As the postseason nears and games become increasingly meaningful, we take a look ahead at the early favorites for Week 12.
Week 11 in the NFL brought a little bit of everything, and the fun’s not over yet. The grand finale is set for tonight when the one-loss Kansas City Chiefs visit the one-loss Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football.
But on Sunday, some division races grew clearer, others became murkier, and others just left us wondering what to think.
The New Orleans Saints, with some help, secured a stranglehold on the NFC South. They romped the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles 48-7, just after the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons lost games in the final seconds. New Orleans moves to 9-1, three games over Carolina and five games over Atlanta.
The NFC East is completely up for grabs after the Eagles and Washington Redskins each suffered crushing losses — albeit for different reasons. The Dallas Cowboys won their second straight to claw back to relevancy at 5-5, while the New York Giants saved any semblance of divisional hopes with a win.
The Indianapolis Colts throttled the Tennessee Titans to remain within striking distance of the Houston Texans, who sit atop the AFC South at 7-3. And the Los Angeles Chargers, who seemed poised to challenge Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs for AFC West supremacy, were upset at home by the Denver Broncos.
As we look ahead to the storylines that Week 12 will certainly bring, here’s a glimpse at who the early favorites are, courtesy of Oddshark.
Thursday, Nov. 22
Chicago Bears (-3) at Detroit Lions
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (-5.5)
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-10)
Sunday, Nov. 25
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-3)
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers (-3)
Jacksonville Jaguars (-5) at Buffalo Bills
Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens (-11)
San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3)
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5)
New England Patriots (-9) at New York Jets
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Chargers (-11.5)
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts (-8)
Pittsburgh Steelers (-5.5) at Denver Broncos
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (-5.5)
Monday, Nov. 26
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (-4.5)
Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs