Jim Sez Week 12 NFL Previews
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NFL 12 SUNDAY PREVIEWS
NEW YORK GIANTS (5-5) at WASHINGTON (4-6) - 1 p.m. ET, Fox
From the somebody's-gotta-win-the-NFC East we bring you this Thanksgiving Weekend tilt from just outside the nation's capital ... and we'll see if this post-bye week stuff continues to work as NFL teams coming off their bye are 18-10 ATS (against the spread) and here QB Eli Manning (279 yards passing with two TDs in earlier-season meeting with Washington) looks to heat up but remember his O-line is tattered/battered.
P.S., the Giants are plus 13 in the turnover margin category (second only to still-unbeaten Carolina) and so 68 percent passer QB Kirk Cousins must be ultra-careful about not forcing any red-zone area throws here.
Spread Note - The NY Giants have covered their last five consecutive head-to-head showdowns with Washington and that includes the 32-21 win/cover back in Week 3.
PITTSBURGH (6-4) at SEATTLE (5-5) - 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Again, here's a case of where the road team is fresh off a bye and that had to help mending QB Ben Roethlisberger who threw for 379 yards and three TDs in relief work two weeks ago versus the Cleveland Browns.
If "Big Ben" gets the time to chuck it, WRs Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant - the most dynamic duo for same-team wide outs in this man's league - will create problems for a Seattle team that is deceptively ranked second among pass defense units. Hey, we've seen this here-and-now "Legion of Boom" secondary get raked over the coals a few times this year and Roethlisberger won't be shy challenging Seattle CB Richard Sherman.
The Seahawks last week received a major jump-start from rookie RB Thomas Rawls (209 yards rushing in the 29-13 win/cover versus San Francisco last week) and now the kid's gonna be asked for an encore with RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) out till further notice.
Spread Note - The Seahawks are just 2-3 ATS as hosts this year after compiling a ridiculous 59-27-4 spread log at home from 2005-thru-2014.
On Sunday Night, it's ...
NEW ENGLAND (10-0) at DENVER (8-2) - 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
The prime-time game on this last Sunday in November is a major doozy ... even if it won't pit yet another Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady duel!
Manning's down for the count with his assorted injuries that include a sore foot but 25-year-old new starter Brock Osweiler (20-of-27 passing for 250 yards in a 17-15 win at Chicago last weekend) won't have the shakes here - still, he needs WR Demaryius Thomas to make a couple of big plays in the open field or else New England's gonna stack the box and take away the Broncos' ground game that ranks a lowly 27th in the league and may already be no threat at all.
If you watched the Patriots' 20-13 win against 7-point Buffalo last Monday Night, then you know Mr. Brady's receiving corps is really hurting - no WR Julian Edelman here and now productive wide out Danny Amendola is out and ditto for WR Aaron Dobson and you all saw how the Bills "took away" TE Rob Gronkowski in that tilt.
Hey, we're not shocked that the totals price has dipped from a high of 47 to 43.5 points - and with the temps dipping too this one might be 17-14 one way or the other and so FG makes/misses could be the key.
Sorry, you won't get Manning vs. Brady but you could get a real humdinger defensive showdown and we'll clue you in on the totals here when you check with Jim Hurley on game-day morning at 1-800-323-4453 or here online.
Spread Note - The Broncos are a wacky 1-3-3 ATS this year ever since starting off with three consecutive pointspread "W's" while the Patriots are 8-2-2 ATS overall since late last season.
NOTE: Catch our complete weekend wrap-up report plus the Monday Night Football Preview - that's the Baltimore Ravens at the Cleveland Browns - in the next edition of Jim Sez!
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