Week 12 of the 2020 NFL season is here and with it comes one of the best stretches of pro football the campaign has to offer. Not only is every team in action for the first time in months, but there is also a trio of Thanksgiving games for fans to enjoy during the holiday. Combine that with a Sunday schedule loaded with meaningful contests that will surely impact the 2020 NFL Playoff picture and a pair of can’t-miss primetime games to close out the slate and you have the recipe for a great week of pigskin.
It all starts early on Thursday afternoon with the Detroit Lions hosting their annual Turkey Day game, this year against the Houston Texans. That leads into an NFC East affair between the Dallas Cowboys—the other team that traditionally plays on Thanksgiving—and the Washington Football Team. The holiday closes out with the most anticipated matchup of the day, and perhaps all of Week 12, when an all-time great AFC North rivalry between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers is renewed for the final time during the 2020 NFL regular season. Pittsburgh squeezed out a win in the first bout between these longtime enemies just a few weeks ago and has still yet to be bested—coming into Week 12 as the last undefeated team in the league—but Baltimore will be hungry for revenge this Thanksgiving and shouldn’t be taken lightly despite taking a step back this season after an incredible 2019 campaign.
These three matchups set up a jam-packed Sunday that is chock-full of impactful NFL games. Eight of the day’s 12 contests will be kicking off at 1 p.m. ET, most notably a key AFC South showdown between the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts, a pair of 7-3 squads vying for the divisional crown. Indy earned the inside track to its first AFC South title since 2014 when it won big on Thursday Night Football against this same opponent two weeks ago, but Tennessee will take back the lead if it can avenge that defeat in Week 12. The late afternoon only has three games starting during the timeslot, but one of them involves a pair of Super Bowl contenders duking it out in the Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both sides are within one win of owning the best record in their respective conference and need a “W” to keep pace in the competition for homefield advantage and a first-round bye in the upcoming postseason.
Trey Wingo pointed out that NFL history will be made when quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes duel in Week 12:
The action doesn’t stop there, as Week 12’s Sunday Night Football game is set to showcase the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, one of the most storied rivalries in NFL history. The Packers currently have an edge in the NFC North race, but they have yet to face Chicago’s stingy defense during the 2020 season. The Bears have struggled mightily to move the chains, but their defensive performances—allowing a mere 340.1 yards and 20.9 points per game to the opposition—have kept them at .500 and still realistically contending for a postseason berth. These teams will meet again to close out the campaign and that Week 17 contest could determine how the NFC portion of the NFL Playoff bracket crystallizes. The final game of Week 12 is a Monday Night Football clash amongst the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles, a matchup that is blossoming into an intriguing modern rivalry, albeit a one-sided one. These teams have met several times over the past decade, most recently in last year’s playoffs. Despite seeing one another relatively often, Philly is still seeking its first win against this opponent since 2008, losing and failing to cover in all six contests played since 2011.
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Read on for a full Week 12 viewing guide, which includes the complete schedule of NFL games, their kickoff start times, TV channels, live stream sites, updated odds and more. You can also find the top betting trends and pro picks courtesy of Vegas expert Jon Price and his team over at SportsInformationTraders.com.
NFL Week 12 Schedule And Odds
Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Games)
Matchup (Odds), Start Time ET (TV Channel)
- Houston Texans at Detroit Lions (+1.5), 12:30 p.m. (CBS)
- The Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys (-1.5), 4:30 p.m. (FOX)
- Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3), 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, November 29
- Las Vegas Raiders at Atlanta Falcons (+1), 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
- Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots (+1), 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
- New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5), 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
- Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars (+6), 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
- Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings (-3.5), 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
- Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (-3.5), 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
- Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills (-6), 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
- Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (+7), 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
- New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos (+5.5), 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
- San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams (-7), 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
- Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3), 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
- Sunday Night Football: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-7), 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday Night Football will be live streaming via NBC Sports Live.
Monday, November 30
- Monday Night Football: Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles (+3.5), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Week 12 Betting Trends And NFL Picks
Titans at Colts
The Colts have won and covered in four of their last five clashes with the Tennessee Titans. These AFC South rivals met just over two weeks ago on Thursday Night Football, a game that Indy ran away with to earn an edge in the division. The Colts now get to host this pivotal contest and oddsmakers believe they will cinch the tiebreaker over Tennessee, installing the team as a 3.5-point favorite.
Indy has plenty of momentum coming into Week 12 after besting the Packers last week and is quite comfortable at home, going 4-1 SU on the year so far. Considering Indianapolis has covered in seven of the last nine played against the Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium, the AFC South leaders appear poised to pick up a critical “W” on Sunday. This one may be even higher scoring than the bookmakers are projecting—the total is set at a lofty 51 points—as three of the last four contests involving the Colts and Titans have gone over.
Pick: Colts -3.5, OVER 51
Chiefs at Buccaneers
The Chiefs are 18-1 SU and 15-4 ATS across their past 19 games. They’ve been close to unstoppable on the field and a terrible choice to bet against dating back to their Super Bowl-winning 2019 campaign. Kansas City now faces the up-and-down Buccaneers, heading into Raymond James Stadium as a three-point road favorite. Tampa did dominate in its last contest as a home underdog, annihilating the Packers in a 38-10 route despite oddsmakers giving the club 2.5 points in that Week 6 contest.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady should not be discounted when his side is being overlooked, as the future Hall of Famer has gone 9-2 SU and 10-1 ATS as a home ‘dog during his career. If the Chiefs are going to lose again this year, it is most likely going to be in this Week 12 contest against a hot Bucs squad.
Pick: Buccaneers +3
Bears at Packers
The Packers are 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS over their last eight games against the Bears. Chicago’s last win and road cover on the road in this NFC North rivalry series came back in 2015, when it upset Green Bay as a 7.5-point underdog. Aaron Rodgers has gone 55-32-3 ATS at home during his career as Green Bay’s starting quarterback, an impressive cover percentage that further improves against divisional opponents at Lambeau Field, as he’s 22-12 ATS in those matchups.
It’s also worth factoring in that the Bears took a four game losing streak into their bye—covering just once in those matchups—and that head coach Matt Nagy hasn’t covered following a break in either of his two previous seasons as Chicago’s head coach. The Packers are looking like a nice bet laying a touchdown at home on Sunday Night Football in Week 12.
Pick: Packers -7
Source: Forbes – Business