The Week 12 NFL schedule is unlike anything the league has seen since the opening week. Other than Week One, it is the only time that no game features a point spread of more than 10 points.
The Houston Texans are the only double-digit favorites in Week 12. They are giving the Jacksonville Jaguars 10 points, even though they only have one more victory and haven’t picked up a win in over two months. For the sixth time this season, the Jaguars are the biggest underdogs.
"Thursday Night Football" begins the slate of games with what could be one of the few blowouts. The New Orleans Saints are favored by more than a touchdown over the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta’s only wins this year have come at home against NFC South opponents. Half of the games are between division opponents, and this is the only one in which the home team is the underdog.
Six contests have betting odds that indicate the game is expected to be decided by less than a field goal. The one-point betting line in the matchup between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams is the smallest of the week. It’s the first time the Rams have been favored since Sam Bradford was lost for the season.
"Sunday Night Football" features what is one of the most anticipated matchups of every season. Peyton Manning visits Tom Brady, as the Denver Broncos head to New England as road favorites. It’s the second time Manning will take on Brady in a Broncos uniform.
This marks the last time in the regular season that all 32 teams won’t be playing. In the final bye week of 2013, the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks are all idle. Each of those clubs won their previous game by at least eight points.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week 12 games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
New Orleans Saints (-7.5) at Atlanta Falcons, 53
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+9) at Detroit Lions, 48.5
Jacksonville Jaguars (+10) at Houston Texans, 43
Minnesota Vikings (+3.5) at Green Bay Packers
San Diego Chargers (+5) at Kansas City Chiefs, 41.5
Carolina Panthers (-3.5) at Miami Dolphins 41
Pittsburgh Steelers (+2) at Cleveland Browns, 41
Chicago Bears (+1) at St. Louis Rams, 45.5
New York Jets (+4) at Baltimore Ravens, 40
Tennessee Titans (+1.5) at Oakland Raiders, 41.5
Indianapolis Colts (+2.5) at Arizona Cardinals, 45
Dallas Cowboys (+2.5) at New York Giants, 47
Denver Broncos (-2.5) at New England Patriots, 56
San Francisco 49ers (-5) at Washington Redskins, 47.5