Week 12 has come and gone, and now the focus shifts to Thanksgiving. Before we jump ahead, let’s take a look back and see what we learned from the NFL betting lines in Week 12.
Patriots Are The Best Team In The NFL Right Now
Is there any question about this? Earlier in the season, people were saying Tom Brady should retire and that Bill Belichick has lost his touch. Apparently not. This team has won seven straight and is blowing teams off the map. Since losing to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4, they’ve scored an average of 39.6 points per game and won by a margin of 20.0 points per game. Last week, they rode the running of Jonas Gray to victory in Indianapolis. This week, they didn’t even use Jonas Gray as they picked apart a supposedly-stout Detroit Lions defense. We’ll learn more about the Patriots in coming road trips to Green Bay and San Diego, but as of now, this is clearly the best team in the NFL; which is something you should consider when looking at the NFL odds.
Detroit Lions Are Not A Contender
The Lions have been a disaster the last few weeks and it’s questionable whether things will get any better. The offense has been ice cold as they haven’t scored a touchdown in back-to-back games. This was supposed to be an explosive offense but the Lions have scored 20 or less in seven of their last eight games. The Lions have absolutely no balance on offense as they don’t even bother running the ball. On Sunday, they threw it 46 times and ran it just 25 times, although they trailed most of the way. They aren’t able to protect Stafford on passing plays either as he’s been sacked 33 times, which is among the most in the NFL.
The Packers have taken over the lead in the NFC North and it doesn’t look like they’re going to give that up. The Lions are a pretender and will fade away down the stretch. There’s a good chance they don’t even make the playoffs unless their offense wakes up.
San Diego Chargers Have Completely Fallen Off The Map
The Chargers started the season 5-1 and there was all sorts of talk that this team had emerged as a contender in the AFC. As we head into Week 13, this team has some serious concerns. Yes, the Chargers have won two straight but they barely edged out the Oakland Raiders at home two weeks again and on Sunday, they needed a miracle goal-line interception at the end of the game to stave off the St. Louis Rams. That’s a concern considering the Chargers were at home and supposed to be significantly better than the Rams.
There are rumors that something has happened to Philip Rivers (rib injury) as he’s not playing anywhere the MVP level he was earlier in the season. He had 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions in his first six games but has just seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in his last five games.
The Arizona Cardinals Are In Trouble
There’s nothing embarrassing about losing in Seattle but the manner of which it happened should be a cause for concern for the Arizona Cardinals. They mustered just 149 yards passing and that’s going to be an issue going forward with Carson Palmer on the shelf. The problem for Arizona is that they can’t run the ball, so their offense could be stuck in neutral the rest of the way. The Cardinals rank dead last in the NFL in rushing yards and yards per carry. Their leading rusher, Andre Ellington, had just 24 on Sunday.
The Cardinals need more out of Drew Stanton if they are going to make any impact on the playoff picture whatsoever. As of right now, it’s hard to believe that will happen as this team is not functional on offense and therefore doesn't cut it for our NFL picks.