Two NFC Favorites Face Huge Week 12 Road Tests
How the San Francisco 49ers fare in New Orleans on Sunday as well as how the Green Bay Packers come out of a big one at the New York Giants could determine where a potential playoff matchup between the NFC favored 49ers and Packers takes place in January. Both 49ers-Saints and Packers-Giants will have live play-by-play betting at the book.
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Off a very impressive 32-7 home victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night, the Niners are the NFC favorites at 3/1 at the book. At 7-2-1, the 49ers as of now would be the second seed in the NFC playoffs, currently 1.5 games behind 9-1 Atlanta. That tie could end up being as bad as a loss for San Francisco. The 49ers beat the Packers in Week 1 so would hold any head-to-head tiebreaker there. They don't play the Falcons in the regular season.
The Niners' top-rated scoring defense (13.4 ppg) will be tested by the Saints' No. 4 scoring offense (28.7 ppg) and No. 2 passing game (296.4 ypg). New Orleans has rebounded from a 0-4 start to get to 5-5. Since 1970, only five of 127 teams to start 0-4 were able to get above .500 at any point the rest of the season, so the Saints can become No. 6. New Orleans is not likely to catch the Falcons in the NFC South so they would have to take the wild-card route to return to the postseason.
Green Bay (7-3) is tied for first in the NFC North with the Bears, but the Packers already have beaten Chicago once - they play again in Chicago Week 15. Green Bay is the -160 division favorite, with the Bears at +150. The Packers, who are 13/4 to win the NFC, also don't play the Falcons in the regular season. Of course the key in getting a top-two seed is not playing on wild-card weekend and having home-field advantage in the divisional round.
Home-field advantage didn't help the Packers last year. They finished 15-1 for a first-round bye and No. 1 seed, only to be upset by the Giants 37-20 in Lambeau Field. Green Bay turned the ball over four times in that one. The Pack did win at the Giants last regular season, 38-35.
The Giants (6-4) have seen a three-game lead in the NFC East dwindle to one over Dallas with New York on a two-game losing streak. The G-Men are -160 to win the division, with the Cowboys at +160. New York was on the bye last week, which might have come at a good time for QB Eli Manning.
Manning was in the MVP discussion but in the past four games has one touchdown pass and six interceptions. Manning's QB rating has been over 60.0 just once in that stretch. The book has an over/under prop on his TD passes the rest of the season: 9.5. The two-time Super Bowl winner says his "tired" arm now feels good. The Giants are three-point favorites versus Green Bay.
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*-Vikings at Bears: Chicago's offense looked inept in Monday's loss without concussed QB Jay Cutler. He has been cleared to resume practicing, but the team likely won't announce until Thursday or Friday if he will start against Minnesota. In a scheduling oddity, the Bears and Vikings play twice in three weeks.
The bad news for the Bears is that NFL rushing leader Adrian Peterson will be well-rested as the Vikings (6-4) come off the bye. Peterson is on a four-game tear, rushing for 629 yards. Plus Peterson owns the Bears as in eight career games against them he has 12 touchdowns and averages 102.9 yards per game. Chicago has won five straight in the series, however, and covered all five.
*-Monday, Panthers at Eagles: Arguably the worst "Monday Night Football" matchup of the season with two teams going nowhere. However Bovada does offer an interesting prop on this game: Will MNF analyst Jon Gruden coach either the Panthers or Eagles next season? Yes-only at +300.
It is presumed the 3-7 Eagles and 2-8 Panthers will not bring back coaches Andy Reid and Ron Rivera, respectively, after the teams' disappointing seasons. Gruden has often been linked to NFL openings but has said he is committed to ESPN. Gruden did leave open the door to returning to coaching earlier this year when he said he would consider it in the right situation. On Monday, the former Raiders and Bucs coach can do a little in-person scouting of two potential landing spots. Gruden also has been linked to the open University of Tennessee job.
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