Cris Collinsworth is shocked women understand NFL. 90m of us disagree

Cris Collinsworth spent time with some women this week. These women, it seems, asked some decent questions about football. They even sounded smart, maybe. And I guess it was all too much for Collinsworth. He was overcome. He had to share this mind-bending experience on national television.



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“Everybody’s a fan,” the NBC commentator said during Wednesday afternoon’s Steelers-Ravens broadcast. “In particular the ladies that I met. They have really specific questions about the game. I’m like wow, just blown away.”

It’s possible that Collinsworth hasn’t been around too many women. Or if he has, he hasn’t been listening. Has he watched Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer call Thursday Night Football? Has he taken note of anything Michele Tafoya’s said on the very broadcasts he’s worked for years? Either the answer is no, or he views those women as outliers. Yes: they’re talented, professional, knowledgeable as all hell about the sport they cover. And a lot of women – a lot of little girls, too – speak that same language.

Collinsworth’s comments discounted that. They were a thinly-veiled insult – but unlike a lot of the garbage that’s said on the airwaves, the core of the sentiment he relayed was true. Women are informed about sports, and interested in them – and that proves a very different point than the one Collinsworth was trying to make.

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Sexism is baked into much of the dialogue around sports. So is racism. And homophobia. If someone were to do an audit of all the millions of games broadcast on television and the radio each year, the transcripts would be a horror show. In August, Thom Brennaman uttered a slur and delivered a bizarre, homophobic statement on a hot mic in the middle of a Cincinnati Reds game. The next day, on an NBC broadcast from Canada, John Forslund discussed players’ ability to focus during the NHL’s playoff bubble, calling it “a terrific environment.” His partner, Mike Milbury, agreed and piled on: “Not even any woman here to disrupt your concentration.”



Cris Collinsworth wearing a suit and tie: Cris Collinsworth is one of the most prominent NFL analysts in the US.


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Cris Collinsworth is one of the most prominent NFL analysts in the US.

Collinsworth’s comments paled in comparison to those. Both Brennaman and Milbury resigned in the wake of what they said. Collinsworth won’t, nor should he have to. The problem with his treatise on female fans was his tone, the abject wonderment in his voice, the fact that he thought it was worth noting at all. By pointing out that these women knew football, he fed into the stereotype that most don’t. These women are not exceptional. They are, increasingly, the norm. But sports media, especially in broadcast television, doesn’t come close to representing that reality.

As a woman in sports media, I’m happy to join the chorus of voices criticizing Collinsworth. He deserves to be mocked. And if I’ve learned one thing when faced with sexism on the

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2020 NFL Playoff Picture, postseason odds: Best Super Bowl picks, Week 13 futures bets from proven model

As we enter Week 13, the 2020 NFL Playoff picture is finally coming into focus. There are over 20 teams with realistic hopes of occupying one of the league’s 14 spots in the 2020 NFL playoff bracket this season. The addition of an extra wild card team in 2020 means that only one team gets a bye in the AFC and NFC, which has made the fight at the top in both conferences extremely competitive.

The Steelers (11-0) and Chiefs (10-1) are battling it out in the AFC while the Saints (9-2), Packers (8-3) and Seahawks (8-3) are fighting for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Before you evaluate the NFL playoff picture 2020 and make any postseason bets or 2021 Super Bowl predictions, you’ll want to check out the 2020 NFL Playoffs outlook from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times and is up over $7,900 for $100 players on its top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago.

It’s a sizzling 20-10 on top-rated NFL picks this season, already returning almost $900. The model enters Week 13 on an incredible 116-75 roll on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. Additionally, the model also ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch in three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has evaluated the latest postseason odds from William Hill Sportsbook, simulated every snap of the rest of the 2020 NFL season, and the results are in. Head to SportsLine now to see them.

Best values for 2020 NFL Playoff picks

One of the model’s best bets for the postseason: The New York Giants (+200) win the NFC East. New York is tied with the Washington Football Team at 4-7 on top of the division, with the Cowboys (3-8) and Eagles (3-7-1) also in the hunt. However, the Giants are playing the best football, which gives them the inside track.

New York has won three games in a row entering Week 13 and the defense is coming off a dominant performance in which it allowed just 155 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers against the Bengals. The Giants’ defense now ranks 10th in total defense and ninth in points allowed. Meanwhile, even though the offense still ranks 30th in scoring and 29th in total yards, it’s turned in four consecutive games with at least 350 yards from scrimmage.

SportsLine’s model has New York winning the division in 42.7 percent of simulations, a strong value since the +200 line implies that the Giants only win it 33.3 percent of the time. However, the value stops there as the model only has the Giants winning the NFC (+5000) in 0.66 percent of simulations and winning the Super Bowl (+10000) 0.11 percent of the time.

How

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NBC’s Collinsworth sorry after being ‘blown away’ that women understand NFL

NBC’s Cris Collinsworth, one of America’s most prominent NFL analysts, has said he feels “sick” after apparently suggesting he was amazed that women understand the game.



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During Wednesday’s broadcast of the Steelers-Ravens game, Collinsworth mentioned he had talked to Pittsburgh fans earlier in the day. “Everybody’s a fan,” Collinsworth said. “In particular the ladies that I met. They have really specific questions about the game. I’m like wow, just blown away …”



Cris Collinsworth wearing a suit and tie: Cris Collinsworth has been with NBC since 1990.


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Cris Collinsworth has been with NBC since 1990.

Collinsworth’s comments drew immediate backlash, and he issued an apology after the game.

“Today on our broadcast I made reference to a couple of women that I met in Pittsburgh who so impressed me with their football knowledge that I wanted to tell their story on the air,” he said. “I know the way I phrased it insulted many. I’m so sorry.”

“What I intended as a compliment to the fans of Pittsburgh, became an insult. I’m sick about insulting any fan, but especially female fans and journalists.”

The 61-year-old Collinsworth has worked closely with several prominent female NFL journalists, including Michele Tafoya and Andrea Kremer. In his apology, he acknowledged the sexism that is present in sports. “I know first hand how much harder they have to work than any of us in this industry,” he said. “I was wrong and I deeply apologize.”

Collinsworth played eight years with the Cincinnati Bengals before starting his broadcasting career and is one of the most familiar voices in the NFL.

NBC has not said whether it will discipline Collinsworth for his comments.

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Every NFL Team’s Shopping List for 2021 Offseason | Bleacher Report

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    It’s that time of year again, folks. With Black Friday in the rearview, the mad dash to complete holiday shopping is upon us. While NFL teams aren’t quite in the same boat—free agency is still several months away—you can bet front offices around the league are busy putting their 2021 lists together.

    Not every team can afford to get itself that perfect gift, of course, but every roster has holes that need to be filled through free agency and the draft.

    Here, you’ll find a look at each team’s biggest offseason needs, based on factors such as past production, team health and the presence of aging players or those with expiring contracts. While salary-cap figures for the 2021 offseason aren’t available, we’ll also take a look at each team’s projected cap situation, according to Spotrac.

    We’ll be looking specifically at roster needs, so while teams such as the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars will require new coaches and front-office personnel, those won’t be addressed here.

    With roughly a quarter left in the 2020 season, here’s an early look at each team’s shopping list for 2021.

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    Kyler Murray

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    Projected Cap Space: $24.9 Million

  • Tight End
  • Running Back
  • Edge-Rusher

The Arizona Cardinals may or may not be a playoff team this season, but they’re at least close to contention. Since the franchise won just eight games in 2018-19, their 6-5 record should provide plenty of hope for the future.

That future will be built around second-year quarterback Kyler Murray. The former Oklahoma star and No. 1 overall pick isn’t playing at an MVP level just yet, but he’s already one of the more dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in football.

To help get Murray to the next level, the Cardinals need to invest in a pass-catching tight end. A quality tight end can make a young quarterback’s job much easier, and Arizona simply doesn’t have one on its roster. Dan Arnold, who has 225 receiving yards, is serviceable but isn’t going to keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night.

It wouldn’t hurt to bolster the backfield either. Kenyan Drake is playing on the transition tag, and while he has been good at times, he hasn’t been elite. If he is seeking a sizable payday in free agency, the Cardinals would be better off turning to the draft for Chase Edmonds’ new running mate.

On defense, Arizona needs to address its pass rush. Chandler Jones played just five games before he landed on injured reserve because of a torn biceps, and he’ll be in the final year of his deal in 2021. Haason Reddick leads the team with five sacks but is already in the final year of his contract.

Compared to many teams we’ll examine, the Cardinals should be in relatively good shape with the cap this offseason, so while they’re solid now, they could be even better in 2021.

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    A.J. Terrell

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    Projected Cap Space: Minus-$25.0

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Bills vs. Chargers odds, line: 2020 NFL picks, Week 12 predictions from proven model

The Buffalo Bills will take on the Los Angeles Chargers at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Bills Stadium. The Bills are 7-3 overall and 4-1 at home, while Los Angeles is 3-7 overall and 1-4 on the road. The Bills had a three-game winning streak snapped last week. The Chargers won for the first time in four games. 

Buffalo is favored by 4.5 points in the latest Bills vs. Chargers odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 52.5. Before entering any Chargers vs. Bills picks, you’ll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up more than $7,800 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It is a sizzling 19-10 on top-rated NFL picks this season, returning almost $800. The model also enters Week 12 on an incredible 115-75 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. 

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has set its sights on Bills vs. Chargers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NFL betting lines for Chargers vs. Bills:

  • Bills vs. Chargers spread: Bills -4.5
  • Bills vs. Chargers over-under: 52.5 points
  • Bills vs. Chargers money line: Buffalo -220, Los Angeles 190

What you need to know about the Bills

The Bills took a 32-30 loss against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago. Josh Allen threw for two TDs and 284 yards on 49 attempts in addition to picking up 38 yards on the ground and catching his first-ever TD pass. He is aiming for his third game in a row with two-plus TD passes. Allen has seven TDs (six passing) vs. 2 INTs in his past three games vs. AFC West teams. He has 15 TDs (11 passing) vs. three INTs in five home games this season,

Stefon Diggs had 10 catches for 93 yards and a TD in Week 10, his fifth game with eight-plus catches this season, tied for second in the NFL. He has 90-plus yards in his past three games. Diggs ranks second in the NFL in catches (73) and receiving yards (906) this season. Jordan Poyer leads all safeties with 80 tackles and has an interception in his past two games. 

What you need to know about the Chargers

Meanwhile, Los Angeles beat the New York Jets 34-28 this past Sunday. Justin Herbert passed for three TDs and a career-high 366 yards on 49 attempts. It was his fifth game with three-plus TD passes, the most by a rookie in league history. Herbert has five games with 300-plus passing yards, tied for second most by a rookie. Herbert has two-plus TD passes in seven straight

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Chiefs vs. Buccaneers odds, line: 2020 NFL picks, Week 12 predictions from proven model

The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in one of the marquee games on the Week 12 NFL schedule. Tampa Bay is 7-4 overall and 3-2 at home, while the Chiefs are 9-1 overall and 5-0 on the road. The Chiefs have won five consecutive games. The Buccaneers have lost two of their past three. 

Kansas City is favored by three points in the latest Buccaneers vs. Chiefs odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points expected is set at 56. Before making any any Chiefs vs. Buccaneers picks or bets, you’ll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up more than $7,800 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It is a sizzling 19-10 on top-rated NFL picks this season, returning almost $800. The model also enters Week 12 on an incredible 115-75 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. 

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has set its sights on Bucs vs. Chiefs. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NFL betting lines for Chiefs vs. Bucs:

  • Buccaneers vs. Chiefs spread: Buccaneers +3
  • Buccaneers vs. Chiefs over-under: 56 points
  • Buccaneers vs. Chiefs money line: Tampa Bay +165, Kansas City -185

What you need to know about the Buccaneers

The Buccaneers fell 27-24 to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. Tampa Bay has lost two in a row at home and has only two wins against teams with winning records. The Buccaneers lost for the third time in four prime time games this season. Tom Brady threw for 216 yards, two TDs and two INTs. He ranks fourth in the league with 25 TD passes. 

Tampa Bay totaled just 42 rushing yards in Week 11. The Buccaneers rank 26th in the NFL in rushing. Center A.Q. Shipley suffered a potentially career-ending neck injury. Guard Ali Marpet (concussion) is questionable for Week 12. Tackle Donovan Smith (ankle) is also questionable. Jamel Dean (concussion) is out this week. Jason Pierre-Paul has an INT in his past two games. The Buccaneers have won the last five meetings with the Chiefs. This is the first time since 2012 that the teams will meet in Tampa Bay. 

What you need to know about the Chiefs

The Chiefs scored a 35-31 victory over the Raiders this past Sunday, avenging their only loss of the season in Week 5 to Las Vegas. Patrick Mahomes completed 34 of 45 passes for 348 yards and two TDs vs. an INT. He has passed for 1,561 yards (312.2 per game) and

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Rams vs. 49ers odds, line: 2020 NFL picks, Week 12 predictions from advanced computer model

The San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams are set to square off in an NFC West matchup at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday at SoFi Stadium. Los Angeles is 7-3 overall and 4-0 at home, while the 49ers are 4-6 overall and 3-2 on the road. The Niners won the first meeting between the teams in Week 6, 24-16. 

Los Angeles is favored by 6.5 points in the latest Rams vs. 49ers odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 44.5. Before entering any 49ers vs. Rams picks, you’ll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up more than $7,800 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It is a sizzling 19-10 on top-rated NFL picks this season, returning almost $800. The model also enters Week 12 on an incredible 115-75 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. 

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has set its sights on Rams vs. Niners. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NFL betting lines for Niners vs. Rams:

  • Rams vs. 49ers spread: Rams -6.5
  • Rams vs. 49ers over-under: 44.5 points
  • Rams vs. 49ers money line: Los Angeles -300, San Francisco +250

What you need to know about the Rams

The Rams edged the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 on Monday night. Los Angeles has won two straight games and three of its past four. Robert Woods had a team-high 12 receptions for 130 yards and a TD last week, his fifth career game with 10-plus receptions. Cooper Kupp tied his career high with 11 receptions for a team-high 145 yards last week. Kupp (64) and Woods (54) are the only pair of NFC teammates with 50-plus catches each this season.

Jared Goff passed for 376 yards and three TDs last week. He is aiming for his fourth game in a row with 300-plus yards. Goff has 13 games with 350-plus passing yards since 2017, the most in the NFL. He has 14 TDs vs. four INTs in seven career starts vs. San Francisco. Aaron Donald is tied for third in the NFL with nine sacks. He has 10.5 sacks in his past seven games vs, the 49ers. Jordan Fuller had his first two career INTs last week. Sean McVay is 4-3 vs. San Francisco.  

What you need to know about the 49ers

Meanwhile, the 49ers fell to the Saints two weeks ago, 27-13. San Francisco could not hold onto an early 10-0 lead and committed four turnovers. The Niners have lost three consecutive games. Nick Mullens threw a pair of second half interceptions when the team was

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Raiders vs. Falcons odds, line: 2020 NFL picks, Week 12 predictions from proven computer model

The Atlanta Falcons will take on the Las Vegas Raiders at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons are 3-7 overall and 1-4 at home, while Las Vegas is 6-4 overall and 4-1 on the road. The Raiders had a three-game winning streak snapped last week. 

The Falcons have split their last four games. Las Vegas is favored by three points in the latest Falcons vs. Raiders odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 53. Before entering any Raiders vs. Falcons picks, you’ll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up more than $7,800 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It is a sizzling 19-10 on top-rated NFL picks this season, returning almost $800. The model also enters Week 12 on an incredible 115-75 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. 

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has set its sights on Falcons vs. Raiders. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NFL betting lines for Raiders vs. Falcons:

  • Falcons vs. Raiders spread: Falcons +3
  • Falcons vs. Raiders over-under: 53 points
  • Falcons vs. Raiders money line: Atlanta 140, Las Vegas -160

What you need to know about the Falcons

Atlanta took a 24-9 loss against New Orleans this past Sunday. The Falcons took a 9-3 lead on three field goals from Younghoe Koo but did not score again. Matt Ryan was sacked eight times and did not throw a TD pass while being intercepted twice. He is aiming for his third game in a row at home with 275-plus yards. Ryan is third in the NFL with 2,978 pass yards and can become eighth quarterback with 11 consecutive seasons of 3,000-plus passing yards in NFL history.

Julio Jones (hamstring) could be a game-time decision for Week 12. Calvin Ridley had five receptions for a team-high 90 yards last week. He has 100-plus receiving yards in three of his past four home games. Ridley has five-plus receptions in seven consecutive home games. Todd Gurley (knee) is out for Week 12. The Falcons have won their past four meetings with the Raiders. This will be the first matchup in Atlanta since 2012. 

What you need to know about the Raiders

Meanwhile, the Raiders lost 35-31 to the Kansas City Chiefs this past Sunday. Derek Carr passed for three TDs and 275 yards on 31 attempts. He ranks fifth in the NFL with a 108.7 rating this season. Carr has two-plus TD passes in two of his past three games. The Falcons are coming into the matchup with the second most passing yards allowed

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Dolphins vs. Jets odds, line: 2020 NFL picks, Week 12 predictions from proven computer model

The New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins are set to square off in an AFC East matchup at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The Jets are 0-10 overall and 0-5 at home, while Miami is 6-4 overall and 3-2 on the road. The Dolphins had a five-game winning streak snapped last week. They beat the Jets in the first meeting of the season in Week 6, 24-0. 

Miami is favored by 6.5 points in the latest Jets vs. Dolphins odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 44.5. Before entering any Dolphins vs. Jets picks, you’ll want to see the NFL predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up more than $7,800 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It is a sizzling 19-10 on top-rated NFL picks this season, returning almost $800. The model also enters Week 12 on an incredible 115-75 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. 

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has set its sights on Jets vs. Dolphins. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NFL betting lines for Dolphins vs. Jets:

  • Jets vs. Dolphins spread: Jets +6.5
  • Jets vs. Dolphins over-under: 44.5 points
  • Jets vs. Dolphins money line: New York +245, Miami -290

What you need to know about the Jets

The Jets worst start in franchise history extended to 10 games last Sunday when they lost to the Chargers, 34-28. They became the first team to be officially eliminated from playoff contention. New York’s last win came in the final week of the 2019 regular season. Adam Gase is now 7-19 in two seasons as the Jets coach, for a winning percentage of .269. New York trailed by as many as 18 points in the loss to Los Angeles, The Jets had a season-low 82 yards in the first half, and only 30 passing yards behind Joe Flacco, who also threw an interception that was returned for a TD. 

Flacco finished with 205 passing yards and two TDs. Sam Darnold is expected to return from a shoulder injury this week to start vs. Miami. He has 250-plus passing yards and a TD pass in his last two matchups with the Dolphins. Breshad Perriman has 50-plus yards and a TD in his past two games. He had four catches for 62 yards in the Week 6 meeting. Frank Gore had a season-high 71 scrimmage yards (61 rushing) and rushed for his first TD of the season last week. He had 846 scrimmage yards (722 rushing) and a TD catch in 2018 with Miami. Gase is 1-2 vs. his former team. 

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NFL Week 12 prop bet lines and picks from advanced computer model

Before you make any prop bets for Week 12 of the NFL season, you NEED to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say. The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up more than $7,800 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception five-plus years ago. It is a sizzling 19-10 on top-rated NFL picks this season, returning almost $800. The model also enters Week 12 on an incredible 115-75 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is WAY UP.

After simulating every Week 12 game 10,000 times and examining the hundreds of player props from William Hill Sportsbook, we can tell you the model loves Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray to go Over 246.5 passing yards (-115) against the New England Patriots

In addition, the model is high on a star quarterback to go Under his passing yardage total. The model says this player provides value at this price. You NEED to see the model’s analysis before making any Week 12 prop bets.

What star quarterback goes Under his passing yardage total? And what other prop bets does the model love for Week 12? … Join SportsLine now to see the top Week 12 prop bets, all from the model that’s up $7,800 on NFL picks!

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