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Week 12 NFL picks against spread: Saints romp Rams; Steelers rout Packers

Week 12 in the NFL goes back to being a full 16-game schedule with no teams on bye.

It starts with a feast of Thanksgiving contests that figure to be close. It ends Sunday and Monday with several lopsided matchups on paper. There are big point spreads to match, including four teams favored by double digits.

Here are this week’s predictions and prognostications, both against the spread and straight up. Thanks again to Bovada for the Week 12 betting lines.

MORE: Week 12 NFL picks straight up

Week 12 NFL picks against the spread

(All times ET)

Game of the Week

New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams (-2 1/2)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

The Rams struggled with the versatile rushing duo of the Vikings. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are even better. Being down Robert Woods is a big blow for LA’s passing game, as well. Todd Gurley will keep the hosts in the game, but eventually Drew Brees will help the Saints build a comfortable lead vs. a shorthanded Jared Goff.

PICK: Saints win 33-24.

Games of the Midweek

Minnesota Vikings (-3) at Detroit Lions

Thursday, 1 p.m., FOX

Detroit won at Minnesota in Week 4. The Lions’ defense matches up well to contain the Vikings’ passing game. At home on the holiday, Matthew Stafford will protect the ball better and play sharper than cooling-off counterpart Case Keenum. The Lions won’t waste the opportunity to suddenly tighten things up in the NFC North.

PICK: Lions win 23-17.

Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys (pick ‘em)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

The Cowboys’ offense is in a funk, as they strangely have become a one-dimensional rushing offense without Ezekiel Elliott. Those passing game woes play right into the Chargers’ hands. Dak Prescott won’t suddenly bust out of his slump with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram rushing him, plus Casey Hayward shutting down one half of the field. On the other side, Sean Lee’s absence will allow Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler to feast in the second half.

PICK: Chargers win 23-20.

New York Giants at Washington Redskins (-7 1/2)

Thursday, 8:30 p.m., NBC

New York got an inspired, gritty victory against Kansas City, and the Giants will come hard at its NFC East rival with a short-week short trip. The Redskins have had a rough schedule, being swept by the Eagles and losing to both the Vikings and Saints in consecutive weeks. They finally get a break here for Kirk Cousins’ play to pay off as he out-duels Eli Manning with a better array of mixed-bag targets.

PICK: Redskins win 27-23 but fail to cover the spread.

Lock of the Week

Pittsburgh Steelers (-14) over Green Bay Packers

Sunday, 8:30 p.m., NBC

After facing a Baltimore defense that shut out his team, Brett Hundley faces an even stronger Pittsburgh unit against the pass. The Steelers also are playing better against the run of late. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown will stay hot against a reeling secondary with more help from JuJu Smith-Schuster. Le’Veon Bell will get plenty of second-half work to pad the lead and work the clock.

PICK: Steelers win 38-10 and cover the spread.

Upset of the Week

Indianapolis Colts over Tennessee Titans (n/a)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

The Colts come out of their bye feeling frustrated about not finishing off the Steelers at home in Week 10. Jacoby Brissett will be able to move the ball on the Titans, getting into a good duel with Marcus Mariota. With the teams racking up field goals, Adam Vinatieri will nail the late, long game-winner.

PICK: Colts win 26-23.

Rest of the Week

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs (-10)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Bills wouldn’t start Nathan Peterman over Tyrod Taylor again after that debacle in LA, would they? Let’s hope not, because Taylor protecting the ball and LeSean McCoy running will keep Buffalo in this game of fading playoff hopefuls in a tough road environment. The Chiefs, though, will go back to a simple, grinding offense and pull this out by remembering they still have Kareem Hunt.

PICK: Chiefs win 24-17 but fail to cover the spread.

Carolina Panthers (-4 1/2) at New York Jets

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

After a bad road loss against the Bears several weeks ago, the Panthers won’t take anything for granted here. Away from prime time and Charlotte, Cam Newton will need to be more of a grinder than Superman, as Todd Bowles’ defense will do its best to contain his running and downfield passing. Former Panthers backup Josh McCown will make it interesting with a few big pass plays in the second half, but the Jets will fall a little short at home.

PICK: Panthers win 24-20 but fail to cover the spread.

Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles (-14)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

Mitchell Trubisky will aspire to have the same kind of second season as fellow second overall pick Carson Wentz has had this year. But for now, Wentz has the greater supporting receivers (including former Bear Alshon Jeffery) and the deeper running game. Chicago’s defense will only limit Philadelphia for a couple series before the Eagles fly up to their usual heights. Trubisky will be under siege against Philly’s defense for much of the second half.

PICK: Eagles win 31-7 and cover the spread.

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

This looks like a spot for the Browns to steal one, but then again, the Bengals’ defense is playing well, and Andy Dalton has steadied himself after an awful start. It’s early afternoon at home, so Dalton will get the job done with plenty of A.J. Green and Tyler Kroft, but a late TD from DeShone Kizer brings Cleveland close in the waning moments.

PICK: Bengals win 23-17 but fail to cover the spread.

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-17)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

You know the Patriots are getting close to can’t-miss Super Bowl favorites when the spreads start ballooning past two touchdowns. Miami is an absolute mess, far removed from the second AFC East playoff team under Adam Gase a season ago. The Dolphins’ defense has numerous holes for Tom Brady to exploit, while New England’s suddenly sound defense will stop whoever is quarterback the other side.

PICK: Patriots win 40-14 and cover the spread.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (n/a)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

The Falcons won’t have a letdown after their big Monday night upset victory in Seattle. That win proved Atlanta is actually closer to the top of the NFC again than to a true Super Bowl hangover. There’s not much reason to think the Bucs’ defense will slow down Matt Ryan, or that it has the offense to keep up with Ryan Fitzpatrick.

PICK: Falcons win 30-14.

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (n/a)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX

The Seahawks are shell-shocked from what happened in back-to-back home losses, so go figure that they’ll enjoy going back on the road, where they have won three straight games. Seattle’s depleted defense gets a much-needed break against a lesser, transitional San Francisco offense lacking in firepower. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson can go to work on a much worse San Francisco unit.

PICK: Seahawks win 31-20.

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (-5)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

The Broncos’ offense can’t find a quarterback or a passing game despite two top wide receivers. The Raiders have Derek Carr and greater potential in the passing game, but that group is underachieving. These two disappointing AFC West teams will meet somewhere in the middle. It’s easier to trust Carr to come through late in a mostly inept game offensively.

PICK: Raiders win 17-13 but fail to cover the spread.

Jacksonville Jaguars (-5) at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Blaine Gabbert will start for the Cardinals against his former team, and he might already regret it. After Adrian Peterson runs often for little yardage again, Gabbert will be forced to drop back often against former Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, who will dominate a bad offensive line to build on his defensive player of the year candidacy. Sacksonville comes to the desert, along with Leonard Fournette, maybe the next Peterson.

PICK: Jaguars win 17-10 and cover the spread.

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens (-7)

Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

The Texans got a win with Tom Savage, but it took a game against a team with another backup quarterback starting and no running game to make it happen. Joe Flacco isn’t exactly elite, but his veteran receivers are coming through enough to take advantage of a shaky Houston secondary. Flacco won’t need to do much for a second consecutive week, with Baltimore’s defense toying with its fourth shutout of the season.

PICK: Ravens win 20-6 and cover the spread.

Stats of the Week

Week 11 record straight up: 10-4

Week 11 record against the spread: 7-6

Season-to-date record straight up: 102-58

Season-to-date record against the spread: 68-81

NFL playoff chances, though slim, still exist for Cowboys, Packers, Broncos

The NFL playoff picture entering Week 12 of the 2017 season looks nothing like what was expected given preseason projections. Few predicted the Eagles at this point would be virtual locks for the postseason, while NFC East defending-champion Cowboys would be holding on for dear playoff life.

The AFC has not been more predictable. Behind the Patriots and Steelers, who still sit atop the standings as expected, the Jaguars have the best chance to make the playoffs out of the conference.

Yes, the NFL playoff picture looks great for some teams and bleak for others with six weeks left to play, but keep in mind the possibility of late-season runs similar to those we have seen in recent years. In 2012, the Redskins and rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III were 3-6 entering Week 11, when they began a seven-game winning streak and won their division. Just last season, the Packers were 4-6 entering Week 12. As quarterback Aaron Rodgers forecasted after Green Bay’s Week 11 loss to Washington, the Packers “ran the table” with six straight wins and stole the NFC North title from the Lions.

MORE: NFL playoff picture for Week 12

As for this season, here are the chances each contending team has to make the playoffs after the 2017 season, according to the NFL.

Philadelphia Eagles (9-1): 99.9 percent

New England Patriots (8-2): 99.8 percent

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2): 99.7 percent

New Orleans Saints (8-2): 97.5 percent

Minnesota Vikings (8-2): 97.5 percent

Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3): 96.6 percent

Kansas City Chiefs (6-4): 89.8 percent

Carolina Panthers (7-3): 76.1 percent

Los Angeles Rams (7-3): 75.6 percent

Tennessee Titans (6-4): 64.8 percent

Seattle Seahawks (6-4): 58.7 percent

Detroit Lions (6-4): 51.2 percent

Los Angeles Chargers (4-6): 47.3 percent

Baltimore Ravens (5-5): 46.9 percent

Atlanta Falcons (6-4): 39.9 percent

Buffalo Bills (5-5): 22.1 percent

Houston Texans (4-6): 14.3 percent

Dallas Cowboys (5-5): 11.3 percent

Green Bay Packers (5-5): 10.2 percent

Denver Broncos (3-7): 8.7 percent

Of note: The 4-6 Raiders were not included in the NFL’s video. Per Vegas Insider, Oakland’s odds to win the Super Bowl are 66/1, better than those of Houston, Buffalo and Denver in the AFC.

Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster‏ shares a day in his life in 21st…

JuJu Smith-Schuster‏ turned 21 on Wednesday, but the milestone birthday wasn’t entirely about him.

The Steelers’ rookie wide receiver shared a video on his Twitter that gave fans a personal glimpse of his life and his time with his family as he spent a day with them in Los Angeles before returning to USC for the school’s homecoming earlier this month.

For my 21st birthday, wanted to drop this video of a day with my family…most important part of my life and there isn’t a better day than today to drop it! Produced by @iamoliverfordhttps://t.co/mMr67yUcBjpic.twitter.com/Akk5E5KObV

— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) November 22, 2017

Smith-Schuster, the second eldest of seven siblings, was praised by his mother for being an “easy kid” who didn’t need to be disciplined growing up and never forgot where he came from after reaching the NFL. But that doesn’t stop him from having a little fun, whether it’s on his bike or behind the wheel of his new car after finally passing his driving test.

21 21 21!!! Just turned 21!!! #JuJuDay 🎉🎊🎁🎊 pic.twitter.com/xBRm4BzyaO

— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) November 22, 2017

The more things change, the more they stay the same! #JuJuOnThatBike#JuJuDaypic.twitter.com/6aIomKC8MX

— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) November 22, 2017

Smith-Schuster has thrived in his first campaign with the Steelers after being selected out of USC in the second round of this year’s draft. He has 33 receptions for 568 yards with five touchdowns and ranks second on the team in touchdown catches and receiving yards.

Although his status for Week 12 against the Packers remains up in the air as he deals with a hamstring issue, Steeler Nation can look forward to Smith-Schuster sticking around for some time.

NFL Week 12 odds, predictions to make playoffs on road to Super Bowl 2018

After 11 weeks, the NFL playoff picture is beginning to develop.

Last week, losses were particularly damaging to playoff hopes for teams like Denver, Buffalo, Miami, Chicago and Arizona. In the case of Buffalo, it was a bit surprising that they turned to a rookie QB when they actually had a legitimate shot at the playoffs. We’ll see if the team can rebound from that disastrous experiment with Tyrod Taylor back under center.

WEEK 12 NFL PICKS: Straight up | Against the spread

Let’s take a look at the updated NFL playoff picture entering Week 12. Each week, AccuScore will update its 2017 NFL postseason forecast by simulating the remainder of the NFL season 10,000 times to predict win totals, division winners and probabilities of reaching the playoffs on the road to Super Bowl 52. Below are the probabilities and Vegas odds of making the NFL playoffs and how they have changed.

AccuScore’s odds to make NFL playoffs

Probability vs. weekly % change

New England Patriots 0.99 0.01
Pittsburgh Steelers 0.99 0.07
Philadelphia Eagles 0.98 0.05
Kansas City Chiefs 0.95 -0.02
Jacksonville Jaguars 0.92 0.08
New Orleans Saints 0.9 0.19
Tennessee Titans 0.86 -0.03
Seattle Seahawks 0.79 -0.12
Minnesota Vikings 0.78 0.33
Baltimore Ravens 0.73 0.2
Atlanta Falcons 0.71 0.23
Carolina Panthers 0.68 0
LA Rams 0.57 -0.05
Detroit Lions 0.36 -0.15
Dallas Cowboys 0.18 -0.19
Oakland Raiders 0.18 -0.03
Houston Texans 0.15 0.07
Cincinnati Bengals 0.07 0.02
LA Chargers 0.06 0.04
Denver Broncos 0.04 -0.02
Miami Dolphins 0.03 0
Chicago Bears 0.03 0
Buffalo Bills 0.02 -0.32
Green Bay Packers 0.02 -0.04
Washington Redskins 0.01 -0.01
NY Jets 0.01 0
Arizona Cardinals 0.01 0
Tampa Bay Bucs 0.01 0
Indianapolis Colts 0.01 0.01
NY Giants 0 0
San Francisco 49ers 0 0
Cleveland Browns 0 0

NFL playoff odds changes

Biggest improvements to playoff chances entering Week 12:

  • Minnesota Vikings (+33%): With a great deal of uncertainty at QB for the Minnesota Vikings, Case Keenum’s strong statement against the Rams bumped up the Vikings’ playoff chances considerably. Simulations assume that he will be the starting QB for the rest of the season, and that makes the Vikings strong candidates to win the division or at least reach the playoffs.

  • Atlanta Falcons (+23%): The Week 11 win at Seattle was huge for Atlanta. Even though the Falcons are behind the Saints and Panthers in the NFC South, their Monday Night Football performance keeps them in the wild-card hunt. Right now, it looks like there will be three teams from the NFC South in the playoffs.

  • New Orleans Saints (+19%): Winning eight games in a row is not easy in the NFL. The Saints are on the top of the division and their postseason destiny is in their own hands, including a potential first-round bye. However, two games against Atlanta and one against Carolina in the final six weeks will likely decide the winner of the division.

MORE: NFL Power Rankings

Biggest drops in playoff chances entering Week 12:

  • Buffalo Bills (-32%): Buffalo’s defense was a driving force for the team’s good performance at the beginning of the season. In the last two games, however, the Bills have allowed more than 100 points combined. This, along with QB questions, crushed their playoff chances. Note that if Tyrod Taylor starts for the rest of the season, the Bills’ playoff probabilities would be higher than presented here.

  • Dallas Cowboys (-19%): The Cowboys’ playoff probability dropped significantly for the second week in a row. They lost a key divisional game at home and looked less than convincing against the Eagles. Currently, Dallas is not the computer’s pick to take the final NFC wild card spot. If NFC South teams continue to play well, Dallas’ playoff chances will keep diminishing.

  • Detroit Lions (-15%): Like the drop in the Lions’ probabilities a week ago, this change is due to the Vikings’ QB speculation. The Lions can improve their chances quite a bit with a win in the Thanksgiving showdown with Minnesota. Plus, their schedule is a little easier than the Vikings’, so the Lions should continue to be in the mix for a wild-card spot.

AccuScore’s NFL playoff probabilities will be updated on a weekly basis.

NFL Thanksgiving games 2017: Schedule, predictions, picks against spread

The NFL Thanksgiving game schedule in 2017 is arguably the highlight of the entire slate of Week 12 contests (with the exception of a big NFC tilt Sunday). Lions vs. Vikings (12:30 p.m. ET on FOX), Cowboys vs. Chargers (4:30 p.m. ET on CBS) and Redskins vs. Giants (8:30 p.m. ET on NBC) all come with postseason implications as the 2017 NFL playoff picture becomes more clear.

The 2017 installment of Thanksgiving Day football features a tripleheader for the 12th consecutive season. The tradition of Thanksgiving Day and NFL football in general, however, is more historic. On Thanksgiving in 1925, a crowd of 36,000 (then the largest in professional football history) watched the Chicago Bears play the Chicago Cardinals to a scoreless tie at Wrigley Field. In 1934, the Detroit Lions and the defending world champion Bears played on Thanksgiving in the first NFL game nationally broadcast (NBC).

This year, the Lions will play their 78th Thanksgiving Day game dating back to 1934, while the Cowboys will play in their 50th since 1966. The Giants and Redskins will play in their 15th and 10th games, respectively, on the holiday. The Vikings will play in their eighth and the Chargers will play in their fifth Thanksgiving game.

WEEK 12 NFL PICKS:

Against the spread | Straight up

Here is all you need to know about the three NFL Thanksgiving games in 2017.

NFL Thanksgiving games 2017

Schedule:

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Kickoff time: 12:30 p.m. ET

TV network: FOX

Radio: Sirius/XM channel 88 (Westwood One), 82 (Vikings call), 83 (Lions call)

Thursday’s matchup marks the second consecutive Thanksgiving meeting between the Vikings and Lions, and the fifth overall meeting on the holiday. The Vikings lead the NFC North with an 8-2 record and have won six consecutive games. Detroit, who has won three in a row and is 6-4 on the season, trails Minnesota by two games in the division.

The Lions have won their past four Thanksgiving Day games by a combined score of 135-54. With a win Thursday, Detroit would tie the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers (five consecutive wins, 1979-present) and Chicago Bears (five, 1930-34) for the fourth-longest winning streak on Thanksgiving Day. Minnesota has won five of its seven games on Thanksgiving Day and ties for the second-highest winning percentage (.714) on the holiday (minimum five games).

Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys

Kickoff time: 4:30 p.m. ET

TV network: CBS

Radio: Sirius/XM channel 88 (Westwood One), 82 (Chargers call), 83 (Cowboys call)

Thursday marks the first Thanksgiving Day meeting between the Chargers and Cowboys. The Chargers are making their fifth appearance on Thanksgiving Day and their first since 1969. The Chargers’ 48-year gap between Thanksgiving Day appearances is the longest in NFL history.

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who will play in his 15th Thanksgiving Day game this week, has 73 catches on the holiday, the most of all time. His 809 receiving yards trail only Herman Moore (834) for the most on Thanksgiving.

New York Giants at Washington Redskins

Kickoff time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV network: NBC

Radio: Sirius/XM channel 88 (Westwood One), 82 (Giants call), 83 (Redskins call)

The Giants will play on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2009 and the 15th time overall. The Giants made their first appearance on Thanksgiving Day in 1926, when they defeated the Brooklyn Lions 17-0 at Ebbets Field, and were one of the earliest teams featured on Thanksgiving, playing 11 games on the holiday prior to 1939.

Washington plays on Thanksgiving for the second consecutive season and will host a game on the holiday for the first time in franchise history.

NFL Thanksgiving games 2017: Predictions, picks against spread

Minnesota Vikings (-3) at Detroit Lions

Vinnie Iyer’s pick against the spread: Detroit won at Minnesota in Week 4. The Lions’ defense matches up well to contain the Vikings’ passing game. At home on the holiday, Matthew Stafford will protect the ball better and play sharper than cooling-off counterpart Case Keenum. The Lions won’t waste the opportunity to suddenly tighten things up in the NFC North. PICK: Lions win 23-17 in an upset.

David Steele’s pick straight up: A good (and rare) Thanksgiving rematch, with the Lions having won last year on a last-second field goal. The Lions have won four straight on their traditional Thanksgiving date, a little treat for those who are perpetually looking for a reason to fire Jim Caldwell. It’s a tall order to pull off this year with the way the Vikings are playing right now on both sides of the ball. Matthew Stafford’s Lions still have a habit of putting themselves in position to have to come back late; they can’t get away with that against this team. PICK: Lions, 20-19

Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys (pick ’em)

Vinnie Iyer’s pick against the spread: The Cowboys’ offense is in a funk, as they strangely have become a one-dimensional rushing offense without Ezekiel Elliott. Those passing game woes play right into the Chargers’ hands. Dak Prescott won’t suddenly bust out of his slump with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram rushing him, plus Casey Hayward shutting down one half of the field. On the other side, Sean Lee’s absence will allow Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler to feast in the second half. PICK: Chargers win 23-20.

David Steele’s pick straight up: The Chargers’ pass rush (yup, that’s Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram with 20 sacks between them) vs. whoever might replace Tyron Smith on a short week — that’s an awful combination for the Cowboys. Honestly, there really isn’t that much more to say about this game. Without Smith, as much as without Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys are the Chargers, except the Chargers are a better version of the Chargers. PICK: Chargers, 27-17

New York Giants at Washington Redskins (-7 1/2)

Vinnie Iyer’s pick against the spread: New York got an inspired, gritty victory against Kansas City, and the Giants will come hard at its NFC East rival with a short-week short trip. The Redskins have had a rough schedule, being swept by the Eagles and losing to both the Vikings and Saints in consecutive weeks. They finally get a break here for Kirk Cousins’ play to pay off as he out-duels Eli Manning with a better array of mixed-bag targets. PICK: Redskins win 27-23 but fail to cover the spread.

David Steele’s pick straight up: Since this is the most unpredictable NFL season in a while, bet on this ending up as the most entertaining game of the holiday. Yes, the odds are long. The Giants managed to not wow anybody even while beating the Chiefs last week. Washington’s collapse in the final minutes in New Orleans made their fans (again) question their will to live. Signs are growing that a national audience will be witnessing a lot of empty seats at FedEx Field. Of the two teams that can’t be trusted, the Giants can’t be trusted more. PICK: Redskins, 30-21

(Thanksgiving Day game info via NFL communications)

Cardinals rule David Johnson, Carson Palmer out for rest of season

If you’re a fantasy football owner who’s been stashing Cardinals running back David Johnson on your bench in hopes he’ll be back for the fantasy playoffs, it’s time to let that dream go.

That’s because Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced Wednesday that none of the team’s players on the injured reserved list will return this year.

Quarterback Carson Palmer is also on IR, and to some NFL observers, Arians’ announcement indicates the 4-6 Cardinals have given up on the season.

That is a surprise. No David Johnson, no Carson Palmer. Their season sounds like it’s over. https://t.co/u0nIQRlKOg

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 22, 2017

Johnson, the consensus No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts this year, suffered a serious wrist injury in Week 1. There’s been an inkling of hope that he would return toward the end of this month, but with Arians’ revelation today, not so much.

So with no Johnson and no Andre Ellington – Ellington was released by the Cardinals earlier this week and picked up by the Texans – Adrian Peterson figures to continue getting the bulk of carries, with third-down duties going to D.J. Foster, a second-year player out of Arizona State.

C.J. Beathard, not Jimmy Garoppolo, named 49ers starter vs. Seahawks

Quarterback C.J Beathard has been named the starter again for the 49ers this Sunday, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Wednesday.

Rumors had been swirling that Shanahan would give newly acquired Jimmy Garappolo the chance to start after the team’s bye week, but Shanahan said he wasn’t ready.

“Jimmy gets more and more ready each week,” Shanahan said in his press conference. “Is Jimmy going to be the best he can? To me, that’s impossible. He hasn’t been here long enough.

“I don’t think we’re going to see Jimmy’s best football, to be fair to him, until next year. That’s what guys need. But C.J. did play his best football last week, which definitely made the decision easier.”

The 49ers have had Garoppolo for almost a month after they traded a 2018 second-round pick to the Patriots on Oct. 30.

Beathard snagged his first NFL win (and the first win for the 49ers this season) in Week 10 against the Giants. However, the 49ers didn’t likely trade their second-round pick for Garoppolo to sit as Beathard’s backup.

It’s unclear when Garoppolo will start this season, but the 49ers will have a real test when they face the Seahawks in an NFC West division showdown Sunday.