Will the Carolina Panthers bring back quarterback Cam Newton next season? He hasn’t played since Week 2 due to a foot injury and won’t the rest of this season. Owner David Tepper has said the team will not make any decision on Newton’s future until he is fully healthy. Here’s a look at two Week 12 games we would parlay together on the NFL spread, including one involving Newton’s Panthers.
2019 NFL Week 12 Parlay Betting Picks
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
New Orleans can all but wrap up the NFC South with a victory. In Sunday’s win at Tampa Bay, Saints wideout Michael Thomas had eight receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. Thomas has 94 receptions in 2019 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (89 receptions in 2002) and Julio Jones (89 in 2015) for the most by a player in his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history. The elite wide receiver, who has the most receptions (415) by a player in his first four seasons in league annals, is the first player in NFL history with at least 90 receptions in each of his first four seasons. Thomas now on-pace to shatter Harrison’s single-season receptions record (143, 2002) by seven catches (150.4).
Drew Brees completed 28-of-35 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 11 win. There’s no doubt Brees could’ve done more had he needed to. The Saints opened with five consecutive scoring drives of 60, 69, 16, 52, and 75 yards to lead 27-10 heading into the fourth quarter. Brees connected with three different receivers on all three of his touchdowns.
What about the Panthers?
Carolina was dominated at home by Atlanta in an upset. Christian McCaffrey recorded 191 scrimmage yards (121 receiving, 70 rushing) along with 11 receptions in the loss. McCaffrey has seven career games with at least 10 catches, surpassing LARRY CENTERS (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (six) for the most by a running back in NFL history.
Since entering the NFL in 2017, McCaffrey has 12 career games with at least 50 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards, tied with Herschel Walker (12 games) for the most such games by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history. McCaffrey, who has 1,576 scrimmage yards and 14 scrimmage touchdowns in 2019, is the fifth player in NFL history with at least 1,500 scrimmage yards and 14 scrimmage touchdowns in his team’s first 10 games of a season, joining Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson (1983), O.J. Simpson (1975) and Emmitt Smith (1995) as well as Ahman Green (2003).
Kyle Allen completed 31-of-50 passes for 325 scoreless yards and four interceptions in the loss. One of the worst quarterback performances of the season, Allen also absorbed five sacks.
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots
- When: Sunday, 4:25 PM ET
- TV: Fox
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Week 12 Odds: New England Patriots -6
This probably will be the highest-rated game of the 2019 regular season and also might be the most-wagered as these are the two most popular teams in the NFL.
The Cowboys were in a must-win situation Sunday and got what they needed with their 35-27 decision over Detroit. Dak Prescott was at his best (444 yards, three touchdowns) but the defense has much to correct as they face Tom Brady and New England. In the first half, Prescott threw for 274 yards, the most in a half in his four-year career.
After rushing for 47 yards on 20 carries two games AO against Minnesota, Ezekiel Elliott was held to 45 yards on 16 carries by the Lions, who entered the game allowing 126.7 yards on the ground per game. Elliott has now gone 158 carries since his most recent run of more than 20 yards, 27 yards in Week 2 at Washington.
Dallas right tackle La’el Collins left vs. Detroit with a knee injury and he dealt with an MCL issue earlier this season. His presence would certainly help against the Patriots’ elite defense. Overall, Pro Football Focus has graded Collins as the league’s fifth-best offensive tackle among 80 qualified players.
What about the Pats?
New England was a 17-10 winner at Philadelphia on Sunday, which helped the Cowboys. However, Tom Brady is frustrated with a struggling offense. Sunday marked the first time in Brady’s 20-year career that he played from start to finish and didn’t lead the Patriots in touchdown passes.
The Patriots’ lone touchdown pass was thrown by receiver Julian Edelman in the third quarter. Brady finished 26-of-47 for 216 yards against the Eagles, and he would have had a touchdown pass if Edelman didn’t drop a strike in the end zone in the second quarter. From 2006-2018, the Patriots finished (including postseason) no lower than eighth in offensive efficiency. They currently rank 16th.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the team hopes to activate left tackle Isaiah Wynn from injured reserve this week. He’s been battling turf toe since Week 2. When healthy, the 2018 first-rounder should be a massive improvement on Marshall Newhouse.
Expert NFL Week 12 Parlay Betting Picks
Parlay the Saints and Patriots together.