Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings

Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings : The Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings aren’t accustomed to having any of their biannual clashes be a showdown for second place.

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The two franchises have combined to win 10 of the last 11 NFC North titles. Yet with the 8-3 Chicago Bears holding a commanding lead in the division, the Packers (4-5-1) and the Vikings (5-4-1) are scrambling to remain relevant in the playoff picture, even if that means trying to get in as a wild card.

The rivals fought to a 29-29 stalemate in Week 2, so Sunday night’s game could have a significant effect in a potential tiebreaker scenario. Amid speculation about Mike McCarthy’s future in Green Bay, the Packers’ outlook once again could come down to what Aaron Rodgers can do to rescue a disappointing campaign.

Despite consistent questioning of the offense, Rodgers has thrown for 19 touchdowns with one interception. And though he could have used increased help from running back Aaron Jones, who sat out the first contest while suspended, the emerging second-year back hasn’t been given 15 carries in a game this season. In all likelihood, the two-time MVP will once again need to muster some heroics to revive the Packers’ postseason hopes.

Green Bay, however, has yet to win on the road this season and is 0-2 at U.S. Bank Stadium against Minnesota. And for all his ability, Rodgers stands with the second-lowest completion rate of his career (61.8 percent), though he attributed the decline in part to a number of throwaways.

The Vikings’ defense, however, could further exacerbate those problems. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes can trail leading receiver Davante Adams, leaving the rest of an inexperienced group of pass catchers to get by against the league’s fifth-ranked defense. And linebacker Anthony Barr, who broke Rodgers’ collarbone last season, is expected back after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury.

Rodgers’ ability to make plays outside the pocket always has been a critical component of this matchup, but the importance of that element became even more clear after Mitchell Trubisky’s scrambling ability vexed the Vikings’ defense last week in a loss to the Bears.

Leading receiver Devin Funchess is doubtful for Sunday, so Carolina is even more likely to rely on checkdowns and quick throws to carry the passing game. McCaffrey, ninth in the NFL with 196 total touches, should see an even heavier workload. The shifty second-year back has exceeded 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his last three games and recorded five touchdowns in that span.

Having fellow linebacker K.J. Wright ruled out will shift even more pressure onto Wagner. Seattle ranks 28th in yards allowed per attempt (4.9) and had trouble covering the Packers’ Aaron Jones (five catches for 63 yards and a touchdown) last week. Wagner has held the Seahawks’ defense together amid big changes, but Sunday could prove to be an inflection point for the unit if it can’t contain the Panthers.

While this season might not be salvageable for New York, Eli Manning and Co. have back-to-back wins for the first time since December 2016. As small a step that might be, it’s still important for Pat Shurmur in the rebuilding process. Integral to that effort has been Barkley, who last week against the Buccaneers posted a season-high 142 rushing yards and three total touchdowns in leading the Giants to their highest point total (38) in three full years.

Philadelphia has a dire outlook in the secondary with four of the team’s top cornerbacks already either ruled out (Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox) or on injured reserve (Ronald Darby), but New York might still be content to let Barkley set the tone given the 344 rushing yards the Eagles have allowed in the last two weeks. If Jim Schwartz’s defense can’t find a way to hold up against Barkley and pressure Manning to assist the secondary, Doug Pederson’s team could take another step toward becoming the first group to follow a Super Bowl championship season with a losing record the following year since the 2003 Buccaneers.

With four consecutive wins and seven games in a row with at least three touchdowns, Luck and the Colts’ offense have almost everything going their way. The quarterback’s supporting cast has stepped up, too. The offensive line hasn’t surrendered a sack in its last five games and 214 dropbacks. The resurgence has pushed the Colts to a five-way tie for the second AFC wild-card spot.

The Dolphins also find themselves in that pack of 5-5 teams but have perhaps the least reason for hope after dropping five of their last seven. With a languishing pass rush (17 sacks), Miami will have to rely on its secondary to answer Indianapolis’ passing attack by generating turnovers. But while the Dolphins rank second in the NFL with 15 interceptions, Luck has thrown for 13 touchdowns with just one giveaway during the winning streak, and he might again be able to pick his spots against a defense that also has struggled to stop the run (142 yards allowed a game).

Tennessee has had a bewildering season, but one of the most puzzling results was a Week 2 win over Houston in which the Titans, playing without Lewan and Conklin, lost Marcus Mariota and were outgained by 154 yards (437-283) yet prevailed 20-17. Similar luck can’t be expected in the rematch. The Texans have won seven consecutive games and are in position to run away with the AFC South. For the Titans, reigniting a 30th-ranked offense might depend on getting improved play from their tackles, both to protect the dinged-up Mariota and generate a push for Dion Lewis.

After Clowney sat out and Watt was held without a sack in the first meeting, the Texans’ edge rushers should be eager to get to work against their division rival. But while Houston ranks in the top 10 defensively against the pass (234.5 yards allowed a game) and rush (96 yards), the unit has been vulnerable on third down with a 40.3 percent conversion rate allowed. Buckling on that front could undue the Texans if the Titans can keep things close.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Denver Broncos

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Denver Broncos : It doesn’t happen often, but the Denver Broncos are 7-3 against the spread the last 10 times they’ve been lined as home underdogs. The Broncos fall into that split for Sunday afternoon’s AFC showdown with the streaking Pittsburgh Steelers at Mile High.

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NFL point spread: The Steelers opened as 5.5-point favorites; the total was 47.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 28.0-18.0 Steelers (NFL picks on every game)

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The Steelers ride a six-game winning streak into this contest after coming from behind to stun the Jaguars in Jacksonville last week 20-16.

Pittsburgh trailed the Jags 16-0 late into the third quarter, then scored the last 20 points of the game to win it on a one-yard Ben Roethlisberger plunge with just five seconds left on the clock.

The Steelers outgained Jacksonville 323-243, so Pittsburgh has now outgained each of its last six opponents and outrushed five of its last six. Also, the Steelers are allowing just 18 points per game during their winning streak.

At 7-2-1 overall, Pittsburgh leads the AFC North by 2.5 games over the Ravens and Bengals and now trails Kansas City by just one game in the battle for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff standings.

Denver just snapped a two-game losing skid and, for the moment, saved its season with a 23-22 victory over a hot Chargers team in Los Angeles last week.

The Broncos trailed 6-0 after one quarter and 19-7 in the third but closed the game with a 16-3 run, driving 76 yards in the last two minutes to win it on a Brandon McManus field goal at the buzzer.

Denver got beat along most of the stat sheet but won the turnover battle 2-0, creating a plus-seven point differential. The Broncos have now outgained three of their last four opponents and outrushed three of their last four foes. They’re also 4-1 ATS their last five times out.

Of Denver’s six losses this season, four have come by a total of 16 points. At 4-6 overall, the Broncos only sit one game back of Baltimore in the battle for the second AFC wild-card spot.

Denver is coming off a big divisional road win last week and might be ripe for a letdown. The Broncos are also just 1-3-1 ATS at home this season. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is 4-0-1 SU and 3-1-1 ATS on the road this year.

The smart money here sides with the Steelers.

The total has gone under in seven of the Broncos’ last nine games.

The total has gone under in 21 of the Steelers’ last 27 games on the road.

The Steelers are 10-0-1 SU in their last 11 games on the road.

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Miami Dolphins vs Indianapolis Colts

Miami Dolphins vs Indianapolis Colts : The Indianapolis Colts (5-5) take on the Miami Dolphins (5-5) on Sunday at 1:00 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.b The Indianapolis Colts are riding a four-game win streak and look to make it five when the Miami Dolphins come into town on Sunday.

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The Dolphins are 5-5 and look to stay alive in the AFC playoff race after starting out the season 3-0 and dropping 5 of their last 7 games. Miami figures to get starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill back after suffering yet another injury. Brock Osweiler played well in his absence.

Although they are conference opponents, the Colts and Dolphins do not meet that much and it should make for an interesting match up.

Tannehill has missed the past five games for Miami, and if he does not show some sort of promise to close the season, I believe the Dolphins should cut their losses and move on from him. However, Tannehill does have decent mobility and Adam Gase can fully call his run-first offense on Sunday, with a few designed QB runs. Colts need to watch out for Tannehill’s athleticism and running ability.

The rookie safety out of Alabama has been solid this season and is showing why he was Miami’s first round pick. Fitzpatrick has played deep safety, in the box, slot corner, and just about everything else for Miami’s defense. The Dolphins figure to shadow Eric Ebron with Minkah Fitzpatrick for the entirety of the game, hoping to slow down the tight end.

The former Indianapolis Colt Frank Gore has had a nice season with Miami. His reliable ground and pound game as the bell cow back has not slowed down in what seems like his twentieth year in the league. The bottom line here is the Colts need to bottle up Gore – not letting him truck for 5 yards a carry – and make Ryan Tannehill beat you in the air. If the Dolphins can control the clock with solid running up the gut with Frank Gore, it could be a long day for the Miami defense.

The Colts look to improve to 6-5 as they chase the division leading Houston Texans (7-3), or compete for an AFC wildcard spot.

San Francisco 49ers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

San Francisco 49ers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers : The San Francisco 49ers come off their bye and will look to upend the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road in Week 12. Here are some storylines to watch for this unheralded contest. Impacting the 2019 NFL Draft order could be the only long-term storyline emanating from the San Francisco 49ers’ Week 12 road contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday, Nov. 25.

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After all, the 2-8 Niners and 3-7 Bucs are competing for top positioning in April’s draft.The short argument would be the team losing is in better position to secure a highly coveted No. 1 overall draft pick. Yet there are a lot more X-factors riding on this game than one might expect.

During the bye week, head coach Kyle Shanahan sent a message to his players indicating these final six games are essentially auditions for 2019 and beyond. So, while fans and pundits may want the 49ers to tank, Shanahan and Co. will want to see their players’ best efforts put forward.

That starts in Tampa Bay.

And it also kicks off the theme behind our first aspect of Sunday’s game worth watching.

Winning is still important to Shanahan and the players. But so is evaluating what he has deeper on the roster. Some veterans, like defensive tackle Arik Armstead and defensive back Jimmie Ward, have a lot riding on this particular contest and all the way to 2018’s conclusion. They’re essentially playing for their respective futures with the franchise.

At the same time, though, it wouldn’t be a shock to see some changes. Rookie defensive tackle Jullian Taylor has spent most of the season on the weekly inactive list. It’s possible he winds up seeing some snaps Sunday, taking would-be reps away from Armstead.

With Pierre Garçon (knee) ruled out for the game, one would also expect to see younger wide receivers Kendrick Bourne and Dante Pettis get increased looks. Pettis, who has been hampered by various injuries his rookie year, has been limited to just seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown — not exactly the kind of production one would want from a second-round NFL Draft pick.It might finally happen in Week 12 — defensive end Solomon Thomas staying put on the inside instead of being miscast as an outside edge rusher.

“Solly’s been working hard to develop,” general manager John Lynch told KNBR 680 (h/t David Bonilla of 49ers Webzone). “I think when we drafted him, we felt like where he could be an impact player (is) as an inside pass rusher. I hope to see him here in those last six games in those positions, and we can see.”

Thomas has done a good job on the outside against the run. But that’s not why he was drafted at No. 3 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. No, the Niners envisioned him being a quality pass-rusher, yet those efforts off the edge haven’t translated over to the pro level.

Fortunately, Thomas has flashed some promise rushing from the inside. And it looks as if the 49ers are planning on maximizing those efforts for the rest of the season.Second-year cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon might just want to forget his efforts in Week 10 against the New York Giants, during which he allowed a touchdown pass to Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., threw up his arms in frustration towards his fellow defensive backs and earned a bit of criticism in the process.

Despite its own woes, especially at quarterback, the Buccaneers’ pass offense still ranks tops in the league with 3,610 yards. Tampa Bay boasts two big-play receiving threats, wide receivers Mike Adams and DeSean Jackson. That means, while fellow corner Richard Sherman is locking down his side of the field, Witherspoon will be primarily tasked with handling one of these two Bucs weapons.

Witherspoon’s efforts here will go a long way in determining whether or not the Niners pass defense can hold.

As expected, second-year quarterback Nick Mullens cooled off a bit against New York. While he tossed two interceptions that game, it’s hard to peg the 27-23 loss squarely on his shoulders.

At any rate, Mullens should take some comfort knowing the Buccaneers pass defense is about as bad as the one he faced with the Oakland Raiders during his NFL debut back in Week 9. Entering Week 12, the Bucs are giving up an average of 7.8 yards per pass attempt, which ranks next to last in the league. They’ve also allowed more passing touchdowns than anyone else (25) and are boasting a league-high 329 points given up.

While Tampa Bay’s pass rush is notably better this year, the fact that some of the best front-seven defenders are banged up and questionable for the contest bodes well for Mullens and Co.

So does the fact that Mullens has been exceptional over his two starts at getting the ball out quickly.

It’s a prime weakness-versus-weakness aspect coming in as the No. 1 storyline to watch for this game.

Neither the 49ers nor Buccaneers are particularly good at forcing turnovers. The Niners have just five defensive takeaways on the season, which ranks dead last in the league. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, is next to last with six. The Buccaneers defense has just one interception on the season, which is just behind San Francisco’s two pass takeaways.

Go figure, both teams rank last and next to last in this category, respectively.

Yet the Buccaneers have been exceptionally prone to turning the ball over, too. Out of their 29 total turnovers lost (most in the NFL entering Week 12), 23 have come off interceptions, which is leading the league by a long shot. And as a result, the Bucs have a minus-23 turnover differential.

Meanwhile, the 49ers’ differential is minus-15. So, advantage San Francisco, one might assume. Although it’s not exactly an area in which either team is effective.

The 49ers and Buccaneers kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 25 from Raymond James Stadium.

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New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles

New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles : The Philadelphia Eagles (4-6) will try to end a two-game skid and stay in the NFC East race on Sunday when they host the New York Giants (3-7) as solid home favorites at sportsbooks. The Eagles are chasing the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, who are tied for first place at 6-5 after the former beat the latter 31-23 on Thursday.

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NFL point spread: The Eagles opened as 6.5-point favorites; the total was 45.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 32.7-15.5 Eagles (NFL picks on every game)

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The Giants are a better team than they were when they dropped the first meeting 34-13 in the midst of a five-game losing streak. That was back in the Week 6 Thursday night matchup, and the Giants have won their last two games over the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While their defense still leaves a lot to be desired, their offense is at least performing at a much higher level, averaging 32.5 points during their winning streak. Look for that trend to continue here at Philadelphia, as the Eagles have surrendered an average of 37.5 points in losing two in a row.

Philadelphia is the defending Super Bowl champion and faces a must-win situation at home against New York. The Eagles have won eight of the past nine meetings with the Giants straight up, accordng to the OddsShark NFL Database, and they are also 15-6 against the spread in the previous 21 games in this rivalry.

In addition, they are 8-2 SU in their last 10 divisional games, which shows how well they have played versus NFC East foes recently. Philadelphia’s season is on the line, and the team will play like it.

New York has edged a couple of teams that are going nowhere this season in San Francisco and Tampa Bay, and barely beat them both. Not long ago the Giants were going nowhere too, and you can certainly argue that they still do not have anything to play for except pride.

While that is all fine and dandy, you should never underestimate the heart of a champion either, so take the Eagles to sweep them with another cover.

The Giants are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games vs the Eagles.

The total has gone under in eight of the Eagles’ last 10 games at home.

The Eagles are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games vs divisional opponents.

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New England Patriots vs New York Jets

New England Patriots vs New York Jets : The Jets have lost four straight and coach Todd Bowles is on the hottest of hot seats. Oh, and they’ll be playing without starting quarterback Sam Darnold for the second straight game.

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The Patriots are coming off a bad loss to the Titans, but in firm control of the AFC East. Can the Jets make their lives difficult? Here’s a look at this week’s matchup.

Jets: This would be a strange way for the Jets’ to end their disastrous four-game losing streak. But, hey, this has been a strange season and a win over the Patriots would provide the Jets a much-needed boost. (Sunday will mark 42 days since their last victory.) The Patriots have beaten the Jets in 12 out of the last 14 matchups. But both the Jets wins have come at MetLife Stadium. And each of the last five games played between these two teams at the Meadowlands has been decided by seven points or less. So don’t be surprised if the Jets inexplicably find themselves in this game yet again. After a total no-show against the Bills, the Jets will probably give the Patriots their hardest punch.

Patriots: They have a comfortable lead in the AFC East at 7-4. But this is an important game, because a loss here could make things uncomfortable in a hurry. After winning six straight, the Patriots turned in a clunker against the Titans before their bye week. The Jets are a perfect team to get their season back on track and compete for playoff bye in the AFC. But if they lose here, to a Jets team that is struggling in every way, it could be a signal that all is not well for this remarkable franchise.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski vs. Jets secondary: The last time the Jets played had a home game against the Patriots, Gronkowski torched them. for six catches, 83 yards and two touchdowns. Safety Jamal Adams, who was Gronkowski’s primary victim that afternoon, said he and the Jets defense learned from the experience. Let’s find out. Gronkowski should energized after missing two games before the bye with a back injury. He’s still the Patriots’ most dangerous weapon. If he has another big game, it’s hard to see the Jets’ path to victory.

Jets: For most of this season, the defense has kept the Jets in games. (The Buffalo game, of course, was a major exception.) And if they have any hope of beating the Patriots, the defense is going to have to play to its capability. The secondary has to have a good day against Brady, Gronkowski and Josh Gordon. The defensive line, led by Leonard Williams must stuff the run and put pressure on Brady. The offense is due to break through, and Josh McCown, starting in Darnold’s place, should be less rusty than a week ago. If the Jets’ defense can force a turnover (for the first time in four games) and keep the Patriots to two touchdowns, they can win this game. But that’s a big ‘if.’

Patriots: There’s only one thing the Patriots have to do if they want to win this game: score early. Throughout this losing streak, the Jets have dealt with early deficits which has sabotaged their play-calling and put undue stress on the defense. If the Patriots can get an early score, the vicious cycle will surely continue for the Jets. Expect New England to give Sony Michele a lot of carries early, and then test Trumaine Johnson with a deep shot. Johnson, the centerpiece of the Jets’ offseason, he’s been a disappointment since signing his five-year, $72.5 million contract in the offseason. If the Patriots offense can get humming early, there’s no way the Jets will be able to keep up.

Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals : The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know including the story that they may not have to face the Bengals best player Sunday Hopefully, everyone out there had a great Thanksgiving Day and is enjoying the rest of this weekend. We are one day closer to the Cleveland Browns taking the field again after a long break.

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The last time we saw them they were able to knock off the Atlanta Falcons — which was a huge shock. Now with extra time to prepare, they’re about to play an in-state rival in the Cincinnati Bengals.

It’s also likely they could be facing the Bengals without one of their better players. Wideout A.J. Green has yet to practice this week and that could mean their top receiver could sit out the game.

That story and more can be found in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns News

Browns at Bengals injury report: A.J. Green, Dre Kirkpatrick still out — Jason Marcum, Cincy Jungle

The star wide receiver was expected to practice this week, but he was unable to do so Thursday, meaning he’s missed the first two practices this week. Green needs to get in a full session on Friday to feel good about his chances of playing Sunday vs. Cleveland.

If Green is out, things could be much easier for the Browns on defense. He’s one of the best in the game and is a nightmare to try and cover.

Jim and John Harbaugh, Lincoln Riley, Bruce Arians and others on the Browns’ head coach radar or that should — Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com

The Browns are compiling their list of head coaching candidates, and by the end of the season they’ll be ready to start interviewing for their ninth full-time head coach since 1999.

The only candidate we know for sure so far is Browns interim coach Gregg Williams, because GM John Dorsey has said he’ll interview him, and Williams has said he’ll accept the opportunity to do so.

Mary Kay weighs in on the open head coaching job and lists the candidates that she sees as having a shot. New names like George Edwards from the Vikings pop up, but it’s still a lot of the names we already have seen.

Dawg Pound set for hostile takeover in Cincinnati

Elliot Kennel discusses how the Bengals have struggled to fill their stadium this season, which could make it a very heavy Browns fan base this weekend.

Dan Justik breaks down the upcoming game between the Browns and Bengals and says why the big guard — who used to play for the Bengals — is going to be vital in this one.

Seattle Seahawks vs Carolina Panthers

Seattle Seahawks vs Carolina Panthers : Russell Wilson leads the professional rivalry with Cam Newton five games to two, with the Seattle Seahawks going 4-3 against the spread over the past seven meetings with the Carolina Panthers. In a key game in the NFC playoff picture, the Seahawks play the Panthers on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte.

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NFL point spread: The Panthers opened as three-point favorites; the total was 45 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.

NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 26.5-22.2 Panthers. NFL picks on every game.

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The Seahawks just snapped a two-game losing skid with a 27-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 11. Seattle fell down to the Packers 14-3 in the first quarter and still trailed 24-20 midway through the fourth. But the Seahawks took the lead on a Wilson touchdown pass with five minutes left, made a defensive stop and then ran the last four minutes off the clock to secure the win.

On the night, Seattle earned a 23-14 advantage in first downs, outrushed Green Bay 173-48 and won time of possession by a 34-26 split.

Seattle has outrushed six of its past seven opponents, going 4-2-1 ATS along the way. In fact, the Seahawks lead the league in rushing at 154 yards per game,

At 5-5 overall Seattle trails the first-place Los Angeles Rams by 4.5 games in the NFC West but also sits just a half-game back of the Minnesota Vikings in the battle for the second NFC wild-card spot.

Carolina is trying to snap its own two-game losing skid after falling on the road to the Detroit Lions last time out 20-19.

The Panthers drove the opening possession of the game 90 yards for a touchdown, trailed 20-13 late in the game, scored to pull within one point with one minute to go but boldly went for two and the win but came up empty.

On the day, Carolina outgained the Lions 387-309. But the Panthers also missed a field goal after reaching the Detroit four-yard line and missed an extra point.

The Panthers have outgained five of their past six opponents. Carolina is also 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS at home this season.

At 6-4 overall, the Panthers trail the first-place New Orleans Saints by three games in the NFC South, but they also own the No. 5 spot in the NFC playoff standings.

Five of the seven meetings between Wilson and Newton have been decided by one score or less, and this one will probably fall into that category as well. And in a game like this, it’s better to have a field goal in your pocket rather than give one away. The smart money here bets the Seahawks.

The Seahawks are 6-2 SU in their past eight games against the Panthers.

The total has gone over in the Seahawks’ past four games against the Panthers.

The Seahawks are 6-2 SU in their past eight games in the early afternoon.

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Jacksonville Jaguars vs Buffalo Bills

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Buffalo Bills : BuffaLowDown’s DJ Eberle breaks down the Buffalo Bills’ Week 12 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, including the three keys to the game. After a week off, the Buffalo Bills have the chance to stack together consecutive wins for the first time this season on Sunday.

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In a matchup against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, and with the return of Josh Allenunder center, the Bills have a good chance to do just that.

But how?

Each week during the regular season this column will provide the three ways the Bills can secure a victory. So, without further ado, here are the “Three Keys to Victory” for the matchup against the Jaguars.

Take away the Jacksonville running game

Whether it’s Leonard Fournette, Carlos Hyde or T.J. Yeldon carrying the ball, there’s talent coming out of the Jacksonville backfield.

By now you’re likely aware that the Bills have the second-best defense (according to yards per game) in the league. If you break it down further, they’re first against the pass and ninth against the run.

Buffalo’s secondary will likely shut Blake Bortles and Co. down. In fact, expect an interception or two.

The key is slowing down the running game.

The return of Trent Murphy could be a huge boost for the front seven. With some key Jacksonville offensive linemen expected out, or at the very least less than 100 percent, Buffalo will have an advantage up front.

Like the Bills, Jacksonville sports a vaunted passing defense, giving up the third fewest yards through the air per game.

But you can run the ball against Jacksonville. They rank 15th.

LeSean McCoy is coming off his best game of the season, and with Allen back in the starting lineup, opposing defenses shouldn’t stack the box as much anymore.

While the offensive line will likely still struggle, McCoy should be able to have some success in the open field.

If the Bills can get McCoy going early, Allen will have a much easier time in the passing game.

The Bills are minus-seven in turnover margin this season.

While the offense has given up the ball at a terrible rate, the defense hasn’t been able to come away with many, either.

In a game that’s expected to be an offensive struggle, an extra possession or two will go a long way.

Buffalo scores a touchdown on either defense or special teams.

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With a strong defensive effort, McCoy carries the load on offense and Allen finds the end zone through the air. Against Jalen Ramsey.

Oakland Raiders vs Baltimore Ravens

Oakland Raiders vs Baltimore Ravens : Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson is expected to make his second career start when the Baltimore Ravens host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon.

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Coming off a superb performance in a victory against the Cincinnati Bengals a week ago, Jackson used his legs to help the Ravens snap a three-game slide and keep Baltimore (5-5) atop a crowded pack for the sixth and final AFC playoff slot.

With starter Joe Flacco sidelined with a hip injury, Jackson rushed for 119 yards on 27 carries — the most attempts by any quarterback since 1960 — in the 24-21 victory over the Bengals. The former Heisman Trophy winner from Louisville does not expect to run that often against Oakland (2-8).

Can rookie QB Lamar Jackson lead the Ravens to a lopsided win over the Oakland Raiders when the two teams meet up this afternoon at 1PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Ravens are the clear favorite in this game, as they are getting odds of -11 points against the Raiders. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 42.5 points. The public b

The Baltimore Ravens put an end to their three-game losing streak last week when they beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-21, behind rookie QB Lamar Jackson. The Ravens are now 5-5 on the season, 4-6 against the spread and 6-4 with the under. Baltimore has failed to cover in four straight.

With Joe Flacco out with a hip injury last week, Jackson put up 150 passing yards and 119 rushing yards in his first career NFL start. Jackson will start again today as Flacco is unable to return. On the year, Baltimore averages 23.7 points and 370.2 yards per game on offense. Alex Collins is the leading rusher on the team with 411 yards and seven touchdowns while John Brown is the leading receiver with 35 catches for 624 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Baltimore ranks first in the NFL in points allowed (18.1 ppg) and yards allowed (300 ypg). They have 29 sacks as a unit this year.

The Oakland Raiders put an end to a five-game losing streak last week with a 23-21 win at Arizona. Oakland is now 2-8 overall, 3-7 against the spread and 6-4 with the under. The Raiders also snapped a five-game losing streak at the betting window in the win.

Oakland’s offense is averaging just 17 points and 347.2 yards per game this year. Their scoring average ranks 30thin the NFL right now. Derek Carr is leading the offense with 2,633 yards and 12 touchdowns, but also has eight interceptions and has been sacked 32 times. Jared Cook is the leading receiver with 45 catches for 577 yards and four touchdowns. Marshawn Lynch is still the leading rusher with 376 yards despite being out for a while with a groin injury. Defensively, Oakland is giving up 29.3 points and 387.4 yards per game this year. Their run defense ranks 31st in the league, allowing 142.3 yards per game.

The Ravens are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven following a win.

The Raiders are just 3-8-1 against the spread in their last 12 road games and 0-7 ATS in their last seven following a win.

The Raiders finally ended their losing streak last week, but they had been getting beat up pretty bad prior to that. All five of their losses were by at least 14. Baltimore has struggled to cover and Jackson is a rookie, but I expect the Ravens defense to completely dominate the Raiders offense. Oakland had just nine points in their previous two games and this Baltimore defense is going to make the trip from the West to the East a painful one. Despite the big spread, I am taking the home team.