NFL Week 12 Tips & Betting Preview
The Football coaching legend talks Chiefs v Rams, the MVP race and looks at the Week 12 action.
The Rams and Chiefs went and put on a classic, I told you there would be Madden-like numbers! I think if the NFL could bottle the essence of that game they would because in my mind it was the showcase game of the last 20 years.
For the NFL, it’s so important to have players who are stars and especially QBs who could potentially replace Brady and Rodgers when they go. They may just have that in Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff, two guys who are the cornerstones of their franchises already. I can’t wait to see what they do in the seasons to come.
Looking quickly at the MVP race, It’s extremely close between Mahomes and Drew Brees but if I were to pick my ‘Most Valuable Player’ right now, it has to be Brees. The clue is in the title – He is so valuable to the Saints because he doesn’t have the cast around him that Mahomes does. He’s an ambassador for New Orleans as a city, not just the team, and I think he’s so deserving of the award.
New York Jets v New England Patriots
Looking to some Week 12 Sunday games, let’s start with the Patriots and Jets. Some people are expecting this to be one of the most lopsided games of the season, and I can understand why they think that. The Patriots are coming off a loss and it’s VERY rare that they lose two in a row.
The Patriots have so much to play for, as this is the time of the season where we really see the seedings for the playoffs take shape. Every win counts huge and the Pats will be focused and healthy. I can really only see them pounding the sorry Jets, who may still be feeling sorry for themselves after a whooping by the Bills. Look for a healthy New England win, even if Tom Brady doesn't play.
Denver Broncos v Pittsburgh Steelers
Next up, the Steelers take on the Broncos and this is a game that will be better than some think. You’ve got Pittsburgh who have all this talent on offense, but if they have one weakness it’s their secondary. If Denver can exploit that, we may have a game on our hands.
Having said that, I do expect the Steelers to win, but the Broncos will make it tough. Even if they do make it a proper battle, Pittsburgh should take massive heart from the way they scraped past the Jags last week. If you’re going to win a Super Bowl, you’re going to have to win ‘ugly’ along the way.
Take the Steelers in a close one.
Houston Texans v Tennessee Titans
Finally, Monday Night Football blesses us with the Titans and Texans this time around. Straight off the bat, I’m picking the Texans here. Tennessee have been up and down all year and the best case for them is that Marcus Mariota plays, although he’ll be hurt. If not, Blaine Gabbert will come in and he isn’t a QB that you can win a game with.
Coach Mike Vrabel was with the Texans the last three years so he’ll know all about his former team, which could give the Titans a slight edge. But the Texans have star power and the AFC South in their sights – Although the Colts may still have something to say about that!