Michael Garcia - November 14, 2012
The Ravens lead this off despite being an underdog because look at that picture. Also because I think that line will massively swing before this week's action. If Ben Roethlisberger truly is going to miss the game, the Ravens should be favored if you ask me. Oh, you didn't ask? I'm telling you anway.
The Vikings, Giants, Seahawks and Titans are your four teams on a bye this week. Adrian Peterson getting some rest is probably a good thing, though the NFL's leading rusher doesn't look like he needs it. There are a few good games on tap for week 11, notably the Packers at the Lions. Detroit's season could be done, especially if the Packers beat their asses.
Another intriguing game could be the Bears at the 49ers on Monday night. Both teams lost their QBs to concussions this week, and both their statuses are yet to be determined. A major playoff implications showdown with backup quarterbacks? Fun! Another good one should be the Colts at the Patriots. How will Andrew Luck stack up against Tom Brady? Well, if the Patriots defense plays like they did against the Bills, the Colts might have a good shot.
There are four road favorites this week, with the Packers, the Buccaneers, the Bengals and the Saints looking to get big wins. Houston is favored by 16 at home against Jacksonville, and those big lines are often too big. I don't know about that one.
The Dolphins travel to Buffalo for the Thursday night game, with Buffalo only a 1.5 favorite right now, but based on this week, it should be higher. Good luck.
Lines from MGM-Mirage on Vegas.com unless noted otherwise.
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