessing, he started filling up a self storage unit. Cleveland is riding out its final Jacoby Brissett starts before Deshaun Watson takes over and is immediately injured after suffering multiple Charlie horses all at once. I’m actually thinking the Browns should be able to win this one. Browns 23, Buccaneers 20
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS (+3, O/U: 43.5)
Both these teams opened the year 0-2 and both have flipped the script since, but no squad in the NFL has done it like the Titans. They’ve lost just one game since that start and it was a three point road loss at the Kansas City Chiefs. I like Cincy and think they should make it back to the playoffs, but I don’t like this match up. Titans 27, Bengals 24
HOUSTON TEXANS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (-14, O/U: 47)
Houston has made the call and benched Davis Mills after averaging 7.2 inches per play in the first half against the Commanders last week. They’ve tossed the keys to Kyle Allen, a man that has thrown nine passes in the NFL over the last two years. So, that’s probably a push. Anyway, Miami will score as much as they want. The Texans are lucky the Dolphins don’t need to get a bump in the College Football Playoff Poll. Dolphins 40, Texans 6
CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW YORK JETS (-6, O/U: 38.5)
Mike White gets the call for the Jets, replacing Zach Wilson, who set back NFL quarterbacking by a century last Sunday and the game is only 103 years old. Justin Fields continues to rack up stats, bust open the scoreboard and win every fantasy league in America. He just can’t seem to win in the real one. Jets 23, Bears 20
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (-3.5, O/U: 48)
If you were to just compare these two rosters and then match the team with the record, there’s no way you wouldn’t put the Raiders at 6-4. I feel as if the whole glass slipper is about to turn into a rotting pumpkin, or whatever the analogy you want to use, for Seattle. And, even though it means I have to pick a Josh McDaniels team to win, I’m going to do it. Raiders 26, Seahawks 20
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (+3, O/U: 48)
Kyler Murray makes his triumphant return for Arizona after being injured for the past two weeks since the new Call of Duty came out. It’s probably all a coincidence. The Chargers have lost two straight, but Brandon Staley is an old hand at corralling Murray. Or maybe he just secretly buys him better CoD loadouts the night before the game. Chargers 31, Cardinals 20
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (-15.5, O/U: 42)
Bryce Perkins will make his regular season debut for the Rams after Matthew Stafford was ruled out with a strained neck. The only thing strained on the Chiefs is the scoreboard operator. This is a monster line for a reason, but I think the LA defense might keep it closer. Chiefs 24, Rams 16
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (-9.5, O/U: 43)
When the 49ers are in the Super Bowl come February, I want all of us to team up and demand Trey Lance get the start, even if he’s not 100 percent healthy. It’s only fair. 49ers 31, Saints 13
Straight up: 6-8
Against the spread: 5-9
Straight up: 89-74-1
Against the spread: 86-78
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