The Atlanta Falcons (5-6) and Washington Commanders (6-5) will battle it out for a place in the playoffs on Sunday.
The commanders reach their climax at the right time. They’ve won five of their last six games and clicked in all three stages. Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke has provided a spark, but Washington’s defense deserves credit. They allowed 10 points last week and brought back Star Chase Young on Sunday.
The Falcons are without tight end Kyle Pitts. It’s a big loss for the play-action-passing game. Atlanta will rely on its third-rate rushing attack led by Cordarrelle Patterson and co. The backfield group averages 159.4 yards per game.
Here’s a look at USA TODAY’s NFL staffer betting details and picks for the Falcons vs. Commanders Week 12 game:
Falcons at Commanders Odds, Moneyline and Over/Under
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Lorenzo Reyes: Commanders 25, Falcons 20
Washington has played five of their last six games and their defense will only be bolstered by Chase Young’s activation on the active roster. Taylor Heinicke lets this team play competitively, and the Falcons, who now have Kyle Pitts on hiatus, needed some breaks on special teams to prevail against the Bears.
Safid Deen: Commanders 21, Falcons 17
This game features two underperforming attacks, but the Commanders are on the mend, winning four of their last five, and they should take care of the visiting Falcons.
Lance Pugmire: Commanders 21, Falcons 20
By winning four of five, Washington has given the NFC East four participants over .500 and now it’s finding another favorable spot in this home game.
Jarrett Bell: Falcons 26, Commanders 24
Nate Davis: Commanders 24, Falcons 23
Tyler Dragon: Commanders 20, Falcons 17
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