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If the NFL playoffs were going to start tomorrow, the Atlanta Falcons at 4-6 on the season would be the No.4 seed, and guaranteed a home playoff game. It certainly begs the question on how the playoffs are created, but that is a conversation for another day.
The Falcons will try to climb within one game of .500 this week at home against the Cleveland Brown. Atlanta is 0-2 against the AFC North thus far on the season. In fact, all four of the Falcons’ wins have come in their own division. They are a perfect 4-0 against the NFC South, and 0-6 against the rest of their schedule.
The Falcons and Browns kick off at 1pm on Sunday. Three days before that, it’s a showdown in the AFC West between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders remain the only winless team in the NFL, while Kansas City is tied atop the AFC West with the Denver Broncos. There is no question that Andy Reid has changed the culture in the Chiefs’ locker room, and for the second season in a row they look like serious contenders.
The fact that the game is on the road for Kansas City has little bearing on which team in the favorite. The Chiefs would probably be double-digit favorites at home, but in Oakland that line sits at 7.5 points according to Bovada Sportsbook’s Week 12 NFL point spreads.
Once the calendar flips to Sunday, there are some point spreads that are quite a bit larger. In fact, there are three games in the 1 o’clock wave where the betting line is at least 10 points. They are Philadelphia (-11) over Tennessee, Green Bay (-10) over Minnesota, and Indianapolis (-14) over Jacksonville.
The closest betting line on the day is the aforementioned Browns vs. Falcons matchup. Atlanta is a field-goal favorite at home. It would be the first victory outside of the NFC South for the Falcons, which would be very big. Even though the team has had some injury struggles, all that matters is finding a way to stay in contention. The Browns are also right in the middle of the AFC playoff picture, sitting with the most wins they’ve had heading into Week 12 in years. The AFC North might actually be one of the toughest divisions in the league, with each team sitting over .500 currently.
The matchup later in the afternoon at 4:05pm is in the NFC West between Seattle and Arizona. Despite the Cardinals losing their starting quarterback Carson Palmer, backup Drew Stanton filled in nicely last week in a win. Arizona is 9-1 on the year with the best record in the NFL. They simply keep winning.
Having said that, oddsmakers are not respecting the record, setting Arizona as touchdown underdogs on the road against the defending Super Bowl champions. the Seahawks are not the same team from a season ago though, sitting at 6-4. Arizona already defeated Seattle earlier in the season, and can complete the season-sweep with a victory on Sunday. That would certainly turn some heads and cement the Cardinals as big-time contenders.
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