NFL Week 12 picks: Red-hot 49ers win homecoming vs. Saints

Long story short, let’s give thanks for these Week 12 NFL picks:

49ers 30, Saints 14: A post-Mexico, post-Thanksgiving letdown is avoided for the postseason-bound 49ers. Speaking of, remember that 49ers’ playoff win over the Saints a decade ago, at Candlestick? Yeah, Niners fans are still giving thanks for that.

Bills 34, Lions 23: Josh Allen improves to 3-0 on Thanksgiving. The Lions fall to 37-44-2 on Thanksgiving, a record slightly better than The Turkeys. Line: Bills -9 1/2

Cowboys 21, Giants 10: It’s The O’Dell Beckham Jr. Sweepstakes will be a major storyline as the game opens, and one look at the Giants’ weakened offensive line will have OBJ going OMG and flying to DFW. Line: Cowboys -10

Patriots 20, Vikings 17: This is the first of four straight prime-time games on the Patriots’ schedule. Kirk Cousins, not made for prime-time. Line: Patriots +2 1/2

Broncos 26, Panthers 20: Sam Darnold makes his first start this season as the Panthers’ quarterback. Where will he make his first next season? Line: Broncos -2 1/2

Buccaneers 23, Browns 21: A post-Munich, post-bye letdown is avoided for the postseason-bound Bucs. Line: Browns +3 1/2

Ravens 24, Jaguars 23: After beating the Panthers last week, the Ravens take out the NFL’s other 1995 expansion franchise. Line: Jaguars +4

Dolphins 37, Texans 13: Mike McDaniel did work in the bye-week lab to lock up this win and get set for a Levi’s Stadium return next Sunday. Line: Dolphins -13 1/2

Jets 21, Bears 16: The Jets’ starting quarterback Sunday: Mike White, not Zach Wilson. The Jets’ starting quarterback next season: a heavily compensated Jimmy Garoppolo? Line: Bears +6

Titans 21, Bengals 17: Tennessee beats its puny scoring average (19.3 points per game) and keeps the Bengals from threatening their average (26.5 ppg.). Line: Titans +2 1/2

Commanders 19, Falcons 17: From 1-4 to 7-5, Washington is the comeback-team-of-the-year. Line: Falcons +4

Chargers 28, Cardinals 27: These teams both beat the Raiders, both lost to the 49ers, so, the 49ers will beat the Raiders on New Year’s Day. Line: Cardinals +3 1/2

Raiders 26, Seahawks 24: A post-Munich, post-bye letdown sinks the Seahawks as the Raiders win back-to-back for the first time this season. Line: Raiders +3 1/2

Chiefs 33, Rams 19: Don’t feel bad for Aaron Donald about his dwindling support staff as the Rams’ championship reign nears an end. Line: Rams +15 1/2

Eagles 24, Packers 23: Philadelphia improves to 4-1 with this final prime-time appearance – unless their Christmas Eve date in Dallas gets immaculately flexed to replace the Raiders at the Steelers. Line: Packers +6 1/2

Last week: 9-4 straight up, 5-7-1 against the spread

Season: 95-67-1 straight up, 84-76-1 against the spread

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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