Friday Afternoon Quarterback: NFL Week 12
BY ADAM GREENE
A week after getting spanked like they paid for it off Craigslist by the Baltimore Ravens, the Houston Texans decided to play real football and took control of the AFC South with 20-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts Thursday night.
The Colts have been solid on defense all season and Frank Reich, having this team competitive at all after the surprise retirement of Andrew Luck deserves Coach of the Year consideration, but maybe you play defense against Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins? How do both guys have all-world days at the same time. Fuller caught seven passes for 140 yards and Hopkins caught and two touchdowns. Did Indy field a safety Thursday night? I’d review the game film, but I’m not into true crime documentaries.
Let’s make some picks.
Byes: Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Chargers
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (-10.5, O/U: 45.5)
The Dolphins have won two of their last three and put up 20 points against the Bills defense last week. The Browns just lost their best defensive player for the rest of the season because he tried to use his helmet as a battle ax. I don’t like this line. BROWNS 20, DOLPHINS 17
DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLS (-4, O/U: 37)
Speaking of the Bills, they’ve sneaked into the playoff conversation and since they play in the garbage AFC East, they’ll likely stay in it. Meanwhile, the Broncos are on their sixth starting quarterback since 2017 and are referring to their current guy, Brandon Allen, as “a gamer.” Which is sports speak for being a good dude that’s bad at his job. BILLS 23, BRONCOS 10
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (+6.5, O/U: 38)
Mason Rudolph was the only guy from the melee last week that didn’t get suspended, so I guess getting your forehead caved in by a Schutt Vengeance Z10 was punishment enough. The Bengals aren’t going 0-16 and this looks like a prime upset to me. BENGALS 20, STEELERS 17
NEW YORK GIANTS AT CHICAGO BEARS (-6, O/U: 39.5)
Word is that Mitchell Trubisky is getting the start so that makes what I’m about to write even harder to believe. BEARS 20, GIANTS 10
OAKLAND RAIDERS AT NEW YORK JETS (+3, O/U: 46.5)
Everybody wrote the Jets off just as they’ve turned the corner to be a bad team as opposed to being a complete garbage team. Adam Gase… making progress. JETS 17, RAIDERS 13
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (-10, O/U: 47)
Remember when everyone was ready to run Cam Newton out of Charlotte and fit Kyle Allen for his gold Hall of Fame jacket? SAINTS 35, PANTHERS 13
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS (-3.5, O/U: 51)
Dan Quinn is going to keep this up and accidentally save his job. FALCONS 31, BUCS 24
DETROIT LIONS AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (+3.5, O/U: 40.5)
We’re blessed with another classic Jeff Driskal versus Dwayne Haskins quarterback duel. Queue up your Sunday Ticket or reserve your Buffalo Wild Wings booth and just appreciate the history. REDSKINS 16, LIONS 13
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (PICK-EM, O/U: 48)
The Eagles defense can’t look that bad two weeks in a row, can it? Russell Wilson is angling for an MVP, but this is long coast-to-coast trip and an early game against an underperforming, but decent team. Ultimately, this is the exact time of the year the Eagles start their playoff push. EAGLES 27, SEAHAWKS 24
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT TENNESSEE TITANS (-3.5, O/U: 41.5)
The Titans are coming their biggest win of the season over the Chiefs. The Jags are coming off laying a turd against the Colts with Nick Foles back at QB. Usually, that would be a recipe for disaster… for the Titans. I’m not feeling it this time. I’ve bought into Ryan Tannehill and I think Tennessee has to. TITANS 24, JAGUARS 20
DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (-6.5, O/U: 45)
What’s the biggest factor at play here? The Patriots making their home field playoff push or Jason Garrett’s miraculous ability to win in November and December and keep a job? COWBOYS 31, PATRIOTS 27
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (-3, O/U: 47.5)
The 49ers have played a schedule so full of cupcakes the entire roster is danger of contracting Type 2 diabetes. Not this week. PACKERS 34, 49ERS 24
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (+3, O/U: 46.5)
The only thing the NFL media is more excited about than the performance of Lamar Jackson this season is writing the “What happened to Lamar Jackson?” headline after Baltimore loses this game. RAMS 24, RAVENS 16
STRAIGHT UP: 1-0
AGAINST THE SPREAD: 1-0
STRAIGHT UP: 9-5
AGAINST THE SPREAD: 7-7
STRAIGHT UP: 105-56-1
AGAINST THE SPREAD: 90-72
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