The parade of upsets continued in Week 12 of the NFL schedule. Down and out teams such as the Titans, Redskins and Bills all won on Sunday. Meanwhile, we had a few predictable results mixed in for a change, as Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Minnesota all took care of business on the money line. Let’s look back.
Washington 17 Carolina 13
Huh? What the heck happened here? Rookie Jason Campbell wins in only his second NFL start and the Redskins really throw the Panthers for a loop. Jake Delhomme continues to struggle with his downfield decision-making and Ladell Betts did his best Clinton Portis impersonation. The home dog covered and the game went under the total points.
Baltimore 27 Pittsburgh 0
Talk about ending your season with an exclamation point! The Steelers were like a train wreck in this one: horrible to watch and sad by the time it was over. The Ravens are digging in for a Super Bowl run folks… It was an easy under and Ravens cover.
New Orleans 31 Atlanta 13
Mark it down. This was the day that Jim Mora, Jr. unofficially lost his job. The Falcons will not recover from this loss, that’s for darn certain. Meanwhile, it’s amazing how much better the Saints look when they don’t turn the ball over. The road dog prevailed.
St. Louis 20 San Francisco 17
A heartbreaking loss for the 49ers. They played a good road game and did cover the spread. But a last minute touchdown sealed their fate. No matter, this is a team on the upswing and they should be proud. As for the Rams? Well, they are now tied with the 49ers and ended a rather lengthy losing streak.
New York Jets 26 Houston 11
New York continued their winning ways against inferior opponents and are now in position to challenge for a playoff spot. They easily covered the spread at home. The Texans are a bad team that played hard enough to win a few games accidentally this season.
Minnesota 31 Arizona 26
This was a typical Cardinals game where they do just enough to lose the contest. It was a wild ending with a familiar result for Arizona money line backers. Meanwhile, Brad Johnson looked good for the first time in a while, but not good enough for the Vikings to cover as a home favorite.
Cincinnati 30 Cleveland 0
Another shutout in Week 12. So much for the notion that the Browns hadn’t packed in their season yet. Looks like Marvin Lewis is hell bent on fixing his defense. So far so good. A big cover for the road favorite and an under for the total in this outcome.
Buffalo 27 Jacksonville 24
In our estimation, it was the most predictable home dog cover in quite some time. Sure the final score was close, but the Jags never really showed they were ready to win this game outright. A nice over for total bettors here.
San Diego 21 Oakland 14
Chargers backers were fine with the money line, but those who also bet the spread were disappointed. Raiders bettors are getting some nice covers as of late. Too bad Oakland couldn’t pull off the monumental upset.
Tennessee 24 New York 21
Vince Young took over the fourth quarter and willed his team to victory. Sure, he was helped by some stupidity on the Giants’ part, but man he is fun to watch. A nice underdog win for the home team.
New England 17 Chicago 13
The Pats turned the ball over five times and managed to win anyway on the strength of Rex Grossman’s poor decision-making and four turnovers. New England is looking great, while Chicago simply wants to play a home game after three straight road games. The under was golden here as well.
Indianapolis 45 Philadelphia 21
The Colts were apparently tired of the talk that they couldn’t cover a big spread or blow out an opponent. They came out on fire and never let up. The Eagles were horrible on defense and allowed the Colts to cover the big spread and run the total points of the game over the number.