This Sunday promises to keep NFL fans occupied with a nice lineup of games. Week 12 is here and the season is on its downhill run. Every point from now on is vital to being able to make it to the postseason and have a good spot.
Will The Steelers Ever Play The Ravens?
The biggest game of week 12 in the NFL was always going to be between Big Ben and his undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers and the 6-4 Baltimore Ravens, who are one of the few teams left in the league with any real chance of challenging the 10-0 Steelers this season. The game was all set for Thanksgiving evening and football fans all across the country were looking forward to the big game, the last of three on Turkey Day, but it was not to be.
Due to a whole rash of positive COVID-19 testing at the Ravens practice facility, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had little choice but to postpone the contest and move it to a spot on Sunday.
Both the Steelers and the Ravens voiced their disappointment at the decision, but that blew over quickly and the big game is on again for 12:15 CST on NBC from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh this Sunday. The Steelers are going in as 4-point favorites, with a low 45 points set as the Over/Under.
Ravens at the Steelers will be just one of several close and exciting games going off during the early games this Sunday and the ESPN Red Zone should be quite popular. There is also Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders coming to Atlanta to give Matt Ryan a hard time. The 6-4 Raiders will be just 3-point favorites against the 3-7 Falcons and should be able to cover that with no problems. Las Vegas is the only team to have beaten the Kansas City Chiefs this year and, in the recent rematch, which was won by the Chiefs, the Raiders hung tough and did a respectable job even in a losing effort against one of the top three teams in the NFL.
The Panthers Hang On For Dear Life
The Carolina Panthers will travel up to Minnesota to take on the 4-6 Vikings, thankfully, in a nice warm dome stadium. Much will depend on what kind of shape Teddy Bridgewater is in for the 4-7 Panthers, who are 3.5-point underdogs to the Minnesota team.
The tightest line in the early games is between the 6-4 Arizona Cardinals visiting the 4-6 New England Patriots as 1-point favorites. The Patriots need to win this game to have any real hope of making the playoffs this year. Cardinals elusive quarterback Kyler Murray has been banged up a bit in the last couple of game, but is still expected to play and perhaps get over the 49-point Over/Under for the game.
Still in the early slot, there are the 7-3 Tennessee Titans visiting the 7-3 Indianapolis Colts, with the Colts as 3- point favorites and the Over/Under set at 51.5.
Saints Look To Stop Skid Against Broncos
The afternoon games kickoff with the New Orleans Saints visiting the Broncos up in Denver as 6-point favorites and a low Over/Under set at 43.5, perhaps because the New Orleans quarterback will once again be Taysom Hill, who is still a bit of an unknown.
The big game of the afternoon will be when the Kansas City 9-1 Chiefs go down to Tampa Bay to take on Tom Brady and the 7-4 Buccaneers as 3-point favorites with the Over/Under set at 56. This one has all the makings of being a great game to watch.
Sunday Night Football will feature a traditional rivalry, with the 7-3 Green Bay Packers hosting the 5-5 Chicago Bears up at Lambeau Field. It will most likely be very cold, which is a good reason that the Over/Under is set at a low 45 points. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are 9.5-point favorites for the matchup.
This is the best lineup of NFL games to be played on one day in the entire 2020 season, especially if the Steelers and the Ravens get to play.