It’s Thanksgiving weekend in America, and the NFL delivered. With the usual three games in the books from yesterday, fans are still left with a fantastic amount of quality football this weekend. The Buccaneers are battling a streaking Colts team. The Titans, who were embarrassed badly last week, are looking to rebound against one of the hottest teams in the NFL, the Patriots. The Steelers and Bengals, bitter divisional rivals from Ohio, are battling for a possible playoff wild card, maybe even a division title. The Browns are taking on the Ravens in another NFC North showdown. Of course, there is no bigger game than the game the one showcased below.
Game of the week
Los Angeles Rams (7-3) @ Green Bay Packers (8-3)
The Rams are trying to get back on track after dropping their last two, and the Packers are trying to rebound from their tough loss last week. Both teams are still in the fight for the number one seed in the NFC. This game should be an absolute show, as it’s a playoff-caliber game on Thanksgiving weekend in America.
No Dominant Team
Another win for the NFL this season is the standings. There usually are one or two teams running away with the #1 seed by this point in either conference. For whatever reason, there is some parity this season that doesn’t come around often. Arizona leads the NFL with nine wins; behind them are two teams with eight wins, Green Bay and Tennessee; following closely behind them are six teams with seven wins, Baltimore, Tampa, Dallas, Los Angeles, New England, and Kansas City. This equates to hopefully what will be a wild finish over the last quarter of the season as teams battle for that valuable playoff bye.
Players of the week
As the saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Last week’s performers brought their best when the game called for it. Justin Herbert, who Aaron Rodgers may have outplayed, led his team to victory after their defense gave up twenty-seven points to the Steelers in the 4th quarter. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers lost a close game against the Vikings, so kudos to Herbert for getting the job done. Justin Jefferson, one of the leading wide receivers in all of football, absolutely torched the Packers in helping lead the Vikings to a must-win game over their divisional rival. Finally, Jonathan Taylor had a monster day with five total touchdowns, absolutely smashing the Buffalo Bills, a decent run defense team.
Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
30/41 C/ATT, 382 YDS, 3 TDs
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts
32 CAR, 185 YDS, 5 Total TDs (4 Rush + 1 Pass)
Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
8 REC, 169 YDS, 2 TDs
Adam’s NFL week 12 picks. Last Week ATS: (7 – 7) / Season Total ATS: (80 – 73 – 1)
Only twelve games to pick from for the weekend, because of the holiday games played earlier. I do not recall ever seeing so many low-spread games. Eight of the twelve games this Sunday have spreads with three points or less and all twelve are less than a touchdown. One of the hardest weeks I have ever tried to pick.
Sunday 1:00 pm
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Indianapolis Colts
Tampa Bay -2.5
Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants
New York +3.5
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Carolina Panthers @ Miami Dolphins
Atlanta Falcons @ Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Jets @ Houston Texans
New York +2.5
Sunday 4:05 pm
Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos
Los Angeles -2.5
Sunday 4:25 pm
Los Angeles Rams @ Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles +0.5
Minnesota Vikings @ San Francisco 49ers
Sunday 8:20 pm
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens
Monday 8:15 pm
Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Football Team