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NFL Week 12 Sunday games: Patriots rooting guide, picks, open thread, and more

Welcome to our Week 12 Patriots Rooting Guide.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

As the New England Patriots return to the field following their bye week, we are still on draft pick watch around the rest of the NFL.

So, let’s get into this week’s Patriots Rooting Guide!

1:00 p.m. ET

New Orleans Saints (5-5) at Atlanta Falcons (4-6): Go Falcons! While the four-win Falcons could potentially threaten New England in the draft order, losing for team’s that beat the Patriots will also help lower their strength of schedule (the draft pick tiebreaker). So a Saints loss would help in this case. | FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-5): Go good game! Neither of the Bengals or Steelers fall on the Patriots schedule, so enjoy this AFC North battle. | CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3) at Houston Texans (6-4): Go good game! A massive game in the AFC South with potential division winner ramifications. With neither team on the Patriots schedule or threatening in the draft order, sit back and enjoy it. | CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) at Indianapolis Colts (5-5): Go Bucs! Tampa Bay picking up a fifth win would help keep ground in the draft order, while a Colts victory also helps New England’s strength of schedule. | CBS

Carolina Panthers (1-9) at Tennessee Titans (3-7): Go Panthers! While a Titans victory also wouldn't be the worst thing in the world due to their three wins, New England will also hope Carolina can pick up a second victory to muddy the top of the draft order even more. | FOX

4:05 p.m. ET

Los Angeles Rams (4-6) at Arizona Cardinals (2-9): Go Cardinals! With Arizona and New England sitting at two wins, the Patriots will hope Kyler Murray can keep stacking victories to close out the season. | FOX

Cleveland Browns (7-3) at Denver Broncos (5-5): Go Browns! The red-hot Broncos fall on the Patriots schedule later this season, so a loss could help the strength of schedule down the road. | FOX

4:25 p.m. ET

Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) at Las Vegas Raiders (5-6): Go good game! New England already lost to Las Vegas while Kansas City travels to Foxboro in a few weeks, so any loss will help in this instance. | CBS

Buffalo Bills (6-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (9-1): Go Bills! It may be odd to root against the AFC East rival, but New England lost to Philly and beat Buffalo. While the Week 17 matchup against the Bills could change things, any Eagles loss will help the Patriots in the strength of schedule department. | CBS

8:20 p.m. ET

Baltimore Ravens (8-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (4-6): Go Ravens! With the Chargers taking a visit to the Patriots next week, we’ll side with Baltimore on Sunday night. | NBC

Make sure to check down below for the Pats Pulpit staff’s best picks today, while also heading to the comment section to discuss anything from Week 12 of the NFL season.

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