NFL Week 12 Recap: Chiefs Answer the Bell, Under-the-Radar Hot Team & NFC South Shakeup

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The betting odds have shifted for the NFC’s big clash this Sunday. Leading our NFL Week 12 recap, the Philadelphia Eagles needed a miracle 59-yard game-tying kick in the rain and then a touchdown in overtime to nip the Buffalo Bills 37-34. The San Francisco 49ers dominated in their 31-13 triumph over the Seattle Seahawks.

And thus, DraftKings, which initially installed Philadelphia -1.5 a week ago, moved that number to San Francisco -1.5 early Monday morning. That’s revealing, with the Niners being 8-3 and on the road to a 10-1 opponent.

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NFL Week 12 Recap – Spotlight Games

Philadelphia Eagles 37, Buffalo Bills 34

Spread: Eagles -2.5

The line was -3 throughout much of the week. Ultimately, 72% of the DraftKings handle was on Philadelphia -2.5.

The Eagles were fortunate, winning despite yielding 505 yards to the Bills and having no answer for Josh Allen.

Buffalo has little to show for its most spirited game of the year and has a Week 13 bye.

The Eagles had fits with Allen and suffered with the loss of Lane Johnson and Dallas Goedert on offense. Jake Elliott was money, drilling a 59-yard field goal through the rain to tie it in the waning moments.

Jalen Hurts scored his second TD to win it in overtime.

San Francisco 49ers 31, Seattle Seahawks 14

Spread: Niners -6.5

The Niners are healthy again. Three definitive covers. A tremendous battle with the Eagles is expected in this rematch of the NFC championship game.

The Niners’ latest triumph featured, what else, two Christian McCaffrey touchdowns and 79 receiving yards by Deebo Samuel.

Kansas City Chiefs 31, Las Vegas Raiders 17

Spread: Chiefs -9.5

This was really impressive. The Chiefs fell behind 14-0, which meant 23.5-0 on the spread wager. But the Chiefs roared back. The sportsbooks weren’t fooled.

Even down a touchdown, the Chiefs were -166 on the moneyline. Faith in them proved prophetic.

The Chiefs had 17 second-half points, reversing a trend in which they’d been blanked in three previous halves.

Denver Broncos 29, Cleveland Browns 12

Spread: Broncos -2.5

This team is not flashy but has captured five straight games, all covers, and become 6-5. Denver suddenly has a better record than the Bills, whom it defeated two weeks back.

Bettors are riding Denver, which continues to gain enticing betting lines as it wins nailbiters weekly. How far back does this hot streak go? The last time Denver did not cover was in early October. This has been a terrific ride for the gamblers.

The moneyline win streak equals Philadelphia for the longest in the league.

The Minnesota Vikings, who host the Chicago Bears at -2.5 tonight, have the NFL’s longest cover streak at six.

In Week 13, Denver visits the Houston Texans in a battle of 6-5 teams.

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NFL Week 12 Recap: Focusing on AFC South and North

Jacksonville Jaguars 24, Houston Texans 21

Spread: Jags -1

The would-be game-tying field goal by Matt Ammendola for Houston banged off the crossbar as time expired. Taking away the thrilling Bills-Eagles game, this was one of the more enjoyable games within our NFL Week 12 recap.

The Jags, now 8-3 with two straight covers, got 364 passing yards from Trevor Lawrence and inspired play from Calvin Ridley. The receiver, who has looked reborn this year, recorded 89 yards and a touchdown.

Indianapolis Colts 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20

Spread: Colts -2.5

Jonathan Taylor led the way on the ground, and Shane Steichen made a decisive fourth-down call to set up the game-winning touchdown.

With the Colts leading 20-17 and facing 4th-and-1 from the Tampa Bay 49, Steichen called for a fake handoff and got a 19-yard completion.

The Colts went in for a score after that. They will now face the Tennessee Titans.

Tennessee Titans 17, Carolina Panthers 10

Spread: Titans -3.5

This game had little punch, but two Derrick Henry touchdowns gave Tennessee its first cover in the last four games.

Will Levis protected the ball for the Titans but showed little else. Carolina has only one win against the spread this year.

Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Cincinnati Bengals 10

Spread: Steelers -2.5

The Steelers have a new offensive coordinator and amassed 421 yards, snapping a streak of 58 games of less than 400 yards. They also outgained their opponents in yardage for the first time this season.

Najee Harris is playing with new life as he feels competition from Jaylen Warren.

Pittsburgh, 7-4 and very much in the Wild Card hunt, hosts the Arizona Cardinals next.

Baltimore Ravens 20, Los Angeles Chargers 10

Spread: Ravens -3

Ravens bettors got a huge break when Zay Flowers exploded for a touchdown on a third-down play, with Baltimore leading 13-10 inside the final two minutes. If Flowers had gone down or been tackled after reaching the first-down mark, the game would have been over.

But his late tally gave the Ravens an improbable 20-10 cover.

The Chargers, 4-7, are hearing calls for the dismissal of Brandon Staley. It would not be a shock. This team finds ways to lose.

Keenan Allen had 14 receptions, but he had a significant drop late in the game, and he also fumbled.

Falcons Take First Place in NFC South, Giants Win Two Straight

Atlanta Falcons 24, New Orleans Saints 15

Spread: Saints -2

The Falcons defense won this game for them and vaulted them into first place. They are 5-6, tied with the Saints, who they play on the last week of the season.

A pick 6 and a strip of Tayson Hill inside the Atlanta five was the difference. It accounted for seven points scored and at least three saved. New Orleans trailed 14-12 when Hill fumbled.

Desmond Ridder is back at QB for the Falcons. He had 168 yards, one TD, and two interceptions. Bijan Robinson had 91 yards and a touchdown. Drake London got 91 receiving yards.

The Falcons play the New York Jets next.

The Saints entertain the Detroit Lions.

New York Giants, Los Angeles Rams Win

Yes, the New York Giants have won two straight, with covers, under Tommy DeVito. Sure, the 10-7 triumph over the New England Patriots wasn’t Rembrandt. It was a rain-filled punt bowl, and the Patriots missed a field goal on the game’s final play that would have forced overtime.

But the Giants nonetheless show up and play with pride. They have a bye in Week 13.

The Rams ran roughshod over the Arizona Cardinals, 37-14, at -3. Matthew Stafford threw four touchdowns, two apiece to Tyler Higbee and Kyren Williams.

The Rams host the Browns next.

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