NFL Week 12 Odds: Mismatch Outlook

You’d think someone called for a meeting of NFC powerhouses in Week 12 when it comes to this week's OddsShark.com Power Rankings mismatch plays, as the top four plays all involved NFC teams.

And the biggest mismatch on the board begins on Thursday night in Atlanta, where No. 2 New Orleans visits the 28th-ranked Falcons in an NFC South battle in the Georgia Dome. New Orleans, a 9-point favorite at Bovada, has the league's second-best offense and the fourth-best defense in the NFL. What is normally a contentious division battle doesn't look too good for the Falcons on paper.

On Sunday, the next biggest mismatch is the struggling Green Bay Packers, ranked ninth this week, as they host the No. 30 Minnesota Vikings, in a classic black-and-blue division battle out of the NFC North. The Packers are -5, and are set to hand the offense over to quarterback Scott Tolzien for a second straight week while Aaron Rodgers continues to nurse a broken collarbone.

Also playing on Sunday are the surging 4th-ranked Carolina Panthers, who head to South Beach for a date with Miami, which moved from 24th to 20th this week. Fresh off their controversial win Monday night over the New England Patriots, the Panthers are laying -4.5. It'll be a step down in class for Carolina, which beat the San Francisco 49ers prior to New England.

Speaking of the eighth-ranked Niners, on Monday they travel cross country to Washington to play the 26th-ranked Redskins. San Francisco, which is laying -5.5 to the 'Skins, has now lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak. After suffering a one-point loss at home to the Panthers two weeks ago, the Niners were dealt a three-point setback in New Orleans this past week.

As for the consensus plays at OddsShark, 70 percent of the bettors like the Niners on Monday night in the nation's capital. Sixty-three percent like the Saints minus the points on Thursday night, 60 percent are taking Carolina, 59 percent say Dallas +3 is a good bet at the New York Giants, and 59 percent are playing the Broncos at New England, a game currently off the board at Bovada.

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