The Thanksgiving NFL Trifecta is in the books but the action won’t stop their as the action continues on Sunday with week 12 NFL picks & predictions. That being said the two games we will be keeping our eyes on this weekend features the Minnesota Vikings traveling to take on the Atlanta Falcons at 1pm followed by the New England Patriots heading out West to take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football.
The first of those two contests features the first place Vikings taking on a Falcons team that sits at 6-4 and holding tight to one of the two NFC wild card spots. The big test in this contest will be whether or not the Vikings defense can slow down one of the NFL’s top passing attacks.
Entering this game the Vikings have allowed an NFC league low 184 points through their first ten games this season. The Vikings have allowed fewer than 20 points in six of their ten games this season. That includes holding the Detroit Lions to under twenty in both of their meetings, the San Diego Chargers to 14 points and the Oakland Raiders to 14.
Meanwhile the Falcons defense will also need a big game on the defensive side of the ball to slow down the NFL’s leading rusher. The Vikings Adrian Peterson is the only runner in the NFL with at least 1,000 yards through the first 11 weeks of the season. The good news is the Falcons defense ranks number one in the NFL allowing just 87 yards per game to opposing running backs.
Now the second game doesn’t have the same appeal as it would have had if Peyton Manning would be under center. In the end it still features the undefeated Patriots taking on a Broncos team that has just two losses through their first ten games this season.
In the end Tom Brady will take on Brock Osweiler on Prime Time in a game that will feature a playoff atmosphere. After completing just 58 percent of his passes against the Kansas City Chiefs after taking over for Manning. The fourth year quarter rebounded last weekend as he completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards and two touchdown passes.
On the other side after an MVP like performance to start the season, Brady has come back down over the past few weeks. After throwing just one interception over his first seven games, Brady has thrown an interception in three straight games. The Patriots have also failed to reach 30 points in each of those contests after failing to reach 30 points in just game prior.
Minnesota Vikings VS Atlanta Falcons Betting Trends:
These two teams are on different ends of the road regarding how they have played against the spread this season. The Vikings are 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games while the Vikings are just 2-5 against the spread at home in their last seven games at the Georgia Dome.
One key trend to monitor is the fact that two teams have combined to go under the over/under in four of their last five meetings in Atlanta.
New England Patriots VS Denver Broncos Betting Trends:
Looking at these two teams both of these teams have been very good against the spread of late. The Patriots enter this contest going 5-2-2 over their last nine games as well as 5-0 in their last five games taking place during week 12 of the NFL season. Meanwhile the Broncos are 6-2 following a week they have failed to cover the spread.
Now that being said the home team is 5-0 in their last five meetings against the spread as well as the two covering the over in five of their last six meetings.
In the end we should all be Thankful for another great week of NFL action!