NFL Week 12: Patriots Host Cowboys on Sunday

It’s a bit strange how quiet this year has been for the New England Patriots. The defending champions are tops in the AFC at 9-1 (7-3 ATS), and for the third time in a row, they’re the featured attraction on the Week 12 NFL betting odds at Bovada Sportsbook. But the chatter these days is about the MVP race, and Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson in particular.

We’ll see Jackson and the Ravens in action Monday night. First, the Patriots will face another potential MVP candidate – and try to do better than they did against Jackson.

2019 NFL Week 12 Best Odds and Matchups

1. Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys (6-4 SU and ATS) lead the NFC East, but they’re 7-point road dogs on the NFL lines at press time, and stud RT La’el Collins (knee) will reportedly be a game-time decision for Dallas after getting hurt last week. If you’re looking for a bet on the NFL specials market, Prescott is a –130 favorite to throw for more passing yards than Patriots QB Tom Brady (–110).

2. Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

This is a close game on paper, and fittingly, the NFL odds have San Francisco (9-1 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) laying three points at home versus the Packers (8-2 SU, 7-3 ATS) in a battle of division leaders. Can QB Jimmy Garoppolo game-manage another win for the Niners?

3. Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (Thursday, 8:20 PM ET, FOX)

It wasn’t too long ago that Deshaun Watson was being talked up as the next MVP. He can get back in the conversation – and put the Texans (6-4 SU, 5-5 ATS) back on top of the AFC South – with a win over Indianapolis (6-4 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) as 4-point home favorites on Thursday Night Football.

4. Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Rams (Monday, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN)

Having already dispatched of the reigning AFC champions, the Ravens (8-2 SU, 5-5 ATS) will get a crack at the NFC champs when they visit the Rams (6-4 SU, 7-3 ATS), who are getting 3.5 points at the Coliseum despite winning three of their last four SU and ATS.

5. Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday, 1 PM ET, FOX)

The Seahawks (8-2 SU, 5-5 ATS) are in good shape to claim at least a Wild Card in the NFC. The Eagles (5-5 SU, 4-6 ATS) will probably need to overtake Dallas and win their division if they’re going to make the playoffs. Yet Seattle find themselves in the underdog role here at +1.5.

6. Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (Sunday, 1 PM ET, CBS)

The playoffs are getting away from the Panthers (5-5 SU and ATS), who could really use former MVP Cam Newton after dropping back-to-back games. They’re getting 10 points in their NFC South matchup with the Saints (8-2 SU, 7-3 ATS).

7. Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET, CBS)

The AFC South is in enough of a logjam that both the Jaguars (4-6 SU, 5-5 ATS) and Titans (5-5 SU, 4-5-1 ATS) are still in the title hunt – although Tennessee has the edge here as 3-point home favorites after going 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS since making the switch from Marcus Mariota to Ryan Tannehill.

8. Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (Sunday, 1 PM ET, CBS)

Looks like the Raiders (6-4 SU and ATS) aren’t so bad after all. They can take one step closer to an AFC Wild Card by beating New York (3-7 SU, 4-6 ATS), although Sam Darnold and the Jets are on a mini two-game winning streak.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (Sunday, 1 PM ET, CBS)

The Steelers (5-5 SU, 6-4 ATS) aren’t ready to give up yet, nor should they as 7-point road favorites over the winless Bengals (0-10 SU, 4-6 ATS). But this game is more of a rubber-necking opportunity, with a low total of 39 points.

10. New York Giants at Chicago Bears (Sunday, 1 PM ET, FOX)

The Giants (2-8 SU, 3-7 ATS) and Bears (4-6 SU, 3-7 ATS), who have nearly 200 years of NFL history between them, go toe-to-toe on Sunday. The Giants beat their NFC opponents in the last three showdowns and are 6-point road dogs to do it again on Sunday.