After the feast of football that the NFL served up this Thanksgiving Day, Week 12 of the regular season continues on Sunday with some more tasty morsels.
The Tennessee Titans will be hungry for revenge against the Cincinnati Bengals, their 2021 season playoff conquerors, while the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles could finish off the fading postseason hopes of two teams with losing records.
What: Cincinnati Bengals @ Tennessee Titans
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
When: 1pm.ET/10am PT Sunday, November 27th 2022
How to watch: CBS, Streaming via Paramount +
Odds: CIN Bengals -145, TEN Titans +125
The mouthwatering prospect of two in-form AFC playoff contenders doing battle on the early slate of games is only slightly tempered by the knowledge that star Bengals running back Joe Mixon is not going to feature.
Mixon sat out all three days of practice this week after suffering a first-half concussion in Cincy's 37-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday.
That means there will be no head-to-head contest with the NFL's rushing leader Derrick Henry here, although both teams should use the run to set up the play-action pass for their quarterbacks.
Ja'Marr Chase's expected return after a good week of practice should help Joe Burrow air it out again as he looks to wreak havoc on a defense that sacked him nine times during that 2021 postseason meeting when the Bengals knocked off the No.1-seeded Titans in the Divisional Round.
Ryan Tannehill is coming off his best game of the season in posting a stat line of 333 yards through the air on 22-of-27 passing in the Titans' 27-17 win over the Green Bay at Lambeau Field.
Tennessee will be rested after playing on Thursday night last week and that will help Henry, who really wasn't himself when the Bengals held him to just 62 yards on 20 carries last January.
The AFC South-leading Titans have won seven of eight games after starting the season 0-2 and could strengthen their case to be the conference's top seeds again with another win, an outcome which cannot be ignored at +125 straight up.
What: New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers
Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
When: 4.25pm ET/1.25pm PT Sunday, November 27th 2022
How to watch: Sky Sports NFL, NFL Game Pass
Odds: NO Saints +350, SF 49ers -450
The 49ers somehow managed to feed all their hungry playmakers at once in last Monday's Mexican mauling of the Arizona Cardinals.
San Francisco's backfield duo of Elijah Mitchell and Christian McCaffrey averaged over six yards per carry at Estadio Azteca and Deebo Samuel rattled off 37 yards from three designed runs.
Jimmy Garoppolo had an efficient night too with 228 yards passing and four touchdowns with no interceptions, spreading the ball around to a frightening list of receivers like George Kittle, Samuel, McCaffrey and Brandon Aiyuk.
They should roll on to a fourth victory in a row against a New Orleans team that moved to 4-7 on the season with a win over the Los Angeles Rams team that clearly know they are not good enough to repeat this year.
Saints QB Andy Dalton deserves credit for engineering last week's 27-20 win over the Super Bowl champions, which just about keeps his team's playoff hopes alive, but this looks like too tough a test against the NFL's number one-ranked overall defense and fourth-ranked in scoring.
The Saints' only wins in their last six have been against a 3-7 Las Vegas Raiders team and the Rams, who were playing backup Bryce Perkins at quarterback for much of the day, so it does not seem wrong to expect the Niners to cover the -9.5point Spread here at -110.
What: Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
When: 8.20pm ET/5.20pm PT Sunday, November 27th 2022
How to watch: NBC, Streaming via fuboTV
Odds: GB Packers +240, PHI Eagles -300
The Packers' playoff chances are on life support now after their Week 11 loss to the Titans and they could be devoured by an Eagles team that earned their ninth win of the season against the Indianapolis Colts last week.
The contrasting fortunes of the two quarterbacks will be a nice angle for the TV analysts to pick apart as reigning regular season MVP Aaron Rogers will relinquish an award that has had pride of place on his mantlepiece to someone else this year.
Philly QB Jalen Hurts, who ran 16 times for 86 yards on Sunday and eight times for 49 yards in the fourth quarter alone, could probably win this game with his legs alone.
But he continues to throw the ball beautifully too - finishing 18-for-25 for 190 passing yards, a TD, no interceptions and a 107.0 passer rating against the Colts.
Hurts has enough in his locker to hold Rogers and the Packers to account for a win by more than a touchdown, which exceeds the -6.5 point Spread the Eagles would need to cover at -110.