NFL Week 12: Previews and predictions, start times for every game
By Ryan Kartje
LAST WEEK AGAINST THE SPREAD: 10-4
SEASON RECORD: 79-75-3
CLEVELAND AT CINCINNATI
Kickoff: 10 a.m.
Outlook: In the terrible AFC Wild Card race, somehow the Browns are still not mathematically eliminated. That should change sooner rather than later. But when it comes to the Bengals, no ineptitude is beyond their grasp. Cincinnati pounded Cleveland earlier this season, but hasn’t beaten anyone else in 2017 by double-digits. Even with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green in a plus matchup here, it’s hard to trust any member of this team to show consistency. Even Green has just two games of more than five receptions this season. The Bengals schedule is too tough to expect a legitimate run at the Wild Card, but for all their issues, they’re still not the Browns. They should take care of business here.
Player to watch: Corey Coleman, WR. In his return to the lineup, Coleman made an impression in an otherwise ugly loss last week. He had six catches for 80 yards and seemed to immediately establish a rapport with Kizer. If they can keep that up, the Browns might finally have an option to lean on in the pass game. Still, with Kizer throwing the ball, don’t hold your breath.
Line: Bengals by 8.5
Pick: Bengals, 20-13
CHICAGO AT PHILADELPHIA
Kickoff: 10 a.m.
Outlook: The Eagles continue to roll, and with home-field advantage within reach, don’t expect them to take their foot off of the gas anytime soon. They’ve scored 30 or more points in four straight games. Carson Wentz did show some vulnerability against the Cowboys last week, with a few errant throws in the middle of the game, and Chicago is no slouch against the pass, with the fourth-highest sack total in the NFL. The Bears will do their best to rely on the run game in this one, but good luck with that. […]